The First Five Years Continuing Ministerial Development Fund is a CPD grant-payment for ministers in the early stages of their ministry to undertake ministerial development. You can help identify your learning outcomes through a Ministerial Development Conversation to mark priorities and objectives.
Each eligible minister can claim for up to £200 per calendar year.
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Terms and Conditions
In 2022, each eligible minister will be able to claim for up to £200 of funds to support their learning and development in line with the criteria set out below.
The fund must be used in 2022 to further the learning and ministerial development of the individual through:
- Short course or conference fees in a relevant area
- Resources: including books and electronic resources
- Retreats or pilgrimages
It differs from the Study Leave Scheme in that it does not permit or fund periods of leave from the parish; pulpit supply or locum provision cannot be applied. Funds cannot be accumulated from year to year; it is intended to enable ministers in the FFY to pursue ongoing learning and ministerial development and wellbeing in their ministerial setting on an annual and ongoing basis.
For those FFY CMD leave trips involving national and international travel: Please be advised that due to the current COVID pandemic, even if there are no UK or Scottish Government travel restrictions in place at the time of the trip, any “work from home” / “limit contact with those outwith your household” or similar guidance in place at the time must be taken into consideration. This may result in Church of Scotland support being withdrawn should a revised assessment have to be made due to changing picture being presented as a result of COVID.
Should you still wish to proceed with the trip, please note that costs including fees, accommodation and flights etc might need to be met by you as an individual. We would therefore recommend all bookings are made on a flexible/refundable basis to reduce this risk.