Grants from the Foundation

When Li Tim-Oi wanted to study for the ministry, her family could not afford the cost of the course at Union Theological College in Guangzhou [then Canton]. Others provided the resources for her to do so. In her memory her sister Rita primed the pump of the Foundation, so that other Christian women in the 'Two-Thirds World' could like her be trained to fulfil their vocations.

An Anglican Bishop who wishes a candidate to be considered for  support should first contact Christina Rees, in charge of communications

These Guidelines, which expressed the thinking of the Foundation, are now being revised

The Foundation wants to help an applicant who fulfils the following criteria :

1. We only make grants to women in the Two-Thirds World, because it is women who need affirmative action in many cultures, most especially in the nations in the South and East of the planet.

2. Grants can only be made to women who are members of an Anglican Church, or of a united church in communion with Anglicans. This is because on the whole it is Anglicans who have been slower than other churches to empower women.

3. Our purpose is to encourage dioceses to recognise the gifts and equal status of women in society and the Church. Our grants are to upgrade the status of women in a diocese, and so are only made to students being trained for positions of leadership for which their diocese is committed to employ them, and for which it has budgeted the funding. They are not merely to refine their competence in their present roles, and not to improve their job prospects in the wider world.

4. Our grants are normally for vocational training, not for further academic qualifications. It was to take the first step of the ladder that Li Tim-Oi needed help.

5. We do not normally make a grant for a course that is already started. Students should not start courses they do not have the resources to finish and then put funders under pressure to get them out of difficulties of their own making. However we recognise that some dioceses expect a student to raise funds to cover their first year to prove their serious commitment. Unless other funding is available to complete the proposed course, a student should not start her course before the Trustees' decision is confirmed. Currently the Trustees do not have sufficient funds to meet their commitments to existing students. It should not be assumed that a grant will be possible.

6. Having agreed an initial grant, we do not want to waste that investment, so, subject to satisfactory progress reports, we make repeat grants on an annual basis to complete the course.

7. Our normal grant is for not more than £1200, and is paid direct to the training institution. We need to be sure, before agreeing a grant, that a student is able to make up the rest of the total cost of the course. We need to avoid wasting our scarce resources in a situation where a grant is paid but the course is not started or completed.

8. We only give grants for students to attend an institution in their own context. We believe that training which is provided in the student's own context will be more appropriate to the needs of the student and the local church. This also allows us to help many more women.

9. The income of the Foundation is very limited and the Trustees wish to spread the benefits as widely as possible. They will only consider in any one year supporting one student from a diocese. It is for the diocese to decide according to its priorities which woman this should be. Therefore to signal his support the application will need the personal signature of the Bishop of the diocese for whose employed service the candidate is to be trained.