The Commissioners' spending responsibilities are briefly
outlined below. Further details can be found in their Annual Report.
Through the Archbishops' Council the Church Commissioners
contribute more than £40 million annually to support the church's
mission and ministry at
parish level. This money includes targeted grants to dioceses, used
mainly for clergy stipends, and mission development funding to help
dioceses develop new church ministry by investing in parish mission
The Commissioners fund grants towards the Church Urban
Fund and the Archbishops' Council's youth evangelism fund.
Both focus on the church's mission at local level.
The Commissioners also provide grants towards the six qualifying
dioceses which benefit from the City Church Fund.
Its latest triennial report sets out dioceses' use
of these grants.
The Commissioners fund all clergy pensions
earned before 1998, plus contributions to the funded pension scheme
for those bishops and cathedral clergy whose stipends they fund
directly. Read more about the clergy
pension and retirement housing schemes.
The Commissioners support the ministry of bishops
and cathedrals. They meet bishops' stipends and
working costs - mainly staff salaries - and maintain diocesan
bishops' houses. They meet the stipends of the dean and two other
senior clergy at each cathedral in England and make targeted grants
towards the salaries of cathedrals' lay staff.