Close Relative Giving
Partner Account for Individuals
Under Gift Aid rules there are restrictions on using funds given to Stewardship by a close relative of the intended recipient, or by a close relative of the intended recipient’s spouse, if they have one. Close relatives are defined as: parent, grandparent, child, grandchild, sibling, or the spouse of any of these.
Bible College Students
In the case of Christian workers, close relatives can only give towards any personal ministry expenses that you may have. They cannot give towards your living costs. We ask for your personal ministry expenses in the account application form and confirm the approved level of ministry expenses in your welcome email.
By ‘ministry expenses’ we mean the cost of equipment, training, materials, travel for ministry purposes and other facilities relating directly to your ministry/work, which you incur and aren’t reimbursed to you.
By ‘living costs’ we mean basic accommodation, food and other general living expenses.
Exceeding the Close Relative limit
It is your responsibility to ensure you do not receive gifts from close relatives, including any Gift Aid, which exceed your approved personal ministry expenses. If gifts to you funded by close relatives exceed your ministry expenses, you must contact us. In the event of undue delay in you notifying Stewardship, you may be required to repay grants received from Stewardship. If your ministry expenses exceed £2,000pa, we may ask you to substantiate them with receipts.
If you need further help, please do talk to us. These are strict conditions of payments made to you by Stewardship.
Close relatives are not permitted to give to Bible College Students under Gift Aid rules and therefore cannot make a gift to Stewardship for your support. They can of course give to you directly.