Ordinands’ Association

The Ordinands’ Association exists to support and represent all those in training for ordination – whether part-time or full-time, in college or on a course. We represent the needs and views of ordinands to the Church of England’s Ministry Division via a network of elected representatives, who meet together every term. Our aim is that all ordinands receive the best possible training for ministry.

Not heard of us before? We were, until recently, known as the Association of Ordinands & Candidates for Ministry (AOCM).

The Richards Trust

The Richards Trust is a fund administered by SPCK, with the purpose of assisting ordinands in financial need. It does not provide scholarships, or fund books or placements. Rather, is a contingency fund to help ordinands who fall into financial difficulty during the course of their training. The trust deed stipulates that candidates must be under the age of 40 and preparing for ordination in the Church of England.

The application procedure is very simple, and the Trustees consider each application as it arrives so that a response can be made swiftly and a grant, if awarded, paid without delay.

Full details can be found here.

The Mylne Trust

This charity exists “for the benefit of persons of either sex who are, or have been, engaged in evangelistic work, including retired missionaries or missionaries still engaged as such or continuing Christian workers”.

Under this description, grants are awarded to individuals towards their personal living expenses in undertaking Christian outreach projects, for periods of training for Christian ministry and outreach and to retired persons whose lives have included Christian evangelistic work. Under the terms of its original endowment, the trust is only permitted to support Christian workers from Protestant denominations.

Applications for Grants

Applications are invited from persons who qualify under the above description. The trustees meet quarterly to consider applications and decide on awards. Please do not make prior contact with the administrator about the likelihood of an application being accepted.

Please see the Mylne Trust website for details on how to apply for a grant.

Robin Twining
The Mylne Trust Clerk
PO BOX 530
United Kingdom

Email: mylne.trust@btconnect.com

The trustees like to see that applicants are making best efforts to receive funding from all possible sources. It should be noted that declaring your applications to other sources of funding, and any grants your have received, will not prejudice your chances of being awarded a grant by the trust.

Following up on Applications

If you indicate an email address, your application will be acknowledged on arrival and, if funds are available and you appear to qualify for consideration for a grant, the date of the trust meeting at which it will be considered will be indicated. You should therefore hear by email no later than 2 weeks after that meeting. If you do not have email, you will be advised by post.

Trustees’ Discretion

Please note that the trustees have total discretion in the making of grants and will not enter into any kind of correspondence or discussion about the reasons awards are made or refused.