Financial Hardship

Church Times TAP Fund
Maintenance grants for College training, plus special hardship fund available to all ordinands. All applications must be accompanied by your Diocesan Budget form so that appropriate calculations can be made.  Grants Officer, Ministry Division, Church House, Great Smith Street, London, SW1P 3AZ. 020 7898 1396.

Clergy Support Trust
This charity formerly known as Sons and Friends of Clergy has helped many ordinands by way of a grant and also offers a free Ordinand Library. To find more information contact them at 1 Dean Trench Street, Westminster, LONDON, SW1P 3HB or visit:

CPAS Ministers In Training Fund
The Church Pastoral Aid Society (CPAS) makes grants from its Ministers in Training Fund to those training for authorized ministry in the Anglican Churches of England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland.

Full details and application form:

Contact: Joanna Coleman, CPAS, Sovereign Court One (Unit 3), Sir William Lyons Road, Coventry CV4 7EZ   Tel: 0300 123 0780.

The Elland Society
Ordinands who are Evangelical in conviction and outlook; priority to Northern Province. Up to £300 at anytime; applications for larger amounts by start of April and September: c/o Bekah Moor, Administrator, The Elland Society, 18 Bryan Street, Spennymoor, DL16 6DW.


St Aidan’s College Charity
Grants toward living expenses, books, placement expenses and unforeseen circumstances. c/o Chester Diocesan Board of Finance, Church House, 5500 Daresbury Park, Daresbury, Cheshire, WA4 4GE

The Anglo-Catholic Ordination Candidates Fund
 The General Secretary, The Revd J F Shead, 57 Kenworthy Road, Braintree, Essex CM7 1JJ

The Leathersellers’ Company
Grants to students taking full-time degree or post-grad studies at an English University or Theological College; trustees meet in March and Sept for year beginning in Sept. c/o Clerk to the Trustees, The Leathersellers’ Company, 15 St Helen’s Place, London, EC3A 6DQ. Queries to Penny Burtwell, Charities Administrator: 020 7330 1451.

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 as such but 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 Tim Burke Memorial Fund
Specific purposes, such as purchase of books and placement costs, prior to incurring expenditure. Applications from former pupils of St Paul’s School or St Paul’s Girls School especially welcomed. c/o Mr P B Burke, The Cobbles, Hanging Langford, Salisbury, SP3 4NN.