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How to give to TAP: the Church
Times Train-A-Priest Fund and TAP Special Hardship
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What does the TAP Fund do?
The Church Times Train-A-Priest (TAP)
Fund was set up by Rosamund Essex, Editor of the
Church Times, in 1952, when the number of Church of
England ordinands who were married with children increased sharply.
Since then the Fund has existed mainly to provide support for the
dependants of married ordinands in theological college
More than 5770 ordinands and their families over the years have
received valuable help from the Fund.
Unmarried ordinands, too
Since 1997, dioceses have been able to draw on the Fund to
support unmarried ordinands, too.
The level of grants made towards the maintenance costs of
married and single ordinands in college and mixed-mode or
context-based training has been between £178 and £1050. The average
grant made in the past year to married candidates with children has
There is also a TAP Special Hardship Fund to
which all candidates in particular financial need can apply,
whether married or single or training at a College or Regional
Course or Ordained Local Ministry Scheme.
Any grants given from the Special Hardship Fund are not taken
into account by dioceses when setting the level of ordinary
This year, 25 per cent of donations to the TAP Fund will be
directed towards the Special Hardship Fund, in addition to any
donations specially earmarked for this purpose.
Emergency grants have been made to 41 candidates in the past
How can I give to the Fund?
The Fund is organised by the Church Times, to whom
donations should be sent. The Church
Times has never deducted any administrative costs. This
means that every pound you give goes straight to the support of the
The assessment and administration of grants from the Fund is
undertaken by the Ministry Division of the Archbishops'
The easiest way to donate is by means of the special online
giving page: www.hymnsam.co.uk/train-a-priest.aspx.
This is a secure page, and so your donation can be given safely,
in just a few moments. The online page can also handle Gift
Send a cheque
We still accept cheques, postal orders, cash and charity
cheques. Please make cheques payable to "The TAP Fund" and send
Hymns Ancient & Modern
13a Hellesdon Park Road
If your donation is eligible for Gift Aid please include a
completed Gift Aid form: Train-A-Priest Fund information leaflet and Gift
If you have a charity account with Sovereign Giving or the
Charities Aid Foundation, you can give by charity cheque.
If you are a UK payer of income or capital gains tax, a payment
by Gift Aid means that the Church Times, through Hymns
Ancient & Modern, can recover 25p for every £1 that you
A donation of £10 becomes £12.50 to the Fund.
If you pay tax at the higher rate (40 or 50 per cent), then you
can claim back the difference between basic and higher-rate tax
yourself when you complete your annual tax return.
To add Gift Aid simply select this option on the Online Giving Page or, if you are sending a
donation by post, complete the Gift Aid Form.
The Bishop of Sheffield writes
The Bishop of Sheffield, Dr Steven Croft, who chairs the
Ministry Division of the Archbishops' Council, has written to the
Editor of the Church Times (20 February 2014):
Sir, - As we approach Lent, our
thoughts turn to the call of Christ to follow him as a community of
missionary disciples. For some, this takes the form of a call to
ordained ministry. Some respond to this call while in their teens
and twenties and are able to offer their whole working lives to
ordained ministry. Some leave behind successful careers in order to
minister in areas of great need. Therefore we are most grateful
that the Church Times is once again running its Lent Train-A-Priest
Fund appeal. . .
The TAP Fund continues to provide our
ordinands with valuable financial support, allowing them to
concentrate fully on their training. Every penny given by your
readers goes to the ordinands and their families to help with
living costs or (via the TAP Special Hardship Fund) unforeseen
financial difficulty. . . When the Church is looking hard at ways
significantly to increase the number of ordained ministers, the
need for the TAP Fund is as great as ever.
We pray that, as your readers bless
our future clergy through their generous gifts, so they, too, may
be blessed this Lent.
Church House, London SW1
Last year's appeal brought the grand total raised by the TAP
Fund over the years to
(that is, more than £9 million in current values)
all for the direct maintenance and support of ordinands and
A TAP prayer for Lent
For all who are training to be priests in the
Church of England
look mercifully on your Church
and on all who offer themselves
to be trained for the priesthood;
so that by their labours your light
may shine in the world,
and the coming of your kingdom
may be hastened;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.