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How to give to TAP: the Church Times Train-A-Priest Fund and TAP Special Hardship Fund.
Download the TAP information leaflet
Go to online giving page
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 training.
More than 5933 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 has been £960.
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 support.
This year, 10 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 36 candidates in the past year (a total of £13,605).
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 priesthood.
The assessment and administration of grants from the Fund is undertaken by the Ministry Division of the Archbishops' Council.
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.
Send a cheque
We still accept cheques, postal orders, cash and charity cheques. Please make cheques payable to "The TAP Fund" and send to:
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 Aid form
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 give.
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.
From the Ordinands' Association
From Tim Smith, Gemma Wilkinson, and Dominic Holroyd
Sir, — We write on behalf of the Ordinands’ Association (OA) to express our thanks to your readers for their generosity and support for the Church Times Train-A-Priest (TAP) Fund. At a time when many continue to feel financial pressures, ordinands from across the Church of England are very grateful for the magnanimous gestures of kindness from all who have supported the fund over the past year.
The TAP grant goes to every ordinand, married or single, who is in full-time training for the priesthood in the Church of England. Every donation made helps support the next generation of priests, and for that we are truly thankful. Thank you also to the staff at the Church Times who facilitate and organise the appeal each year.
TIM SMITH, Chair (Trinity College, Bristol)
GEMMA WILKINSON, Treasurer (Ripon College, Cuddesdon)
DOMINIC HOLROYD, Secretary (Westcott House, Cambridge)
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 their families.
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.