Train-a-Priest Fund

Each year Church Times readers give generously to the Train-a-Priest (TAP) Fund, providing much-needed financial support to Church of England ordinands and their families. Over £4.6 million has been raised since 1952 and, as the Church Times keeps nothing for administering the fund, every penny goes to help train the next generation of priests.

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What does the TAP Fund do?

The 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 dependents of married ordinands in theological college training, although dioceses can also draw on the Fund to support single ordinands.

More than 5933 ordinands and their families have received valuable help from the Fund over the years. The assessment of grants is undertaken by the Ministry Division of the Archbishops' Council, with the average grant made last year being £960.


The TAP Special Hardship Fund

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. Emergency grants were made to 36 candidates in the past year (a total of £13,605).

10% of donations to the TAP Fund are directed towards the Special Hardship Fund, in addition to any donations specially earmarked for this purpose.


Give to the Fund

The TAP 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.

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We still accept cheques, postal orders, cash and charity cheques. Please make cheques payable to "The TAP Fund" and send to:

TAP Fund
Church Times
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

Charity vouchers
If you have a charity account with Sovereign Giving or the Charities Aid Foundation, you can give by charity cheque.


Gift Aid

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 Chair of the Ministry Council, the Rt Revd Steven Croft

Your readers have a wonderful record of generosity towards the TAP Appeal. As I come towards the end of my appointment as Chair of the Ministry Council and pass on responsibility to the Bishop of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich, I will remember with enormous gratitude the contribution they have made to supporting many ordinands during this period and in the years before.

At a time when we are seeking to increase substantially the number of those offering for ordination, it is a major encouragement for those with families in particular to know that help and support are at hand in time of need. Last year you raised with your readers the wonderful sum of £65,325. I am sure that your readers will aim to match and exceed that in Lent 2017, for which, on behalf of the Church of England and its Ministry Council, I am very grateful.

Yours ever, +Steven Oxon:


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

Almighty God,
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.

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