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 £4.7 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.

Donate to the TAP Fund online

Download the 2019 TAP leaflet and donation form


What does the TAP Fund do?

The TAP Fund was conceived by Rosamund Essex, a former Church Times editor, in response to hearing of the hardship experienced by married ordinands on grants calculated for single, young men.

Since 1952 more than 6000 ordinands and their families have received valuable help from the Fund, in the form of top-up grants to help with living expenses and emergency grants from the Special Hardship Fund.

This year everything raised in the TAP appeal will go into the Special Hardship Fund.

Anyone in training for the priesthood, whether full- or part-time, at a college or on a course, can apply for an emergency grant from the Fund. 

The grants are designed to provide immediate assistance in the event of an unforeseen financial crisis - a broken-down car, a failed computer, a faulty heating boiler, or something more serious, such as funeral expenses.


Give to the Fund

Most ordinands and their families make huge sacrifices when they give up well-paid jobs to answer the call to the priesthood. A donation to the TAP Fund is a practical way to affirm and support their calling — and to ensure that the next generation of priests can concentrate on their studies, not their debts.

Give online
The easiest way to donate is online:
This is a secure page, and so your donation can be given safely, in just a few moments. If your donation is eligible for Gift Aid please remember to select this option on the online form.

Send a cheque
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 TAP Gift Aid form with your cheque.

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


Apply for an emergency grant

Grant applications are assessed by the Ministry Division.

If you need to apply for a special hardship grant you can do so through your diocese or college/course.

Find out more about the financial support available to ordinands.


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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