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The Richards Trust

The Richards Trust - Financial assistance for students preparing for ordination

The Richards Trust is a fund administered by SPCK, with the purpose of assisting ordinands in financial need.  It does not provide scholarships/bursaries to top up other grant income but is a restricted contingency fund to help ordinands who fall into unforeseen urgent financial difficulty during the course of their training.  Candidates must be preparing for ordination in the Church of England, the Church of Ireland, the Church in Wales or the Scottish Episcopal Church.  Grants typically range between £500 and £2,000.

Applications are invited from students who fulfil the above criteria. It is emphasised that the fund is for "emergency" situations, and grants are not given for overseas placements or to fund additional years of study.

An application form and an income/expenditure spreadsheet template (MS Excel or Open Office versions) can be downloaded or obtained from the Trust Administrator.

Application Form

Application Form - income and expenditure

The college principal or course director must countersign the completed application form to confirm that the information provided is correct, and also provide a confidential reference/supporting letter saying why this is to be considered as an "emergency".

‘Please note it is important to provide supporting documentation with your application, i.e. quotes or receipts.’

Completed forms and references should be sent to the Trust Administrator:

Hannah Abban
The Richards Trust
SPCK
36 Causton Street
London
SW1P 4ST
habban@spck.org.uk
The Trustees consider each application as it arrives so that a response can be made swiftly.