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".

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

Mrs Pat Phillips
The Richards Trust
36 Causton Street
The Trustees consider each application as it arrives so that a response can be made swiftly.

The Clericus Fund

The Clericus Fund was founded by Archdeacon Owen, Chaplain-General of HM Land Forces in the early 19th century, from gifts made during his lifetime and a bequest in his Will. Its purpose is to supply books of a religious nature to HM Land Forces for the benefit of the troops and their wives and children.

Grants are generally made for the establishment or improvement of libraries for the use of HM Land Forces, with the books to be chosen from the SPCK catalogue and supplied by SPCK through its distributor. There have been no calls on the fund in recent years, so a modest pot has accumulated and we are actively seeking applications for grants from the fund.

If you are an army chaplain and wish to apply to the fund for the establishment or improvement of a library for the use of Forces, please download the form from this page, complete and send to the Fund Administrator, Pat Phillips, SPCK, 36 Causton Street, London SW1P 4ST. If you are having any trouble downloading or completing the form, please don't hesitate to contact us at