If this pandemic situation has made your congregation aware of church needs that are not “emergency” needs (e.g. computers, wireless access, microphones, security, streaming services) you can apply for a grant from the Ministry Resources Committee or from the Synod of the Mid-Atlantic.
Pharr Family Bequest Grants (up to $2,500, but may be adjusted based upon need)
Ministry Continuation – to provide financial support to congregations in order for them to continue engaging in ministry during and post COVID-19. Uses for the funds could include but are not limited to: technology upgrades, computers, Internet and streaming services, building cleaning, safety equipment, etc.
Visit our Grants webpage for complete details:
RESOURCES FROM THE PC(USA)
ADDITIONAL FUNDS AVAILABLE FROM PRESBYTERIAN MISSION AGENCY
Matthew 25 grants will support vulnerable congregations facing COVID-19
Presbyterian Mission Agency president sets aside funds to be administered by
Presbyterian Disaster Assistance
Like many small businesses, the dynamics of the Coronavirus pandemic are putting a strain on a lot of churches — some of which were already hanging on by a thread.That is why the Presbyterian Mission Agency is offering Matthew 25 Continuity of Ministry Grants of up to $7,500 to congregations whose survival may be in question due to the impact of COVID-19. “We are beyond grateful for the ways Presbyterians are reaching out to their communities to serve and to heal as we live through this pandemic together,” the Rev. Dr. Diane Moffett, president and executive director of the Presbyterian Mission Agency wrote in a letter announcing the grants. Applications for the grants will be made through presbyteries, and they will be asked to prioritize the requests based on the vulnerability of the church, considering historic disenfranchisement and exclusion.
COVID-19 and Matthew 25 grant requests will follow the same procedures as other PDA grants where all grant requests must come from the mid councils.
PC(USA) Advisory Opinion from OGA: Church in an Emergency/Pandemic
PC(USA) Coronavirus Resources Webpage:
Jean Hemphill, a member of the Church Alliance and an advisor to the Board of Pensions, was asked by the Executives of the six agencies of the General Assembly and the President of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), A Corporation to provide a resource to congregations and mid-councils on the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act). Download the resource from the Church Alliance which summarizes the CARES Act and how financial resources authorized under the Act might be accessed.
DOWNLOAD THE RESOURCE
PAYCHECK PROTECTION PROGRAM
PPP loans (which for most churches will convert into grants) are administered through local banks. Check with your bank; if they do not handle loans under the CARES Act, they can refer you to the closest bank that does.
Application details have yet to be completely finalized as of April 1, but with the number of businesses expected to apply for PPP benefits, we recommend that all of our churches consider applying very soon.
You can find out more information here:
Financial Resources for Congregations and Pastoral Leaders
The Board announces dues relief for small churches, deferments for other churches and employers
In recognition of the challenges impacting employers of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) due to COVID-19, the Board of Directors of the Board of Pensions today approved dues relief for churches with congregations of 300 or fewer members that have a single pastor enrolled in Pastor’s Participation. These churches may be eligible for a dues waiver of up to three months. For other churches and employers, including presbyteries and affiliated organizations, Directors approved deferments of up to two months on payments for benefits. In both cases, there will be no reduction in benefits to ministers or employees. More details on dues relief and deferments
If your congregation needs assistance paying Board of Pensions dues;
or have church staff members enrolled the BOP benefits program in need
of personal emergency financial assistance, contact:
Board of Pensions
Find out more at their website:
Through the Presbyterian Foundation’s Online Giving Program, your church can now accept secure online donations. You can add the donation form to your website to accept gifts by debit or credit card, and electronic funds transfer. Your members can even set up recurring gifts, adding predictability and regularity to your offering receipts.
No need to negotiate with credit card vendors, merchant services, banks or any other company. The Presbyterian Foundation will take care of processing all online gifts, validating and reconciling transactions for you.
Find out more here:
Olanda Carr, Jr., Presbyterian Foundation Ministry Relations Officer
Coronavirus: Guidance for Better Mental Health (A discussion about guarding mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic.)