Serving those in need through the Assistance Program

April 30, 2019
The Assistance Program of the Board of Pensions provides financial assistance to active and retired pastors, employees, and their families in need. The program offers many types of grants — all need based — in amounts ranging from a few hundred dollars to many thousands of dollars.

The Assistance Program has long served as a key resource for Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) ministers and employees. We know that those who serve the Church cannot bring their best gifts to ministry — or any part of their lives — when deep financial concerns weigh on them. We also know that sometimes retired ministers and employees, and their families, need help with housing and other costs that may be out of reach on a fixed income.

How can we serve you?

The Assistance Program provides ongoing and one-time grants to eligible PC(USA) ministers and employees and their families who show financial need.

Eight types of grants currently are available:

Beginning July 1, 2019, the Assistance Program also will provide grants of up to $2,500 once every three years to eligible PC(USA) retirees, spouses, and surviving spouses to help pay for dental services and/or hearing aids. Application details for Retiree Medical Grants will be available in May.

Giving and receiving

If you think you may be eligible to receive a grant through the Assistance Program, we welcome your call at 800-773-7752 (800-PRESPLAN).

The funds that support the Assistance Program are freely given by generous individuals, and 100 percent of each gift received supports the program. If you don’t need financial assistance and are in a position to help others who do, we welcome your gift today.