Assistance Program

​The Assistance Program promotes and sustains wholeness in those who are called or employed by the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) or a PC(USA)-affiliated employer. The program provides critical financial assistance to retired and active members in need of support.

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— Housing Supplement recipient​

The Assistance Program embodies the connectional Church at its best, in giving and receiving. No dues support the program. Rather, it is funded by gifts, legacies, endowments, and one-half of the Christmas Joy Offering. These giving opportunities provide a way for caring Presbyterians to support those who serve the Church during their times of need.

Grant opportunities

The Assistance Program offers nine distinct programs:

More information

If you represent a mid council or employer and know of a PC(USA) minister, employee, or survivor with a financial need, or if you are a plan member and unsure if you are eligible for assistance, call the Board of Pensions at 800-773-7752 (800-PRESPLAN) to discuss how we might help.


Grant for motorized wheelchair transforms pastor’s ministry and life

The Assistance Program of the Board of Pensions and the Presbytery of Chicago provided a Shared Grant for the purchase of a scooter, enabling Rev. Pattison to continue in full-time ministry.

Read Rev. Pattison's story