Emergency Assistance Grants can help with a one-time financial need.
“The Board of Pensions came alongside our situation and helped us. That assistance helped me realize we are part of a larger family that truly does care.”
Ministers and employees of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), both active and retired, may be eligible for Emergency Assistance Grants. The grants are for a one-time need. Your mid council or employer must be financially unable to participate in a Shared Grant.
Before you apply, make every effort to obtain help through public entitlement programs, such as Medicare, Medicaid, and Supplemental Security Income. Each application is reviewed on its merits, as determined by applicant need and resources.
The Board of Pensions also makes Emergency Assistance Grants to groups of employees affected by natural disasters. The mid council or employer in the affected region should provide its Church Consultant with the number of ministers and employees involved. The Board will make emergency assistance decisions after receiving information on the magnitude of the need.
To qualify, you must have an emergency or unexpected financial need and
The need could result from extraordinary medical expenses, a family emergency, custodial care at home, or any number of special situations beyond Benefits Plan or other coverage.
Up to $5,000 each and $15,000 total in a 12-month period.
Ministers should contact their mid council to discuss their need and assistance possibilities; other employees should contact their employer. Then, do the following:
The Assistance Program will consult with the mid council or employer to confirm the need for assistance and ensure that resources for a Shared Grant have been exhausted and no community resources are available.
The Board considers applicants' financial and personal needs and resources when considering requests for assistance.
Call the Board at 800-773-7752 (800-PRESPLAN) and ask for the Assistance team.