Shared and Emergency Assistance grants now one

November 18, 2019

The Board of Pensions has merged its Shared and Emergency Assistance grants into one type: Emergency Assistance Grants. The Board offers these grants in partnership with mid councils or employers to help active or retired ministers and employees with urgent financial needs. A new application is now available to mid councils and employers.

The Board of Pensions has merged its Shared and Emergency Assistance grants into one type, Emergency Assistance Grants, to simplify the application process for those in need. The Board, in partnership with mid councils, employers, or multiple bodies of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), provides these grants to assist with emergency or unexpected needs for which active or retired ministers or employees do not have the necessary funds.

All eligibility, need criteria, and grant request processes remain unchanged. A new Emergency Grant Application is available on pensions.org for use by the presbytery or employer, who will continue to initiate this type of grant request.

Emergency Assistance Grants are offered to individuals with emergency or unexpected needs, such as a family emergency, custodial care at home, or any number of special situations beyond Benefits Plan or other coverage. The grant recipient must be employed by the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) through a congregation, mid council, or agency; be employed by a PC(USA)-affiliated organization that offers our benefits; or receive a retirement or survivor's pension from the Benefits Plan of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).

The mid council or employer works with the minister or employee to complete and approve the application, and share with the Assistance Program in the cost of the grant. In extenuating circumstances where shared funding is not feasible, a grant funded solely by the Board may be considered.

Providing needed assistance to PC(USA) ministers, employees, and their families remains a core value of the Board of Pensions. Each year, we distribute more than 1,000 grants of all types for more than $5 million. Emergency Assistance Grants comprise a relatively small, but vital, form of assistance to church workers in need.