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

A life and family restored, thanks to the Assistance Program

A grant through the Assistance Program of the Board of Pensions, the Presbytery of Wyoming, and the Presbyterian Church of Jackson Hole helped restore a family member to health and wholeness.

Read Mandy Hadden's story

Couple ‘so grateful’ for adoption grant from Assistance Program

Associate pastor is thankful to receive Assistance Program support upon adopting spouse’s nephews.

Read Rev. Gaeta-Symonds' story