COVID Era Financial Resources

Dear Friends,

Please know that your bishop and diocesan staff are here for you.

We  have all been overloaded with information so we wanted to provide a resource for you to find necessary  information in one place.

Covid-19 Emergency Grant Program for Deacons

The Fund for the Diaconate of the Episcopal Church has created a special Emergency Grant Program, to aid deacons affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. Deacons in good standing in The Episcopal Church, who have been laid off, furloughed, or otherwise had their employment hours cut back or eliminated, are eligible to apply.

Grants will cover the time-period of March 1, 2020 – Sept. 30, 2020, with applications being accepted until Oct. 15, 2020.  Grants of $525 per month will be made for a three month time-period, with each grant being reviewed monthly. Grants may be renewable, upon provision of updated documentation. (Only the initial application will be required.)

For further information, please read the FAQs.  To apply, please complete the Emergency Grant Application, and provide documentation showing the decrease in hours and/or income after March 1, 2020.

Questions may be directed to the Fund President, The Rev. Keith McCoy.

The Ven. Roxy Klingensmith, Retired, also serves on the Fund’s Board, and can be reached with questions at [email protected]

Help from the Diocese

We are able to accept and forward online donations on behalf of your church. If your church is not currently set up for online donations, please let your donors know this is an option.  The link to our donations page is here and ask the donor to list the name of the church in the “other donation type” box.  We will then forward the donations to your church.

We understand that churches may struggle to pay bills and their diocesan assessments.  The Diocesan Council  is working to provide guidance.

Please call  with questions 406-442-2230 Ext. 101, or Toll Free: 1-800-247-1391 or
Email: [email protected]

CARES ACT

SBA Guidance – click here

To find a SBA Lender: https://www.sba.gov/paycheckprotection/find

To download the latest version of PPP Loan Application for Borrowers: 

https://www.sba.gov/document/sba-form–paycheck-protection-program-borrower-application-form

  • Interim SBA Rules on PPP Loan Application:

https://content.sba.gov/sites/default/files/2020-04/PPP–IFRN%20FINAL.pdf

Small businesses and eligible nonprofit organizations are covered by the Paycheck Protection Program if they also meet program size standards. Learn more.

The National Council of Nonprofits has also released guidance regarding various pieces of financial and employment legislation addressing the effects of coronavirus. Read it here.

 

 

Help From The Church Insurance Company

Effective immediately, Church Insurance Company will be extending payments for 90 days beyond the effective/due date before cancellation. It will take them time to make adjustments to the system-generated notices. Please be in touch with their billing department in order to make the necessary adjustments. The toll-free number is 1-800-819-2984.

Help From Church Pension Group (CPG)

Videos – Mental Health Awareness- click here

CPG Webinars – click here

One immediate action CPG is taking is to waive the obligation that some parishes owe to CPG for clergy pension plan assessments for a period of up to two months. (This means those parishes will not have to pay for two months of pension for their clergy.) To qualify, a diocesan bishop of the Episcopal Church must certify 1) that the senior most government official in his or her nation, state, or region has declared a major disaster (such as a state of emergency), 2) that as a direct result of the disaster, the ability of each parish seeking relief to function has been severely impaired, and 3) that there are inadequate resources (including endowments) within the affected congregation and diocese to pay assessments and continue to function. Please contact Barb Hagen to discuss a waiver.

 

Stewardship

This is a time when we can look at things differently and reevaluate the way we do things.   We have already begun new ways of worship and connecting with each other.   The phrase, “We’ve always done it that way” is no longer in anyone’s vocabulary!  What are some new ways to give?  Maybe your church could sign up for online donations if you  haven’t already.

We all need to keep receiving funds to keep our doors open and to minister to those in need. Now is a time to think about giving with grateful hearts.  Now is a time to focus on what we have and what we can do and how to love and serve our neighbors in new ways.  We are figuring out how to be the church in a new time and this will mean thinking of stewardship in new ways as well.  Stay tuned as we continue this conversation!

 

 

Canon Barb Hagen
Canon for Finance & Administration

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