For member congregations of the Presbytery of Baltimore
The Presbytery of Baltimore supports our pastors and congregations through its staff, Commissions and entities as churches live out the Gospel of Jesus Christ through their mission and ministries. The Presbytery also responds in times of crisis through our various Assistance Grants, seeking to provide wholeness in times of unforeseen and dire circumstances. In response to the recent COVID-19 outbreak, the Presbytery has established an assistance fund for those financially impacted by this pandemic.
The Presbytery of Baltimore COVID-19 Relief Fund will be used to provide emergency aid to eligible churches, Presbytery entities, partnership committees, and worshipping communities impacted by the COVID-19 virus. This fund may not be applicable for cases in which long-term financial support is needed. This fund is intended to be used only for issues directly related to the COVID-19 virus. The maximum amount of disbursement shall be $5,000.00. The Presbytery of Baltimore may not be able to honor all requests as written and strongly encourages our congregations to explore other avenues for relief such as Board of Pension Grants, State of Maryland Grants, and other Presbytery of Baltimore Grants.
Only Presbytery of Baltimore member churches, Presbytery entities, partnership committees and worshipping communities are eligible for the COVID-19 Relief Grant.
a. A completed “COVID-19 Relief Grant Request Form” must be submitted by the member church, Presbytery entity, or partnership committee. Request forms may be directed to:
The Presbytery of Baltimore
5400 Loch Raven Blvd
Baltimore, MD 21239
b. All requests must be reviewed and approved by the Commission on Ministry Chair, the Commission on Thriving Congregations Chair & the General Presbyter. The Commissions and General Presbyter may request additional documentation.
c. Upon acceptance of the Presbytery of Baltimore COVID-19 Relief Grant, the congregation agrees to engage with Commissions of the Presbytery in a relationship that further explores the health, sustainability and stewardship goals of the church.
COVID-19 Relief funds can only be granted for necessities. These needs include, but are not limited to the following:
- Pastor/Clergy Salaries & Benefits
- Programmatic, Administrative, & Facilities Management Salaries
COVID-19 Relief funds cannot be granted for the following:
- 3rd Party pre-school or childcare expenses
- Capital projects
- Pre-existing property disrepair
- Pre-existing debt
- Business ventures or investments