In recognition of the devastating economic impact of the pandemic and decisions to close all but “essential” workplaces, the Commission on Reconciliation has decided to offer a one-time grant program to local congregations in the Presbytery of Baltimore. The total amount of funds available is $3,500 and the maximum grant award per church will be $500. Priority will be given to ministries directly serving impacted communities that have expanded to meet the increased demand for food assistance. The Commission was able to establish this grant opportunity with a combination of designated Centsability and Shared Ministry contributions.
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COVID-19 Relief Grants
The Presbytery of Baltimore COVID-19 Relief Fund will be used to provide emergency aid to eligible churches 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.
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Emergency Assistance Property Grant
The Presbytery of Baltimore Emergency Assistance Property Repair Fund will be used to provide emergency financial aid to congregations in time of an urgent church property need. This fund may not be applicable for cases in which long-term financial support is needed. This fund is intended as a last resort, to be used only after the requestor has explored all other possibilities of help. The maximum amount of disbursement per individual church in a calendar year shall be up to $5,000 per request.
Enduring Witness Grants
The Presbytery of Baltimore is privileged to receive funds from congregations whose ministries have closed either through the sale of church property or other situations whereby the Presbytery of Baltimore receives assets. The legacy of the faithful members of these congregations continues through the life and ministry of remaining congregations in the Presbytery.
Community Engagement Grants
Community Engagement grants are directed for community outreach, more specifically for community organizing and community engagement by congregations in the Presbytery of Baltimore.
Thriving Congregations Grant Program
This application will be used for congregations applying for grants administered by the Commission on Thriving Congregations.
Committee on Ministry Grant Program
Committee on Ministry Enduring Witness Grants are available for Teaching Elders, Commissioned Pastors and congregations experiencing a need for emergency financial assistance.