Applying for Financial Assistance
Covid-19 - Emergency Grant Program
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 - April 30, 2021, with applications being accepted until April 30, 2021. 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.
Since 1927 the Fund for the Diaconate has been assisting deacons -- working, retired, or disabled -- who have insufficient funds for their needs. Begun as "The Retiring Fund for Deaconesses”, the Fund has refined its purpose and is now able to serve all ordained Episcopal deacons in need. The Fund is unique in its mission of service to deacons by deacons. All deacons in The Episcopal Church are automatically voting members of the Fund, and elect members to the board annually.
If you feel that the Fund might be able to help you, please review our Guidelines. You will notice that two types of financial aid are available -- monthly stipends for basic living expenses and one-time grants. Regardless of the type of assistance you need, you will be asked to disclose financial information to show that few other avenues for financial assistance are available to you. The Grants Coordinator will help you interpret the Guidelines and will bring your request for assistance to the Board for consideration.
Download The Request for Assistance Form. You should review the form carefully so that you can collect the necessary information in advance. As with the Guidelines, the Grants Coordinator for the Fund will help you complete the application and will bring your request to the Board, which meets semi-annually (May and October); emergency requests can be considered in between meetings. All information given to the Fund via the Request for Assistance is held in confidentiality. All grants and stipends are reviewed annually, based on updated information.
We accept applications at any time. Applications will be reviewed at the Board meeting closest to your submittal.
Submit applications by:
A Guide to Completing the Request for Financial Assistance.