Applying for Financial Assistance
Two types of grants are currently available. Both are detailed below.
Covid-19 - Emergency Grant Program - Extended to October 31, 2021
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 - October 31, 2021, with applications being accepted until October 31, 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 for an Emergency Grant
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.
General Grants - Apply at any time
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.
If you feel that the Fund might be able to help you, please review our Guidelines for Making Grants.
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 Administrator will help you interpret the Guidelines and will bring your request for assistance to the Board for consideration.
To Apply for a General Grant
The Grants Administrator can 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 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.
Questions? Contact The Rev. Theresa Lewallen, Grants Administrator
We accept applications at any time. Applications will be reviewed at the Board meeting closest to your submittal.
Applications submitted by:
All deacons in The Episcopal Church are automatically voting members of the Fund, and elect members to the board annually.