Pandemic Financial Assistance


WISCONSIN CONFERENCE FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE FOR CHURCHES

Emergency Response Fund Grants

The Wisconsin Conference created the Emergency Response Fund to pool resources as congregations deal with critical needs.  The Conference will award grants to organizations experiencing financial hardship and those meeting crucial needs in their community.  Through the generosity of our donors, we can offer two categories of grants to all congregations of the Conference.

  • Technology Grants: The Conference provides $50 grants to congregations to defray the cost of Zoom or other new technology needed during the “safer-at-home” order in Wisconsin and beyond. To apply for a Technology Grant, email Andrew Warner.
  • Ministry Grants: The Conference provides a limited number of $500 to $2000 grants to congregations to support congregational ministry. These unrestricted grants can be used for program, staff, and facility costs related to congregational ministry.  The grant application will ask four questions:
    • How has the Coronavirus Pandemic challenged your congregation?
    • What resources have you used to respond?
    • How would you use a ministry grant?
    • How would this transform your congregation?

The short grant application form will be reviewed by the Conference. The strongest grants will not only help stabilize a congregation’s ministry but position it for ministry in partnerships with the wider community. Each congregation receiving a grant will need to share the story of how they used this grant. These stories will be shared publicly.  Apply online now for a ministry grant.

Wisconsin Conference Pandemic Relief Loan Program from the Cornerstone Fund

Joining together in faith to invest in and build Community. The United Church of Christ Cornerstone Fund Pandemic Relief Loan program is available to churches in participating Conferences, including the Wisconsin Conference. Find the details here: Cornerstonefund.org/wisconsin

 

NATIONAL UCC FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE

The United Church of Christ National Setting is offering financial assistance to local churches whose ministries have been challenged by the novel coronavirus pandemic.  The national officers have collectively identified $2.6 million in COVID-19 relief and another $1.1 million in micro grants.

National UCC Grants Available for Congregations:

Operational Grants for Churches that Perform Direct Service
These funds are for general operating support, directed to support churches’ ability to carry out their mission rather than specific projects or programs. General operating support is intended to grant the working capital needed to sustain day-to-day operations. This fund can be applied for by congregations as well as Conferences who are applying on behalf of congregations. All applications require Conference endorsement. For questions concerning this grant, please contact Rev. Aaron Wade at: wadea@ucc.org    Apply here.

Operational Grants for Congregations of Color and Ethnic Minority Congregations in the UCC
These funds are intended for general operating support that has been allocated specifically for Congregations of Color and Ethnic Minorities in the United Church of Christ: non-dominant racial/ethnic churches, indigenous churches and African-American churches. This fund can be applied for by congregations as well as Conferences who are applying on behalf of congregations. All applications require Conference endorsement. For questions concerning this grant, please contact Rev. Aaron Wade at: wadea@ucc.org    Apply here.

Community Garden Grants
These funds are direct service funds set aside for churches to support community garden programs. These funds are intended to be seed monies to maintain or establish sustainable urban and community gardens to improve the public’s health, well-being, economic vitality, and create resilient ecosystems for present and future generations. All applications require Conference endorsement. For questions concerning this grant, please contact Rev. Aaron Wade at: wadea@ucc.org   Apply here.

Additional Grants for UCC Pastors:

Make a Difference! Caring for Authorized Clergy Fund Grant
These grants are available to persons authorized for ministry in the United Church of Christ (ordained, licensed and commissioned) who are experiencing crisis in their vocational and/or personal lives (e.g. counseling, immediate intervention, early intervention and referral assessment, psychological testing). Funds are not meant for long-term support, salaries or other income. Conference staff must apply for this grant on behalf of an authorized minister. For questions concerning this grant, please contact scholarships@ucc.org

Pension Board Ministerial Assistance Emergency Grant
Funds provide direct financial support to those who serve the church and are facing financial difficulties. Active and retired clergy, lay employees, and their surviving spouses may be eligible. To apply for an emergency grant, contact the Conference office where you have authorization for ministry and speak with a member of the Conference staff. Explain your situation and ask them to forward your request for an emergency grant. If the Conference supports your request, conference staff may call or email the Director of Ministerial Assistance.   More information can be found here.

 

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