Assistance Program

The Assistance Program of the Board of Pensions embodies our connectional Church at its best through grants provided to those in need — and supported by the donations of generous individuals.

Receive a grant

Through the Assistance Program, the Board of Pensions provides need-based grants to help active and retired members of the Benefits Plan of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and their families. Some assistance programs are designed specifically for ministers.

Give to those in need

You can help provide critical financial assistance to those in need by donating to the Assistance Program in a variety of ways, including a one-time gift, annual gifts, legacies, and endowments.

Give to the Assistance Program

Assistance Program access expanded to serve more

The Board of Pensions has announced extensive changes to the Assistance Program that support wholeness and broaden eligibility. Read more about these changes, which take effect January 1, 2022. 

2020 assistance by the numbers

The Assistance Program is supported through generous donations, including one-half of the Christmas Joy Offering. Fully 100 percent of each gift received supports the program.

Assisting ministers and members

After experiencing symptoms of burnout, the Reverend Dr. T. Janel Dixon was able to take her first sabbatical in more than 20 years of ministry with the help of a Sabbath Sabbatical Support grant from the Board of Pensions — an experience that renewed her ministry and reconnected her with God.