COVID-19 Congregational Relief Fund

In the midst of the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, Mennonite Disaster Service, Everence and Mennonite Central Committee have joined together to provide grants to help churches facing financial crisis due to the global health emergency.

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Supporting one another

Helping churches recover

Times like these remind us of the interconnectedness we have as the body of Christ. The COVID-19 Congregational Relief Fund – offered by Mennonite Disaster Service (MDS), Everence® and Mennonite Central Committee U.S. (MCC U.S.) – provides a way to support and hold one another up as a community, by helping churches facing financial hardships as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. 

 
The COVID-19 global health emergency... will require a broad response to help neighbors and communities recover spiritually, physically and financially.
King-Kevin-MDS_96x96 Kevin King, MDS Executive Director

Extending mutual aid

Meeting needs

Congregations may submit grant requests of up to $5,000. Grants may be used to meet church financial needs (such as rent, mortgage, utilities, staff salaries, etc.) or to assist church families and members recover from COVID-19 hardships.

While primarily focused on domestic relief needs, a portion of the fund will support churches in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean through the Mennonite World Conference Global Church Sharing Fund1.

Grant eligibility

Churches with historic roots or relationships with the Anabaptist faith community are eligible to apply for a grant. Priority will be given to racially and ethnically diverse churches serving in historically under-resourced communities, i.e. communities and households that are underbanked, underinsured and/or uninsured.

Download an application (English and Spanish)

Questions? Email us at covid19relieffund@everence.com.

How grants are awarded


The COVID-19 Congregational Relief Fund is administered by Everence Foundation.

Grants are reviewed and allocated (based on need) through a special committee with representation from MDS, Everence and MCC.

[This pandemic] will disproportionately affect the most vulnerable populations, particularly those who are part of racial or ethnic communities. It's imperative that we... share God's love and compassion with all in the name of Christ.
Byler-J-Ron-MCC_96x96 J Ron Byler, MCC U.S. Executive Director
As people of faith, we are called to serve the whole church and all those within the body of Christ... and we welcome the opportunity to work together in support of our shared faith communities.
Ken Hochstetler, President and CEO Ken Hochstetler, Everence President and CEO

partnership and collaboration

How grants are funded

The COVID-19 Congregational Relief Fund was established with a combined commitment of over half a million dollars from MDS, Everence and MCC U.S.
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Mennonite Disaster Service is a volunteer network of Anabaptist churches that responds in Christian love to those affected by disasters in Canada and the United States. While the main focus is on clean up, repair and rebuilding homes, this service touches lives and nurtures hope, faith and wholeness.

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Everence helps individuals, organizations and congregations integrate finances with faith through a national team of advisors and representatives. Everence offers banking, insurance and financial services with community benefits and stewardship education.

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Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) is a worldwide ministry of Anabaptist churches, sharing God’s love and compassion for all in the name of Christ by responding to basic human needs and working for peace and justice. In 2020, MCC commemorates 100 years of relief, development and peacebuilding work, today in more than 50 countries including the U.S.

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Individuals, churches, businesses and organizations may also support the fund through charitable donations.

Disclosure

1 The Mennonite World Conference Global Church Sharing Fund should not be confused with the Everence Sharing Fund