The diocese is offering several opportunities for financial help to congregations during the pandemic crisis. These include:
Questions about Mission Share payments should be directed to the Rev. David Getreu at email@example.com Questions about any of the other forms of relief may be directed to the Rev. Canon John Johanssen at firstname.lastname@example.org or Carine de Lange at email@example.com.
Recognizing that assistance to congregations may be needed far longer than we can imagine at this time, we have added a new requirement that application for assistance through the Government Care Act Payroll Protection Program (PPP) must be a congregation’s first step. This is a loan that will be forgiven should you retain your staff and use the money towards certain cost (staffing and utilities).
You may recall that a few years ago, after a series of conversations with Bishop Breidenthal around our diocese, we established five Mission Priorities. The fifth priority was ”Stewardship of Resources” and is guiding our decision to require that you first seek financial assistance through the PPP program.
As a US Government initiative, PPP is potentially a “renewable” resource. Unfortunately the monies available to the diocese from the William Cooper Procter Memorial Endowment are not renewable..
This is time sensitive due to a limited amount of funding available, so please apply as soon as possible through your bank. By obtaining this assistance it will free up more diocesan money in the long term for assistance. More information is on our website - http://diosohio.org/doing-church-during-covid19/.
To recap, we do require that you apply for a PPP loan for us to consider your application for assistance. Please confirm that you have or are in the process of applying. Carine de Lange can assist with the required supporting documents that you are a 501(c)(3) entity as a “participating parish” in the Diocese of Southern Ohio. Contact Carine at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please note: We have noted our partnership with PNC as a resource for applying for a PPP loan. It has come to our attention that your church must have an account with PNC to apply for a PPP with them.