Emergency Funding for Pastors and Churches
Please read this message from our team member, Roy Patterson:
I have known many of you for several years. I’ve worshipped with you. Preached at some of your churches and connected with you via Moody Radio.
Thank you for all you’re doing to guide your congregation through these difficult days. Covid-19 has caused all of us to relinquish our typical schedule and adapt. We have never experienced this kind of impact on society and the local church. As many people are facing unemployment the church has the privilege of sharing hope. I’m so grateful that we can broadcast our services online. I know that it has not been an easy leap for some of you. But you’ve done it. Unfortunately, this crisis has caused many churches to reel from the shelter in place decree. Many are shaken by the lack of financial support from congregants.
As you know, the president has signed a $2.2 trillion bill called the CARES ACT to help small businesses address their issues during this crisis. Recently I found out that this bill is also designed to help churches. The name of this part of the ACT that applies to non-profits and churches is called the Paycheck Protection Program.
Most of you know my heart for unity, a few years ago I talked with David Dillon, a prominent Christian Businessman about ways to impact the city of Chicago via Violence reduction, government, churches, business and education and legal aid. We’ve seen some great things happen. Together Chicago is glad to send you some documents including the actual application form and links (below) that will help you help understand the process of obtaining funds for your church. I’ve asked Mark O’Halloran, Together Chicago’s Director of Economic Development to field any questions you might have regarding the information I’ve sent. His email address is [email protected]
I hope this information will be helpful. Please check it out. Time is of the essence. The first day the applications to the Small Business Administration are being accepted by their participating banks is this Friday April 3. There will be many organizations applying and the $349 Billion dollars that is allocated for this purpose will go quickly.
My prayer is that these days of fear will turn into days of unprecedented evangelism. I do believe God put you in this era “for such a time as this”!
Grace and peace,