Emergency Financial Assistance

March 24, 2020
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The following is a resolution passed by Diocesan Council at a special meeting held March 24, 2020, to help offer financial assistance to parishes and missions during the coronavirus outbreak.

Diocesan Assessment Holiday
Parish Financial Assistance

Whereas, the Episcopal Diocese of Missouri has previously announced the suspension of public worship in response to the coronavirus pandemic; and

Whereas, our congregations are taking unprecedented steps to address continuity of all aspects of operations and ministries; and

Whereas, many of our congregations will experience additional financial stress from these uncertain times; it is therefore

Resolved, that the Diocese of Missouri grants a deferred payment holiday for the payment of parish and mission diocesan assessments until July 1, 2020; and it is further

Resolved, that the Trustees for the Corporation of the Episcopal Diocese of Missouri authorizes the Bishop to make additional emergency grants as needed on a case by case basis to an individual parish or mission up to $25,000, and up to $200,000 in the aggregate for all parishes and missions. Funds for grants shall come from unrestricted accounts of COEDMO. Such emergency grants shall be requested by the parish priest and senior warden and approved in consultation with the Bishop, Executive Director of Finance & Administration and/or the Diocesan Treasurer. 


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