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The Diocesan Fund for Critical Clergy Needs


Application Deadlines: March 1, June 1, September 1, December 1

Please note: Education Grants are only processed at the June meeting.

The Diocesan Fund for Critical Clergy Needs Committee allocates grants in three areas to canonically resident priests, deacons or congregations of the Diocese of New York, as follows:  
  1. To assist priests or deacons who have expenses related to severe illnesses or other household crises, lapsed medical insurance premiums, financial emergencies caused by unemployment and unusual medical or dental expenses.
  2. Educational grants: a.) to the children of priests or deacons with special needs or living in critical mission areas where public schooling is clearly inadequate; and b.) to aid undergraduate college tuition for children of priests or deacons. Undergraduate education grants, which are only processed during the June meeting each year, have in recent years been in the amount of $2,000 for each student.
  3. Grants to congregations which are unable to keep pension payments current.  At present, no congregation is able to make application for these funds more than once every ten (10) years.
In cases where there is a need that cannot be met under these criteria, please contact the Canon for Pastoral Care or the Canon to the Ordinary. Other funds are available that might be able to address the situation. For more information or to obtain an application, please follow the link upper right.

Grant Request To Individuals
& for Medical or
Dental Expense

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Grant Request For
School Tuition

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    The Canon for Pastoral Care

    The Rev. Canon K. Jeanne Person
    Canon for Pastoral Care

    Telephone: 212-932-7355
    Fax: 212-932-7368
    [email protected]

    Critical Clergy Needs Manager

    Ms. Zoraida Marte

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    Finance; Payroll Manager 28Administrative Office Work Phone: 212-316-7478 Work Fax: 212-932-7328

    The Canon to the Ordinary

    The Rev. Canon W. Blake Rider

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    Canon to the Ordinary, Intake Officer Work Phone: 212-316-7415 Work Fax: 212-932-7318

    The Rev. Nora K. Smith

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    Director of Strategic Programs, Intake Officer Work Phone: 917-319-3959

    Completed applications should be sent to the Clergy Critical Needs Manager (see details above) at
    Episcopal Diocese of New York 1047 Amsterdam Ave New York NY 10025
    Deadlines for submissions are the first days of March, June, September, and December each year.