Grants & Scholarships


Students at Alma College, Alma, Michigan

Students at Alma College, Alma, Michigan

As part of our mission, we have several programs that assist people and congregations.

Presbyterian Committee on the Self-Development of People
Self-Development of People provides grants to those living in poverty to help improve their lives. More information can be found here.

Racial Ethnic & Women’s Ministries
Racial Ethnic & Women’s Ministries provides grants to newly established congregations. Congregations can apply for grants for the first year of ministry and beyond at varying amounts. You can find those grants, called Mission Program Grants, here. These grants are also part of our 1001 New Worshiping Communities movement.

Presbyterian Disaster Assistance
Presbyterian Disaster Assistance provides grants in connection with disaster recovery ministry.

Financial Aid for Service
Loans, grants and scholarships are available for undergraduate and graduate students at Presbyterian (U.S.A.)-affiliated colleges and seminary students. Also explore ways in which the Presbyterian Mission Agency is reducing financial barriers to service for undergraduates, seminary students, and volunteers in mission, and pastors with educational debt.

Presbyterian Women
Presbyterian Women issues grants for programs and projects through the Thank Offering and Birthday Offering. The Birthday Offering primarily funds capital improvement projects to 1–2 agencies a year whereas the Thank Offering funds 25–30 smaller new or expanded projects or small capital improvement projects a year. Presbyterian Women also gives grants to individual women who are active in the PC(USA) who wish to participate in the work of Presbyterian Women for personal leadership development.

Presbyterian Investment and Loan Program
The Presbyterian Investment and Loan Program, Inc. (PILP) is a nonprofit corporation of PC(USA) created to provide low-cost loans to congregations, governing bodies and related entities of PC(USA).  The Program offers Presbyterian investors — members, pastors, churches and other governing bodies —  an opportunity to support the growth of the church through investing.