Following the prolonged COVID-19 shutdown, many parishes of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America have reported declines in weekly giving and long-term stewardship donations, significantly lowered attendance at holy services and ministries, and technological challenges associated with delivering services and ministries virtually.
Ever aware of the great strain that has been put on the parishes of the Archdiocese, His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America has launched the “COVID-19 Parish Recovery Initiative” to provide struggling parishes with monetary support to enhance revenue opportunities, technical assistance from the Archdiocese and other affiliated organizations, as well as developmental and educational support.
The Archdiocese has designated a previously received restricted grant of $450,000 to be divided evenly amongst the eight Metropolises and the Archdiocesan District. Each Metropolis will be allotted $50,000 from the Archdiocese and have the opportunity to raise additional funds to increase their giving capability as they see fit, thereby increasing their ability to help more of their parishes.
All Parishes of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America are eligible to apply. Please note that each Metropolis, through an appointed committee, is responsible for vetting the applications of their parishes and providing cash grants of a maximum of $10,000 per parish.
Step 1: Click the following link to apply:
Step 2: You will be contacted by your Metropolis Chancellor's Office so that your Parish can set up an appointment to discuss the Parish's need.
Step 3: Submit any extra documentation that is required.
In addition, there will be Parish Stewardship, Development and Education, as well as Technical Assistance available depending on the need.
The application process has begun and will be open until November 30.