Administrative Information and Resources

COVID-19 Overview

Reopening Guidelines

Useful PPP Links

Updated Jan 2021 to include information on 2nd Draw Loans

To Apply for a Second Draw PPP Loan

Your congregation will be required to certify its need for the funds and must have:
  • Received, and have expended or expect to expend, an original PPP loan
  • Experienced a 25% reduction in gross receipts in any quarter in 2020 compared to the same quarter in 2019
  • 300 or fewer employees.

Determining Your Eligibility

To determine if you qualify, please click here to download a worksheet generously made available by diocesan auditors, PKF O’Connor Davies, LLP. Please note that this worksheet is offered “as is” and users use it at their own risk: in particular, please note the disclaimers on the Instructions tab, and review the outcome of your entries to make sure they make sense.

PKF O’Connor Davies COVID-19 Resource Center
Current information from an accounting firm.

SBA Portal with Links to All Documents and Forms

SBA FAQ for Faith-Based Organizations

Finding a Lender

The SBA has set up a web page to match borrowers with lenders.
Please click here to see it.

Application Forms

Informational Documents

Have your church's outreach ministries changed
as a result of the coronavirus pandemic?

If So, Please Update or Add Your Church's Outreach Ministry Information on
the Episcopal Asset Map.

In times like these, the excellent Episcopal Asset Map provides invaluable information about the ministries and services that Episcopal churches such as yours offer to those in need.
But that information is only useful if it is accurate - and in many cases, the facts about your parish's ministries may have temporarily changed.
  • Are you open or closed?
  • If open, what are the hours of service?
  • What has changed (Takeout only, drive-through only, etc.)?
  • If you aren't open, where could someone get help?
  • How can you be reached? Add a contact person with an email address and/or a phone number that will be regularly monitored.

Latest Updates

May 27 Diocesan Covid Policy Statement

May 28, 2021
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In a statement of church reopening policies intended to replace all previous statements, Bishop Dietsche said that he would impose no requirements beyond the current requirements of the State of New York.

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2021 Calculated Apportioned Share Relief Program Launched

November 11, 2020
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Deadline for Application for First Quarter of 2021: December 1Do Not Delay! As Bishop Dietsche announced November 7 in his address to Diocesan Convention, the Adjustment Board has developed a plan for providing streamlined COVID-19 related Calculated Apportioned Share relief, ranging from 5% to 25%, to congregations with annual Calculated Apportioned Shares for 2021 of […]

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The Bishop’s staff currently continues to work from home, but will begin the process of returning to Diocesan House over the course of the summer, with a current target date for complete return of the first working day after Labor Day (ie., Tuesday, September 7). Meanwhile, they are responding to emails and regularly checking voicemails.

Please click here for contact information.

No Virtual Communion

On March 27, 2020, Bishop Dietsche wrote as follows: “…a number of questions have come to me positing alternative ways in which the consecrated host might still reach the members of your congregation. Communion by mail. Drive-by communion. While well meant, these and like ideas are not possible. They fall too far outside the practices set forth in the Episcopal Church for the eucharist, and I think may also have the unintended effect of trivializing the sacrament. And they will necessarily fail in their purpose. The more we try to make things feel normal, the more isolated and lonelier we are likely to feel.

"The question has also been asked, by many, about the possibility of Virtual Communion, by which a priest might celebrate the eucharist remotely, while people at home gather before their computer screens with bread and wine. I have given this a lot of thought. I have had good well-articulated cases made to me for these services, and I am not 100% certain that this could not be done within some reasonable stretching of the canons and the rubrics of the Book of Common Prayer. However, I am not at this time going to allow these services of virtual communion. The celebration of the Holy Eucharist presupposes the coming together of the people of God, and the receiving of the sacrament together; eating from the one loaf, drinking from the one cup. We sing “let us break bread together on our knees,” and the key word in that verse is “together.” We have many ways to pray within our tradition, and practices within and without our prayer book which may be done by an individual person alone. But holy communion requires the gathering of the people. "