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The CARES Act, the federal government’s response to the COVID-19 crisis, includes assistance and recovery programs that churches can qualify for. Below you will find our webinar that includes information about how to apply and manage these provisions and programs, as well as additional funding sources that may help churches survive this crisis.

Topics Covered:
  • The big picture relating to non-profits and churches
  • How to prepare financial statements for government assistance programs
  • Changes in unemployment insurance and how it impacts your church
  • CARE Act’s Payroll Protection Plan and how a church can apply
  • CARE Act’s Economic Injury Disaster (EID) Loans feasibility for churches
  • Additional funding sources for churches

Click here to listen to the full recording of the webinar.
Download Getting Help: Resources Now Available by Dan Gerlach
Download CARE Act 101 For Churches by David Heinen


CARE Act 101 for Churches

Q: The Paycheck Protection Program indicates to use the last year of salaries as a base.  Is this Jan 1 – Dec 31, 2020 or March 1, 2019 – February 29, 2020? 

A: The past year should be considered the 2019 calendar year.  Though some banks are allowing businesses to use March 1, 2019 – February 29, 2020.  


Q: If we pay a housing allowance for our pastor, should this amount be included in the salary base?

A: SBA has not made a ruling on housing allowances.  The answer right now depends on what your lending institutions says.  We anticipate a ruling from SBA shortly on whether housing allowances are considered salary.   



Q: Should health care and pension benefits paid to the conference be included in the salary base?

A: Yes.  


Q: Are state and local taxes included in the salary base? 

A: Yes, but not federal taxes.

Download application form.

Download PDF.

PPP Paycheck Calculator from Vanderbloemen (source:

Download FAQ’s from SBA for Faith-Based Organizations.

List of participating lenders. (We encourage you to first contact your bank.  If your local bank is not participating in this program, then consult this list.)

Checklist of documentation needed to apply for PPP or EIDL:

o   Organizational Information

o   Financial Information

  • Internal Financial Statements (whatever you have)
  • Balance Sheet – December 31, 2019
  • Income Statement – Jan 1, 2019 – Dec 31, 2019

o   Bank Information

  • Information for the bank account where the funds should be deposited.

o   Payroll information:

  • 2019 Quarterly Federal Tax Filings (941s), if any
  • All W2s issued in 2019
  • All 1099s issued in 2019
  • For the period of 3/1/2019 – 2/29/2020, summarize by:
  • Payroll Register
  • Employer portion of Healthcare Insurance
  • Employer portion of retirement benefit
  • State or local taxes assessed and paid, if any