FAQ

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Below you will find Frequently Asked Questions for:

Requesters

Requesters (those under the care of a Christian Science nurse) or their Personal Representatives (PR)/Power of Attorneys (POA)​

Find the “Apply for a Grant” page on the IFCSN website. Review the instructions on that page, download the IFCSN Worksheet and then click on the “Register” button. After registering and thus giving your consent to IFCSN’s use of your personal data for granting purposes, you’ll be able to log into the IFCSN secure portal. From there you’ll be able to fill out the grant application form by selecting “Start a Grant Application.”

We will need your contact information, an understanding of your current reliance on Christian Science, an understanding of what Christian Science care you are receiving and the estimated costs you will incur or have already incurred. We will also need a self-disclosure of your annual income, your assets, and any other sources of grant, family or other funding available to you to meet these needs. Check out this worksheet to help you gather the information you need before starting your application. We will let you know if any further information is needed. All information we receive is always kept confidential.

Individuals are eligible who are receiving treatment from a Christian Science practitioner, and need Christian Science nursing care. Because The Principle Foundation (which administers the IFCSN) is a public charity under US law, it is required to make grants based on “need.” Thus, the reason we request some disclosure of your need for assistance.

No, but we would ask that you disclose these assets. And, in line with Mary Baker Eddy’s instructions that Christian Scientists honor the value of the care provided by Christian Science nurses and Christian Science practitioners, you will be asked to cover some portion of the cost of the care.

Yes. If you are approved for a grant, we can give you an up-to amount, and then wait to hear back from you how much funders or insurance will pay. In general, the IFCSN pays after we know the amount these other sources will cover.

Most Christian Science nurses and facilities will only work with an individual who is receiving treatment from a Journal-listed Christian Science practitioner. This is our preference as well.

We ask that you be receiving care from a practicing Christian Science nurse, as defined in the Manual by-law (which includes a requirement that the Christian Science nurse be a member of The Mother Church.) However, the Christian Science nurse does not need to be Journal-listed. If he/she is not listed, the grant will require that there be a Journal-listed supervisory nurse who visits to support and assess the care on a regular (generally monthly) basis. The frequency will be included in the “terms of the grant.”

A listing of all Christian Science nurses worldwide can be found here. If you would like to find a Christian Science nursing facility or visiting nurse service, you can find a link to their website here. If you cannot find a Journal-listed nurse near you, ask a local branch church member if they know anyone in your area who is qualified to assist you.

Once you fill out the application and we follow-up by phone, you will typically be notified of our grant decision within five–ten business days.

Not necessarily. Additional resources or benevolence may be required. And, in line with Mary Baker Eddy’s instructions that Christian Scientists honor the value of the care provided by Christian Science nurses and Christian Science practitioners, you will be asked to cover some portion of the cost of the care.

We are always expecting healing, but if you need further assistance, there is a short renewal form you can fill out after 60 days. You do not need to fill out the original application again.

In general, we prefer that you or a legal power of attorney fill out the form. If someone else needs to act as a personal representative for you, the IFCSN application also allows for the registration of an individual in the role of a personal representative. A personal representative will have to submit as part of his/her registration process an appointment form signed by you as the individual receiving care.  A standard appointment form to download is also made available during the registration process. It is important that IFCSN receive consent and appropriate documentation from both the individual receiving care (and thus requesting financial assistance) and the individual making application on their behalf. If you as the requester cannot find an individual near you who can act as your personal representative to fill out the application, you may be in touch with the European Coordinator (EC) and receive help directly from the European Coordinator to fill out the application form. In that case, the EC will need you to sign a consent form that says you have agreed to have the EC help you fill out the application form.

The primary purpose of the fund is to support Christian Science nursing. We may consider home-helper assistance in unusual circumstances.

In some cases, “yes.” The terms of each grant are unique. It is possible that a request can be made to cover costs incurred up to three (3) months in arrears. Please note that after a grant is approved, IFCSN’s policy is to pay the provider directly based, however, on invoices the requester/grantee submits to IFCSN.

If you anticipate that you will need to submit an invoice connected with an IFCSN grant for payment, we recommend you do register in advance, as the registration process requires several set-up steps to go through before any invoices can be submitted.

Private-duty Christian Science nurses and other care providers

Private-duty Christian Science nurses and organisations that provide on-site or visiting Christian Science nursing care

This is a requester-centred fund, so in general we would ask that the requester or an authorised personal representative fill out the application. In the event that this is not possible, please contact us to discuss the situation. See the contact us page on this website.

A monthly invoice is required to receive payment. This usually will be submitted by the individual receiving care or an authorised personal representative or POA. To make it easier on the individual receiving care, we ask that the care provider fill out the details of an invoice that a requester uploaded, using the IFCSN-provided online-form associated with the electronic version or scan of the invoice submitted by the grantee.

We will ask you to fill out an invoice information form (available on the IFCSN’s portal) that gives us the basics of the fees and costs (nursing supplies, equipment, and some travel) in a format we recognise. This information should correspond to the invoice you provided to the requester and that the requester uploaded to the portal for us. It’s important that fees and expenses are clearly separated. We will cross-reference those two documents (invoice from the requester and invoice information form from the provider) to ensure everything is in order. If other costs related to Christian Science nursing are received later and need to be reimbursed, be prepared to create a new invoice, send it with the receipts to the requester, and ask the requester to submit it for payment.

Any invoices you send to the individual you’re caring for should have an invoice number. This will vastly simplify and speed up the process for IFCSN and for you.

Yes. After registering on the IFCSN portal, you will be asked to answer a few questions in regard to your US Tax status. And, depending on how you answer those questions, you will fill out one of two forms – a W-8BEN or a W-9. If you are an organisation, you will be asked to fill out form W-8EXP.  This allows the IFCSN team to document – which it must do – whether you are or are not exempt from US taxes on the payments you receive from the IFCSN for care of a grantee. Most care providers will be exempt.

We can set you up to receive Convera (formerly Western Union) payments directly to your bank account or we can discuss other options. After you register on our IFCSN secure portal, you will be able to submit your banking information and the necessary US Tax form. This set up will only be needed the first time. For subsequent payments you’ll only need to submit the invoice information form.

Christian Science practitioners

The focus of the IFCSN is to give financial assistance to individuals receiving Christian Science nursing care. The IFCSN can only cover the costs of a Christian Science practitioner for his/her support directly related to the Christian Science nursing care.

A monthly invoice is required to receive payment from IFCSN. This usually will be submitted by the requester or someone acting as a personal representative or power of attorney.

Please include your daily or per treatment fee and a total sum for the amount of work you did for the individual that month.

Please, make sure to issue invoices with an invoice number for the IFCSN to insert into the payment request form. This will vastly simplify and speed up the payment process for us and for you.

Yes. After registering on the IFCSN portal, you will be asked to fill out a form in regard to your US tax status. Depending on your situation, you will fill out one of two forms – a W-8BEN or a W-9. This allows the IFCSN team to document – which it must do – whether you are or are not exempt from US taxes on the payments you receive from the IFCSN for care of a grantee

We can set you up to receive Convera (Western Union) payments directly to your bank account or we can discuss other options. The bank and tax forms will only be needed the first time you enter the secure portal to request payment. For subsequent payments you’ll only need to submit the invoice information form.

Other help with the IFCSN portal and grants

Registering with the IFCSN portal is only necessary if you wish to apply (if you are a requester, a personal representative or act as Power of Attorney on behalf of the requester) or to request a payment (if you are a service provider). If you only wish to receive informational emails from IFCSN, you can fill out the form that enables you to consent to emails from IFCSN.

Feel free to contact us. Please note: the European Coordinator is most likely to answer calls during business hours from 10 am to 12pm CEST and from 1pm to 3pm CEST Monday through Friday.

The Invoice Information form simply standardises the information in your invoice to make it easier for the IFCSN to apply payments under the terms of the grant to someone in your care. Once you have done this a couple of times, it should become easy for you – though it will always take a little time. You might wish to modify your invoices to conform to this standard form – making it even faster and easier for you.

Yes. If you are a care provider, you’ll have to submit separate invoice information forms for each uploaded invoice, if you are a requester/personal representative, you will have to upload invoices for reimbursement that you already paid separately from unpaid invoices for which you request payment to the care service provider directly, and you’ll have to fill out an Invoice Information form for each invoice you submit for reimbursement.

IFCSN can, depending on the terms of your grant, reimburse you for paid invoices dating three months back. After that, IFCSN prefers that you upload unpaid invoices as they come to you from the care providers and allow IFCSN to pay the providers directly. If you prefer to submit verified paid invoices and request a reimbursement, IFCSN can do that on an exceptional basis.

There are other long-time funders in Europe, including in the UK. The IFCSN was designed as a top-up fund. If a requester is eligible for one of the existing funds, they should apply to those funds first or at the same time as making a request to IFCSN. They will be asked to disclose if they are receiving (or will receive) funds from other sources to cover their Christian Science nursing (including Christian Science practitioner) costs.