It’s not often that you see the words “creation” and “climate change” in the same sentence, never mind referenced in the same grant proposal request. But the Episcopal Church is looking to bring religion and science together in some interesting new ways.
Grants of up to $10,000 are now available for Episcopal Church congregations, seminaries, schools, monastic communities, non-profits, dioceses, and provinces who are advancing the protection of creation with work that connects both the environment and social justice. The deadline for the first round of grants is December 31, 2016.
Along with addressing climate change and social justice, grantees must enhance faith formation and serve groups that are underrepresented or marginalized by the church.
This new grant funding is the result of Resolution A030 of the 2015 General Convention of the church, which seeks to “support ecologically responsible stewardship of church property.” A total of $600,000 has been allocated for grants directly to parishes, dioceses, and nonprofits connected with the Episcopal church for the implementation of projects.
Recommendations and final grant decisions will take place at the February 2017 meeting of the Episcopal Church Executive Council, and a second round of grant opportunities will become available in February.
The Episcopal church is venturing into new terrain with this environmental grant funding, a result of the 2015 General Convention, which recognized the need for the church to do more to foster development of energy conservation efforts and conversion to solar and other alternative energy sources.
For further information and details contact Chris Sikkema, Mission Associate for Justice and Advocacy Ministries.