Addressing Hunger in United States

Posted by Presbyterian Mission Agency on March 14, 2016

Presbyterian Mission Agency Seeks Applications for Programs Addressing Hunger in United States

The Presbyterian Mission Agency is inviting Letters of Inquiry from projects that address the root and systemic causes of hunger in the United States.

Grants of up to $20,000 will be awarded to projects that fall within one (or more) of the program’s five focus areas: hunger relief, sustainable development, advocacy, intentional and sustainable living, and education and interpretation.

1) Hunger Relief Combined with Root Cause Work: Grants will support organizations working to alleviate hunger and also doing substantial work to address systemic causes of hunger and poverty (e.g., long-range solutions to a particular systemic cause).

2) Sustainable Development: Grants will support programs that help bring about long-term improvements in quality of life for low-income people and communities. These activities — ideally designed, led, and driven by frontline communities and those who stand to benefit — should aim to end hunger and its underlying causes, increase self-reliance, and build social and economic power.

3) Advocacy: Grants will support non-violent advocacy for political, environmental, or economic changes that result in more ecologically produced, affordable, healthy, culturally appropriate, and local/regional food for low-income communities and people; contribute to the self-development of low-income people, community empowerment, and a healthy environment; increase freedom from oppressive and unjust systems; and/or build alternatives that are just, sustainable, and more beneficial for individuals and their communities.

4) Intentional and Sustainable Living: Grants will support activities that assist church and society in moving toward sustainable collective and personal lifestyles that demonstrate care and stewardship toward all creatures and the critical needs of low-income people.

5) Education and Interpretation: Grants will support activities aimed at educating church and society about local and global root causes of hunger, poverty and environmental degradation. Funded activities should prepare and motivate people to act and to educate others and provide opportunities for solidarity with and learning among low-income people and those facing environmental injustice.

To be eligible, applicants must be an organization or PC(USA) congregation able to demonstrate that a significant part of its work or the specific project for which funds are being sought addresses root and systemic causes of hunger.

Letters of Inquiry must be received no later than April 30, 2016. Upon review, selected applicants will be invited via email to submit a full application. (Applications will only be accepted from groups invited to submit.)

For complete program guidelines and application instructions, visit the PMA website.


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