Programs Addressing Hunger in United States

Posted by Presbyterian Mission Agency on December 7, 2015

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

The Presbyterian Mission Agency is inviting Letters of Inquiry for 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, including direct food relief, development assistance, public policy advocacy, lifestyle integrity, and education and interpretation. Proposals do not need to fit neatly into one of these five areas but may include activities in multiple areas.

Direct Food Relief: Programs must provide food relief to impoverished people in either acute or chronic conditions of hunger, with an eye to developing long-range solutions. Grants may be made for start-up costs for new programs and/or new projects affiliated with existing programs that attempt to deal with the root causes of hunger in the community.

Development Assistance: The program must provide a multifaceted approach to the development and empowerment of impoverished people in areas such as agricultural training, community organization, economic development, nutrition education, public health, and family planning. Proposed activities also may be designed to increase employment opportunities or provide assistance to unemployed persons.

Public Policy Advocacy: Using just and peaceful means, programs must advocate for political, corporate, and/or economic policy changes that provide food for impoverished and hungry people at home and abroad, empower participants’ self-development, and promote freedom from oppressive and unjust systems that fail to meet basic needs.

Lifestyle Integrity: Programs must help the church and church members move toward sustainable corporate and personal lifestyles sensitive to the reality of the earth’s limited resources and the critical needs of the human family.

Education and Interpretation: Programs must educate the church, church members, and the public at large about the root causes of hunger and inspire, equip, and connect people to act on that information and educate others. Proposed activities should provide opportunities for learning among and in communities of need.

To be eligible, applicants must be an organization that can demonstrate that a significant part of its work, or the specific project for which funds are being sought, attempts to address the root and systemic causes of hunger. Presbyterian congregations working to run a hunger or homeless ministry, or establish a new hunger ministry or new hunger/poverty initiative, are eligible to apply for grants of up to $2,000.

Letters of Inquiry must be received no later than April 30, 2016. Upon review, selected applicants will be invited to submit full applications by June 30, 2016

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


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