From The Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs

The Episcopal Church’s Task Force on Creation Care and Environmental Racism is now accepting applications for its 2019 Grant Cycle.

The Task Force on Creation Care and Environmental Racism, seeks to support and expand The Episcopal Church’s loving, liberating, life-giving relationship with God, with each other and with Creation. At The Episcopal Church’s General Convention in 2018, the convening body allocated funds to this task force to support local and regional eco-ministry efforts.

Two types of funding requests are offered: Seed Funding ($1,000 to $10,000) and Impact Funding (Up to $25,000).

SEED Funding includes smaller grants from $1,000 to $10,000 to support: one-time projects, the development of new projects that may continue beyond the duration of the grant funding, resources for storytelling, curriculum development, etc. No matching funds are needed to apply for these grants.

IMPACT Funding includes larger grants up to $25,000 for projects that have an impact beyond the applicant organization/parish and include more than one partner in accomplishing the grant. Impact grants require a dollar-for-dollar match or other in-kind support provided by the combined contributions of the partner organizations and/or the applicant’s diocese.

Only Episcopal institutions (parishes, dioceses, provinces, schools, seminaries, monastic communities, Episcopal organizations and other Episcopal affiliated entities) are eligible to receive these funds. Partnerships with non-Episcopal entities are welcome and encouraged, but an Episcopal entity must serve as the recipient of the funds, project leader, active manager, and reporting agent.

Episcopal Church congregations, seminaries, schools, monastic communities, non-profits, dioceses, provinces, etc. are encouraged to develop projects that find and establish connections between eco- and social justice, engaging the local community as partners and participants. The projects should seek to foster cooperation between communities of faith, civic, scientific and educational organizations. Projects should have specific outcomes which create lasting impact, enhance faith formation and social understanding and serve groups and/or regions that are vulnerable and/or underrepresented in the church. Projects including intergenerational engagement, demonstrating innovation and creativity, and promoting churchwide learning, understanding and practical application are welcomed. Projects should not be solely focused on materials or capital expenses.

Application information is available in English and Spanish here and here.

Deadline for applications is November 3 at 11:59pm PST.

A webinar was held for interested applicants on October 14. The webinar will be recorded and posted on Creation Care grants webpage.

A second cycle of grantmaking will occur in the Spring of 2020.

The following will not be considered for funding: applications not supported by an Episcopal entity and/or do not actively engage the Episcopal Church; capital projects (such as solar panels, updated parish building infrastructure, etc.).

Please note the following for dioceses of The Episcopal Church: Applicant understands that should its local diocese fail to pay its assessment in full or to apply for and receive a waiver, the diocese and the applicant shall be ineligible to receive grants or loans from the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society unless approved by Executive Council.  In accordance with Canon I.4.6, (select the applicable response): The diocese pays its full assessment; The diocese has been granted a waiver for years (list); The diocese has made application for a waiver but has not been advised regarding a determination.

For further information and details contact Phoebe Chatfield, associate for Creation Care and Justice,, or the Rev. Stephanie Johnson, chair, Task Force on Care of Creation and Environmental Racism,


Members of the Task Force on Creation Care and Environmental Racism are:

  • The Rev. Stephanie Johnson, Chair, The Episcopal Church in Connecticut
  • The Rt. Rev. David Rice, Vice-Chair, The Episcopal Diocese of San Joaquin
  • Mr. Tyler Kerr, Secretary, The Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles
  • The Rev. Richard Acosta, The Episcopal Diocese of Colombia
  • The Rt. Rev. Cathleen C. Bascom, The Episcopal Diocese of Kansas
  • Ms. Bernadette Demientieff, The Episcopal Diocese of Alaska
  • The Rev. Nathan Empsall, The Episcopal Diocese of Spokane
  • The Rt. Rev. Robert Fitzpatrick, The Episcopal Diocese of Hawaii
  • The Rev. P. Joshua Griffin, The Episcopal Diocese of California
  • Dr. Delia Heck, The Episcopal Diocese of Southwestern Virginia
  • The Rt. Rev. A. Robert Hirschfeld, The Episcopal Church of New Hampshire
  • Ms. Perry Hodgkins Jones, The Episcopal Diocese of Western North Carolina
  • The Rt. Rev. Mark Lattime, The Episcopal Diocese of Alaska
  • The Rev. Lester Mackenzie, The Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles
  • The Rev. Hershey Mallette Stephens, The Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina
  • The Rev. Weston Mathews, The Episcopal Diocese of Virginia
  • The Rev. Canon Dimas Munoz, The Episcopal Diocese of Puerto Rico
  • Ms. Sarah Nolan, The Episcopal Diocese of Virginia
  • The Rev. Deacon Lewis Powell, The Episcopal Diocese of Northern California
  • The Very Rev. W. Mark Richardson, The Episcopal Diocese of California
  • Mr. Brian Sellers-Petersen, The Episcopal Diocese of Olympia
  • Dr. Andrew Thompson, The Episcopal Diocese of East Tennessee
  • The Most Rev. Michael Curry, Ex Officio
  • The Rev. Gay Clark Jennings, Ex Officio
  • The Rev. Melanie Mullen, director of Reconciliation, Justice and Creation Care, The Episcopal Church