Please read about the grants and then complete the grant application.
The Conference Creation Care Team, in response to the Kairos Call to Action, is making grants up to $1000 available to Wisconsin Conference UCC Congregations that are planning initiatives to deepen their love of creation and positively change their relationship with the environment.
These initiatives could address new models for community-based cooperation and ministry, environmental and economic justice work, theological grounding for your congregation’s response to the climate crisis, and/or potential leadership identification and development for guiding the congregation’s response. Additionally, because the Creation Care Team has connected with the Native American communities of Wisconsin, consideration will be given to congregations who use this as an opportunity for multi-cultural literacy and cooperation.
These initiatives can be small or large, focused on enhanced efficiencies, consciousness-raising and education, or organizing and advocacy. Because of the far-reaching dimensions of the climate and ensuing economic crisis, priority consideration will be given to initiatives that somehow connect with multiple partners within or beyond communities the congregation serves.
The grant can cover the full amount of the project, or a portion of the project with the church and other sources funding the remaining costs.
Congregations who receive grants will be assigned a member of the Conference Creation Care Team for advice and support through the duration of the project and will be required to make a report at the time of the completion of their project. The report should include photographs, description of what was completed, narrative of how the project is impacting the congregation, who was involved in the project and any learnings that could be shared with other congregations for inspiration and modeling.
Grant requests will be considered at the time they are received, and awards will be made in mid-October. The final deadline for grant application submission is September 30. Funded projects do not need to be completed by the end of 2020. Funding for these grants comes from The Wisconsin Conference Catalyst Fund provided by your congregation’s support of Our Church’s Wider Mission.
If you have questions or need assistance completing the application, contact Lisa Hart.