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Presbyterian Hunger Program
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Jessica Maudlin
(800) 728-7228, x5832
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Louisville, KY 40202

Grants for International Projects Outside of the United States

General Criteria

The Presbyterian Hunger Program will consider proposals which meet the following requirements:

(You may wish to download the international grant criteria.)

  1. The proposed activity shall fit into at least one of the five programmatic areas:
    1. Direct Food Relief - the proposed activities will help make food available to people who cannot provide for themselves on a temporary basis or permanently. Relief programs should also consider long-range solutions to the problems affecting such communities.
    2. Development Assistance - The proposed activities should help bring about long-term improvements to the quality of life of poor people in more than one way. These activities should aim to increase self reliance and empowerment of poor people.
    3. Public Policy Advocacy - The proposed activities will advocate through just and peaceful means, political and/or economic policy changes which a) provide food for poor and hungry people; empower their self development; or c) promote freedom from oppressive and unjust systems that fail to meet basic needs.
    4. Lifestyle Integrity - The proposed activities will assist the church to move toward sustainable corporate and personal lifestyles sensitive to the reality of the earth’s limited resources and the critical needs of the poorest of the human family.
    5. Education and Interpretation - The proposed activities will educate the church and the public at large about local and global root causes of hunger in a particular country and around the world.  They shall prepare and motivate people to act and to educate others and provide opportunities for being in solidarity with and learning among poor communities.
  2. The proposal will work to lessen hunger and poverty and to address their causes.
  3. The proposed activity will come from an organization.  Proposals will not be accepted if they come from private businesses or from individuals. The PHP will not normally accept applications from governmental structures. 
  4. The proposed activity will benefit poor people, especially women, racial ethnic persons or other disadvantaged groups.  Those benefitting will be involved in the planning and implementation of these activities.
  5. The proposed activities will promote a just sharing of the earth's resources and the protection of the environment.
  6. The organization which is applying will have good working relations in its own country with a national church body, whether or not it is a formal partner of the Presbyterian Church USA. It also may show existing relationships with community organizations, government agencies and other programs which share the same goals. In order to support local self reliance, PHP will give priority to applications submitted by organizations based in the geographic area of the proposed activities.
  7. The application will propose activities for which there are:
    1. Clearly stated goals and objectives;
    2. Feasible methods for attaining these goals and objectives;
    3. A method of annual evaluation;
    4. A clear and adequate budget, reflecting both expected income and expenditures;
    5. A reasonable long range plan for self sufficiency and/or increasing local support;
    6. Sufficient staff and/or volunteers to accomplish its objectives; and
    7. People, knowhow and equipments, that are appropriate to the local situation and need.

Criteria for Inclusiveness

  1. Programs which discriminate or work against the empowerment of women or people of color will not be considered for funding.
  2. In the spirit of the Ecumenical Guidelines for Sharing, the PHP will ensure that at least 50% of its grants are for activities which empower women and/or racial ethnic or indigenous people. To qualify an application must propose the following:
    1. An activity that is entirely planned and implemented by women, especially women of color;
    2. A new activity for which the initial organizing leadership, decision-making bodies and implementing structures reflect the racial composition of the benefitting community and include at least 50% women, or
    3. An ongoing activity for which the decision-making bodies and implementing structures reflect the racial composition of the benefitting community and include at least 50% women.

Application Process

International Applicants must follow these steps to submit a grant application to the Presbyterian Hunger Program:

  1. Submit a Letter of Inquiry  by no later than April 30.
  2. If your Letter of Inquiry results in an invitation to submit a proposal, you will complete the  International Grant Application online by no later than June 30. Mailed or emailed proposals will not be accepted.  Applications will only be accepted from groups invited to submit.
    a. Ordinarily, the maximum level of grants approved by the Committee is $20,000, with the average grant being around $7,000.
    b. Usually, our grants cover only parts of the total financial request and are given only for specific and measurable activities which can be completed within a twelve month period. 
    c. In order to support local self reliance, PHP will give priority to applications submitted by organiza­tions based in the geographic area of the proposed activities.
  3. Await grant decisions following the Advisory Board meeting. You will receive notification of the Board’s decision by email before the end of October.

Letter of Inquiry Instructions

The Letter of Inquiry should be no longer than 2 pages in length (U.S. letter size 8.5x11).  The letter should be included as a separate document and not pasted into the body of the email.  Do not attach any other documents in addition to the letter. The letter should include the following:

  1. Contact person and contact information.
  2. Description of your organization.
  3. Description of the project.
  4. Description of the major activities and goals of the project.
  5. Description of the project beneficiaries and the geographic area.
  6. The total project costs and the requested grant amount.

When complete please submit your Letter of Inquiry to Eileen Schuhmann. 

International Grant Application Instructions

The international grant application is now available online. The link below will allow you to create a username and password and complete the application in your web browser.

There are six sections of the application:

  1. General Information – name, address, contact person, amount requested, etc.
  2. Instructions
  3. Project Information – ten narrative questions that describe your proposal
  4. Budget – a financial summary of your project’s budget
  5. Payment Information
  6. Attachments – detailed budget, board of directors, banking information, support letters, etc.

You may wish to download the application in Microsoft Word before you begin the online application. Once you begin the online application, your progress will be saved automatically, and you may return to change or add information at any time until you are ready to submit. Once you submit your application, you will not be able to make any changes to it. Applications must be submitted before the deadline to be considered.

Begin the online application for projects and organizations outside of the United States.

Resume a saved online application.

If you need help with the online application, or if you are unable to use it, please contact Eileen Schuhmann at (502) 569-5828 or send an email.


  • We thank you for the great work your doing towards trying to end hunger globally our almighty should bless you more and more. by Wellness Focus Foundation (WFF) on 01/13/2015 at 12:12 a.m.

  • Good work, may God the almighty bless you.your work will make the world a better place for mankind by Andrew Mayor, Director for CDA on 01/12/2015 at 6:20 a.m.

  • I think with what you are doing, the planet would be a better place. God bless. Matt. 25:34-35. FROM ABUJA NIGERIA by ANGBO KENNEDY on 11/25/2014 at 10:34 a.m.

  • Good. God is still saying something. Hope your grants will help change the world by Dr Okolle Justin on 03/20/2014 at 6:30 p.m.

  • God has a purpose for your work.Thousands of peoples lives changed because of you.Hoping to have one project this year2014. By Juidth- EDF Zambia by Judith F Daka on 02/12/2014 at 5:02 a.m.

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