Projects within the United States
Eligibility and Criteria
The numbers of hungry people in the United States continue to swell despite widespread civil society efforts to feed the hungry through food banks, food pantries, soup kitchens and other direct service programs. Reduced social spending by the government, an outdated minimum wage, growing numbers of working poor, persistent unemployment and other structural issues can be bandaged with feeding programs, but not cured. Eligible organizations are those that work in one or more of the traditional five areas and fit the following criteria:
A. Organizations, including PC(USA) congregations, demonstrating that a significant part of their work, or the specific project for which funds are being sought, attempts to address the root and systemic causes of hunger, will be eligible for grants from $500 to $20,000.
B.Organizations whose strategies, activities and outcomes do not sufficiently attempt to address root causes of hunger will not be eligible for funding. Exceptions to this are:
- Presbyterian congregations running a hunger or homelessness ministry - eligible for one year of funding up to $1,000 to match local financial or in-kind contributions. (see Congregational Hunger Ministry Grants)
- Presbyterian congregations creating a new hunger ministry or adding to an existing hunger ministry with a new type of hunger/poverty initiative will be eligible for seed funds up to $2,000 to match local financial or in-kind contributions. (see Congregational Hunger Ministry Grants )
Proposals do not need to fit neatly into one of these five areas, but may include activities in multiple areas.
1. Direct Food Relief:
The proposed activities shall provide food relief to impoverished people in either acute or chronic conditions of hunger with an eye to long-range solutions. Ordinarily, applications for direct food ministries (food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, etc.) in the United States shall come from or through the sessions of Presbyterian Congregations which support those ministries. Grants may be made for (a) start-up costs for new programs and/or (b) new projects of existing programs which attempt to deal with the root causes of hunger in their community. Normally, PHP grants shall not exceed the contribution (financial and/or in-kind) of the applying congregation.
2. Development Assistance:
The proposed activities shall provide for a multifaceted approach to development and the empowerment of impoverished people in such areas as agricultural training, community organization, economic development, nutrition education, public health and/or family planning. The proposed activities may increase employment opportunities or provide assistance to unemployed persons.
3. Public Policy Advocacy:
The proposed activities shall advocate, through just and peaceful means, political, corporate and/or economic policy changes which (a) provide food for impoverished and hungry people at home and abroad; (b) empower the participants’ self-development; or (c) promote freedom from oppressive and unjust systems that fail to meet basic needs.
4. Lifestyle Integrity:
The proposed activities shall 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 human family.
5. Education and Interpretation:
The proposed activities shall educate the church and the public at large about the root causes of hunger and inspire, equip and connect people to act and to educate others. The proposed activities shall provide opportunities for learning among and with communities of need.
Note: If you are unsure whether or not your project or organization is eligible for funding after you have read the criteria above, please contact Jennifer Evans by email or (502) 569-5819 for assistance.
Applicants must follow these steps to submit a grant application to the Presbyterian Hunger Program:
- Submit a Letter of Inquiry no later than April 30.
- If your Letter of Inquiry results in an invitation to submit a proposal, you will be sent a link to the Online Application and submit an application. Mailed or emailed proposals will not be accepted. (Applications will only be accepted from groups invited to submit.)
- Await grant decisions following the Advisory Board meeting. You will receive notification of the Board’s decision by email before the end of October.
- 2015 grantees who received $5,000 or more do not need to submit the Letter of Inquiry. 2015 grantees who received less than $5,000 will need to submit the Letter of Inquiry.
Writing a Letter of Inquiry
An effective letter of inquiry is often more difficult to write than a full proposal. The letter of inquiry should be brief (no longer than 2 pages; minimum of 1-inch margins and 11 point font). The Letter of Inquiry should describe your organization and the purpose for which funding is being sought. Please include the total project costs and the requested grant amount. Letter of Inquiry Guidelines. The letter of inquiry should be sent by email to Jennifer Evans no later than April 30.
The Presbyterian Hunger Program will notify you by email as to whether or not a full proposal will be invited for consideration. Proposals will be due by June 30.
Congregational Hunger Ministry Grants
Congregations that use the Congregational Hunger Ministry (CHM) application are eligible for up to $1,000 for ongoing work or up to $2,000 for a start up project. Congregations can only be funded for one year or for two years total if it is a brand new ministry. In addition, these programs must be carried out in ways that ensure the dignity of and empower participants.
For congregations that wish to apply for a larger amount or funding beyond CHM grants, projects must fit the criteria for regular grants, and may use the regular Letter of Inquiry/Application process.
Faith-Based Food Initiative Grants
Small Grants Program for PC(USA) Congregations Doing Faith-Based Initiatives to Transform the Food System
The Presbyterian Hunger Program is encouraged by the emergence of the many faith-based initiatives sprouting up around the country to bring resilience to our food system, and health to people and God's Creation. These efforts often engage people of all ages, result in greater food security, give people decision-making power over their food, increase healthy eating, create jobs and local economic growth, support local family farmers, use land ecologically, raise awareness about local and global hunger and poverty, and encourage a view of food as sacred and as a right for all people. When done well, such initiatives are wonderful ways to build relationships, community and power. We are eager to support this work as one small way we can help build God’s vision of a New Heaven and New Earth.
Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis with grants up to $1,000. Turn-around for approved grants will be less than four weeks.
Optional Guides for Self-Monitoring and Self-Evaluation
Shelly, the deadline for applying for a regular national grant for this year has passed. Those application will be decided on in the fall. Letters of Inquiry for the next grant cycle will be due April 30th. Please check back in February of next year for more information on that process. Applications for small grants for PC(USA) Congregation-Based Initiatives to Build the Local Food Economies are accepted on an ongoing basis.
I was wondering if all the 2013 grant money was gone and when will the 2014 year open? Thank you.
We give grants to 501c3 non-profits and PC(USA) congregations. Non-faith-based organizations are eligible. Please make sure you read the criteria on this page, http://gamc.pcusa.org/ministries/hunger/grants-projects-within-united-states/, before you get started. For direct relief, we work almost exclusively with PC(USA) congregations. There are two exceptions to that on that page.
Is this program for non-faith base organizations? We are CBO in Stockton that serves hungry youths that are at-risk, homeless, runaway youth ages 12-20. Our Drop-In Center is open Monday-Friday 8am-5pm for breakfast, lunch and dinner and snacks. We also have a Street Outreach team that provides snacks and drinks to those out on the streets.