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Presbyterian Hunger Program
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Jennifer Evans
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National Grants

Eligibility and Criteria for projects within the United States

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 Reduced social spending by the government, an outdated minimum wage, growing numbers of working poor, persistent unemployment and other structural issues can be bandaged with feeding programs, but not cured.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:

A. those working in one or more of the five specific criteria areas below, and

B. 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: these will be eligible for grants from $500 to $20,000.

Organizations whose strategies, activities and outcomes do not sufficiently attempt to address root causes of hunger will not be eligible for funding.

Specific Criteria

Proposals do not need to fit neatly into one of these five areas, but may include activities in multiple areas.

  1. Hunger Relief Combined with Root Cause Work
    Grants support organizations that alleviate hunger and also do substantial work to address systemic causes of hunger and poverty (e.g. programs must include long-range solutions to the problems).

  2. Sustainable Development
    Grants support programs that help bring about long-term improvements to the quality of life of impoverished people and communities. These activities, ideally designed, led and driven by frontline communities and those who stand to benefit, should aim to end hunger and its underlying causes, increase self-reliance, and build social and economic power.

  3. Advocacy
    Grants support non-violent advocacy for political, environmental or economic changes which: (1) result in more ecologically-produced, affordable, healthy, culturally appropriate and local/regional food for impoverished and  people; (2) contribute to their self-development, community power and a healthy environment; (3) increase freedom from oppressive and unjust systems, and/or (4) build alternatives that are just, sustainable and more prosperous for individuals and their communities.

  4. Intentional and Sustainable Living
    Grants support activities that assist church and society in moving toward sustainable collective and personal lifestyles that demonstrate care and stewardship towards Creation and the critical needs of the most impoverished people.

  5. Education and Interpretation
    Grants support activities to educate the church and society about local and global root causes of hunger, poverty and environmental degradation. Funded activities should prepare and motivate people to act and to educate others and provide opportunities for solidarity with and learning among impoverished peoples and those facing environmental injustice.

 Note: The proposed activities for all grant categories should benefit low-income people, especially women, people of color, or other disadvantaged groups. Those benefitting shall be involved in the planning, implementation and evaluation of these activities.

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 for assistance.

2016 Application Process 

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

  • Letters of Inquiry will be accepted in March and April.  Please submit your Letter of Inquiry on or before the April 30th deadline.
  • If your Letter of Inquiry results in an invitation to submit a proposal, you will be sent a link to the Online Application to 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 Committee meeting. You will receive notification of the Committee'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) and 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.

Optional Guides for Self-Monitoring and Self-Evaluation  (PDF) (Word)



  • 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. by Jessica Maudlin on 07/22/2013 at 9:33 a.m.

  • I was wondering if all the 2013 grant money was gone and when will the 2014 year open? Thank you. by Shelly Page on 07/21/2013 at 3:44 p.m.

  • 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,, before you get started. For direct relief, we work almost exclusively with PC(USA) congregations. There are two exceptions to that on that page. by Jessica Maudlin on 06/03/2011 at 8:33 a.m.

  • 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. by Kathleen Serna-Halliday on 06/02/2011 at 1:20 p.m.