MDG Grants Awarded

MDG Grants Awarded

by Thea Mangels

The Millennium Development Goals Steering Committee of the Episcopal Diocese of Northern California is pleased to announce the names of the 2013 Millennium Development Goals Grants recipients. The funding of these grants comes as a result of the passage of ( R1-07), which promises 0.7% of the diocesan budget to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Each project focuses on multiple goals.

1. The Christian School in NablusThe Rt. Rev. Barry L. Beisner's Holy Land Pilgrimage was awarded $1,500.00. The Bishop and the group of pilgrims who visited Nablus in the spring presented these funds to the Bishop of the Diocese of Jerusalem. The pilgrims were thrilled to meet the people of this village and to have the opportunity to aid them. These efforts help fulfill goal #2, which in turn will effect goal #1, as trained and educated youth will be able to better earn a living and become the peacemakers so desperately needed in that area.

2. Episcopal Diocese of Northern California - Global Episcopal Mission Network (GEMN) was awarded $500.00 to fund continued action working to meet goal #8. This organization offers Episcopalians meaningful resources to spark energy and engagement in mission ministries throughout the world. GEMN provides effective networking, training and information exchanges on mission action through:
· international and regional conferences/educational institutes
· mission leader formation and fieldwork mentoring
· advocacy and consulting
· e-mail info alerts, Facebook posts, links to mission blogs and websites, FACETS newsletters and an up-to-date website (

3. Episcopal Diocese of JerusalemKids4Peace (and a program of their choice that supports the MDGs) During Bishop Beisner's pilgrimage to the holy land this year, the group took with them two grants to the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem, one for $1,500.00 that was designated for their Kids4Peace program, and one for $2,000.00 designated for a program of Bishop Suheil’s choosing. Kids4Peace is a non-denominational, non-political, and non-partisan program "dedicated to encouraging children of different cultures and faith traditions to explore their differences and similarities, and to learn understanding, tolerance and respect, while fostering sustainable friendships across the lines of conflict." 

4. Hope and Resurrection Secondary School, Rural South Sudan - Faith Church, Cameron Park was granted $2800.00 for scholarships for two boys and two girls. The missionaries, Jim and Mary Higbee, were sent there from Faith Church in 2008. This supports Goals #1 and #3 because those who are educated have increased opportunities and many of the students are girls. This also indirectly supports goals #4 and #5 because, as the girls are educated, they are delaying marriage and childbearing and have a better chance at healthy and productive lives.

5. Mision Espiritu Santo, Honduras was granted $3,000.00 to equip the school kitchen, which will employ two to three women from the parish to prepare and sell meals to the school children.

6. Episcopal Relief and Development was awarded $3,000.00 for micro credit loans in Haiti.

7. Episcopal Relief and Development and Freedom from HungerSavings for Education was awarded $1070.00. This meets goal # 3, which promotes gender equality and empowerment to women, but it also will help to eradicate extreme poverty and hunger (goal #1). IN addition, the grant will help to increase universal primary education (goal #2), which will help with goals #4 and #5 of reducing child mortality and improving maternal health.

Many thanks to the generosity of the people of the Episcopal Diocese of Northern California who have dedicated 0.7% of the diocesan budget towards the Millennium Development Goals. It is our hope that every church in our diocese will be able to sponsor a program dedicated to the relief of poverty around the globe. To that end, please keep in mind the 2014 grant opportunity.

Congregations wishing to apply for a 2014 MDG Grant should review the grant requirements, their project(s) and submit their application no later than 12:00 p.m. on Monday, July 14, 2014.

Click here to view and download the 2014 Millennium Development Goals application.

Grant requirements are:

1. Involvement with a program or project which focuses on the issues of Global Poverty as addressed in the Millennium Development Goals.
2. The program or project should allow for involvement of members of the congregation in a variety of ways.
3. The congregation’s involvement should offer opportunity for nurturing of spiritual growth and expansion of the vision of God’s mission in the world.

4. The ministry should be available as a model for other congregations in the Diocese of Northern California and/or the larger Episcopal Church.


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