Sixteen grants, totaling $123,910, have been awarded in the second round of grant making managed by the Advisory Council for the Stewardship of Creation and approved by the Episcopal Church Executive Council at its June meeting.
Grants awarded to Province I sites are:
Emmanuel Church, Newport, RI (Diocese of Rhode Island), to support hydroponic gardening with children; food to go to local pantry with important focus on developing meditation and worship materials to deepen reflection on God’s creation: 10,000.
St. John’s, Stamford, CT (Diocese of Connecticut), to fund a reforestation program with the Parish of the Good Samaritan in Grose Morne, Haiti and will include a video which will be used with the re-planting program and formation within the community: $10,000.
Support for the Rock Point Program (Diocese of Vermont) to develop bee pollinators in the area of an existing solar farm. Includes a strong program to introduce people of faith and visitors to the concepts of creation care as well as a robust communication strategy which would be a model for other communities: $10,000.
The Advisory Council was created by General Convention 2015, enabled by Resolution A030, and charged with the responsibility to develop a grant process to support local ecologically responsible stewardship of church-related properties and buildings.