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Grants to Fund International and Domestic Poverty Initiatives 

The Episcopal Diocese of Maine makes funds available annually to support international and domestic efforts and ministries that help to alleviate poverty.

Any Maine congregation or program group may offer a proposal to Diocesan Council for consideration to fund an international or domestic outreach or effort.

The Diocesan Council met in December 2020 to consider proposals for both the domestic and international poverty grant programs. They determined to award a total of $18,060 in grants to the following Maine congregations or groups:

Domestic poverty:
Trinity Jubilee Center in Lewiston to prepare for safe winter operations during the pandemic $1260.00                  
St. Luke’s Food Pantry in Portland to meet increased need for food $5000.00
Trinity, Lewiston to provide emergency shelter, hotel rooms and transportation, to those on the streets on nights below zero degrees $5000.00
International poverty:
Christ Church, Gardiner to be put toward salaries of teachers in Morne Rosette, Haiti $3800.00
Cathedral of St. Luke, Portland for the Ahli Arab Hospital in Gaza to provide psychiactric support for traumatized children and caregivers $3000.00
 
Applicants were required to submit by letter to Bishop Brown (cc Canon Barbara Martin) that included: 
  • The full name of the organization or congregation submitting the grant request
  • The name and contact information for a point person from the organization receiving the funds
  • A narrative description that includes the scope of the need, the project description and how it addresses that need
  • A brief background of the organization and its mission statement (if available)  

Look for details and deadlines for the next cycle in Fall 2021.

Past International Poverty Grant Recipients:

  • Al Ahli Arab Hospital in Gaza
  • Midwife education support in Haiti
  • Teachers’ salaries in the Diocese of Liberia
  • Ministry of St. George's Anglican Church in Baghdad
  • School projects in Kenya and South Sudan
  • Mother Empowerment Program at Jerusalem’s Princess Basma Center

Past Domestic Poverty Grant Recipients:

  • Church at 209 in Augusta to support the settlement Iraqi refugees
  • "Dinner is Served" community meal program out of St. Brendan's, Deer Isle
  • Yarmouth Compassionate Housing Initiative to provide emergency housing for refugee families
  • Loaves and Fishes at St. Peter’s in Rockland
  • Food Pantry at Paris Elementary School 
Grants Subcommittee 2021: Ms. Rita Redfield; Rev. Suzanne Roberts; Mr. Fred Fowler; Rev. Ann McAlhany (New Initiative Fund Grants point person), Staff: Cn. Barbara Martin

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