2016 MDG Grants Now Available

2016 MDG Grants Now Available

by the Rev. Lucretia Jevne, Chair, Millennium Development Goals Committee; Priest in Partnership, St. Brigid's Episcopal Church, Rio Vista

Millennium Development Goals: Making Poverty History, Now Accepting Grant Applications

The diocesan Millennium Development Goals Commission (MDG) is pleased to announce the opening of this 2016 Grant Process. Grant requests are due at the Office of the Bishop or by email to Lucretia Jevne at lajevne@comcast.net by August 15, 2016 (please see attached application  for mailing address). Our Request for Proposals available here: Request for Proposal.

Thanks to the generosity of the people in our diocese, 0.7% of our diocesan income is to be used for grants to congregations to help make poverty in the world history, by supporting projects that fulfill the Millennium Development Goals to eradicate extreme poverty, through education, empowering women, providing maternal health care and disease prevention, protect the environment and develop global partnerships for development. We realize that 0.7% of our budget is not a great deal of money considering the severe needs around the globe. However, our 0.7% together with the 0.7% of budgets from our congregations, other dioceses and countries around the world have made a tremendous difference since the inception of the Millennium Development Goals by the United Nations in 2000.

Some joyful statistics!

600 million people have been helped to move out of extreme poverty.

Goal: Achieve universal primary education:  by 2012  2 million fewer children were not in school

Goal: Eradicate Extreme Poverty and Hunger:  by 2012 the Global poverty rate was reduced by half and the proportion of undernourished people has been reduced to 14%

Goal:  Ensure Environmental Sustainability: Protected ecosystems cover 14% of land and coastal areas around the world, but climate change still needs to be addressed.

Goal:  Promote Gender Equality and Empower Women: 117 countries passed wage equality laws; 46 countries have more the 30% women in their parliaments, but 2/3 of the illiterate populations are women.

Look for more news about the new UN resolution moving from the MDGs to Sustainable Development Goals at Diocesan Convention this year.  We will be presenting a resolution to continue our support of global development by urging the convention to continue allocating 0.7% of our budget to support these Sustainable Development Goals.  You can read more about them on the diocesan website.

You have a chance to contribute to this global work!

Your commission is looking forward to the opportunity to help support you, the churches in our diocese, in your efforts in developing global mission partnerships. Apply today!

 Click here to view and download the Request for Proposal application.


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