As we introduce this grant opportunity, we look back on 2021 with unprecedented heatwaves, wildfires, and smoke across the western U.S. These extreme weather events, which scientists confirm are exacerbated by human-caused climate change, are a potent reminder that we need to take action for the sake of our children and grandchildren and the natural world.
With this goal in mind, Bishop Karen Oliveto approved the creation of a Creation Justice Task Force on Earth Day, April 24, 2021. We were charged to build a resource and community in the Mountain Sky Conference to support local churches and move us all forward to greater stewardship of our natural world. We were created to promote the best care of God’s creation on all levels. We will provide support for education and growth in our churches promoting best practices for care of Creation in corporate and individual life.
At the 2021 Annual Conference, a collection was taken to help provide initial funds that could help individual congregations launch new “Green” initiatives or expand upon existing ones. The accompanying Creation Justice Grant application form is provided so that your church can access funds that will be awarded in the range of $500 to $1500. For example, our Creation Justice Task Force suggests that a good way to begin is to contact your local utility company. Many utilities partner with professionals who can conduct an “energy audit” in your church building, providing you a baseline of your energy use and recommending low-cost energy-saving improvements. Funds to cover costs associated with an energy audit would be the type of grant request that would be considered. Perhaps your church already has an energy audit completed and you are ready to take other steps that can reduce your energy consumption or help launch another creation care effort. Grants may be awarded for such programs as well. Please see the accompanying Grant Application Form and don’t hesitate to contact the Creation Justice Team at firstname.lastname@example.org
for additional information, and guidance.
The Mountain Sky Conference CREATION JUSTICE TASK FORCE operates through a collection of small working groups. We invite you to explore each group's webpage to learn more about our efforts: https://www.mtnskyumc.org/creation-justice
. Reach out to us with any questions, ideas, or insights you might have at email@example.com
Deadline for Creation Justice grants is February 28, 2022.