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The Creation Care Initiative exists to encourage, challenge  and support all the congregations of the diocese as they carry out their responsibility to care for God's creation.  Scroll down to learn more about the grant and loan programs the Creation Care Initiative makes possible. 

Grants and Loans

Within the Creation Care Initiative, there are three separate programs:  Simple Acts Grants, of up to $1,000, which support congregational activities and programs that focus on the environment and conservation and are built on appreciation of and gratitude for blessings; Green Improvement Grants, in amounts up to $10,000, which assist congregations in funding their purchase of energy-saving equipment and supplies; and Green Loans, which are low-interest loans of up to $100,000 that enable congregations to make energy-efficient changes to their buildings.

These programs have been supported by funds raised through the Together Now campaign.  

Simple Acts of Stewardship Grants

  • Simple Acts grows out of gratitude for the blessings of God’s creation, and every congregation in the diocese, big or small, can participate. Planting a community garden in New Bedford.Planting a community garden in New Bedford.
  • Simple Acts supports locally based projects that build a positive connection with the natural world by celebrating creation, conserving natural resources and teaching environmentally responsible practices. 
  • Examples include congregations coming together for bulk purchasing of earth-friendly office and hospitality supplies; a children’s gardening project that benefits a local food pantry; or some kind of public policy advocacy effort.
  • Simple Acts grants of up to $1,000 are available through an application process. Please see the Grants and Loans page for an application. 

Green Improvement Grants

  • Green Improvement Grants of up to $10,000 help congregations identify, fund and accomplish important energy efficiency improvements to their facilities, such as lighting and window upgrades, weatherization, on-demand hot water systems and replacement of old, inefficient boilers or furnaces.  Please see the Grants and Loans page for an application.

Green Loans 

  • Green Loans are a new program initiated in 2014 and are awarded on a rolling basis.  Green Loans can be obtained for projects also funded by Green Improvement Grants, but receiving one does not guarantee receiving the other.
  • Congregations interested in applying for Green Improvement Grants and/or loans will find more information and application materials on the Grants and Loans page.
  • Read about the first Green Loan, here, awarded to St. John's Church in Charlestown.

Creation Care Season

The Diocese of Massachusetts observes a Creation Care Season, from St. Francis Day, Oct. 4 through the end of November.

 

Additional Resources:

Massachusetts Interfaith Power and Light:  http://www.mipandl.org/

Facebook:  Episcopalians Caring for Creation

Looking back at five years of creation care

New Diocesan Fossil Fuel Free Fund announced

Green grants help churches plan for a sustainable future

Sun-powered stewardship: Solar panel usage in the Diocese of Massachusetts

Episcopal Church "Climate Change Crisis" Webcast on demand and facilitator's guide


"God So Loved The World":  A slideshow intended to inspire Christians to connect their faith with the urgent need to tackle global warming.  It is available free of charge and lasts about 25 minutes.  “God So Loved The World” was co-produced by the Rev. Dr. Margaret Bullitt-Jonas, Dr. Robert A. Jonas and The Canary Project, an organization that produces art and media to deepen public understanding of human-induced climate change and to energize commitment to solutions.  The slideshow is available as a PowerPoint presentation or PDF, with a written script that should be read aloud as the slides are shown.  The slideshow and accompanying script is available at revivingcreation.org

“How to Start a Green Team at Your Church” by the Rev. Margaret Bullitt-Jonas and Patrick Cage is a guide to creating a Green Team at your church, which can help your congregation become more effective in caring for God’s creation. Green Teams expand environmental activities in our churches and help congregations connect their faith with sustainable living. In our diocese, they are a requirement in order to obtain a Green Grant or Green Loan. This guide offers a variety of specific activities from which you can select the ones that best match your congregation’s level of energy and engagement. Download a PDF version below. 

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