Sustainable Development Grants

In anticipation of the 2015 adoption of 17 Sustainable Development Goals by the General Assembly of the United Nations, seeking to end poverty, to protect and care for the planet and to fight injustice and inequality, the General Convention of the Episcopal Church voted to continue its budgetary commitment of 0.7% annually toward international development programs, and it continues to encourage dioceses and congregations to do the same.

With this in mind, the Diocese of Massachusetts Sustainable Development Grant program focuses on projects that address one or more of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and is funded with money from the annual diocesan budget. The Sustainable Development Grant program has replaced the diocesan Relational Year 2-4 Mission Tithe Matching Grant program and is overseen by the diocesan Global Mission Commission.

Congregations intending to apply in fall 2020 should submit their applications by Nov. 15.

Through formational pilgrimage and relationship-building with communities from contexts different from our own and with the purpose of accompaniment, understanding, reconciliation and justice, Sustainable Development Grants serve as a financial and networking resource for diocesan congregations to work with and support sustainable growth and development projects with their relational partners located in underdeveloped, isolated marginalized and/or underresourced communities.  

For more information

For more information, contact the Rev. Holly Hartman ( or 617-482-4826, ext. 351) or the Rev. Marilyn McMillan ( or 617-482-4826, ext. 422).

The diocesan Global Mission Commission is made up of lay and clergy volunteers from around the diocese. Those interested in serving on this commission are invited to contact Holly Hartman or Marilyn McMillan for more information.

Find a brochure summarizing all diocesan grant and loan programs here.

2019 grant recipients

well2 Courtesy Photo A local woman from the village tastes the clean water from the borehole.

In spring 2019, one grant was awarded to the partnership of St. Andrew's Church in Methuen, Engineers Without Borders, the village of Nghumbi in Tanzania and the Anglican Diocese of Mpwapwa. St. Andrew's and its partners are contributing to the goal of clean water and sanitation by working together to install a well in Nghumbi.

Read the story here.