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.

The Diocese of Massachusetts has made just such a set-aside of 0.7% since the year 2000.  The current 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. 

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.  

The application for the current year is being revised.  Questions may be directed to Margaret Lias, Administrator for Governance and Grants, at or 617-482-4826, ext. 229.

For more information

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