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Quaker Earthcare Witness organizes a mini-grant program which gives $500 matching grants to help Friends complete eco-friendly projects. Our goal is to encourage and support Friends groups, meetings, and organizations that are looking for ways to enhance their practical and spiritual relationship with Earth.

All ideas that support QEW values will be considered, but we especially encourage projects that directly address environmental justice, climate change and/or those that will involve young people.

Past grant recipients have used QEW mini-grant funds for a range of projects, like creating an edible garden for their meeting, adding a composter for a Friends’ school, and completing a meeting solar energy project.

We welcome your project ideas and energies! See details below.

A Special Opportunity: $1500 Grants

Quaker Earthcare Witness Announces a Call to Fund Special Initiatives in Earthcare

Due to recent fund-raising success for our Grants program, Quaker Earthcare Witness is pleased to issue
a call for proposals to fund selected special initiatives for Earthcare projects that may demand funding beyond the level of our $500 Mini-Grants program. Under this program we expect to fund several
proposals at levels up to $1500. Due to the contingency of this program on fund-raising success we
cannot assure that this program will continue in future years.

We especially encourage proposals that specifically address at least one of our preferred focus areas. Proposals that synergistically address multiple preferred focus areas will be given special priority for funding:

  1. Responding to or preparing to meet the Climate change crisis.
  2. Supporting regional and/or global biodiversity.
  3. Redressing issues of environmental injustice that impact underserved or disempowered
    communities (especially communities of color) preferably in North America, but other locations will also be considered.
  4. Involving and engaging youth in responding to the above issues and/or transforming the
    consciousness of the rising generation to act in unity with the Earth as caregivers for our planet.

The Proposal Description should address how the funds will enable the launching of the new initiative
being proposed, but also how the initiative will establish itself as a sustainable program into the future. We ask for a commitment of matching funds to be raised by the proposing Friends organization.However, if the proposing organization has limited opportunities to raise matching funds, they may include a statement from their treasurer explaining their economic limitations and requesting that the match be waived or reduced.


Two students in 11th and 12th grades pointing to the new solar inverter. A mini-grant was issued to Monteverde Friends Meeting and School in Costa Rica to replace the solar inverter.
White meetinghouse with beginning garden in foreground
Whittier Meeting's new garden thanks to a mini-grant. Photo by Kathleen Hall.
Person on ladder next to white wooden structure
Covered bicycle rack construction at the Meeting House. Twelve experienced builders, Friends, ages 14-68, participated in the project. Shelter is now well used and everyone enjoyed and learned from the project.
Green lawn with solar panel array
Friends Theological College through the Grinnell Friends Church in Iowa received a mini grant for their solar panel array.
Centro de promocion y desarrollo de la mujer, acahual
In conjunction with ProNica, Mini-Grants funded reprints of pamphlets on birth control. These were used in a workshop for women. Copies were given to the Population Committee in Quaker Earthcare Witness.
Green pollinator garden
Quaker Earthcare Witness helped the church create a pollinator garden. The children completed very large, colorful models of the stages of butterfly metamorphosis displayed in the fellowship hall wall.  Grandparents, adult children, and grandchildren planted native wildflower seedlings together.