QEW has grants available for Quaker projects that have the primary purpose of benefiting the environment and/or promoting environmental awareness and education among Friends and the larger spirit-led world.
All ideas that support QEW values will be considered, but we especially encourage projects that directly address climate change and those that will involve young people
Friends’ organizations–whether a school, meeting or other group — are eligible to apply for these annual awards, up to a maximum of $500. Partnerships with non-Quaker groups in the community are encouraged.
Applicants submit an application including: activities, budget, timeline, and benefits. Applicants are expected to match the mini-grant with an equal amount from their own funds. However, groups with limited financial means can also apply, adding an explanation of their financial limitations.
We welcome your project ideas and energies!
Past grant recipients have used QEW Mini-Grant funds in the following ways:
- Creating an edible garden for their meeting
- Adding a composter for a Friends’ school
- Completing a meeting solar energy project.
QEW Background and Values
Quaker Earthcare Witness (QEW) is a spiritually-centered movement of Quakers and like-minded people seeking ways to integrate our concern for the environment with Friends’ long-standing testimonies for simplicity, integrity, peace, and equality. The QEW Vision and Witness statement declares: “We are called to live in right relationship with all Creation, recognizing that the entire world is interconnected and a manifestation of God. We put these beliefs into practice by striving to be examples, communicating our message, and by providing spiritual and material support to those engaged in the compelling task of transforming our relationship to our planet toward sustainability and justice for the totality of life.”