Criteria for Grants

To qualify for consideration for funding, the grant application must give evidence that the proposed program/project has directly involved and is supported by those who would benefit from it.  It must clearly be able to achieve one or more of the following:

  • address the basic causes of injustice and foster systemic change;
  • promote self-help and empowerment of communities;
  • respond to the unmet needs of those who are poor and/or marginalized, especially women and children.

Grant Spotlight:   GoodWeave is a recipient of one of our congregation’s social justice grants. Aware that the handmade carpet industry exploits nearly 250,000 children, the organization works in Afghanistan, India, Nepal, Germany, the United Kingdom, and the U.S. to “stop child labor in the carpet industry and to replicate its market-based approach in other sectors.” Companies that contract with GoodWeave agree to open all levels of their supply chains for random surprise inspection, thus unlocking doors where children toil in obscurity and ensuring that if a child is hidden away in a subcontracted workshop, that child will be found and protected. As a result, 52 children have been rescued from labor on the looms and provided rehabilitation, 39,007 adult workers have received job training and placement, education has been offered to 2,558 children, and approximately 28,000 children have been deterred from entering the workforce.  Read more