Thirty-two ministries across the Episcopal Church will soon receive more than $1 million in grants for ministries satisfying the fifth mark of mission, “To strive to safeguard the integrity of creation and sustain and renew the life of the earth.”

Executive Council announced the grant winners during its spring meeting in Chaska, Minnesota. The winning missions and ministries focus especially on refugee and environmental issues.

The 2016 grants, totaling $1,161,314.62, were awarded to 25 dioceses located in the United States, five non-domestic dioceses, and six companion dioceses. UTO also awarded one grant to Episcopal Migration Ministries and one Presiding Bishop Grant.

Grants included:

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  • Office of the Presiding Bishop/Episcopal Migration Ministries/United Thank Offering Challenge Grant — New Resettlement Sites and Refugee Mental Health: $89,054.20
  • Presiding Bishop Grant — Dioceses of Rumonge, Matana, Gitega, and Muyinga, Province of Burundi, Land and Water Conservation to Sustain Food Security: $98,000
  • Diocese of Alabama — Camp McDowell Recycling Center, Camp McDowell, Nauvoo: $67,120
  • Diocese of California — Greening All Saints, All Saints Church, San Leandro: $56,000
  • Diocese of Central Gulf Coast — St. James’ Episcopal Church Youth Water Ministry, St. James’ Episcopal Church, Eufaula, Alabama: $17,900
  • China Province of Guizhou — Sewage Ditch and Sewage Disposal Tank Construction Project in Sandu Shui Ethnic Autonomous County, China Christian Council, Sandu Shui Ethnic Autonomous County, Guizhou Province, China: $66,620
  • Diocese of Colorado with the Companion Diocese of Haiti — Creating Opportunities for Eco-Friendly and Healthy Livelihoods in Haiti, St. Paul’s School, Petit Trou de Nippes: $64,000
  • Diocese of Costa Rica — Anglican Province of the Central American Region, Creative Expression of Gratitude-Clean Energy for Generations, San Jose: $64,348.94
  • Diocese of Delaware with the Companion Diocese of the Dominican Republic — Jalonga Solar Power Project, District Municipality of Guayabo Dulce, Hato Mayor del Rey, Dominican Republic: $44,526
  • Diocese of East Tennessee — Outdoor Education Center/Osprey Outdoor Center, Grace Point Camp and Retreat Center, Kingston: $22,775
  • Diocese of Georgia — Honey Creek Ecology Center, Honey Creek Retreat Center, Waverly: $35,580
  • Diocese of Haiti — St. Barnabas Agricultural College, Terrier Rouge: $41,300
  • Diocese of Indianapolis — St. Nicholas Natural Playground and Environmental Education Project, St. Nicholas Early Learning Inc. at Trinity Outreach Center, Trinity Church, Indianapolis: $39,162
  • Diocese of Iowa with the Companion Diocese of Swaziland — Renewing the Life of the Earth, Parish of Usuthu Mission and 10 Other Parishes, Mbabane, Swaziland: $33,400
  • Diocese of Louisiana — Jericho Road Episcopal Housing Initiative-Healthy Living for Low-Income Families, Jericho Road Episcopal Housing Initiative, New Orleans: $24,300
  • Diocese of Makamba, Province of the Anglican Church of Burundi — Kitchens Gardens: Relief and Life Protection, Nyanza Lac Commune, Burundi: $34,588.61
  • Diocese of Maryland — St. Luke’s Environmental Education Campus, St. Luke’s Church, Annapolis: $34,367
  • Diocese of Massachusetts with the Companion Anglican Diocese of Tanga, Province of Tanzania — Environmentally Sensitive Renovation at Hegongo Holy Cross Secondary School, Tanga, Tanzania: $33,240.87
  • Diocese of Michigan — Community Garden Hoop House Project, St. John’s Church, Royal Oak: $4,000
  • Diocese of Missouri — Trinity Food Ministry Feeding Our Community, Trinity Church, St. Louis: $3,112
  • Diocese of Navajoland — Protecting the Precious Sustainable Practices for Water and Harvest within the Navajo Nation, Good Shepherd Mission, Fort Defiance, Arizona; St. Christopher’s Mission, Bluff, Utah: $41,500
  • Diocese of New York — Food/Farm/Faith Initiative, Grace Church, Millbrook: $14,750
  • Diocese of New York with the Companion Diocese of Central Tanganyika, Province of Tanzania — Shamba Darasa (field classroom), Msalato Theological College, Dodoma, Tanzania: $49,000
  • Diocese of North Dakota — Seven Generations Energy Renewing and Sustaining Project Within the Four Native American Reservations on Seven Native Ministries and Congregations, Turtle Mountain Reservation, Fort Berthold Reservation, Standing Rock Reservation, Standing Rock Reservation: $50,000
  • Diocese of Olympia — Growing Grace: Sustaining a Community through God’s Creation, St. James Center at St. James Parish, Kent, Washington: $12,500
  • Diocese of South Dakota — Holy Apostles Sudanese Congregation, Sioux Falls: $50,000
  • Diocese of Upper South Carolina — Gravatt Outdoor Learning Centers, Gravatt Camp and Conference Center, Aiken: $46,800
  • Diocese of Utah with the Companion Diocese of Navajoland — Bees Bring Hozho to Navajoland, Good Shepherd Mission, Fort Defiance, Arizona; St. Christopher’s Mission, Bluff, Utah; and San Juan Mission, Farmington, New Mexico: $22,575
  • Diocese of Vermont — Rock Point Land Use/Forestry Initiative, Burlington: $19,600
  • Diocese of Virginia — St. Philip’s Episcopal Church Community Garden and Interfaith Meditation/Prayer Area, St. Philip’s Church, Richmond: $14,315
  • Diocese of West Tennessee — Intern for Environmental Mission-Episcopal Service Corps, St. Columba Episcopal Conference and Retreat Center, Memphis: $8,500
  • Diocese of Western Kansas — The St. Francis Peace Garden Project, Saint Francis Community and Residential Services Inc., Salina: $25,000

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