M.K. Pentecost Ecology Fund Grants – Non-Profits & Students

craneSavannah Presbytery has been given the honor of overseeing a trust established to promote stewardship of creation and environmental justice in the Southeastern United States. Grants from the trust are awarded to organizations whose work falls under the provisions and guidelines of the trust.

Applications for 2017 are posted.  Please click the links below for application materials and guidelines in either ms word or pdf formats.

** Nonprofits note: the grant maximum is $2500.**

Student grants remain at a $2000 maximum.

Please note that there are separate and different applications for nonprofits and for students.

2017 student grant application and guidelines.word

2017 student grant application and guidelines.pdf

 

2017 nonprofit grant application and guidelines.word

2017 nonprofit grant application and guidelines.pdf

If you would like to find out more about how your organization might receive a grant, please read the information below.

WHAT IS IT?
The M.K. Pentecost Ecology Fund awards annual grants to organizations whose work fulfills the mission and provisions of the Grant. The Grant is administered by Savannah Presbytery’s M.K. Pentecost Ecology Fund Committee, and its Coordinator, Mary Beene. The Fund was established by Mr. M.K. Pentecost, Jr. for “the presbytery’s ministry of environmental justice and ecological stewardship of natural resources including marine and wild life. The funds are to be used for promoting the support of conservation efforts, education, and studies in key environmental issues of endangered ecosystems and ecological projects which are approved by the presbytery.” The mission of the M.K. Pentecost Ecology Fund Committee of Savannah Presbytery is to promote and support ecological stewardship of natural resources. We believe that the church has a responsibility for protecting God’s creation, seeking environmental justice, encouraging conservation, promoting education and restoring the eco-system. This exciting and challenging mission is grounded in our faith teaching that we are the stewards of God’s creation. As the psalmist tells us, “The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it.” (Psalm 2:4). We, as God’s people, are to care for the whole of creation.

WHO WAS M.K. PENTECOST?
Savannah Presbytery’s M.K. Pentecost Ecology Trust Fund has its origins in the generosity and vision of Atlanta attorney and Presbyterian Elder, M.K. Pentecost, Jr. He served the Presbyterian Church USA as Executive of the Presbytery of Georgia and on the staff of Greater Atlanta Presbytery during the 1980’s and early 1990’s. He loved the church and revered Georgia’s coastal beauty with its intrinsic restorative ability, which prompted him to establish a Charitable Remainder Unitrust with the Presbyterian Church USA Foundation to perpetuate responsible ecological stewardship in our coastal region.

HOW DOES IT WORK?
Grants are awarded once a year to organizations whose projects benefit the citizens and ecosystems within the stated area of the Synod of the South Atlantic of the Presbyterian Church, U.S.A. The grants can be no more than $2,500 per nonprofit recipient and $2,000 per student researcher. There are strict guidelines on how the funds are to be used. All applications are due in the Savannah Presbytery Office on or before April 1 of each year. Grant awards are decided by the Committee each May. Recipients receive their award letter and check after the May meeting. All grant recipients are required to report their progress to the Committee the following November.

HOW CAN I APPLY?
Applications for 2017 are available.  The deadline for applying is April 1, 2017.

Please note that there are separate and different applications for nonprofits and for students.

If you need further assistance, please contact Coordinator Mary Beene at 912-856-2806 or mkpfund@savannahpresbytery.org.

* Savannah Presbytery Churches, please see the Go Green website or download church guidelines and application: 2017 Go Green grant application and guidelines

REPORTING REQUIREMENTS

Grant recipients are required to report in November of the year they receive the grant.  At that time they can submit either a final grant report or a progress report.  If they submit a progress report, then a final report will be due at the time the project is completed.

Final Report Form                                    Progress Report Form