BY ISN STAFF | January 25, 2022
Catholic Climate Covenant has announced the winners of the Victory Noll Sisters Small Grants program: nearly $100,000 of funding for 100 Catholic organizations working locally to care for our common home.
The Covenant’s small grants program was announced last summer, and these are the first winners. Half of the funding for the first year of the program came from the Our Lady of Victory Missionary Sisters (aka Victory Noll Sisters) and the other half from generous donors. The program was overwhelmed with more than 230 applications from Catholic groups for grants of up to $1,000.
Among the grant winners are college campus ministries, parishes, elementary and high school creation care programs, charities agencies, state Catholic conferences, men and women religious communities, and many others. To view a full list of winners, click here.
Six Ignatian Solidarity Network member institutions from across the Jesuit network were awarded grants: Gonzaga College High School (Washington, D.C.), Boston College, Church of the Gesu (Cleveland, OH), Bellarmine Chapel (Cincinnati, OH), Old Saint Joseph’s Church (Philadelphia, PA), and Xavier University’s Sustainability Committee.
Grant funds to these institutions will fund projects including co-curricular programming around sustainability efforts, projects to offset carbon emissions, community gardening initiatives, parish ecological programming, research, and sustainable landscaping.
“We are so grateful to the Victory Noll Sisters for seeding this program and we look forward to seeing how these small grants will grow the Catholic network for creation care” said Dan Misleh, Catholic Climate Covenant Founder. He continued: “While this was a special award year, we hope to continue this program annually.”
Paz Artaza-Regan, the Covenant’s Creation Care Teams manager and key staff for implementing the Vatican’s Laudato Si’ Action Platform in the U.S, said, “While $1,000 grants are modest, we know from experience that even this amount of funding can have a multiplier effect in local creation care efforts, bringing greater awareness and action on behalf of our common home that is increasingly threatened by our inattention to the wonders of creation.”