FWCC Climate Emergency Fund to launch

19 March 2024

The World Office is very frequently contacted by Friends – often people well known to us who have for example served on committees – who are directly affected by floods, landslides, drought and other forms of extreme weather, or aiding their neighbours who are suffering from climate emergency related disasters.

The climate emergency is a top priority for Friends, as reflected in the outcomes of recent World Plenaries and the ongoing witness of Quakers, including the Quaker United Nations Office.

Yet despite this longstanding effort, the terrible impacts of the climate crisis have become unavoidable. Friends are always in our prayers, but sometimes our prayers need to lead us to practical action.

The Climate Emergency Fund CEF will seek to provide short term funding to projects presented by members of Quaker meetings and yearly meetings, especially those in the Global South experiencing the immediate impacts of the climate crisis.

The suggested criteria are:

❖ The applicant is either an affiliated Yearly Meeting or a constituted Quaker body, connected to
an affiliated Yearly Meeting (no grants to individuals)
❖ The person/group applying on behalf of their Quaker community is well known to the World
Office and/or can be vouched for by the relevant Section Executive Secretary
❖ The applicant is directly affected by the effects of floods, drought or storms or is helping
neighbours who are affected.
❖ The applicant can demonstrate that a sum of around £500 would make a difference. Grants are designed to support small-scale or emergency projects, rather than large-scale projects.
❖ The grant should not be used to pay administrative expenses (rent, salaries, utilities)
❖ The applicant to submit a report of how the funds were used, within a year.