STRAWBERRY CREEK MONTHLY MEETING DIME-A-GALLON FUND GRANT MAKING GUIDELINES
The Dime-A-Gallon project was started in 2004 by Strawberry Creek Meeting (SCM) as one step in seeking to align our behavior with our Quaker values. We began by acknowledging that under current US energy policies, we are not paying the full cost for our use of fossil fuels. "Aware of the influence that humans have on the health and viability of life on earth," (PYM Faith & Practice), our intention is to make more visible and ‘real’ the discrepancy between what we pay for fossil fuels and the staggering cost they place on our society and ecosystem.
The Dime-A-Gallon project encourages SCM members and attenders to impose a voluntary ‘surcharge’ on personal use of fossil fuels at the rate of a dime (10¢) per gallon. Funds collected are held in the Dime-A-Gallon Fund for grantmaking.
More information about the Dime-A-Gallon Project: sites.google.com/site/dimeagallon/
The Strawberry Creek Dime-A-Gallon Fund is administered by the Meeting’s Peace, Earthcare and Social Witness Committee. The Committee uses the Dime-A-Gallon Fund to support projects that further our dream of a world that is more peaceful, more just, and organized around caring for, rather than destroying, the very sources of life itself.
Our over-arching concern is for "the interdependent community of life on earth" of which we are one small part; grants will be given with an eye to "the principles of right relationship and right action within this larger whole, ... translat[ing] this understanding into ways of living that reflect our responsibility to one another, to the greater community of life, and to future generations." (PYM Faith & Practice).
To that end, Dime-A-Gallon support will primarily be given
- to projects where the benefit is collective rather than individual
- to projects that benefit the broader community of which our meeting is part
- to projects that support the healthy interdependence of the human and natural world
We encourage projects where the meeting has the opportunity to participate through voluntary service as well as to provide financial support. Funds available for grantmaking will vary over time according to the level of contributions, but will not generally exceed $500.
Grants are available for the following purposes:
- Community/Institutional Energy-Saving Technologies
As the intention of the Dime-A-Gallon Fund is to move our society away from dependence on unsustainable sources of energy, funds are available to support Bay Area projects that allow public buildings, community-based facilities, and/or multiple households working together to invest in alternative technologies such as solar panels, energy-efficient appliances, insulation retrofits, on-demand water technologies, et al. that would not otherwise be affordable to the organization. We particularly seek projects that will benefit economically disadvantaged populations and/or environmental education programs. Support may be available to projects outside the Bay Area if two or more Strawberry Creek Friends are actively involved in the work.
- Environmental Health and Justice
Recognizing that our society’s dependence on fossil fuels brings with it a terrible cost in toxic exposure and habitat loss — and that these costs are unjustly distributed across landscapes and communities — we will make funds available (a) to projects that remediate, restore and/or steward natural habitats that support the health of the Bay Area ecosystem (in particular landscapes that have been damaged by toxic releases); (b) to Bay Area projects that directly address and remediate the human health impacts of fossil fuel use; and (c) to Bay Area environmental health and environmental justice projects addressing the unmet needs of at-risk youth. Support may be available to projects outside the Bay Area if two or more Strawberry Creek Friends are actively involved in the work.
- Special Opportunities/Meeting Stewardship
We support the active leadership of our members and attenders in continuing to deepen the level of environmental awareness and commitment of the meeting and to share Earthcare-related Public Ministry in the wider Quaker community. To that end, small grants may be available to meeting members and attenders for earthcare-related travel or educational expenses, with the primary purpose of sharing what we have gleaned with other Quaker bodies and/or bringing resources back to the meeting for collective enrichment.
How to Apply
Proposed projects may be submitted in writing to the clerks of Peace, Earthcare and Social Witness for consideration by the committee as a whole. Your submission does not need to take the form of a formal proposal, but it should include the following elements:
- How does the proposed project align with the grantmaking goals of the Dime-A-Gallon fund as outlined above?
- How much support is being requested? If Dime-A-Gallon funding will not cover the entire cost of the proposed project, how and where will the remaining funds be secured?
- Are there any opportunities for the Strawberry Creek community to participate in the project apart from donating funding? If the proposal is for a non-Quaker community initiative, are any Strawberry Creek members or attenders already actively involved?
- If the project is for individual travel/educational support, how will this experience be re-invested in the meeting and/or enrich the Earthcare witness of other Quaker bodies?