UCC Global H.O.P.E. Grants 2021

Domestic Grants 2021

APRIL 2021

Grace United Church of Christ, Houston, Texas – $3,000 – The winter storms caused flooding caused by water leaks to the education wing and fellowship hall. This grant will assist with costs not covered by insurance to include deductible and reconstruction.

Friends Congregational Church, College Station, Texas – $1,000 – During the Texas freeze and ice storm, the church had ongoing power losses. This caused pipes to freeze and burst causing damage throughout the sanctuary, three classrooms, and the kitchen. Funds will be used to pay the insurance deductible.

MARCH 2021

St. Paul AME Church – Elmwood, Philadelphia, PA (Eastwick Unmet Needs Roundtable) – $7,000 – support for 250 homes damaged by flooding from Tropical Storm Isaias including heating units, hot water heaters, and other essential components, muck out and clean-up, rebuild of walls, painting, etc., and minor repairs.

Church of the Savior, Cedar Park, Texas – $3,000 – to assist with the repair of the sanctuary, kitchen and classrooms resulting from pipes the burst due to extremely cold temperatures caused by winter storms.

Plymouth UCC, Spring, Texas – $3,000 – During the winter storm Uri, pipes froze and burst outside and in the attic and flooded several areas of the church. This grant will help cover the insurance deductible and to help the church find a safe place to worship until the church is repaired.

St. Peter’s UCC, Houston, Texas – $4,000 ($3,000 to assist with the repair of 17 homes in the Houston area, whose pipes burst resulting in water damage. Response will include muck and gut and other repairs as a result of the winter storm freeze and $1,000 to assist a community food pantry due to increased need following the winter storms).

JANUARY 2021

North Florida Inland Long-Term Recovery Group – $20,000 – financial assistance for Hurricane Michael (2018) for building materials.

International Grants 2021

APRIL 2021

ACT Alliance – $10,000 – Political unrest has resulted in general insecurity, internal and external displacements, and a disruption of livelihoods in Ethiopia’s Tigray region. At least 855,000 persons are in need of humanitarian assistance including non-displaced persons, internally displaced persons, returnees and more than 96,000 Eritrean refugees. Funds will be used for shelter and other non-food items, food security, WASH, protection and livelihoods.

Forum for Development, Culture, and Dialogue – $5,000 – The situation among displaced Syrians is dire. Food and Personal Protection Equipment prices have sky-rocketed. Families will be assisted with food baskets and hygiene kits.

Forum for Development, Culture, and Dialogue – $5,000 – The situation in Lebanon is dire. The economy has failed and is hampered by COVID-19,. There are security concerns and many people are food insecure. Refugees and others living in Tripoli, Baalbeck, and in Beirut suburbs will be assisted with food baskets and educational literature to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

MARCH 2021

Mennonite Social Action Committee in Honduras, CIETS Nicaragua and Council of Protestant Churches of Nicaragua (CEPAD) – $5,000 – in response to Hurricanes Eta and Iota (Nov. 2020) with shelter, non-food items, food security, WASH, protection and psychosocial wellness. 750,000 families were affected in a region already vulnerable due to other crises such as migration and COVID-19. (ACT Alliance)

Middle East Council of Churches, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land, and the Department of Service to Palestinian Refugees – $5,000 – for food security, mental health and access to protection support including gender-based violence, COVID-19 services, employment resilience, education and sheltering for Syrian refugees, host communities and vulnerable groups in Jordan. (ACT Alliance)

Middle East Council of Churches – $5,000 – basic needs and resilience building in Syria of people affected by the protracted crisis and COVID-19. (ACT Alliance)

FEBRUARY 2021

Churches Auxiliary for Social Action – $10,000 – to support 600 vulnerable families in India, affected by the burst of a glacier lake, judged to be a result of climate change. Dry rations, WASH kits, shelter material and solar lamps. (Global Ministries)

JANUARY 2021

The United Church of Christ in Mozambique$2,500 – to assist 200 families impacted by Tropical Storm Chalene (Dec. 2020) with food staples and seeds. (Global Ministries)

Christian Council of Mozambique$2,500 – for temporary shelter, clothes, medical supplies, food and water to families impacted by Tropical Storm Chalene (Dec. 2020). (Global Ministries)

Zimbabwe Council of Churches$2,500 – to assist 300 vulnerable members of the community with emergency food, non-food, agriculture inputs and psycho-social and community rebuilding in the wake of Tropical Storm Chalene (Dec. 2020). (Global Ministries)

Evangelical Congregational Church in Angola – $5,000 – for psycho-social support to elderly and disabled in the COVID-19 pandemic, including food, masks and soap. (Global Ministries)

Ons Plek in South Africa – $5,000 – for support to street and non-street students locked down during COVID-19 and for educating families and students on preventative measures. (Global Ministries)

Council of Churches in Sierra Leone – $5,000 – for support disabled and elderly with food and medical vouchers, and the larger community with COVID-19 risk reduction activities. (Global Ministries)