Carbon Fund

The Carbon Fund was created-- thanks to a generous gift from the Ann Arbor Friends Meeting-- to provide small grants (<$1,000) to congregations with financial need to reduce their carbon footprints. By enabling emissions-reducing projects in economically disadvantaged communities, the Carbon Fund addresses inequity as well as climate change. 

Eligible congregations

  • Own the building or site in which the project is being proposed
  • Are in financial need

How to apply 

1. In about 1 page, describe the following: 

  • Your congregation and its mission
  • Your financial need
  • Your project, its goals, and how it will reduce CO2 emissions
  • Estimated project cost and amount requested
  • How this project is a part of your larger vision of sustainability (how your commitment to sustainability extends beyond this project)

2. Include your name and contact information as well as the congregation's name and address.

3. Email your application to Leah Wiste at director@miipl.org . 

Past grants 

Previous Carbon Fund projects have funded the installation of solar powered exterior lights (as seen above) at St. Peter's Episcopal Church and Pilgrim Baptist Church, both in Detroit. 

Other considerations

Projects that are high-visibility or that are integrated into programming or communications—in other words, projects that also inspire and grow awareness beyond your congregation—are especially encouraged.

How to contribute to the Carbon Fund

If you would like to make a contribution, write "Carbon Fund" in the memo line on your check and mail it to us at: 15900 W 10 Mile Rd, Ste 206, Southfield MI 48075. Thank you!

Questions? Call us at 248-537-9175.


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