Presbyterian Hunger Program

Despite great efforts, nearly 870 million people still go to bed hungry each night, the vast majority of whom live in developing countries. Poverty, unjust economic systems, conflicts, and climate change are some of the primary causes of hunger today. In order to work toward ending hunger and poverty, we believe that not only is it necessary to respond to the immediate needs of people, but to also address the unjust structures and systems which contribute to their impoverishment.

General Criteria
The Presbyterian Hunger Program will consider proposals which meet the following requirements:

  1. The proposed activity shall fit into at least one of the five programmatic areas:
    • Direct Food Relief - the proposed activities will help make food available to people who cannot provide for themselves on a temporary basis or permanently. Relief programs should also include long-range solutions to the problems affecting such communities.
    • Development Assistance - The proposed activities should help bring about long-term improvements to the quality of life of poor people in more than one way. These activities should aim to increase self-reliance and empowerment of poor people.
    • Public Policy Advocacy - The proposed activities will advocate through just and peaceful means, political and/or economic policy changes which a) provide food for poor and hungry people; b) empower their self-development; or c) promote freedom from oppressive and unjust systems that fail to meet basic needs.
    • Lifestyle Integrity - The proposed activities will assist the church to move toward sustainable corporate and personal lifestyles sensitive to the reality of the earth’s limited resources and the critical needs of the poorest of the human family.
    • Education and Interpretation - The proposed activities will educate the church and the public at large about local and global root causes of hunger in a particular country and around the world. They shall prepare and motivate people to act and to educate others and provide opportunities for being in solidarity with and learning among poor communities.
  2. The proposal will work to lessen hunger and poverty and to address their causes.
  3. The proposed activity will come from an organization. Proposals will not be accepted if they come from private businesses or from individuals. The PHP will not accept applications from governmental structures.
  4. The proposed activity will benefit poor people, especially women, racial ethnic persons or other disadvantaged groups. Those benefitting will be involved in the planning and implementation of these activities.
  5. The proposed activities will promote a just sharing of the earth's resources and the protection of the environment.
  6. The organization which is applying will have good working relations in its own country with a national church body, whether or not it is a formal partner of the Presbyterian Church USA. It also may show existing relationships with community organizations, government agencies and other programs that share the same goals. In order to support local self-reliance, PHP will give priority to applications submitted by organizations in the geographic area of the proposed activities.

The application will propose activities for which there are

  • Clearly stated goals and objectives;
  • Feasible methods for attaining these goals and objectives;
  • A method of annual evaluation;
  • A clear and adequate budget, reflecting both expected income and expenditures;
  • A reasonable long range plan for self-sufficiency and/or increasing local support;
  • Sufficient staff and/or volunteers to accomplish its objectives; and
  • People, knowhow and equipment, that are appropriate to the local situation and need.

Application Process
International Applicants must follow these steps to submit a grant application to the Presbyterian Hunger Program:

  • Submit a Letter of Inquiry by email to Eileen Schuhmann by no later than April 30. See instruction below.
  • If your Letter of Inquiry results in an invitation to submit a proposal, you will complete the International Grant Application online by no later than June 30. Mailed or emailed proposals will not be accepted. Applications will only be accepted from groups invited to submit.
  • Ordinarily, the maximum level of grants approved by the Committee is $20,000, with the average grant being around $7,000.
  • Usually, our grants cover only parts of the total financial request and are given only for specific and measurable activities that can be completed within a twelve month period.
  • In order to support local self- reliance, PHP will give priority to applications submitted by organizations based in the geographic area of the proposed activities.
  • Await grant decisions following the Advisory Board meeting. Organizations will receive notification of the Board’s decision by email before the end of October.

Letter of Inquiry Instructions
The Letter of Inquiry should be no longer than 2 pages (8 1/2 x 11) in length with no additional attachments and should include:

  • Contact person and contact information.
  • Description of your organization.
  • Description of the project.
  • Description of the major activities and goals of the project.
  • Description of the project beneficiaries and the geographic area.
  • The total project costs and the requested grant amount.

When complete please submit your Letter of Inquiry to Eileen Schuhmann.

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