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Friends Meeting House Fund

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Meeting Practices
The Friends Meeting House Fund maintains Grant Funds from which Meetings with modest resources may request support for facilities improvements. Recently approved projects have focused on environmental sustainability and inclusive accessibility.
 
Most grants are in the $2,000 to $7,500 range and usually provide the final funds to the overall fundraising effort for each project.
 
 
 
 

Green Meeting House Grant Fund

Contributions to this Fund often come from Gathering attendees wishing to reduce the environmental impact of their travel. Tax-deductible donations to this Fund are also accepted throughout the year.
 
Examples of supported projects include:
 
  • The addition of solar panels to reduce reliance on fossil fuels for heating the Durham, ME, Meeting House.
  • The replacement of the foundation to provide improved weatherization and to secure the structure of the Alaska Friends Conference Dickerson Friends Center in Wasilla, AK.
  • The replacement of drafty windows with new, weathertight ones for the Kalamazoo, MI, Friends Meeting.
  • An enhanced drainage system to protect adjacent stream and wetlands for the Storrs, CT, Friends Meeting parking area.

General Improvements Grant Fund

Gifts to this Fund have traditionally come from individuals wishing to help other Meetings, in an anonymous way, with facilities improvements they would otherwise be unable to afford. As with the Green Fund, tax-deductible donations are accepted throughout the year.

Grants from this fund have supported:

  • Construction of a safe, permanent handicap access ramp at the historic Gonic, NH, Friends Meetinghouse
  • Inclusion of accessible entrance features for a newly-built meetinghouse in Old Chatham, NY.

Friends Helping Friends

FMHF Board Members, who possess expertise in a variety of real estate disciplines, also can provide your meeting with direct assistance on large projects. Over the past 60 years, the Fund has loaned or granted over $4,600,000 to more than 200 Quaker Meetings in 18 yearly meetings. Inquiries and requests for loans continue to be received from meetings all over North America, indicating healthy growth within the Society of Friends.

 

 

To send a gift to either Fund, make your check payable to Friends General Conference and indicate which FMHF Grant Fund in the memo section.

 

To request a grant, download the application form below or email Lee Meinicke, Assistant Treasurer/Secretary for the FMHF at [email protected].

 

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