Quaker Peace & Social Witness (QPSW) awards grants to innovative Quaker or Quaker-supported projects focused on building sustainability and the new economy.

We are pausing this grants programme in 2019 while we review its impact and consider whether it is still an effective form of support for Friends in their witness on new economy and sustainability issues. We will provide an update in early 2020.

Our goal is to enable projects that help to create low-carbon, sustainable communities and a different type of economic system – an economic system in which Quaker testimony can flourish.

If you have applied or considered applying for a grant in previous years and would like to contribute your thoughts to the review, please email neweconomy@quaker.org.uk.

Funded projects

This year, we are funding:

  • A series of community cookery events encouraging people to eat sustainable local fish
  • An event and information resource developing a Quaker campaign for a Land Value Tax
  • A scoping exercise on how local procurement can support an inclusive and resilient local economy in Devon
  • A display of postcards featuring people's stories of austerity, with copies to be delivered to MPs
  • An event exploring the possibility of Weston becoming a 'Compassionate Community' (offsite link).

We will be sharing stories from Quakers working on these projects on the Our Stories page later in the year.

In previous years we have funded:

  • The development of an interfaith summer school programme for young people to work together on environmental initiatives. This is being run by Footsteps, faiths for a low carbon future (offsite link).
  • The training and running of the Footpaths to a Greener Life course across Gloucestershire Area Meeting, to explore community carbon reduction. They share how this went in this report.
  • Workshop opportunities for Friends to look at how different business models can support Quaker testimonies.
  • To fund a variety of community engagement activities for the local community-owned energy initiative – Community-owned Energy Gargrave and Malhamdale (offsite link).