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Episcopal Appalachian Ministries Begins Small Grants Program

Episcopal Appalachian Ministries (EAM) will use funds from the Appalachian Initiatives grant approved by the 2006 General Convention to make small grants for ministry in Appalachian communities. "We expect to be able to grant about $14,000 in 2008 and $24,000 in 2009," said EAM President, The Rt. Rev. Charles von Rosenberg of East Tennessee. Grants of $500 to $3,000 will be made to diocesan, parish, or community-based organizations in member dioceses  which serve communities in the Appalachian region or urban Appalachian (migrant) communities outside the region.

Appalachian Initiative Grants will be used as seed money for organizations to seize opportunities of a one-time nature. Grant criteria and application forms are available on-line at www.visit-eam.org.

For information, contact interim coordinator Michael Maloney, interim coordinator, at 513.531.8799 or meamon@aol.com. Applications may be submitted at any time but applications received by October 10 will be considered at the October meeting of the allocations committee.

Episcopal Appalachian Ministries is a coalition of Episcopal dioceses which include parts of the Appalachian region in their boundaries. Current member dioceses are Bethlehem, Central Pennsylvania, East Tennessee, Lexington, Maryland, Southern Ohio, Southwestern Virginia, and West Virginia.

EAM 's program includes education, advocacy and mission.  It serves as a resource to small congregations and as a national clearinghouse on mission opportunities in Appalachia. It operates work camps in Southwestern Virginia mining communities each July.

With the diocese of Southern Ohio and West Virginia, it co-sponsors an annual conference on Appalachian ministry.

Contact: Michael Maloney, Coordinator
Episcopal Appalachian Ministries
5829 Wyatt Avenue
Cincinnati, OH   45213
513.531.8799
meamon@aol.com

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