RICE BOWL 2016 Parish Grants was a new initiative from the Catholic Relief Services Capacity Building Ministry at the Archdiocese of Atlanta.

The purpose of the RICE BOWL 2016 Parish Grant is to provide funds to parishes in support of projects and programs that educate on, raise awareness of, and promote advocacy for particular poverty issues that are unjust, and to assist people to bring about change to those structures that keep them from a quality of life. The grants are limited to $500/annually. The only stipulation is that the applicant must have participated in Rice Bowl.

25% of our total Rice Bowl collection gets reinvested back into the local community. It was decided that out of that 25%, we would allot enough monies to fund 10 Parish Grants. In our inaugural year, two grants were awarded.

Queen of Angels Catholic School
The Director of Religious Education, Dr. Cathy Harmon-Christian and Maureen Harkins who works with the students in Video Journalism applied for a grant so that the students in Video Journalism could research then create a video about defining what a food desert is and how the Atlanta community is working to solve the problem of food deserts.

The other grant was awarded to a parish on the south side to expand their community garden.

Applications are accepted and grants are awarded between May 1st and September 30th. For more information, contact Kathy Montag at kmontag@archatl.com or 404-920-7368.

Check out the video below:

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