Mission Investment Fund Grants
Two congregations in the Southeastern Iowa Synod were recently notified that they will receive Mission Investment Fund matching grants to assist them with capital projects which will improve energy efficiency for their facilities.
St. Paul Lutheran Church, State Center, Iowa, will use its grant to assist in replacing the 25 single-pane windows (original to the building from 1965) with Pella ‘low e and argon filled’ double-pane glass windows with brown ‘duracast’ (fiberglass and resin) frames rather than the current aluminum frames. In addition, seams on the flat portion of the roof will be sealed and two glass entrance doors will be replaced with steel doors with a small double-pane glass panel.
St. Paul Lutheran Church, Winterset, Iowa, will be installing new steel siding on their facility which will provide greater energy efficiency as well as remedy some water problems in the building.
These grants are available to congregations with investments for at least one year in the Mission Investment Fund of the ELCA. Grants awarded in this program range from $5000 to $25,000 and must be matched by the local congregation. Visit www.elca.org/mif and type in “Endowment Grants” in the search box for more information.
In addition, while on the MIF website, click on the “Caring for Creation – MIF Green Resources” tab on the left hand side of the page for other helpful information about energy efficiency.
Written by Pr. Paul Ostrem, Assistant to the Bishop