Compiled by Marni Odermann
Fund for Unitarian Universalism
These grants can be up to $20k; average is $8K. Application deadlines are March 15th and September 15th.
- Funding priorities are “for innovative, challenging or experimental programs [with] wide denominational impact or that address needs unmet by the institutional structure of the denomination.”
- Equipment and building renovations/improvements are generally not funded. Nor are ongoing congregational activities.
- Preference is for programs that have income from diverse sources
- Consideration is given to an applying congregation’s commitment to meet the UUA Annual Program Fund Fair Share contribution.
Fund for UU Social Responsibility
These grants are for up to $1,500 and are not restricted to “apply by” dates.
Congregation-Based Community Organizing (CBCO)
This is cross-congregational work in an established CBCO that is affiliated with one of five umbrella organizations. There are CBCOs in Portland, Spokane, Pasco and Seattle; none in Idaho. (We aren’t be eligible for this funding unless we’re part of a CBCO; whether we want to be part of a CBCO is a different conversation, not likely to be driven by whether we can get a small grant.)
Actions of Public Witness
intended to be responsive to unforeseen needs that require urgent action.
Grants are given to a broad range of social and environmental justice issues.
- Buses for the People’s Budged Action for a Fair Tax (2018) $1,000
- Showers for Host Sanctuary Congregation (2017) $1,500
- Friends of Orange County Detainees (2017) $1,500
- Rainbow Ball Weekend: (2017) $1,500
- People Over Pipelines March (2016) $1,500
- Higher Ground Moral Declaration (2016) $1,200
Plans are in the works for grants specific to Immigrant issues. They anticipate more information will be available in about four weeks.
Fund For a Just Society
These grants are given to 501(c)(3) groups to address issues of social and economic justice—for projects that use community organizing to bring about systemic change. UUA’s Fund For a Just Society has funded these Idaho groups:
- Idaho Citizen’s Network: 1995
- Interfaith Alliance: 2013
- United Vision for Idaho: 2017
Not Part of UUA, But Promoted by UUA: Faithify
A crowdfunding platform that UUers can use to reach non-UUers.