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Fund for Unitarian Universalism

Guidelines

Grants are made to Unitarian Universalist (UU) organizations in the U.S., Mexico and Canada that:

  • Strengthen Unitarian Universalist institutions and community life
  • Nurture and celebrate our liberal religious heritage
  • Encourage a generosity of spirit among UUs that is reflected in commitments of time, money and energy

UU Congregations: When considering applications, the UU Funding Program takes into consideration your commitment to meet the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) Annual Program Fund Fair Share contribution.

Funding Priorities

Priority is given to innovative, challenging or experimental programs that will have wide denominational impact or that address needs unmet by the institutional structure of the denomination. We rarely make grants for projects where the impact is limited to the applicant organization. Applications for conferences or meetings must detail measurable outcomes, products or services that will result from the event.

We prefer projects with plans for income from diverse sources, including contributions from the members of the group applying. See Sample Grants.

Restrictions

Grants are not made to individuals. Generally, grants are not given for equipment, capital campaigns, endowments, or feasibility studies. Grants are not made for activities that are considered to be part of the ongoing work of UU organizations.

Grant Size & Type of Funding

The maximum grant is $20,000. The average grant is $8,000. “Challenge” or “matching” grants are common, in line with our mission to encourage UU generosity. Grants are for one year. Second-year funding is possible after submitting a new proposal and a final (or interim) report. Third-year funding for the same project is unusual. We are not sustaining funders. See the complete application process.

How To Apply

To submit a proposal, please complete the Questions for Narrative found on this page.  For additional information, refer to the Application Process, Materials to be Included, and application forms.

Questions for Narrative

Use the following questions for part C of “Materials to Be Included.” Type the question number and question before each response. Use at least 12 pt. type and 1” margins on one side only of white 8.5” x 11” paper.

In eight pages or less answer the following questions:

  1. Please give a fifty word summary of the project.
     
  2. Briefly describe the inception of this project.
     
  3. Describe more fully the project for which you are applying. What are the goals of the project? What are the specific outcomes you anticipate?
     
  4. Give a timeline detailing how and when you plan to meet your goals.
     
  5. Please describe your specific plans for raising income in addition to the proposed UUFP grant. How do you plan to sustain the project?
     
  6. How will this project strengthen Unitarian Universalism, its ideas, influence, and/or its organization? Explain how Unitarian Universalism will benefit from the successful completion of this project.
     
  7. Name the individuals who will carry out the project’s plan. Please provide 2-3 sentences about each persons skills and experiences related to the project. If your program involves children or young adults, include resumes of the adults in charge and detail the quality of the adult supervision provided.
     
  8. List the key individuals, committees or organizations that have contributed to this project through money, time or other forms of support. What UUA resources/departments have been consulted about this project?
     
  9. Please describe your evaluation plan and give the criteria for evaluating the success of your project. See a Sample Evaluation Plan.

For more information contact uufp @ uua.org.

This work is made possible by a generous grant from the UU Veatch Program at Shelter Rock. Please consider making a donation today.

Last updated on Thursday, January 23, 2014.

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