The work of Unitarian Universalism requires the gifts and talents of many, not to mention funding. Below are a number of options to reach beyond your congregation to get the funds you need to enhance your ministry.
Building Loan, Loan Guarantee, and First Home Grant
The purpose of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) Building Loan, Loan Guarantee, and First Home Grant program is to facilitate the continued growth, in the broadest sense of the term, of UUA member congregations.
Building Loan Program
The Building Loan Program provides affordable financing for three types of project:
- building or buying a new spiritual home
- repairing or renovating existing facilities where substantial construction is not required,
- expanding current facilities where substantial construction is required, especially to make facilities more accessible.
First Home Grant Program
The First Home Grant Program gives money to congregations seeking to purchase their first piece of land and/or to construct their first spiritual home. The program is not designed for congregations that already own a building.
Loan Guarantee Program
The Loan Guarantee Program offers to guarantee a loan made by a local lender in cases where the lender requires this support before agreeing to loan money to a congregation.
Small Projects Loan Program
The Small Projects Loan Program promotes congregational growth by financing relatively inexpensive projects that can improve congregational life and well-being. Smaller, shorter term loans can create positive changes in congregations by providing a new tool to tackle issues that may seem beyond their current financial means. The program focuses on three broad categories of projects: mission-oriented, environmentally friendly, and critical/emergency in nature.
Disaster Relief Grants
When disaster hits a community, people want to help. Often, that takes the form of contributing financially to organizations that they trust—organizations that they know have the relationships necessary to convert monetary donations into real-life support for the people who need it.
As a part of the UUA's covenant, we know that if we can’t support one another in times of crisis, it is unreasonable to expect us to be able to support others outside our congregations and communities.
The UUA's Disaster Relief Fund enables this by awarding grants to Unitarian Universalist congregations and affiliated organizations for them to use to assist with building, member, and community partner needs. Grants from the Disaster Relief Fund help congregations care for their buildings and the needs of their members. Learn more about Disaster Relief grants and how to apply.
FAITHIFY is a crowdfunding site where passionate people inspire, unite, and fund Unitarian Universalist ministries. FAITHIFY’s purpose is to:
- Inspire a culture of innovation that extends the reach of UU values
- Lower the walls between existing congregations
- Ignite ministries in new venues, formats, and communities
- Bridge geographic and generational borders using 21st century technologies
- Help passionate individuals invest directly in ministries that excite them
- Help ministry innovators reach a passionate public
Katie Tyson Fund
The Katie Tyson Fund is dedicated to kindling the sparks of leadership among Unitarian Universalist youth and young adults. The fund supports scholarships, grants, and programs for youth and young adult projects, conferences, outreach, and more.
UU Funding Program
The Unitarian Universalist Funding Program (UUFP) is a denominational grant-making program of the Unitarian Universalist Association. Grants are made that support the work of social justice, strengthen Unitarian Universalist institutions, transform gratitude for being into generosity of living, and make Unitarian Universalism more visible in the world. Grants are awarded through four Funds with distinct priorities and guidelines:
- Fund for UU Social Responsibility
Makes grants to projects that increase UU involvement in social responsibility. Grants include Congregation-Based Community Organizing, Get out the Vote, and grants for immediate action.
- Fund for Unitarian Universalism
Makes grants to strengthen UU institutions and community life.
- Fund for International Unitarian Universalism
Makes grants to strengthen Unitarian / Universalist organizations or projects working internationally.
- Fund for a Just Society
Makes grants to nonprofit organizations addressing issues of social and economic justice. Grants are given to projects that use community organizing to bring about systemic change.