Thanks to all the individuals in the MidAmerica Region whose generous contributions made this past fiscal year’s Chalice Lighter calls and Faithify campaigns a huge success. Through your collective efforts, we were able to help raise almost $100,000 to fund the dreams of MidAmerica congregations. The Fall, Winter, and Spring 2020 Chalice Lighters calls raised a combined $40,000 to support our congregations in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Cincinnati, Ohio, and Columbus, Indiana. And your generous contributions to the Faithify campaigns from MidAmerica congregations added to the $55,000 that were raised to support projects in Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois.
Now that the 2021 fiscal year is underway, we’re looking for new projects to support through Chalice Lighters and Faithify. We currently are accepting applications for the Fall Chalice Lighter call through August 15, 2020. Chalice Lighter grants can be used for four (4) purposes for established and emerging congregations in the MidAmerica Region of the Unitarian Universalist Association:
Supporting a new or emerging congregation;
Acquiring or expanding meeting space for an existing congregation;
Increasing paid professional staffing;
Establishing outreach and public relations programs.
There is also additional Chalice Lighter money available to help MidAmerica congregations with up to $1000 for their Faithify campaigns. Faithify is a crowdfunding site where passionate people INSPIRE, UNITE, and FUND Unitarian Universalist ministries.