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Fund for Unitarian Universalist Social Responsibility


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

  • Increase the direct involvement of UUs in service, advocacy and/or community organizing to create justice in the larger community.
  • Link Unitarian Universalists with the larger community
  • Foster a generosity of spirit and action in all aspects of our UU communities.

UU Congregations: Please note that we take into consideration your commitment to meet the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) Annual Program Fund Fair Share contribution.

Two Special Matching Grant Programs

  • Congregation-Based Community Organizing (CBCO)—Matching Grants are now available to congregations considering participating in a CBCO organization for both membership and training. To apply, please see the CBCO Application Information (PDF) and the CBCO Application (PDF). Read more information about Unitarian Universalist congregations and CBCO. CBCO Training grants are considered on a rolling application basis, while matching grants for CBCO membership will be considered with the regular grant cycle.
  • Standing on the Side of Love (SSL)—The Fund for UU Social Responsibility has set aside $25,000 to be made available as matching grants of $500-$1,500 to UU congregations participating in the Standing on the Side of Love campaign. SSL matching grants will support UU congregations mobilizing at critical times, using social networking and coalition building to take action in a broad range of arenas where people are excluded, oppressed, or attacked based on real or perceived identities.

    Please visit the Standing on the Side of Love website to learn more about the public advocacy campaign initiative announced at General Assembly 2009 in Salt Lake City.

    To Apply, complete an SSL Application (Word) (PDF) and send to love @

Funding Priorities

The following information applies to applicants for grants from the Fund for UU Social Responsibility other than the Special Matching Grants.

Priority is given to new programs and those at a point of significant growth. Priority is given to work creating social and economic justice. We prefer projects with income from diverse sources and expect contributions from the members of the applicant organization. See Sample Grants.


Grants are not made to individuals. Generally, grants are not given for equipment, capital campaigns, or endowments. Grants are not made for activities that are part of the ongoing work of UU institutions. Grants may not be used as a pass-through from a UU congregation to a local non-profit organization, but may go towards enhancing UU involvement in a project.

Grant Size & Type of Funding

The maximum grant is $20,000. The average grant is 8,800. “Challenge” or “matching” grants are commonly granted to encourage UU generosity, and to increase UU support for social action. 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. Describe your group and its recent history.
  3. Describe your project more fully. Describe the issue(s) your project addresses. Be specific about goals, activities, and timelines.
  4. Who will carry out the project’s plan? What are their relevant skills and experiences? If your program involves children or young adults, include resumes of the adults in charge and detail the quality of the adult supervision provided.
  5. Who do you define as your community and how do you reach them? How has your UU congregation, district, or denomination been involved in the creation of your project? How are you working to increase the involvement of UU individuals and institutions in the issues your project addresses
  6. How representative are your volunteers and staff of the communities you work with?
  7. List the individuals, committees or organizations that have contributed significantly to this project through money or other support. What UUA resources have been consulted? If applicable, list funding sources and dollar amounts for your organization/project for the last two years.
  8. Please describe your specific plans for raising income in addition to the proposed UUFP grant. How do you plan to sustain the project?
  9. Describe your plan for evaluation. Give the criteria/measures/tools you will use to evaluate the success of the project. What outcomes are you working to create? How will you know you have succeeded? See a Sample Evaluation Plan.
  10. Describe the organization’s or group’s social responsibility philosophy.

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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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