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Fund for a Just Society

Grants to USA and Canada Universalist Groups to
Promote Social Change through Community Mobilization

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Unitarian Universalist Association - Unitarian Universalist Funding Program (UUFP)

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Grants of up to $15,000 to USA and Canada non-Unitarian Universalist groups working to promote systemic change through community organizing and mobilization. Priority will be given to specific and active campaigns that promote social, economic, and political change.

The Foundation expects the organization’s infrastructure, including leadership, membership and systems of accountability to be developed by the time of the application. The Foundation welcomes projects that are less likely to receive conventional funding because of the innovative or challenging nature of the work or the economic and social status of the constituency.

Please be concrete; spell out your plans. Applicants are advised to avoid saying they will “empower people”; instead, detail what actions you will take to create systemic change.

Systemic change organizing:
-Aims at root causes, not symptoms.
-Builds collective responses, not individual solutions, to problems.
-Changes attitudes, behavior, laws, policies, and institutions the better to reflect values of inclusion, fairness, and diversity.
-Insists on accountability and responsiveness in such institutions as government, large corporations, and universities.
-Expands democracy by involving those closest to social problems in determining their solution.

-Examples of systemic change vs charity:
-Charity: Donate to a food pantry to provide supplemental food for lower-income working families.
-Change: Raise the minimum wage so people can afford to purchase the food they need.
-Charity: Send money to a shelter for homeless families.
-Change: Send money to a housing coalition working for affordable housing.
-Charity: Fund a scholarship for one high school student to attend college.
-Change: Fund a student association organizing to ensure that higher education is affordable for everyone.
-Charity: Give to a telethon for services for people with disabilities.
-Change: Give to a group of disabled people and their allies pushing for their elected officials to make public buildings accessible.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 148695

Estimated Size of Grant:

The maximum grant is $15,000. Most grants are between $6,000 and $8,000.

Term of Contract:

Grants are given 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. The Foundation is not a sustaining funder.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Grants are made to non-Unitarian Universalist groups in the U.S. and Canada that meet all 3 of the following criteria:
-Uses community organizing to bring about systemic change leading to a more just society; and
-Mobilizes those who have been disenfranchised and excluded from resources, power and the right to self-determination; and
-Has an active focused campaign to create systemic change.

The Foundation does not fund social services, educational programs, or advocacy projects. The Foundation does not make grants for training to individuals. Grants are not given for re-granting, equipment, capital campaigns, politically partisan efforts, educational institutions, medical or scientific research, or cultural programs. Grants are not made to individuals. The Foundation will consider funding films, publications, or curricula only if they are an integral part of a strategy of collective action for social change.

Pre-Application Information:

Challenge or matching grants are a possibility.

Completed applications must be postmarked no later than:
-Spring Cycle—March 15* (Applications accepted for all four Funds)
-Fall Cycle—September 15* (Applications accepted for the Fund for Unitarian Universalism, the Fund for Unitarian Universalist Social Responsibility and the Fund for a Just Society)

If the 15th falls on a weekend, the deadline is the following Monday. The deadlines are annual.

Important: Please send applications by 1st class mail. Please do not send your application by Certified/Return Receipt mail. Processing the grants to notify organizations of their receipt and status does take considerable time, so please be patient. You will be notified via email about the receipt and status of your application, when the panel will review your application and an approximate date by which you will be notified of the panel's decision.

Applications are not accepted by Federal Express, via fax or *email (except as otherwise noted).

​Applications for grants for specific events must be submitted in a grant cycle at least six months prior to the event.

Panel meetings take place in May/June and November/December. Grant award letters are sent out soon thereafter.

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Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Mail all applications to:
P.O. Box 301149
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

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