What is the First Unitarian Grants Panel?

An opportunity for local projects to receive funding to promote peace and social justice in the Greater Rochester Area.

Unitarian Universalist values:

  • The inherent worth and dignity of each person;
  • Justice, equality, and compassion in human relations;
  • The right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large;
  • The goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all;
  • Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.

In addition, we declare and affirm our deep commitment to include all people and our special responsibility to encourage the full participation of all in our activities, honoring diversity of race, national origin, disability, gender, affectional or sexual orientation, age and socioeconomic status.

Who Is Eligible To Apply?

General criteria for applicants to any of these funds include the following:

  • Groups receiving funds must be local (Greater Rochester area), nonpartisan, and not-for-profit. The applicants for these grants need not be 501(c)(3) corporations, in compliance with the IRS provision allowing for giving small donations to non501(c)(3) entities that support the mission of our church.
  • Proposals from individuals will not be considered.
  • Each proposal must be sponsored by a member of the First Unitarian Church who is knowledgeable about the organization and the requested program/project. A church member may sponsor only one proposal. One copy of the sponsor form should accompany the application.
  • Proposals must be for activities that are specific, measurable, and achievable.
  • The proposed use of funds must be congruent with the Unitarian Universalist values reflected above.
  • Preference may be given to requests for one-time expenditures that advance the goals of the organization or help it launch a new initiative. However, because we are well aware of the funding difficulties currently faced by all organizations, we will consider funding operational or staff costs as well. Repeat requests for operational costs are discouraged.

How Much Is Typically Awarded?

Grants are typically awarded in the amount of $2,000 to $4,000