Funder: Unitarian Universalist Assn. (UUA); Opportunity: Fund for a Just Society; Funding Focus: Education and social justice; Geographic Focus: National; Eligibility: Nonprofit organizations (grants are made to non-Unitarian Universalist groups); Funding: Awards range up to $15,000 each (most grants range between $6,000 and $8,000); Deadlines: March 15 & Sept. 15.
Summary: Grants support non-denominational organizations working for social change. UUA supports a range of programs including: civil and constitutional rights; community organizing; environmental justice; capacity building and rural development. These grants help support projects which 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.
It operates a $10 million annual grant-making program. The majority of grants are made for a period of one year. These are not for fund social services, educational programs, or advocacy projects.
Organizations with a current UUA grant or those which have failed to comply with reporting requirements or other conditions of a previous UUA grant are not eligible. Grantseekers should start by looking at mission goals in the organization’s guidelines (located on the UUA website). There are no novice set-asides.