The Social Action Community (SAC) works to actively express our Unitarian Universalist social justice commitment and First Parish mission statement. The SAC Board and SAC Director manage the distribution of 7.5% of annual pledge income to local, national and international organizations. Currently, the SAC Director’s salary is also supported by the 7.5% of annual pledge income.

SAC Grant Review Period – February 4 through February 19

Review applications by downloading from the links listed below, or see hard copies in a notebook in the church office.  Send any comments to by February 24.  Comments will be considered by the Allocations Committee in making awards.

Amnesty International Group 15   Raise awareness of human rights issues, participate in human rights campaigns, and to bring Sister Helen Prejean to Concord.

Advocates for Women’s Empowerment: Meals for Rosie’s Place.

 Budget Buddies. Support provision of our financial literacy program to 12 to 15 residents at the YWCA Lowell, in a program for mothers of children attending an after-school program.

Center for Parents and Teachers.   Raise awareness about the increased used of heroin in Concord and offer parents and other community members  tools to talk with teens about heroin use.

Children’s Island. Support meals program for families in need in Capilla Del Monte, Argentina.

ConcordCAN! – The Concord Climate Action Network.   Cover 50% of our operating budget, which pays for numerous public events in Concord, meeting costs, website and newsletter expenses, and participation in collaborative projects.

Concord Prison Outreach.  Support for CPO programs.

Dignity in Asylum.  Provide safe and free housing, food, transportation and overall caring community support to people seeking asylum.

Household Goods.  Support Household Good’s Boston College Move Out, a weekend spent collecting students’ furniture that is no longer needed.

Merrimack Valley Project.  Provide legal resources and support for undocumented immigrants throughout the Merrimack Valley.

Mil Milagros.  Develop the capacities of indigenous Maya women to improve the healthy development of young children and prevent malnutrition and stunting in communities where the child malnutrition rates exceed 70%.

Open Table.  Support Maynard Pantry and Maynard and Concord Community Dinners and serve an increasing population.

Restoration Project.  Support operations of a new thrift shop as a new vocational opportunity for current participants until it becomes sustainable.

RIA House.  Provide women survivors of the commercial sex trade with financial assistance upon release from prioson while they continue to participate in our Sisters Leading Sisters recovery program.

ROCA.  Provide the digital platforms necessary for Roca to embark on its next phase of dual-generation education with high-risk young mothers and their vulnerable children.

STEM-Up.  Bring intensive after-school STEM tutoring to public housing youth.

The Nature Connection.  To support at-risk youth by engaging them in a variety of nature-based activities.

Unitarian Universalist Urban Ministry.  Believe in Success supports low-income survivors of domestic violence, especially those for whom few other pathways to financial self-sufficiently exist, including low income women, survivors of color, LGBTQ survivors, immigrants, and survivors with low or limited English proficiency to heal and prepare for skills training, entry level work, or secondary education.

Grant Applications

You can view grant allocations from 2016 and 2017 to get an idea of what types and sizes of grants we give.

The deadline for grants in the 2017-18 church year is January 31, 2018. Grants will be awarded by March, 2018. To apply for a grant through First Parish in Concord, first read our SAC Grant Application Policies 2017. Then download the First Parish SAC grantsrequestform 01-11-17 word, which includes application instructions. Completed applications should be emailed to Wendy Holt at

To learn more about the history of our grants programs, read this report by Dave Dawson and John Lowe, “History and Impact of Social Action Grants, 1968-2010″ [PDF]. A more recent summary, included in the 2015 report, is available here [PDF].