The Social Action community works to actively express our Unitarian Universalist social justice commitment and First Parish mission statement. The Social Action Council manages the Social Action Giving Program for local, national and international organizations.

There are two primary avenues for Social Action Giving:  Grants and Share The Plate.  To apply for either of these, please first read our SAC Giving Policies 2018-2019 rev10.

Both grants and the Share The Plate program can be requested through the on-line form.

Requests for both programs can be submitted any time, and grants are primarily awarded annually in the winter.

There are some specific considerations.

  • An organization will not be awarded a Share the Plate and a grant in the same church year.
  • An organization will not be awarded Share the Plate two years in a row.

Grant Applications

The deadline for grants in the 2018-19 church year is March 1, 2019. Grants will be awarded by April, 2019. To apply for a grant through First Parish in Concord the Social Action Grant form is online as a survey and can be found by clicking here.

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

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].

If you are interested in joining the Social Action Giving Team or would like more information, please contact Liz Rust at liz@therusts.net.

FY2018 Social Action Grant Awards

In April, the Social Action Council awarded $48,600 in grants to the following applicants.

Grant Awards 2017-18

Organization ProjectTotal
Amnesty International Group 15Raise awareness of human rights issues, participate in human rights campaigns, and to bring Sister Helen Prejean$500
AWEMeals for Rosie’s Place$1,400
Budget BuddiesSupport financial literacy program for 12 to 15 residents at the YWCA Lowell, whose children attending an after-school program$2,000
Center for Parents and TeachersRaise awareness about increased use of heroin in Concord and offer tools for parents and others to talk with teens about heroin use.$500
Children’s IslandSupport meals program for families in need in Capilla Del Monte, Argentina$1,200
Concord Climate Action NetworkHalf of operating budget for public events in Concord, meeting costs, communication expenses, and collaborative projects$1,000
Concord Prison OutreachSupport for CPO programs$4,000
Dignity in AsylumProvide safe and free housing, food, transportation and overall caring community support to people seeking asylum$3,000
Household GoodsSupport Household Good’s Boston College Move Out, a weekend collection of students’ discarded furniture.$500
Merrimack Valley ProjectProvide legal resources and support for undocumented immigrants throughout the Merrimack Valley$5,000
Mil MilagrosDevelop the capacities of indigenous Maya women to support healthy development of young children and prevent malnutrition and stunting in communities where the child malnutrition rates exceed 70%.$3,000
Open TableSupport Maynard Pantry and Maynard and Concord Community Dinners and serve an increasing population$4,000
Restoration ProjectSupport operations of a new thrift shop as a new vocational opportunity for current participants until it becomes sustainable.$2,000
RIA HouseProvide women survivors of the commercial sex trade with financial assistance upon release from prison while they continue to participate in our Sisters Leading Sisters recovery program.$2,000
ROCAProvide digital platforms for Roca to embark on dual-generation education with high-risk young mothers and their children$2,000
STEM-UpBring intensive after-school STEM tutoring to public housing youth$5,000
The Nature ConnectionSupport at-risk youth by engaging them in nature-based activities$1,500
Unitarian Universalist Urban MinistryBelieve in Success supports low-income survivors of domestic violence to heal and prepare for skills training, entry level work, or secondary education.$10,000