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.

You can view grant allocations from 2015 and 2016 to get an idea of what types and sizes of grants we give.

Grant Applications

The deadline for grants in the 2016-17 church year is January 31, 2017. Grants will be awarded by March, 2017. To apply for a grant through First Parish in Concord, first read our policies [PDF]. The application be downloaded here. Completed applications should be emailed to Wendy Holt at wendyh@dmahealth.com.

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].

Grants Available For Comment Now Through February 9.

This year’s grant applications listed below are available for review by First Parish members.  Comments will be accepted till Friday February 10.  Comments should be mailed to First Parish in Concord ATTN: SAC Grants, 20 Lexington Road, Concord, MA 01742 or emailed to Wendyh@dmahealth.com.

  1. AWE Proposal for Rosie’s Place Purchase food for First Parish Advocates for Women’s Empowerment to prepare and serve 4 meals to 150 homeless women at Rosie’s Place. 
  2. Budget Buddies proposal Fund the development of a new financial literacy curriculum and coaching strategy for older, at-risk teens transitioning to independence.
  3. Concord Area Preschool Association CAPA proposal Preschool needs-based fee reduction
  4. 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.
  5. Centro Arte Para La Pas Create a new exhibit centering on the ancient Nuhatl-Pipil peoples whose descendants still live in El Salvador today at the Centro’s Museum.
  6. Children’s Island Support meals program for families in need in Capilla Del Monte, Argentina
  7. CIPS proposal  Concord Playground Initiative  Create a well-planned special needs playground for Concord children.
  8. Clover Application  Clover Foundation Develop English literacy among Luganda-speaking preschoolers, a requirement for primary school admission.
  9. Concord Prison Outreach proposal Support for CPO programs
  10. Dignity in Asylum  Provide food for asylum seekers living in Eastern Massachusetts, who cannot work while their asylum case is pending
  11. Jericho Road proposal.Build nonprofit capacity to serve underserved, diverse and at risk communities
  12. LDBrown application Louis D Brown Institute  Hire an Intergenerational Justice Program (IJP) advocate to provide coordinated support and guidance to families of murdered victims and families of people arrested and incarcerated for murder in order to create opportunities for healing, reconciliation, and accountability. .
  13. Mil Milagros proposal Develop the capacity of indigenous Maya mothers to improve the healthy development of their young children in areas where malnutrition rates exceed 70%.
  14. Open Table proposal  Support move to permanent Maynard location and build-out of new facility
  15. RIAHouseFirstParishConcord_2017grant  Strengthen services for incarcerated women survivors as they transition to society by increasing case management support capabilities
  16. The Nature Connection application  Support at-risk youth by engaging them in a variety of nature-based activities
  17. UU Urban Ministries  Build bridges to bring people from diverse communities together. Programs include Renewal House shelter, Roxbury Youth Programs, Explorers Club for children, Believe in Success for domestic violence survivors, and Jericho Road Roxbury.
  18. Restoration Project Expansion of current services: moving to a larger location and opening a thrift shop as a new vocational opportunity for current participants