Social Action Giving
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
FY2018 Social Action Grant Awards
In April, the Social Action Council awarded $48,600 in grants to the following applicants.
Grant Awards 2017-18
|Amnesty International Group 15||Raise awareness of human rights issues, participate in human rights campaigns, and to bring Sister Helen Prejean||$500|
|AWE||Meals for Rosie’s Place||$1,400|
|Budget Buddies||Support 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 Teachers||Raise 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 Island||Support meals program for families in need in Capilla Del Monte, Argentina||$1,200|
|Concord Climate Action Network||Half of operating budget for public events in Concord, meeting costs, communication expenses, and collaborative projects||$1,000|
|Concord Prison Outreach||Support for CPO programs||$4,000|
|Dignity in Asylum||Provide safe and free housing, food, transportation and overall caring community support to people seeking asylum||$3,000|
|Household Goods||Support Household Good’s Boston College Move Out, a weekend collection of students’ discarded furniture.||$500|
|Merrimack Valley Project||Provide legal resources and support for undocumented immigrants throughout the Merrimack Valley||$5,000|
|Mil Milagros||Develop 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 Table||Support Maynard Pantry and Maynard and Concord Community Dinners and serve an increasing population||$4,000|
|Restoration Project||Support operations of a new thrift shop as a new vocational opportunity for current participants until it becomes sustainable.||$2,000|
|RIA House||Provide 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|
|ROCA||Provide digital platforms for Roca to embark on dual-generation education with high-risk young mothers and their children||$2,000|
|STEM-Up||Bring intensive after-school STEM tutoring to public housing youth||$5,000|
|The Nature Connection||Support at-risk youth by engaging them in nature-based activities||$1,500|
|Unitarian Universalist Urban Ministry||Believe in Success supports low-income survivors of domestic violence to heal and prepare for skills training, entry level work, or secondary education.||$10,000|