Each year, OUUC invites community nonprofit organizations to apply for funding through the Share the Plate program.  OUUC commits to sharing 50% of weekly offerings to promote the mission of the Unitarian Universalist principles, with an emphasis on social, economic, and climate justice.  The amount of grants has varied but has ranged from $2000 – $3500.

Although all organizations serving the South Sound area (Lewis, Mason & Thurston counties) are invited to apply, additional consideration will be given to those organizations with budgets at or below $750,000, whose project is aligned closely with Unitarian Universalist principles. Specific projects of organizations with larger annual budgets will be considered.  A mix of direct service and systemic change organizations will also be targeted.  Organizations are eligible for awards every three years.

Seven Unitarian Universalist Principles:

  1. The inherent worth and dignity of every person;
  2. Justice, equity and compassion in human relations;
  3. Acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregations;
  4. A free and responsible search for truth and meaning;
  5. The right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large;
  6. The goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all;
  7. Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.

Timeline:

  • January 1 – October 15, 2020 – applications accepted online
  • December 2020 – Six recipient organizations announced and notified. Each organization is assigned a two-month period in 2021 (starting with January-February and ending with November-December) that they will share offerings.  Funds are distributed to the organizations approximately 2-4 weeks after the period ends.

Questions: Contact Bob Brennand.

 

Share the Plate Application
Please complete the application below and return by October 15, 2020, including brief responses to the narrative questions.