Wednesday, January 21, 2009

2008 Year In Review: A Grant Receiving Church

Our Church is increasingly viewed by the wider UU movement as a dynamic, innovative, and vibrant community. Our recent track record of growth and our profile in the wider movement leads others to want to invest in us. In 2008 we received $23,725 in grant funding!

Sara Sautter, Director of Lifespan Religious Education, wrote grant requests to fund Julia’s Voice. In the first cycle Julia’s Voice received two grants for $6,000 in order to fund the Mothers Day “Stand for Peace” event. In the fall of 2008 Julia’s Voice received two additional grants totaling $6,975 to continue the movement by producing a DVD and a community organizing guide entitled “Julia’s Voice: Loud and Clear.”

In addition, Sara received a $2,500 grant from the UU Sunday School Society to fund the creation of a curriculum for Coming of Age youth and their mentors using the book The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch.

Rev. Thom Belote applied for and received grants from the Unitarian Universalist Association and the Prairie Star District Chalice Lighter program. These two grants for $8,000 funded a significant portion of our Internship Program. In addition, Thom received a $250 professional development grant from the UUA to travel to Minnesota to study policy governance at Unity Church-Unitarian in St. Paul.

What will 2009 bring? If you have a passion for an exciting new initiative or new ministry don’t hesitate to share your idea with Sara or Thom. The wider Unitarian Universalist world has made it clear: We are a Church that is worth investing in!