What is the Chalice Lighter program?
Chalice Lighter program encourages and supports growth of Unitarian
Universalism by awarding grants to member congregations and clusters.
Grants are awarded for both traditional and innovative growth projects.
Traditional grant projects:
a minister, hiring RE professional, volunteer coordinator, music
director, or other professional staff; buying a building or land;
leasing a building or land; constructing a new building or renovating an
Innovative growth projects:
signage or other ways to increase visibility; innovative adult or youth
programming; video broadcasting of program(s); innovative advertising or
community relations, including new web sites; satellite or branch
church startup; outreach program to enhance diversity in congregation;
two or more congregations working together.
How does it work?
more than three times each year, a Chalice Lighter call describing the
approved grant request is sent out to those who have pledged to support
the program. By pooling contributions of $15 or more from the Chalice
Lighters, we are able to provide substantial grants to
congregations which are expanding their ministries.
the four districts of the UUA's Southern Region separately, so the
support you pledge remains in your district. The districts are sharing
payment accounts, so you may be routed to a PayPal account assigned to a