COMMUNITY BEACON FUND

Did you know that UUI has funding available to support projects that affirm and promote our Seven Principles?  The Community Beacon Fund (CBF) provides funding for local activities that address human needs.  Projects awarded a CBF grant are those which live out our commitment to community consciousness-raising and social justice.  Projects approved promote Unitarian Universalism and UUI values and ideals, and serve to advance our mission as a "beacon" in our community.  The CBF recently financed the startup of a UUI Girl Scout Troop and also the art project “Golden Scales and Silver Wings Community Art Day.” 

Does your group or project qualify for a Beacon Fund Grant? Click here for our Beacon Fund Application.

 

UUI Special Funds Committee Annual Report FY 2016-2017

May 2017

*No Endowment Funds were distributed in this fiscal year.

The Community Beacon Fund (CBF) provides funding for local community projects to address human needs. Projects awarded a CBF grant are those which live out our commitment to consciousness-raising and social justice. Projects approved promote Unitarian Universalism and UUI values and ideals, and serve to advance our vision as a ‘beacon’ in the community. In order to qualify for a CBF grant, per the guidelines, projects require the direct involvement of several active UUI Members, friends, AND the local community.

UUI Special Funds Committee: Matt Bassett, Jack Brennan, Peter Langowski, Bob Lipford, and Maria Madar.

Fiscal Year 2016-2017 CBF Grants awarded:

March 2017-- Granted $999 to facilitate a one-day community art event/action of public witness hosted by UUI in partnership with a variety of area artists and community groups. The project is in support of the Black Lives Matter movement. It will begin at UUI as a community art event/free concert/community discussion in our Sanctuary. Local artists, activists, poets, and musicians of color will perform poetry, speak, or lead discussions around issues of racial justice. At the same time, the Social Hall will be transformed into an art space where people can make signs and banners using a variety of materials with the help of local artists from the Big Car collective. The signs and banners will support the message “Black Lives Matter.” The indoor art event then transforms into an outdoor social justice event when everyone relocates to the corner of 38th and Meridian for a Black Lives Matter roadside vigil using the newly created signs and banners. This event is scheduled to take place on Saturday, June 3rd 2017, from 1-5pm.

March 2017-- The amount of $325 was awarded for a community-building art project entitled “Golden Scales and Silver Wings Community Art Day.” Participants created puppets, props, and scenery used in the concluding play in which the leaders had the speaking parts.  In addition, a banner was created using silk and dyes.  The banner will be displayed to bring positivity and hope to a local organization, such as the Julian Center, the MLK Center, or Horizon House.  The program was conceived to bring hope to the community, and to reinforce the message of hope through the play.

September 2016-- Granted $2402 to start a Brownie Troop at UUI involving girls from our congregation and the local community.  The Congregation unanimously approved the full amount requested at the November 6, 2016 congregational meeting. 

May 2016-- $810 ($405 x 2)  was granted to UUI Racial Justice Task Force, in response to the group Black Lives of UU (BLUU), asking UU congregations to support people of color in attending the 2016 UUA General Assembly (GA). Grant recipients presented information about their experience to the congregation in a service facilitated by Jamie.

March 2016-- $999 was granted so that UUI could become a church member in partnership with The Indianapolis Congregation Action Network (IndyCAN).  

Does your group or project qualify for a Beacon Fund Grant? Click here for our Beacon Fund Application.