HICO Overview

High Impact Community Outreach (HICO) was proposed by the UUCSF Board of Trustees and approved by the congregation in late 2019.  It is a long-term program to fund projects that can make a difference in our local communities and develop connections between the congregation and grantees.

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Focus 2020

Thank you for your interest in the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the South Fork’s (UUCSF) High Impact Community Outreach Fund (HICO). Each grant cycle we select different areas of focus that highlight specific populations and needs in our community. We ask that all applicants ensure that their projects align with at least one identified population and set of needs. Please see below for the 2020 guidelines. We look forward to learning about your project!

Populations:

  • Immigrants of all status
  • Senior Citizens 
  • Essential Workers

Needs:

  • Health and Mental Health Equity
  • Food Access
  • Safe Shelter

Narrative

HIGH IMPACT COMMUNITY OUTREACH FUND

The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the South Fork (UUCSF) strives to promote positive social action on the East End of Long Island, New York. The High Impact Community Outreach Fund (HICO) has been created to support East End nonprofits, groups and individuals in developing and implementing projects that aim to make a difference in our local communities. These well-defined projects will be comprehensive, collaborative, and innovative in their approaches to addressing community concerns. They will work with East End residents to establish priorities and understand the root causes of the needs and issues they seek to change. Applicants will need to articulate how their projects are informed by Unitarian Universalist principles:

  • The inherent worth and dignity of every person
  • Justice, equity, and compassion in human relations
  • Acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregations
  • A free and responsible search for truth and meaning
  • The right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large
  • The goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all
  • Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part
  • For more information on UU principles, please visit the UUA website: https://www.uua.org/

In line with these principles, the High Impact Community Outreach Fund hopes to support projects that:

  • Promote social, economic, environmental and/or racial justice and change
  • Protect the rights and enhance the well-being of all people, especially marginalized and protected classes
  • Engage in equitable and community-oriented decision-making processes
  • Create innovative solutions to long-standing challenges
  • Support the voices and experiences of people most impacted by the injustices the project is trying to address

In order to be considered for this grant, your project will need to:

  • Be located in and serve the communities of the five East End towns, Shelter Island, East Hampton, Riverhead, Southampton, Southold or the Shinnecock Nation.
  • Reflect Unitarian Universalist principles
  • Address emerging local issues, root causes to problems, and gaps in current service or program models 
  • Demonstrate strong community engagement and cultural competence
  • Have clearly defined and measurable outcomes with plans to achieve and document results in a specified time period 

The UUCSF created the Proposal Assessment Committee (PAC), which consists of four UUCSF members and friends, to develop the grant application, review the submissions, and determine the amount awarded to each selected project. The minimum grant is $5,000 and the awarded money must be applied to a specific project, rather than organizational operating costs. There will be two grant cycles annually, with the financial allocation taking place 2-3 months following the end of a cycle. PAC members will be in communication with applicants throughout the process. Each PAC member will choose projects they wish to mentor and champion to other PAC members, the UUCSF board, and the UUCSF congregation. We welcome applications from individuals with organizational sponsorship, grassroots organizations, national organizations with East End offices, and everything in between. We encourage applicants to provide passionate, thoughtful, and direct responses in your grant application. We expect all questions to be answered with those not applicable (NA) noted. Please direct any questions that arise to PAC@UUCSF.org. We look forward to learning more about your project and how HICO and UUCSF can be of service. Thank you for your time and consideration.

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Unitarian Universalist Congregation
of the South Fork

977 Bridgehampton-Sag Harbor Turnpike
P.O. Box 1444
Bridgehampton, NY 11932
631-537-0132

Rev. Kimberly Quinn Johnson 
minister@uucsf.org

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