Chalice Lighter Calls

The PNWD Chalice Lighter program was slightly revamped effective the 2019/2020 church year. Beginning July, 2019 there will be an active call open at all times: Fall – July-October; Winter – November-February, and Spring – March-June. As in the past, all calls for the fiscal year will open for contributions with the posting of the Fall call. If you prefer to fulfill your annual pledge in one sitting, you may still contribute to the Winter and Spring calls in advance when you make your Fall donation.

Read the current call letter.

Many donors have requested the option to set up automated monthly payments. By having calls open continuously, automated monthly withdrawals will be easy for donors to arrange.

Make a one-time gift (to one or all calls) on the PNWD Giving Page.
Set up automatic monthly payments on the PNWD Automatic Giving Page.

Effective April 2019, correspondence and contributions correspondence are no longer mailed to Seattle. If you make your contributions by check, please make check payable to PNWD Chalice Lighters and mail to:

PNWD Chalice Lighters
P.O. Box 567
Brighton, CO 80601

If you are not yet a PNWD Chalice Lighter, you can sign up here to become a Chalice Lighter. If you are already enrolled as a PNWD Chalice Lighter, you can use this same form to let us know if you wish to change from paper mailings to receiving emailed calls.

The PNWD is currently accepting applications for Chalice Lighter grants. Learn how your congregation can apply for a Chalice Lighter Grant.

Sign up to be a Chalice Lighter

If you have questions about the program, contact

Program Description

The Chalice Lighter Program assists the growth of new and existing Unitarian Universalist member congregations in the Pacific Northwest with grants to provide vital capabilities and infrastructure. Grants are funded exclusively through contributions from Unitarian Universalists who participate as Chalice Lighters. The volunteer Chalice Lighter Coordinator manages the program on behalf of the district, reporting to the Pacific Northwest District (PNWD) board of directors. Regional staff attend to database and website management and to donor contributions.

Chalice Lighter grants are intended to help congregations grow by:

  • securing, improving or furnishing a building
  • reaching out to the community to attract new members
  • initiating a new congregation
  • funding any other creative program to facilitate growth

Grants are not awarded for the purpose of covering normal operating expenses. Groups planning to initiate a new congregation are expected to meet with the Pacific Western Regional Lead before applying for a grant.

Congregations interested in Chalice Lighter grants should also consider other resources such as the Pacific Northwest Unitarian Universalist Growth Foundation. For more information, visit the PNUUGF website.

Become a Chalice Lighter

Being a PNWD Chalice Lighter brings you the joy of watching your modest contribution multiply to a much larger grant to support the growth of our liberal religion in the Pacific Northwest. Furthermore, just by being a Chalice Lighter, you will help your congregation qualify for a Chalice Lighter grant. The more of us who take the Chalice Lighter pledge, the more the program will have to offer to growing congregations.

When you become a Chalice Lighter, each year you will receive no more than three call letters. The letter will explain the express purpose of the call and ask for your donation of at least $20. The grant must be used for those purposes, so you will know exactly where your money is going. Administrative fees will be deducted from the total amount collected per call, but your PWR staff will always do its best to keep these costs to a minimum, and you can help us do this by making your contribution online.

Once your enrollment is processed, your name will be added to the donor roster. Each donor may elect to receive a Chalice Lighter pin. Wear it proudly!

How to Apply for a Grant

Basic Requirements: The proposed grant must fund a project that stimulates growth. A congregation applying for a Chalice Lighter grant must meet certain minimum requirements at the time of application. A congregation must:

  • have at least 30% of its members enrolled as Chalice Lighters
  • be a UUA Honor Congregation

To determine Chalice Lighters eligibility, please contact the PNWD Chalice Lighters Program at

There are two types of grants: (1) Large grants comprising the total funds received from a call (typically ~$10,000-$12,000), for which a congregation is eligible to apply if they have not received such a grant in the past three years, or (2) Small “growth technology initiative” grants (typically $2000 to $4000), which have no such eligibility restriction. These small grants generally fund upgrades to a congregation’s audio and video systems. See the applications for further details.

Applications may be submitted at any time.

Prepare an application: Download an Application for Chalice Lighter Funding or an Application for Chalice Lighter Growth Technology Initiative. Be sure to respond to all questions, even if the answer is “not applicable.”

***NEW: Apply for a Chalice Lighter Congregation Sustenance Grant if you congregation has been impacted by the pandemic.

Submit Your Application: Scan your completed application and all attachments and email in PDF document format to Application materials submitted on paper will not be accepted. Your application and materials will be sent to the Chalice Lighter Coordinator, who will arrange for its review. If the application is approved, it will be scheduled for a call and you will be notified. If your application is not approved, you will be contacted by the coordinator.

After approval: The Chalice Lighter Coordinator will draft the call letter for your review. The call for donations will then be distributed to Chalice Lighters as one of (no more than) three yearly calls. Within 45 days of the call’s close, your grant check will be disbursed. You will be asked to provide evidence of grant expenditures, including photos and statements of the impact of improvements made possible with the grant money. We want to share your story of success!

Volunteer Opportunity: Chalice Lighter Ambassador

The Chalice Lighter Program works because of many volunteers. If you would like to help, consider being the Chalice Lighter Ambassador in your congregation. Ambassadors are the backbone of the program.

Our goal is to have a Chalice Lighter Ambassador in every district congregation. The ambassador will actively promote the program with a goal of enrolling at least 30% of the congregation as Chalice Lighters, and alerting members to open calls. The ambassador will also keep the congregation’s leaders aware of the potential of Chalice Lighter grants to assist with the congregation’s growth. The only requirements for this role are an enthusiastic belief in the value of Chalice Lighters, a basic understanding of how the program works, and a sensitivity to the stewardship needs of your own congregation. Time requirements are modest, and assistance, such as templates for publicity, are provided.

Contact the Chalice Lighter Coordinator, Dave Cauffman, for more information.

Grant History

Congregations throughout the Pacific Northwest District have received grants from the PNWD Chalice Lighter Program. A few congregations experiencing sustained growth have received more than one grant.

Grant recipients (church/fiscal year end):

Anchorage UU Fellowship (Anchorage, AK)–Fall and Winter recipients
UU Congregation at Willamette Falls (Oregon City, OR)

UU Community Church of Washington County (Hillsborough, OR)
[No Winter call]
UU Growth Technology Initiative Grants: Edmonds UU Congregation (Edmonds, WA), Cascade UU Fellowship (East Wenatchee, WA)

UU Growth Technology Initiative Grants: Kittitas Valley UUC (Ellensburg, WA), UU Klamath Falls (Klamath Falls, OR), UU Fairbanks Fellowship (Fairbanks, AK), UUC Washington County (Hillsborough, OR)
[No Winter call]
Community UUC (Pasco, WA)

Cascade Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (East Wenatchee)
Magic Valley UU Fellowship (Twin Falls, ID)
UU Congregation at Willamette Falls (Oregon City, OR)

[no fall call]
Olympic UU Fellowship (Port Angeles, WA)
UU Congregation of Salem (OR) & West Hills UU Fellowship (Portland, OR) – split call

Westside UU Congregation (Seattle, WA)
Anchorage UU Fellowship (AK)
UU Growth Technology Initiative Grants (second round): North Idaho UUs (Coeur d’Alene, ID), UU Church of the Palouse (Moscow, ID), Magic Valley UU Fellowship (Twin Falls, ID), Rogue Valley UU Fellowship (Ashland, OR), Mid-Columbia UU Fellowship (Hood River, OR), Eastrose Fellowship UU (Portland, OR), Northlake UU Church (Kirkland, WA), Community UU Church (Pasco, WA)

Olympia UU Congregation (WA)
Northlake UU Church (Kirkland, WA)
UU Fellowship of Central Oregon (Bend, OR)

Umpqua UU Church (Roseburg, OR)
Unitarian Universalists of Grants Pass (OR)
UU Growth Technology Initiative Grants (first round): UU Church in Eugene (OR), Florence UU Fellowship (OR), Umpqua UU Church (Roseburg, OR), Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship (WA), Kittitas Valley UU Congregation (Ellensburg, WA), Olympic UU Fellowship (Port Angeles, WA), Westside UU Congregation (Seattle, WA)

Community UU Church (Pasco, WA)
UU Church in Eugene (OR)
UU Church of the Palouse (Moscow, ID)

Alaska Consulting Travel Fund
Atkinson Memorial Church (Oregon City, OR)
Magic Valley UU Fellowship (Twin Falls, ID)

Quimper UU Fellowship (Port Townsend, WA)
Whidbey Island UU Fellowship (Freeland, WA)
Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship (WA)

UU Community Church of Washington County (Hillsboro, OR)
Rogue Valley UU Fellowship (Ashland, OR)
Westside UU Congregation (Seattle, WA)

Evergreen UU Fellowship ( Marysville, WA)
Woodinville UU Church (Woodinville, WA)
Northlake UU Church (Kirkland, WA)
Free Church Unitarian (Blaine, WA) – special grant

All Souls UU Community (Lacey, WA), Rainier Valley UU Congregation (Seattle, WA), & Umpqua UU Church (Roseburg, OR) – split call
Michael Servetus UU Fellowship (Vancouver, WA)

Olympic UU Fellowship (Port Angeles, WA)
Boise UU Fellowship (ID)
District-wide Youth to General Assembly Grants

UU Congregation of Whidbey Island (Freeland, WA)

Eastrose Fellowship UU (Gresham, OR)
UU Fellowship of Fairbanks (AK)

UU Fellowship of Bainbridge Island and North Kitsap (WA)
Shoreline UU Church (WA)

UU Church of Yakima (WA)
Olympia UU Congregation (WA)
North Shore Unitarian Church (West Vancouver, BC)

Rainier Valley UU Congregation (Seattle, WA)
Northlake UU Church (Kirkland, WA) and Extension Consulting Grant – (Split call)

Umpqua UU Church (Roseburg, OR)
West Seattle UU Fellowship (WA)

Unitarian Church of Victoria (BC) and Klamath Falls UU Fellowship (OR) – (Split call)
UU Congregation of Salem (OR)
Olympic UU Fellowship (Port Angeles, WA)

Saltwater UU Church (Des Moines, WA)
Evergreen UU Fellowship (Marysville, WA)
Boise UU Fellowship (ID)

Puget Sound Extension Ministry Program
Skagit UU Fellowship (Mount Vernon, WA)
UU Church of the Palouse (Moscow, ID)

Quimper UU Fellowship (Port Townsend, WA)
Shoreline UU Church (WA)
Wy’east UU Congregation (Portland, OR)

Edmonds UU Church (WA)
UU Community of Cottage Grove (OR)

Woodinville UU Church (WA)
Northlake UU Church (Kirkland, WA)
Unitarian Fellowship of Kelowna (BC)

Extension Training Grant Fund
Olympia UU Congregation (WA)

Evergreen UU Fellowship (Marysville, WA)
UU Community Church of Washington County (Aloha, OR)
Free Church Unitarian (Blaine, WA)

Rogue Valley UU Fellowship (Ashland, OR)
Boones Ferry UU Congregation (Tualatin, OR)
Idaho Falls Unitarian Fellowship (ID)

South Fraser Unitarian Congregation (Surrey, BC)
Woodinville UU Church (WA)
Eastrose Fellowship UU (Gresham, OR)