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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

Enroll as a Chalice Lighter

Being one of the more than 2,000 Unitarian Universalists who are PNWD Chalice Lighters brings you the joy of watching your modest contribution multiply to a grant of typically $17,000 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 $15. The grant must be used for those purposes, so you will know exactly where your money is going. Ten percent of call receipts, but never more than $2,500, will help offset direct costs of administering the Chalice Lighter program.

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

Grant requests for the 2016/17 calls are now being accepted.

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 Annual Program Fund Honor Congregation*
  • be a PNWD Honor Congregation**

*Check your congregation’s Chalice Lighter enrollment and Honor Congregation status in the Congregation Directory. An Honor Congregation is defined as a congregation who is fair share for both UUA Annual Program Fund and PNWD Dues for the most recently completed fiscal year.

Prepare an application: Download an Application for Chalice Lighter Funding [Microsoft Word Docx]. Be sure to respond to all questions, even if the answer is “not applicable.”

Submit Your Application: Scan your completed application and all attachments and email in PDF document format to the district office. 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. A month after 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:

2016
[no fall call]
Olympic UU Fellowship (Port Angeles, WA)
UU Congregation of Salem (OR) & West Hills UU Fellowship (Portland, OR) – split call

2015
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)

2014
Olympia UU Congregation (WA)
Northlake UU Church (Kirkland, WA)
UU Fellowship of Central Oregon (Bend, OR)

2013
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)

2012
Community UU Church (Pasco, WA)
UU Church in Eugene (OR)
UU Church of the Palouse (Moscow, ID)

2011
Alaska Consulting Travel Fund
Atkinson Memorial Church (Oregon City, OR)
Magic Valley UU Fellowship (Twin Falls, ID)

2010
Quimper UU Fellowship (Port Townsend, WA)
Whidbey Island UU Fellowship (Freeland, WA)
Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship (WA)

2009
UU Community Church of Washington County (Hillsboro, OR)
Rogue Valley UU Fellowship (Ashland, OR)
Westside UU Congregation (Seattle, WA)

2008
Evergreen UU Fellowship ( Marysville, WA)
Woodinville UU Church (Woodinville, WA)
Northlake UU Church (Kirkland, WA)
Free Church Unitarian (Blaine, WA) – special grant

2007
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)

2006
Olympic UU Fellowship (Port Angeles, WA)
Boise UU Fellowship (ID)
District-wide Youth to General Assembly Grants

2005
UU Congregation of Whidbey Island (Freeland, WA)

2004
Eastrose Fellowship UU (Gresham, OR)
UU Fellowship of Fairbanks (AK)

2003
UU Fellowship of Bainbridge Island and North Kitsap (WA)
Shoreline UU Church (WA)

2002
UU Church of Yakima (WA)
Olympia UU Congregation (WA)
North Shore Unitarian Church (West Vancouver, BC)

2001
Rainier Valley UU Congregation (Seattle, WA)
Northlake UU Church (Kirkland, WA) and Extension Consulting Grant – (Split call)

2000
Umpqua UU Church (Roseburg, OR)
West Seattle UU Fellowship (WA)

1999
Unitarian Church of Victoria (BC) and Klamath Falls UU Fellowship (OR) – (Split call)
UU Congregation of Salem (OR)
Olympic UU Fellowship (Port Angeles, WA)

1998
Saltwater UU Church (Des Moines, WA)
Evergreen UU Fellowship (Marysville, WA)
Boise UU Fellowship (ID)

1997
Puget Sound Extension Ministry Program
Skagit UU Fellowship (Mount Vernon, WA)
UU Church of the Palouse (Moscow, ID)

1996
Quimper UU Fellowship (Port Townsend, WA)
Shoreline UU Church (WA)
Wy’east UU Congregation (Portland, OR)

1995
Edmonds UU Church (WA)
UU Community of Cottage Grove (OR)

1994
Woodinville UU Church (WA)
Northlake UU Church (Kirkland, WA)
Unitarian Fellowship of Kelowna (BC)

1993
Extension Training Grant Fund
Olympia UU Congregation (WA)

1992
Evergreen UU Fellowship (Marysville, WA)
UU Community Church of Washington County (Aloha, OR)
Free Church Unitarian (Blaine, WA)

1991
Rogue Valley UU Fellowship (Ashland, OR)
Boones Ferry UU Congregation (Tualatin, OR)
Idaho Falls Unitarian Fellowship (ID)

1990
South Fraser Unitarian Congregation (Surrey, BC)
Woodinville UU Church (WA)
Eastrose Fellowship UU (Gresham, OR)