Thanks to all the UU congregations and communities who send in applications for Chalice Lighter Grants!  We had so much interest, and so many great projects, that the Mountain Desert District Board decided to more than double the funds.  We ended up fulfilling grants from 12 congregations/communities totaling almost $63,000 to help advance worthwhile, important work to keep the flame of Unitarian Universalism burning.  Below is a summary of the grants:

It felt right to use some of the equity the District had build up over the years, and to have some that will still be available after the merger. Roughly $100,000 will remain to meet the exciting challenges of the combined Pacific Western Region entity.  Representatives from the MDD board are working diligently with representatives from the other three districts to make the combined entity a reality.  We’ll be looking to fill board and other volunteer seats with qualified candidates – could you be one?

For smaller congregations/communities who still have funding needs, Midwest Unitarian Universalist Conference and Foundation Munroe-Husbands Grant is available for Lay Led or fellowships/churches with less than a full-time minister. Judy Bentley, our MUUC Representative ( has more information and will help with applications; she says there is usually $10K annually in this fund.