The generous support of past and present members of the UUCC allows the Memorial Endowment Trust to make grant funds available to the UUCC on an annual basis. The amount available is determined in January each year based on a formula specified in the endowment’s Trust Agreement. The MET began its grant award program in 2015, protecting the corpus of the Trust while supporting important present-tense needs of the UUCC not included in yearly operating budgets. Including this year’s grant award of $35,000, the Memorial Endowment Trust’s total award amount has reached $155,300 in grant monies for projects that support our faith community’s vision and mission.
The MET Trustees are delighted to announce the 2021/2022 grant awards:
- A challenge grant up to $10,000 in support of the Open Door School’s goal to serve a more diverse student population by providing meaningful scholarships to 10% of its students. The Trust’s grant will be matched by the ODS community in order to grow the Sue Riley Fund.
- $12,000 for the Building and Grounds Team to complete the Freeman Hall Makeover Project. During the course of the interior Freeman Hall makeover, problems with exterior windows and structure were discovered in the oldest part of our building; this capital improvement is vital to protecting the oldest part of our facility.
- $10,000 for “hearing loops” requested by the Membership Team to assist our hearing-challenged members’ full participation in the life of our community. Hearing loops will be installed to broadcast directly to hearing aids and cochlear implants thus significantly improving sound amplification in both the Sanctuary and the Bernstein Room.
- $3,000 for a digital bulletin board requested by the Communications Team to enhance members’ and visitors’ awareness of current and upcoming activities in the life of the congregation. The screen will be installed in our vestibule.
Previous MET grants have included: installation of the sanctuary projection system included live-streaming capability; Open Door School purchase of chairs for ODS and CYRE youth; “Dismantling Racism” workshops, upgrades to our vestibule, interior signage and room furnishings; Freeman Hall makeover; and the Focus 2020 process aimed at aligning our name with our vision and mission, upgrading exterior signage to reflect any changes, and outreach efforts to connect with others in the wider community, both for potential new members and as partners in our justice work.
The Endowment Trust’s Board wishes to sincerely thank each of you for your generous support. We hope you are as delighted as we are about the many worthwhile projects the MET grant program has been able to support.
Memorial Endowment Trust Trustees
Richard Pratt, chair