Social Justice and Action Grants

Westmoreland Congregational United Church of Christ charges the Board of Social Justice & Action (SJA) with the responsibility and privilege of managing the SJA Grant Program. Once a year in the fall, funds ranging from $1,500 to $5,000 are distributed to non-profit 501(c)(3) organizations whose programs address people’s unmet needs and expand their opportunities. Funds are raised from special congregational offerings during Christmas and Easter. In the past, SJA grants have supported programmatic activities that address persistent and urgent issues, such as shelter/housing/food, nutrition/medical care/health education, elementary school tutoring & activities, teen development and job training, and transitions to self-sustaining independence.

Criteria for Funding:

  • Programs or projects should extend beyond meeting basic human needs to empowering individuals and communities in order to create a more just and flourishing society;

  • Applications should explain how the organization's programs or projects make a difference in the lives of individuals;

  • Funding requested must be targeted toward a specific program or project serving the DC metropolitan area; and

  • Organizations must be of a size and scope whereby a modest grant could have an impact.

The SJA Board will examine the overall revenue and expenses of each organization, including the annual compensation for the executive director and/or president, for financial accountability and transparency.

Please check back later for our 2019-2020 grant application, which will be due in October 2019.