USNF has funding in our 2018-2019 operating budget to support USNF programs and activities that promote community engagement and/or social justice.  The money is meant to support existing USNF groups, as well as to encourage new work.

Examples of social action projects:  In 2018, we allocated funds for a racial justice workshop, for Blue Communities, to develop an environmental justice library, for the Circle for Social Change, to provide nourishment to a Bystanders Training, and to our partnership with The Sojourner Truth School for Social Change Leadership. Funding can be spent on speakers, events, public awareness activities, lobbying campaigns, etc.. The money is not meant for donations to outside organizations.

How to start a project or apply

All proposals/requests should be ideas which are supported by a group of members and come from that group’s chair or leaders. You can come to the Coordinating Council to air your ideas and soak up vast amounts of collective, institutional wisdom!

Deadlines: Deadlines are October 1 and January 1.
Decisions will be made by the end of October and by the end of January. If you are unable to work within this time frame, contact a moderator of the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to inquire about an exception.

Directions:  There is a simple, one-page form to complete, found by clicking the link below. Please complete the following form to the best of your ability. The form is meant as a helpful tool and is not required.  Applicants can also submit within the body of an email as long as the basic questions asked are included in their submission.

Review Process: The reviewing team is made up of the Coordinating Council Co-Moderators and Clerk, and the Community Engagement Leader, in collaboration with the Minister and other USNF Members as needed and appropriate. Requests for $100 or less, especially for time-sensitive activities that may not fit with the above schedule, can be made at any time and will be granted separately from the scheduled review times.

Submission & Questions: 

There are two ways to submit an application for funding.

  • Complete the application online.
  • Download the PDF application, complete it and return it to USNF. Return the application in person or by mail to USNF, 220 Main St., Northampton, MA, 01060) or attach it to an email and send it to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Questions about this process or the funds themselves are always welcome and can be directed to the Coordinating Council leadership or to USNF staff member Annie Doran. 2018-19 Coordinating Council Co-moderators are Barbara Thompson and Naomi Klayman. Annie’s email is This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..