Pacific Northwest District - UUA

Chalice Lighter Program Guide                                     

Program Description

Chalice Lighter-funded projects
New sanctuary - UU Fellowship of
Fairbanks (AK)
Church entry improvements - Free Church Unitarian (Blaine, WA)
Accessibility improvements - Free Church Unitarian (Blaine, WA)

The Chalice Lighter Program assists the growth of new and existing member congregations in the Pacific Northwest District by providing grants to help advance vital aspects of their formal growth plans. Grants are funded exclusively through contributions from Unitarian Universalists who participate as Chalice Lighters. The Chalice Lighter Coordinating Team advises the District Executive on the program; its members are UU volunteers from around the district.

Chalice Lighter grants are intended to help congregations by providing funds to implement a significant part of their growth plan and may be used to: 
· secure or increase professional religious leadership
· help a congregation secure, improve or furnish a building

· reach out to the community to attract new members

· initiate a new congregation

· fund any other creative program to facilitate growth


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 online

There are many good reasons to join the more than 2,000 Unitarian Universalists who are PNWD Chalice Lighters. Being a Chalice Lighter brings you the joy of watching your modest contribution multiply to a grant of more than $18,000 to support the growth of our liberal religion in the Pacific Northwest. 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 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 be retained by the district to help offset direct costs of the Chalice Lighter program.   

Once your enrollment is processed, your name will be added to the donor roster and you will receive a Chalice Lighter pin. Wear it proudly!

How to Apply for a Grant 

Basic Requirements: 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**
· have a formal growth plan
The proposed grant must fund a project that helps implement the growth plan. Groups that wish to apply for a grant to initiate a new congregation are expected to meet with the district executive before applying for a grant.
*Check your congregation's Chalice Lighter enrollment on our website: Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, Washington
**An Honor Congregation is defined as a congregation who is fair share for UUA Annual Program Fund and PNWD Dues for the most recently completed fiscal year. This information is also available on the PNWD website via the state links above.)
Prepare an application: Download an Application for Chalice Lighter Funding . 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. Office staff will forward your application and all materials to the Chalice Lighter team leader for initial review. Once everything is in order, the team leader will forward your application to the Chalice Lighter Coordinating Team for consideration. 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:
A member of the Chalice Lighter team will draft the call letter for your review. The call for donations will then be distributed to Chalice Lighters as one of three yearly calls. Within a month of the call's close, your grant will be disbursed. You will be asked to provide proof of grant expenditures, along with photos or other evidence 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 volunteer stewards. If you would like to help, consider being the Chalice Lighter Ambassador in your congregation.

Our goal is to have a Chalice Lighter Ambassador in every district congregation. The local 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 funding potential of Chalice Lighter grants. The only requirement for this role is 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.

Contact Chalice Lighter Ambassador Mentor, 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. (UU congregations in British Columbia are no longer members of the UUA Pacific Northwest District, and are no longer eligible to participate in the program.)

Grant recipients:


  • Olympic UU Fellowship (Port Angeles, WA)


  • Westside UU Congregation (WA)
  • Anchorage UU Fellowship (AK)
  • UU Growth Technology Initiative II 



  • Olympia UU Congregation (WA)
  • Northlake UU Church (Kirkland, WA)
  • UU Fellowship of Central Oregon (Bend, OR) 
  • Umpqua UU Church (Roseburg, OR)
  • Unitarian Universalists of Grants Pass (OR)
  • UU Growth Technology Initiative I


  • Community UU Church (Pasco, WA)
  • UU Church in Eugene (OR) 
  • UU Church of the Palouse (Moscow, ID) 
  • Alaska Consulting Travel Fund 
  • Atkinson Memorial Church (Oregon City, OR)
  • Magic Valley UU Fellowship (Twin Falls, ID)
  • Quimper UU Fellowship (Port Townsend, WA)
  • Whidbey Island UU Fellowship (Freeland, WA)
  • Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship (WA)


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


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


  • All Souls UU Community (Lacey, WA), Rainier Valley UU Congregation (Seattle, WA), and Umpqua UU Church (Roseburg, OR) - (Split call)
  • Michael Servetus UU Fellowship (Vancouver, WA)


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


  • UU Congregation of Whidbey Island (Freeland, WA)


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


  • UU Fellowship of Bainbridge Island and North Kitsap (WA) (now Cedars UU Church)
  • Shoreline UU Church (WA)


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


  • Extension Training Grant Fund
  • Olympia UU Congregation (WA)


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


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


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


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