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Seeds of Hope Social Justice Grants

Seeds of Hope: Grants for Building an Equitable Community

Seeds of Hope Grants logoAdministered by the First Congregational Church of Madison Foundation, Inc

Applications open: January 1, 2022
Application deadline: February 15, 2022

The Seeds of Hope Social Justice Grants Committee welcomes proposals from organizations in Dane County for innovative programs and initiatives that advance social justice in ways consistent with the United Church of Christ’s missions. The grants are open to community-based organizations, neighborhood groups, cooperatives, nonprofits, faith groups, and others working to make Dane County’s communities just and equitable for all. Applications are especially encouraged from groups led by members of traditionally marginalized communities and groups which do not have access to other grantmaking programs. Priority will be given to collaborative projects that bridge racial, economic, or other social divides. Successful proposals will address pressing concerns in Dane County including, but not limited to:

• meeting basic material needs
• promoting equality for marginalized communities
• addressing disparities in health and healthcare
• advancing equity in education, disability rights, and more
• delivering environmental justice

The United Church of Christ is a progressive, Just Peace, Open & Affirming, Accessible to All denomination. For more about the United Church of Christ’s social justice missions, please visit

501(c)(3) status is not required, but groups without 501(c)(3) status will need a partner organization to act as a fiscal partner.

Applicants may apply for a single year of funding, but multi-year projects up to three years are also welcome. Grants are not available to individuals.

Available Awards
Tier I: Awards up to $2,500 annually
Tier II: Awards greater than $2,500 but no more than $10,000 annually
Tier III: Awards greater than $10,000, but no more than $25,000 annually

Proposals are due February 15, 2022. Download the Seeds of Hope 2022 grant application.

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