All Souls/Beckner Advancement Fund

External Grants

Congratulations to our new 2016 Beckner external grantees!

1. Common Good City Farms: for their Seed to Table Workshops program. (Environmental Justice)

2. Kara House Cooperative: to support a local cooperative with funds to relocate residents during a renovation. (Safe Affordable Housing)

3. Many Languages One Voice: to support their Intergenerational Immigrant Action program with “Know Your Rights” trainings and direct actions. (Immigration)

4. One Common Unity: to support their Fly by Light program, which immerses 80 youth in afterschool workshops focused on social justice, conflict resolution, leadership, environmental stewardship, and the arts. (Peace & Reconciliation, Environmental Justice)

5. Washington Peace Center: to help scale up work with the Black Lives Matter movement in DC by providing more trainings for organizers and solidarity groups. (Peace & Reconciliation)

Internal Grants

The committee is now taking applications! All Souls committees are encouraged to submit internal grant proposals for projects that:

  • support the social justice focus of All Souls Church,
  • educate the congregation,
  • help draw people of all ages and backgrounds to All Souls Church,
  • build the advocacy and activism skills of our congregation, and
  • address the church’s current social justice priorities: safe, affordable housing, environmental justice, peace and reconciliation, immigration, voting rights.

Applications are currently accepted on a rolling basis, as long as funds are available. Internal grant amounts typically range from $500-$5,000. Download the guidelines and application instructions from this page.

Would you like to be part of the Beckner Fund committee?

The committee is looking for four new members. New members begin work in September and are asked to serve a three-year term if possible. If you are interested in supporting social justice and collaborating on making grants to organizations that make a difference to our neighbors in Ward 1, send an e-mail indicating interest and sharing your contact information to becknerfund@gmail.com by Sunday, June 26.

Thanks!

Information on the Beckner Fund

Background

All Souls Church Unitarian has a long history of working for social justice and fighting against oppression of all kinds. Our proud tradition of public witness here in the nation’s capital dates back to standing against slavery and continues to this day. For almost two centuries, the congregation has worked to make our city, our nation, and our world more just and compassionate.

All Souls members Earl and Meta Beckner endowed the Beckner Fund in 1973. The Deed of Gift states their desire to “make the Church and surrounding community more cohesive, attractive, and forward-looking; foster human rights and dignity; and enhance the influence of All Souls Church in the Washington metropolitan area.”

Goals

Grounded in commitment to social-change philanthropy, the Beckner Fund distributes about $70,000 each year to support efforts that advance the All Souls’ social justice mission. Internal grants fund the church’s own social justice activities. External grants support DC organizations with significant presence in Ward 1, where All Souls is located. The Fund considers proposals for external grants that address at least one of the church’s four priority areas:

  • Safe, affordable housing
  • Environmental justice
  • Peace and reconciliation
  • Immigration

In many cases, partnerships between grantee organizations and church groups can strengthen community relationships and increase the impact of funded projects. The Fund encourages such partnerships whenever they are possible and mutually desirable.

How to Apply

The All Souls/Beckner Fund receives many requests for its limited resources. Click the links above to find details on the Fund’s priorities and requirements. If you have further questions, you may contact the Committee (becknerfund@gmail.com).