All Souls/Beckner Advancement Fund

New Application Guidelines

Application guidelines for the 2016-2017 Beckner grants cycle are now available! Please click the links on this page to access instructions and eligibility for internal and external grant applications. (If the documents don't open correctly, please right-click on the name and "save as" do download it to your computer.)

About the Beckner Fund

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.”

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. External grants support DC organizations with significant presence in Ward 1, where All Souls is located. Internal grants fund the church’s own social justice activities.

External Grants

The Fund considers proposals for external grants that address at least one of the following areas:

  • Racial and ethnic justice, including criminal justice reform and police accountability
  • Safe, affordable housing
  • Environmental justice
  • Immigration and refugees

In addition to the priorities above, we will consider projects that strengthen the community by fostering connections across differences of identity, culture, and community role/status.

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 external grant pre-application deadline for the 2016-2017 grants cycle is December 7, 2016. The All Souls/Beckner Fund receives many requests for its limited resources. Please click the link above to review the External Grant Application Guidelines. If you have further questions, you may contact the Committee (ascu.beckner@gmail.com).

Current External Grantees

  • Common Good City Farms: for their Seed to Table Workshops program.
  • Kara House Cooperative: to support a local cooperative with funds to relocate residents during a renovation.
  • Many Languages One Voice: to support their Intergenerational Immigrant Action program with “Know Your Rights” trainings and direct actions.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Internal Grants

The Beckner Fund awards internal grants to All Souls Church committees 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.

Internal grant amounts typically range from $500 to $5,000. The Beckner Committee considers applications for internal grants in two cycles. The deadline to apply for funding for activities taking place in the spring is December 7, 2016. Please click the link above to review the internal grant application guidelines. If you have further questions, you may contact the Committee (ascu.beckner@gmail.com).