SAM Board Grants

2017 Grant Application Guidelines   

Rock Spring Congregational United Church of Christ charges its Board of Social Action and Mission with the responsibility of managing Rock Spring’s Wider Mission budget. This Board will consider 2017 grant applications for purposes that are consistent with Rock Spring’s identity as a Just Peace and an Open and Affirming Congregation and that promote ecumenical and interfaith witness.

Priority consideration is given to applications from:

  • Organizations that not only meet the most basic human needs of our community but that also can benefit from the hands-on involvement of Rock Spring member volunteers
  • Organizations within the Metropolitan Washington, D.C., area, primarily in Arlington and Northern Virginia, that provide assistance to those within our communities least able to help themselves
  • National and international organizations that provide assistance to those least able to help themselves and that have a particular relationship with our congregation or its members
  • Organizations, particularly those associated with the United Church of Christ, working to fulfill our church’s wider mission

Grant requests that provide continuing support for the core programs of organizations as well as those that entail special projects beyond the organization’s normal budget scope will be considered. Grants are not made to individuals.  

Grant application forms should be submitted to the Board for Social Action and Mission no later than July 24, 2017, either by e-mail attachment to or via USPS at:

Board for Social Action and Mission
Rock Spring Congregational UCC
5010 Little Falls Road
Arlington, VA 22207

Grant applicants will be notified during the third quarter of 2017 and distributed in the fourth quarter of 2017. To guide us as we consider 2017 grant requests, all 2016 grant recipients are asked to provide a report with their 2017 application about how they used or applied 2016 grant funds.

The Grants Application Form Grant Application Guidelines. Please contact Grants Subcommittee chair, Diana Maxwell at with any questions concerning the Grants Application Form.


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by Laura Martin

The reality is that I too have

Authored your pain.

I laid a blank piece of paper down

When you needed me to respond.

I chose the shortcut.

I learned complicity,

Learned to move quietly in my privilege,

Learned to let the doors open for me

Before walked inside.

I inherited fear

And did not unlearn it.

In fight or flight, I flew.

I confess all this.

And I commit to hearing

The raw stories,

To letting your vulnerability

Chafe me.