Endowment & Grants
Thanks to the NTUUC Endowment Fund, we are able to provide grants and loans to our member congregations. The amount available for the upcoming year is decided by mid-October; grant requests are due by the end of November. The grants are presented at the awards luncheon the following January and reports of how grants for the current year were used are due by October 30th.
Please read on for a brief history of the fund, details on applying for grants and loans and the grant program guidelines and applications. A listing of the funds given out in past years is also included below.
What is the NTUUC (formerly NTAUUS) Endowment Fund?
A really brief history:
NTAUUS (now NTUUC) was established in the mid l960s to take advantage of a Federal government program to encourage churches to build and operate low-cost housing projects. The resulting Raible Place apartments were a great success, both socially and financially, and were eventually sold in 2003 to investors before the mortgage was even completely paid. A large portion of over two million dollars was deposited into the NTAUUS (now NTUUC) Endowment Fund.
In 2004, the Endowment Fund was reorganized and guidelines were established as to how the monies could be spent. A commercial investment firm was hired and the funds have flourished during the subsequent years.
For more details on the fund please see our History Page and former Association President Mike Ellsberry's address:
Endowment Grant Program
NTAUUS (now NTUUC) started offering grants and loans from the Endowment Fund in an organized way in 2003 and all of our member congregations are invited to apply. We have created a set of Grant and Loan Guidelines that can be downloaded in PDF format. We have also put together a guide and tips for writing your grants to help with the process. A copy of our endowment policy is also available for download.
An online version of the grant application is available (below) and is the preferred submission method. The Grant Application in Microsoft Word Document format can also be used for your submission. Once you have received a grant from the Endowment program, we do expect a report on how the funds have been spent. This report should be submitted by October 30th - online or completed and submitted as a .DOC file. The current submission deadline for grant applications is November 30th.
Past Endowment Grant Recipients
The Seventh Annual NTUUC Recognition Awards Luncheon
...was held on January 23rd, 2016 at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Oak Cliff.
Guest speaker Aly Tharp spoke about her experience at the international climate conference in Paris.
2016 Grants Awarded:
- Total Awards: $50,000
- Community: Membersihp Coordinator $4,000
- Dallas: Faith Forward program $4,000
- Denton: Capital Campaign Consultant $6,500
- First Jefferson: Projector/Worship Training/Sheet music $5,000
- Horizon: Minister Search $10,000
- Oak Cliff: Parking lot Expansion $7,500
- Sacred Journey
- Red River: Chapel Ceiling Replacement $5,500
- Tyler: Parking lot upgrade $2,000
Minister Support $3,500
- Westside: Parking lot upgrade $2,000
The Sixth Annual NTUUC Recognition Awards Luncheon
...was held on January 31st, 2015 at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Oak Cliff.
Guest speaker Dr. Christine Tata spoke about Radical Gifts; Radical Faith. Drawing upon recent research, ancient intuition, and real-life examples, Christine shed light on how we can serve the world and heal ourselves at the same time.
2015 Grants Awarded:
- Total Awards: $64,858
- Arlington Workshop consultant $3,500
- Community Stewardship $3,500
- Dallas Spiritual Resources $9,000
- First Jefferson RE $4,000
- Oak Cliff Parking lot lighting $8,000, Building upgrades $6,000
- Pathways Ceiling $9,000
- Sacred Journey RE programs $1,900
- Red River Microphones $1,020, WiFi $1,450
- Tyler Minister support $7,500
- Westside Classroom doors $6,738, Outdoor sign $750, Evenings@Westside $2,500
The Fifth Annual NTUUC Recognition Awards Luncheon
...was held on January 25th, 2014 at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Oak Cliff.
Our speakers were Rev. Nathan Hollister, founding minister, and Madison Layne Hayes, Community Program Director of Mutual Aid Carrboro, a missional UU church near Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
2014 Grants Awarded:
- Total Awards: $54,150
- Community Training scholarships $3,000
- Dallas Checkpoint system $10,000
- Denton Building upgrades $4,200
- First Jefferson Rental promotions $5,000
- Horizon Digital wayside sign $10,000
- Longview Guest speakers $1,000, Lighting upgrade $2,500
- Oak Cliff
- Sacred Journey
- Red River Worship music $1,200, 2nd floor HVAC $6,250
- Tyler Restroom upgrade $8,500
- Westside Salary support $2,500
The Fourth Annual NTUUC Recognition Awards Luncheon
...was held on January 12th, 2013 at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Oak Cliff.
Our speaker was the Rev. Tamara Lebak of All Souls Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Tamara asked the question "What's Our Net Worth?"
2013 Grants Awarded:
- Total Awards: $59,100
- Dallas Produce video $3,000, Jericho Road Database $10,000
- Denton Increase Administrator $10,000
- First Jefferson Engage neighbors project $5.490
- Horizon Continue AV coordinator $2,000
- Longview Visiting Ministers $7,500
- Oak Cliff
- Pathways Weekly musician $2,600
- Sacred Journey
- Red River RE Coordinator $4,200 Visiting Ministers $4,800
- Tyler Visiting Minister $10,000
- Westside Volunteer Coordinator $5,000
The Third Annual NTUUC Recognition Awards Luncheon
...was held on January 21th, 2012 at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Oak Cliff.
Guest speaker Rev. Ellen Cooper-Davis presented a passionate message: "Occupy Your Faith" Rev. Cooper-Davis is in her fourth year of ministry with Northwoods Unitarian Universalist Church in The Woodlands, Texas.
2012 Grants Awarded:
- Total Awards: $71,049
- Community Membership & Volunteer Coordinator salary - $9,240
- Dallas The Role of Money $7K; Wayside Pulpit $4389 - $11,389
- Denton DRE Salary - $6,000
- First Jefferson Minister salary - $4,625
- Horizon A/V Coordinator - $3,000
- Longview Xeriscape Plan; - $1,000
- Oak Cliff DRE salary support $3,000 ESL Program $5,000 - $8,000
- Pathways Website - $4,500
- Sacred Journey DRE salary support - $4,475
- Red River
- Westside Pianist - $5,720
- NATUURES - $10,000
The Second Annual NTAUUS Recognition Awards Luncheon
...was held Saturday, January 29, 2011 at First Unitarian Church, Dallas.
Rev. Chuck Freeman was the keynote speaker. Rev. Freeman is the Founder and President of The Free Souls Project, promoting the integration of spirituality, democracy and ethics from a liberal faith perspective. He is a front-page author on Politics & Religion at Fire Dog Lake/The Seminal. Chuck has served as Minister of Spiritual Life with Live Oak Unitarian Universalist Church in Austin, Texas.
2011 Grants Awarded:
- Total Awards: $109,363
- Arlington Handicapped restroom - $7,425
- Community DRE salary support - $6,000
- Dallas $10k War Impact Program; $10k concert series - $20,000
- Denton Chairs and sound system - $3,930
- First Jefferson Minister salary - $9,250
- Horizon Website - $10,000
- Longview Visiting minister; broadband; worship training - $10,000
- Oak Cliff DRE salary support - $6,000
- Pathways DRE salary support - $6,000
- Sacred Journey DRE salary support; facilities improvement; outreach - $7,800
- Red River Board retreat/consulting - $3,100
- Tyler No application
- Westside A/V equipment; defibrillator - $9,858
- NATUURES - $10,000
The First Annual NTAUUS Recognition Awards Luncheon
...was held Saturday, March 27, 2010 at First Unitarian Church, Dallas.
Rev. Matt Tittle, Minister of Bay Area UU Church, Houston, was the keynote speaker.
2010 Grants Awarded:
- Total Awards: $82,800
- Horizon - Carry over from 2009 - $5,000
- Arlington - Sanctuary lighting & fans - $1,000
- Community - Full time DRE - $10,000
- Denton - Long Range Planning - $3,000
- Horizon - AV Equipment for Outreach - $10,000
- Oak Cliff - 1 - Half-time DRE - $10,000
- Oak Cliff - 2 - Long Range Planning Consultant - $3,000
- Pathways - Increase DRE time - $10,000
- Red River 1 - AV Equipment - $2,500
- Red River 2 - Long Range Planning Consultant - $3,300
- Tyler - Part-time Minister - $7,500
- Westside - Lighting - $10,000
- Sacred Journey - 1 - RE & Outreach - $2,500
- Sacred Journey - 2 - HVAC - $5,000
Grants were not awarded in 2009
The Fifth Annual NTAUUS Grant Presentation Luncheon
...was held Saturday, February 23, 2008 at First Unitarian Church, Dallas.
Rev. Daniel Kanter, Minister, First Unitarian Church of Dallas, was the keynote speaker.
2008 Grants Awarded:
- Total Awards: $76,867.84
- Arlington - Keyboard; A/V Cart; Hand dryers; Parking lot improvements - $2,920.84 + $10,000 if congregation raises $10,000
- Community - Computer projector; Assisted listening devices; Publicity campaign -
- First Jefferson - Alban Institute consulting - Ќ10,000
- Horizon - Portable building upgrades; Audio/video enhancements - $13,940
- Oak Cliff - Religious Education expansion; Congregational communications - $8,800
- Pathways - Ministerial search - $5,000
- Westside - Ministerial and administrative assistant salary support - $13,117
The Fouth Annual NTAUUS Grant Presentation Luncheon
...was held Saturday, February 24, 2007 at First Unitarian Church, Dallas.
Susan Smith, SWUUC District Executive, was the keynote speaker.
2007 Grants Awarded:
- Total Awards: $113,072.72
- Arlington - Library books and hymnals - $1,015.22
- Community - Audio visual upgrade; playground renovations - $17,000.00
- First Church - Morris Dees symposium - $15,000
- Denton - Building preservation; HVAC upgrade (contingent on minimum 13 SEER unit) - $10,000.00
- First Jefferson - Consulting; parlor window treatments; playground additions - $5,000
- Horizon - Lobby/welcome center enhancements - $5,000
- Longview - Classroom furnishings; outdoor teaching area; RE teacher workshops; childcare and teaching equipment; advertising - $10,000
- Oak Cliff - Video installation; RE Director salary support; wheelchair access; ceiling fans - $11,400
- Red River - Minister salary support - $7,500
- Westside - Minister salary support; administrative assistant salary support; RE Director salary support - $24,657.50
- NATUURES - Teacher training - $6,000
The Third Annual NTAUUS Grant Presentation Luncheon
...was held Saturday, February 25, 2006 at Lawry’s The Prime Rib on the Dallas North Tollway in Dallas, Texas.
Bob Ray Sanders, Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex radio and TV broadcaster, spoke at the luncheon.
2006 Grants Awarded:
- Total Awards: $72,071
- Arlington - Sound system, Handicap Access - $3,391
- Community - Staff support and other approved item - $9,582
- First Church - RE and Teacher training funding - $5,000
- Denton - Signage and Advertising - $9,398
- First Jefferson - Playground - $10,000
- Horizon - Architectural Consulting, Signage, Brochures - $10,000
- Longview - RE wing remodel - $10,000
- Oak Cliff - Minister and staff salary support - $10,000
- Red River - Advertising, Keyboard - $4,700
The Second Annual NTAUUS Grant Presentation Luncheon
...was held Saturday, February 26, 2005 at Lone Star Park in Grand Prairie, Texas.
2005 Grants Awarded:
- Arlington $2,548 Publicity, advertising and student minister honoraria
- Community (Plano) $9,500 Minister search, advertising, promotion
- Dallas $13,500 Urban planning consulting services
- Denton did not apply
- First Jefferson (Fort Worth) $5,000 Signage, volunteer coordinator salary support
- Horizon (Carrollton) $4,350 Website design, audio visual equipment
- Oak Cliff (Dallas) $6,000 Minister salary support
- Red River $5,400 R.E. Director salary support
- Tyler $5,000 Ministerial salary support, signage
- Westside (Fort Worth) $4,970 Computer software, copier, audio system
- NTAUURES $1,400 Spirit Play Training (Bonita Penfold)
- NTAUURES $2,000 Special Needs Training (Sally Patton)
The First Annual NTAUUS Grant Presentation Luncheon
...was held Saturday, February 28, 2004. The luncheon recognized, among others, congregations receiving grant money made available from interest earned on the principle of the Raible Place Charitable Trust. The luncheon was held at Lone Star Park in Grand Prairie, Texas.
The Trust represents monies after NTAUUS (now NTUUC) divested itself of Raible Place Apartments in December 2002. The Raible Place Apartments were an example of what a government subsidized housing program should and could be.
Grants totaling $50,000 were available to NTAUUS (now NTUUC) member congregations. Wise investment of the principle will allow for future growth of Unitarian Universalism in North Texas.
Rev. William Sinkford, UUA President, spoke at the luncheon.
2004 Grants Awarded:
- Arlington $3,576 For signage, computer, website
- Community (Plano) $10,000 For hospitality project and Growing Together
- Denton $10,000 For relocation and other expenses of interim minister (Conditional on calling an interim minister)
- First Jefferson (Fort Worth) $10,000 For signage and sound system
- Horizon (Carrollton) $10,000 For architectural master plan
- Oak Cliff (Dallas) $5,326 For signage
- Tyler $4,000 For part time minister (Conditional on calling a part time minister)
- Westside (Fort Worth) $2,000 For architectural planning