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Grant Program

2022 SAM Grant Program

The Social Action and Mission Board accepted grant applications for the 2022-2023 program through August 31, 2022. The application process is now closed, and the review process has begun.

Rock Spring supports impactful community partners through our annual SAM grants program. These grants fuel justice and mission organizations in areas of high need, from local partners to national organizations to international organizations.  Rock Spring charges its Social Action and Mission Board (SAM) with the responsibility of managing Rock Spring’s Wider Mission budget. SAM will consider 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 can also benefit from the involvement of Rock Spring 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.
  • Organizations in alignment with the values of United Church of Christ that are working to fulfill Our Church’s Wider Mission.

Grant applicants can request general operating support for the core programs of their organization or special projects beyond the organization’s normal budget scope. Grants are not made to individuals. Grant amounts generally range from $500-$3,000, though larger amounts up to $5,000 may be considered in special circumstances.


Grant will be distributed in the fourth quarter of 2022 and January, 2023.

Please contact the Grants Subcommittee at SAMgrants@rockspringucc.org with any questions.