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Grant Program

2021 SAM Grant Recipients

The Social Action and Mission Board is pleased to announce the recipients of this year’s Rock Spring grants. The grants were awarded following submission via the church’s website, and a scoring process and conversation among the grants committee. This year’s committee included Diana Maxwell, chair, and members Jennifer Jones, Bob Harris, Steve Jones, Sara Jones, and Laura Martin. Questions about the grants selection process or applications can be directed to Grants Subcommittee Chair, Diana Maxwell, at SAMgrants@rockspringucc.org.

Alliance for Housing Solutions
$2,500

Arise Campus Ministry
$750

Arlington Food Assistance Center
$2,000

Arlington Free Clinic
$2,500

Arlington Partnership for Affordable Housing
$2,000

Arlington Thrive
$5,000 

Bailey’s Crossroads Health Access Partnership dba Culmore Clinic
$3,000

Bridges to Independence
$1,000

CARITAS
$1,000

Challenging Racism
$1,250

Churches for Middle East Peace
$4,000

Culpepper Garden
$2,000

CURE International India Trust
$500

Doorways for Women and Families
$2,000

Dream Project
$1,000

Edu-Futuro
$2,000

EduTutorVA
$2,500

Faith Alliance for Climate Solution*
$500.00

*we support FACS and Interfaith Power and Light more robustly through GAP 

Insight Memory Care Center
$3,000

Just Neighbors
$4,000

La Cocina VA
$3,000

New Hope Housing, Inc.
$2,500

OAR of Arlington, Alexandria and Falls Church
$2,000

Shaw Community Center
$2,500

Shelter House, Inc.
$2,000

Shirlington Employment and Education Center
$3,000

Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy
Final amount to be decided pending additional information.


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.

We are no longer accepting grant applications for the 2021 cycle.

Grant will be distributed in the fourth quarter of 2021 and January, 2022.


Please contact Grants Subcommittee Chair, Diana Maxwell, at SAMgrants@rockspringucc.org with any questions.