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Unitarians Award $45,000 in Grants to Local NGOs

Social Action Grants Atencion

By Kate Greenaway

At this year’s annual membership meeting, the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of San Miguel (UUFSMA) voted unanimously to provide US$45,000 in grants to local NGOs.

The recipients of 2019’s awards are:

Apoyo a Gente Emprendedora (US$1,142), which provides microlending, education programs, and sustainability projects to rural communities.

Caminos de Agua (US$3,825), which seeks out water solutions for communities at risk.

Caminamos Juntos (US$5,000), which supports Mexican nationals deported from the US and provides them with basic emotional, legal, and employment resources.

Casita Linda (US$3,135), which builds houses and provides workshops for families living in extreme poverty.

Centro de Desarrollo Agropecuario (US$8,607), which organizes communities for sustainable living in rural areas.

Escuela de Educación Especial (US$2,390), the only school in Guanajuato state for children with hearing impairment.

Fundación de Apoyo Infantil (US$500), which promotes children’s rights and the protection of their environment.

Jóvenes Adelante (US$14,845), which funds university scholarships and provides support to financially challenged youth.

Mujeres en Cambio (US$2,045), which provides girls in rural communities with scholarships to keep them in school.

Patronato Pro Niños (US$4,000), which offers economically disadvantaged local families free medical and dental care.

San Miguel Literary Sala, Libros Para Todos (US$500), which encourages children in rural communities to read.

These grants are already being put to good use. For example, Jóvenes Adelante will use the funds to sponsor four university students, all of whom are on track to graduate in 2020. Three of them will obtain a mechanical engineering degree; the fourth will complete her degree in nursing.
In addition, the Unitarians awarded US$10,000 to Jóvenes Adelante’s Betse Davies Special Stars Fund, which supports qualified JA applicants whose families are unable to meet the cost-sharing requirement of receiving a scholarship. This will open the door to education to some of San Miguel’s most financially disadvantaged young scholars.

Organizations interested in applying for funding for 2020 should visit the UUFSMA website to review the Request for Proposal document which provides application instructions.

Unitarian Universalism is an inclusive, diverse faith that draws from all the world’s religions, as well as humanism, philosophy, and science. The Fellowship meets every Sunday at 10:30am at the hotel La Posada de la Aldea. Everyone is welcome.


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