by Michael Liggett, Janet Cushing and Rev. David Miller, Innovation Fund Committee.

“My favorite words are possibilities, opportunities and curiosity. I think if you are curious, you create opportunities, and then if you open the doors, you create possibilities.”
 – Mario Testino

It is with great pleasure that we announce the opening of the UUCF Stan Richards Innovation Fund. This fund, established through a bequest from long-term UUCF member Stan Richards, grants funding for highly innovative seed projects that expand UUCF’s outreach to persons not now engaged. The goal is that those touched will become engaged with UU values, principles and connections, ultimately contributing to sustaining the initiative longer term for the growth of Unitarian Universalism.

Any member of the congregation or staff may propose projects. Projects will be funded until we reach our budget limit of $250,000. Projects must include a clear business plan, objective measures of progress, funding schedule, review points, etc. It is understood that innovative projects will have a high failure rate from which UUCF will learn and move forward.

Please go to for details about the requirements and application process. The first step is to submit a project abstract of 500 words or fewer by Jun. 10. Please embrace your curiosity and let’s explore what doors we might open together.