The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the South Fork (UUCSF), under the leadership of Reverend Kimberly Quinn Johnson, is now accepting applications for the latest round of High Impact Community Outreach (HICO) grants to support local non-profits and community organizations.

The HICO program targets local nonprofit groups, grassroots organizations, and national organizations with East End offices.  

Over the last four years, HICO awarded $156,000 to 25 outstanding Long Island nonprofits.  HICO provides financial assistance to institutions residing in or servicing any of the five Eastern Townships —East Hampton, Southampton, Shelter Island, Riverhead and Southold, and to the Shinnecock Nation. 

To apply for a HICO grant, visit  Applications are available on the website and can be submitted electronically and via mail. Questions can be directed to or call 631.537.0132.    

The application deadline is May 1 and awards are expected to be announced in July 2024.

HICO’s 2024 Focus is targeting four specific needs:  Support for new entrants to our community; Access to health care, including mental health services; Eldercare addressing loneliness, isolation, health and safety; and Promoting engagement with our history, cultural heritage or Democratic process.

 The HICO program is made possible by the generous bequest of UUCSF member Paul Berman.

The HICO Committee includes UUCSF Members: David Holstein, a retired economist from Hampton Bays; Lora Tucker, a social worker and community advocate from Sag Harbor; Celia Josephson, a bi-lingual East Hampton attorney and Michael Daly of North Haven and former President of the UUCSF Board of Trustees, who joined the committee in 2024.

“We are cognizant of the pressure on social services by a growing population and recognize that some individuals and groups are being left behind,” says the UUCSF in the announcement of this year’s grants. “ HICO continues to be a resource to help cope with the challenges and hardships our neighbors are encountering.

Beth Young
Beth Young is an award-winning local journalist who has been covering the East End since the 1990s. She began her career at the Sag Harbor Express and, after receiving her Masters from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, has reported for the Southampton Press, the East Hampton Press and the Times/Review Media Group. She founded the East End Beacon website in 2013, and a print edition in 2017. Beth was born and raised on the North Fork. In her spare time, she tinkers with bicycles, tries not to drown in the Peconic Bay and hopes to grow the perfect tomato. You can send her a message at

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