Although COVID and the pandemic may be entering a milder phase, the impact and the needs of our East End community continue to expand in numerous ways.  

The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the South Fork’s High Impact Community Outreach program is awarding financial assistance to a select group of institutions residing in any of the five townships — East Hampton, Southampton, Shelter Island, Riverhead and Southold — plus the Shinnecock Nation. The UUCSF will consider applications from East End nonprofit groups, grassroots organizations, and national organizations with East End offices.

Applications will be evaluated by the Proposal Assessment Committee, which is appointed by the UUCSF Board.  

2022’s Focus will continue to be on the more marginalized Eastenders, seeking to empower them as well as addressing areas of increasing concerns. 

This year, grants will be awarded to organizations seeking project support that target one of the following at risk populations: LGBTQ, Single Adults, Young Adults and People of Color.

Project needs should address one of the following areas: Equal Access to opportunities, Advocacy, Environmental Justice and Mental Health.  

The HICO program was made possible by the generous bequest of UUCSF member Paul Berman.  To apply for a HICO grant please visit  Any questions can be directed to the PAC at     

Applications must be postmarked by April 30, 2022 and a decision will be made by the end of June, 2022

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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