The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the South Fork’s High Impact Community Outreach (HICO) program, designed to serve the church’s East End neighbors, is seeking grant applications for its fourth season. 

Over the last three years, HICO has granted $116,000 to 18 outstanding Long Island nonprofits. HICO is awarding financial assistance to institutions residing in or servicing any of the five Eastern Townships — East Hampton, Southampton, Shelter Island, Riverhead and Southold, as well as the Shinnecock Nation.

The UUCSF will consider applications from East End nonprofit groups, grassroots organizations, and national organizations with East End offices.

HICO’s Focus this year reflects the uncertain economic environment and the impact of the sharp rise in inflation. Funding will help the East End deal with multiple hardships. Awards will address needs in the following areas: Food & Shelter; Financial & Legal Education and Assistance; the Fostering of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and agencies promoting Animals Helping People.  

Their targeted population concentrates on those with children or having low incomes or support for intergenerational families’ needs. The application deadline is March 31.

The HICO program was made possible by the generous bequest of UUCSF member Paul Berman. To apply for a HICO grant, visit  Any questions can be directed to or by calling the Meetinghouse at 631.537.0132.    

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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