LEAP Grant Program

LEAP!
Harness the Power of Imagination and Make a Giant Leap Forward for Unity!

August 15, 2022: We are temporarily putting the LEAP Grant Program on pause while we focus a bit more time and attention on the winners from the last round and prepare for new applicants coming in the next round. Responses to this grant opportunity have been incredible, and in order to make sure we have the time to meet the needs of current and new applicants, we will not be accepting applications for the October date. Of course, we will let you know when the date for the next application round has been set and is open. Thank you for your patience as we continue to refine the ways we support new and innovative ideas in our ministries.

LEAP grants are a sub-program of the H.U.G. (Help Unity Grow) Fund. They reward innovative thinking combined with “elbow grease” and “skin in the game.”

The application form is just the first step in the process. We are interested in well-thought-out and innovative proposals that show evidence of your ministry’s financial investment (at least 20%) and volunteer investment to make this happen. The LEAP grant will fill in the gap.

Our intention is that if you receive a grant, it will take your ministry to a new level in furthering the movement of Unity in the world. The awards are based on a level of innovation, value to the community seeking the award, alignment with spiritual principles and mission, and degree to which there is a well thought out plan for implementation and subsequent self-sufficiency. We especially will favor proposals offering a template that other Unity ministries could adopt.

LEAP Pitch Events

UWM will be hosting LEAP Pitch Events three times each year—in October, February, and June. These will be online events that can be attended by members all over the world. Those invited to make their pitch (about two weeks before the pitch presentation) will have already sent in their application and proposal. The LEAP Pitch Event will offer contestants 10-15 minutes to get the judges excited about their big idea. You can make a stump speech, show a video, or anything else that will impress us virtually.

After all the contestants have gone, the judges will vote. One winner is guaranteed but there could be more. Who are the judges? The H.U.G. committee, a representative from UWM, a representative from the Next Generation of Unity, a previous LEAP recipient, and you, the audience. We’ll take a poll of the audience to count as a vote.

Our next LEAP Pitch Event, originally scheduled for October, is on hold.

Attend via Zoom here.

Attendance is limited to 100 participants, including the judges and presenters.

Information about the LEAP Pitch Events will be published here and in The Path. Sign up here for The Path, which is published on the first and third Thursday of the month.

Requirements

LEAP awards require that your ministry is an engaged participant in Unity Worldwide Ministries. This means you tithe regularly and folks from the ministry are involved on teams, ad hoc committees, teaching classes through UWSI, or developing creative content to share with UWM.

We also require that your ministry is led by an ordained Unity minister, a spiritual leader actively participating in the Special Dispensation program, or a minister of record. We will also consider applications from Evolving Ministries and Alternative Ministries.

LEAP Application Form

Fill out your application form and send it to LEAP@unity.org.

Applications are not being accepted at this time.