Deadlines near for GA financial aid, certification

The following deadlines apply to the Unitarian Universalist Association General Assembly 2013, which will be June 19-23 in Louisville, Ky.

February 1: All congregations must certify a membership number. The number determines the number of GA delegates  a congregation can have.

March 31: The deadline for the GA Planning Committee’s Matching Grant Program and the Youth and Young Adult Scholarship Program. The GAPC will pay registration costs and pay up to $250 (if matched by a congregation) to send a delegate to GA. Priority is given to congregational leaders, delegates from new congregations, and congregations that have not recently sent delegates. Grants for youth and young adults will pay registration plus up to $500. Applications will be available March 1.

March 31: Applications to be volunteers at GA are due. Adult volunteers are required to work 24 hours over GA. Youth and those who qualify for reduced registration rates are required to work 14 hours. Online applications will be available March 1.

April 30:  Applications are due to the UUA’s Stewardship and Development group for scholarships from the Davidoff Fund, which subsidizes the attendance at GA of lay leaders who have not been to GA in the past three years.

The Guide for the Frugal Attendee demonstrates other ways to attend GA as inexpensively as possible.


Resources to help youth, young adults attend GA

Scholarships and other assistance are available to help send youth and young adults to General Assembly 2012, which will take place June 20–24 in Phoenix, Ariz.

The Youth and Young Adult Ministries blog, Blue Boat, has a list of resources provided by each district within the Unitarian Universalist Association. New this year, youth and young adults may make one application and be considered for scholarships from both the Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministries and the General Assembly Planning Committee. Resources include “Get There” grants that defray the costs of transportation and food. These can help pay for bus rentals or car pooling for groups of youth or young adults and for box lunches and other meals at GA.

Grant applications received by March 31 will be given priority.