The annual distribution of the Trust has been administered by the Second Congregational Society Unitarian Universalist for many years and all the proceeds (except $2000 per year granted to the Concord Society) must be awarded to other UU Churches in New Hampshire. These grants are awarded in two broad categories:

  • The “Ministry” grants allow qualified applicants to provide their services to New Hampshire UU Churches in both traditional and innovative UU ministries.
  • The “Project” grants are generally used to improve access, comply with building code, and repair New Hampshire UU Churches.


Here is a summary of the grants made possible by the Lewis Downing Trust to benefit the UU Churches of New Hampshire during the past 10 years.

UU Church of Franklin, repairs, renovations, handicapped ramp, $6700
UU Church of Portsmouth, support for new fire safety system, $6512

Nottingham UU Church, renovate front entry, $4241.59
UU Society of Laconia, advertising, $1000.00
UU Church of Nashua, White Wing School, certification, $5000.00
Rev. Carol Strecker, 2015 minister at large, $3600

Peterborough UU Church, kitchen renovations, $6,775.00
UU Society of Laconia, advertising, $1,000.00
Keene UU Church, accessible door opener, $2,500.00
Rev Jeanne Nieuwajaar, 2014 minister at large, $1,499.16

Rev. Shayna Appel, minister at large and support for writing book $6252.02
UU Society of Laconia, advertising campaign $1000
UU Church of Manchester, music program support $2000

UU Society, Laconia, Public Relations Campaign, $1000
Kearsarge UU Fellowship, 50% of advertising, choir development and guest speakers, $2020
UU Church of Manchester, Membership Coordinator, $3472.49

UU Church of Manchester, Hire Membership Coordinator, $5400
UU Society of Laconia, Advertising, $1000
Starr King UU Fellowship (Plymouth), Part time pianist, $1000
UU Fellowship of the Eastern Slopes, PR Campaign, $2900
Jennifer Whitten, Minister at Large, $2500
UU Church of Manchester, Music Ministry, $1414.15

UU Society of Laconia, guest preachers $2000
Rev. Emily Burr, minister-at-large, 10 sermons $2000
Rev. Brendan Hadash, minister for North Country UU  $3200
Northern New England District, salary support for Rev. Mary Higgins, $800
UU Church of Manchester, music program support, $2331.84
Walpole UU Church, infrastructure in honor of 250th anniversary, $2000

UU Church Manchester for music ministry $5725
NNED Rev. Mary Higgins, minister-at-large  $4000
NNED  UU Action Network  $1000
North Country UU Society, general support for emerging congregation  $4287.26

Tess George, UU Action Network – $1000 for 10 worship services/sermons
NH/VT District – $3000 for salary support/preaching and other work
UU Congregation, St. Johnsbury VT – $5537.09 for outreach ministry to Northern NH
Rev. William Saunders, Trustee to UU District Board – $1000 travel expenses for 8 sermons in NH

Revs. Marcel and Ellie Duhamel $2000 for 4 services on Channing Christianity
NH/VT District $ 4000 salary support for Rev. Mary Higgins
South Church (Portsmouth) – $3000 for lecture series
Manchester UU Church – $3556  support for growth plan
Kearsarge UU Fellowship – $2000 for guest speakers

Barbara Coeyman $4327.43 for 16 sermons
NH/VT District – $4000 for 10 sermons or other services/salary support for Rev. Mary Higgins
Laconia UU Church – $4000 to replace floors
South Church (Portsmouth) – $1500 for 6 summer guest ministers