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Grants for Churches and Church Building
Churches and faith-based institutions have not remained unscathed by the current economic downturn. Many churches are reporting grave reductions in their collection plates that are used for general operating, special missions or outreach programs; yet, these same institutions are experiencing an increased demand to provide assistance to individuals in need. A number of churches or faith-based institutions are turning to grants as a source of revenue to continue operating and providing services.
If you are a member of church or faith-based institution and are looking to find funding to support your institution, outlined below are the steps that you can take to locate and submit a church grant or faith-based grant.
- First and foremost, you will need to determine if your organization possesses a 501 (c) (3). A 501 (c) (3) is ruling by the IRS that declares an entity as a charitable organization. Without this determination from the IRS, you will not be eligible to receive assistance from a private foundation or from the government. If your organization does not possess a 501 (c) (3), you will need to consider applying for a 501 (c) (3) to continue your quest to obtain church grant funds.
- Secondly, you will need to determine the greatest area of need or needs for your church or faith-based institution. For example, are you in need of funds to assist in the payments of the facilities' utilities or more in need of funds to assist in providing services to homeless individuals in your area? Or, do you need funds to renovate your existing building or construct a new facility?
- Once you have determined your greatest area of need you will need to decide whether your needs are for general operating, programming, or a capital or capital improvement project. You will then need to set out searching for government or government or private foundations that provide grants to your specific areas of need. This type of research can often be a daunting task. You can activate a paid subscription to a number of online programs to search their databases or you can attempt to locate the most current listing of church grants in your local library. Either way, you will need to be prepared to do a lot of research to find the best match for your institution and the areas in which you desire to receive funding.
- When you have located several of the best potential funding sources, you will then need to sit down and start completing the grant applications. If this is your first time applying for church grant funds, the application process can seem a little overwhelming. Therefore, you may want to consider attending a grant writing workshop or allowing a professional grant writer to complete the applications for you.