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A number of faith-based institutions are facing increased demands for assistance and services from those who are in need, however they are often lacking funding to provide this assistance and continue operating their regular programming. Faith-based grants provide an avenue to obtain the additional funds needed to operate their traditional programming and provide additional assistance to individuals in need.
If you are involved with a 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.
- Before you begin your research for faith-based grants, 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 a faith-based grant.
- Determine the greatest area of need or needs for your faith-based institution. For example, are you in need of a faith-based grant 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 a faith-based grant 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 for a capital improvement project. You will then need to set out searching for government or private entities that provide faith-based grants to your specific areas of need. This type of research can often be a daunting task. You can attempt to locate the most current listing of faith-based grants in your local library or you can try using the free online Catalogue of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA). For additional information visit: https://www.cfda.gov. For example, if you were interested in obtaining a faith-based grant to operate a soup kitchen in your faith-based program, you could begin your search in the CFDA for homeless. This title produces a number of available faith-based grants. 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 faith-based grant sources, you will then need to sit down and start completing the grant applications. If this is your first time applying for faith-based 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 faith-based applications.
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