Seven Grants to Support Faith-Based Organizations

Many people who need help turn to faith-based organizations for the resources they need. Whether feeding the hungry, helping the homeless, or encouraging youth, these organizations provide a lot of good for the community.

GrantWatch has a category specifically for faith-based organizations on its site. It also has a category for Community Services.

Faith-based organizations include any group that is linked with religion, not necessary just places of worship. This can include any organization supported by or based on a religious group. Many of these organizations are able to make real change in their communities, because they are familiar with the area and have the connections needed.

According to the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials, one-third of American adults who volunteer learn about service opportunities through a congregation. In addition, 72 percent of all volunteers say they attend weekly religious services. The organization also notes that about two-thirds of federally-supported residences for the elderly are operated by faith-based organizations.

In order for these groups to continue making a difference, it is important to make sure they have adequate funding for projects. Grants are a good way for these organizations to fund initiatives. Below, are seven grants that are currently available on GrantWatch for faith-based organizations for a variety of projects and volunteer work.

Seven Grants to Help Faith-Based Organizations Stay Faithful

  1. Grants of up to $5,000 to U.S. nonprofit organizations, government entities, faith-based organizations, K-12 schools, and IHEs to benefit the local community. Funding is to meet the needs of local residents, including supporting food pantries, animal shelters, soup kitchens, clothing closets, community clean-up projects, and elder services. 
  2. There are also grants to U.S. community-serving organizations, faith-based organizations, clinics, and tribal nations and organizations to improve and increase access to Coronavirus (COVID-19) testing. The purpose of this program is to help advance training, capacity, support, and community experience with COVID-19 testing initiatives.
  3. Reimbursement grants of up to $1,000 to individuals, organizations, churches, nursing homes, and municipalities for equipment for people with disabilities.
  4. In-kind donations to U.S. nonprofit organizations, churches, and newly developed organizations to directly benefit children. The program is to improve the quality of children’s lives by providing toys to those in need. Priority will go to applicants serving children between the ages of 3 and 12.
  5. In addition, there are grants of promotional products to U.S. and Canada nonprofit organizations, registered charities, faith-based organizations, and schools. Promotional materials are for advertising, to thank donors, to attract volunteers, and to provide comfort to people in need.
  6. Cooperative agreement to a U.S. nonprofit, tribe, or faith-based or community-based organization to improve health outcomes of individuals with HIV. Required registrations may take up to one month to complete.
  7. Finally, there are in-kind book donations to libraries, churches, schools, and Peace Corps volunteers. The funding will provide underserved communities with reading material.
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