Grants for Christian Schools

One might think that with the separation of school and state that the United States government would not be involved in providing grants for Christian schools. However, our government is indeed involved especially to the extent such funds assist the poor and other at-risk populations. For information:

  • Faith Based and Community Initiative. The Center for Faith Based and Community Initiatives was created by President Bush in 2001. Information about the programs they support and the grants available can be found at http://www.hhs.gov/fbci/ .

The majority of grants, however, are from private philanthropic organizations and foundations. Although there are websites that put all the grants in one place, the majority of these charge a fee to access their database. One such site is http://www.christianfoundationgrants.com/ where an annual fee of $129 provides access to their grant engine, their network, various templates for grant applications and one hour of grant coaching. If you are pressed for time in order to help your school or church, this may be a good choice for you.

However, if you already are familiar with how to do grant writing and have time to do the research, spending a few hours on the Internet will produce a number of available grants. For example, here are a few that I came across in my research:

  • Baptist Community Ministries (BCM). BCM is active in the New Orleans region of Louisiana. They fund nonprofit organizations through grants in the areas of:

    • Health

    • Education

    • Public Safety

    • Governmental Oversight

  • Bonner Foundation. A national foundation began by Mr. Bertram and Mrs. Corella Bonner, the foundation has many programs to assist educational needs. One of their programs, the Crisis Ministry Program, provides for religious, community-based hunger relief programs.

  • Arthur Vining Davis Foundations. This foundation provides grants to institutions of graduate theological education.

  • First Fruit. A private foundation founded in 1976 that provides grants to Christian ministries.

  • Henry Luce Foundation. Established in 1936 by Henry R. Luce, of Time Inc. This foundation has a number of programs. Information can be found on their website: http://www.hluce.org/Home.aspx.

  • Lilly Endowment. A private philanthropic foundation created in 1937 by three members of the Lilly family — J.K. Lilly Sr. and sons J.K. Jr. and Eli — through gifts of stock in their pharmaceutical business, Eli Lilly and Company. The foundation is involved in community development and education as well as religion. Information about their religious programs can be found at http://www.lillyendowment.org/religion.html.

Clearly if these few can be found in just a few minutes of research, there are more to be found with an involved search. While some organizations rely mostly on their parishioners, there comes a time when a bigger project will need more than the community itself can support. This is the time to look into the foundations that stand ready to help.

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