Federal Grants For Places Of Worship – Churches & Mosques

Grants for Churches, Mosques, and Synagogues

Churches used to receive most of their funds from their church members and philanthropists. However, today more and more churches are relying on grant funds to supplement their incomes and programs. Grants create a larger opportunity for a church to continue their work in the community. Church grants come from federal, state, county, private corporations and foundations. Awards are based upon program goals, objectives and community outreach needs with emphasis on benefits that focus on the entire community and not the congregation. Church grants and government faith based grants can help an organization find funding to develop community outreach programs, a family center or expand their church or for seed money to start a new church.

There are a limited number of funders that give grants for churches, and there is a lot of competition. To increase your chances of getting funds, you should implement non-religious community programs such as helping youth, after school education, family centers, single-mother programs, financial management, job training, senior day programs, literacy programs and food pantries. Private and foundation grants are also given for building renovations, general operating expenses, program developments, scholarships, and religious education. Keep in mind that if you are seeking federal grant funds, you cannot use the funds for religious activities such as worship and religious schools. You should be realistic about your programs to help your church qualify for funds. It is recommended that you build relationships with funders as well. You may also want to get the input of your church congregation on the types of programs that they want to see your church involved with because many of them may be carrying out the outreach programs in your community.

Finding Resources

The Internet, church members and other organizations in the area are good sources to find funders. Funders post their grant opportunities and funding guidelines on their websites as well as other philanthropic websites. You should make sure that the funder’s guidelines match your programs and your mission. Many times funders will list examples of types of projects and programs they are interested in funding and provide a list of past grant seekers they have funded so you can get an idea how your church programs compare to those already funded. Funders want to make sure that you understand your target area and your program narrative and budget meet those needs. Always write a concise proposal letting the funder know your organization’s mission and how you intend to use the funds. Keep in mind that future funding is based upon past performances.

Supporting Documentation

When you complete a proposal request or application for funding, the funder will generally request supporting documentations. Typically, you need to provide them with the following documents:

  • Your IRS501(c)(3) letter of tax exemption determination
  • Your annual report and operating budget
  • List of your Board of Directors and Trustees and their contact information, qualifications and affiliations
  • Most recent Form 990 and financial statement
  • List of all donors that support your organization including names, addresses, amounts donated and dates
  • A list of your personnel, staff positions, work duties, qualifications, number of hours worked per week and annual salaries
  • Brochures about your organization and programs
  • Letters of support from community leaders and politicians

It is also a good idea for churches to continue their fundraising events because there is no guaranteed that any grant you apply for will be awarded. It is getting more difficult to obtain funding in these hard economic times. Always ask for the full grant amount because you may receive a lesser award. The more grants you apply for the better chance you have of obtaining funding.

27 thoughts on “Federal Grants For Places Of Worship – Churches & Mosques

  1. Good programs and i liked them, am a Pastor having a church and school, since i have a school which serves all people regardless of their religion can fund us? secondly we’re in Uganda East Africa do you funds such institutions that are in Africa?
    I will be glad if my questions are answered

    1. am a Bishop serving in of the regions in uganda and am so much involving in planting churches but in this way am not able to raise money to build structure are in a position to give a hand thaks

  2. Please receive my prayerful greetings from Ghana, West Africa. I am Rev. Fr. Joseph Sarpong, a Catholic priest. My rectorate (a new church) less than one year old. We have began building a new mission house, but our money is not enough. Please can you give us application form or more directives as how to apply for funds.

  3. Am Pastor Aledy Simpasa pastoring a church in the rural outskirts of Kapirimposhi.
    Am requesting for the application form or way of obtaining the grant from you
    We have built the church buildiy but have been unable to finish it properly. .

  4. As a victim of domestic violence, the founding pastor of my church, how possible is it to receive a grant for a place of safety for women and children and also an after school program[ activities] for children of domestic violence but not limited to afore mention only?

  5. Wanted to purchase a church place in Honolulu, Hawaii to serve the community with gospel of Jesus, and serve and provide for the homeless population. Thank you

  6. Shalom! I am evang chuks micheal the overseer of COVENANT WORD of FAITH GLOBAL MINISTRY. I run children bible school from the age of 8-16. I need financial support, bus for evangelism, a conducive place of lectures and to expand this vision that was given to me since 2001. P

  7. Love to find direct websites of granters. I’m seeking for my pastor a church renovation grant to install ceilings, a/c for our members and establish our youth and evangelical programs.

  8. Hi my Church Buliding desperately needs a roof, we are small congragation. Had repairs done but cannot be repaired anymore.
    I want to apply for a church grant, please let me know.

  9. Our church is a small congregation in bad need of renovation. It is a Baptist Church with around 55 members and approximately 15 to 20 visitors on any given Sunday. We desperately need a grant to repair or rebuild. Thank you and God bless you.

  10. I am a member wanting to help with getting a grant for renovations to our church, we need a new roof/ceiling and the plumbing needs to be redone. We would also like to restart our food pantry and after school programs back but the church needs to be up to code with working restrooms among other repairs.

  11. hi,very good information.Am pastor josephine k. Moses serving with a ministry called lifepoint chapel kenya .our church is one year old with a small congregation of 30 adults and 20 children.we seriously need a land and a building for the church,Can i apply for this?

  12. please help or direct me to whom i seelk direct from for a small grant for our church we nee a roof a/c doors window and restroom seat, etc plse give me direct to or whom i shall talk to thank you virginia

  13. I am actually in need of help to rebuild one of my church edifices that was destroyed since the Liberian civil war. The structure is still good but there is no roof, the interior and exterior walls and floors need to be repaired. How can I get help? Who can I contact? Is there a possibility for partnership?

  14. Tulsa Hills Baptist Church is a small church with 60 members and we are looking for funds to remodel our church and provide a new septic system. Any help would be appreciated.

  15. Seeking a grant to partially fund a solar energy project for our church, names, addresses contact information for any group that looks to provide matching grants for this type of project

  16. we are just starting out and up, looking for direction on what is needed to start up our Church. Are there any start up grants available for new ministries that are just starting up.

  17. I am Rev. James Fayiah Kunduno and my wife is a medical Doctor. We have donated our house to start a mission House and have rented an ex cinema hall to run full church service. The community is a vulnerable and hard to reach with the gospel. We have prayerfully proposed to establish the following community outreach programs to reach the people with the gospel and at the same time meet their physical needs, helping them to achieve their potential in life:
    1. establish a childcare health center for mothers and children to reduce infant and maternal death rates in the communities and the environs whiles we introduce them the Lord Jesus Christ.
    2. to establish a primary/secondary school to uplift their educational level and reduce high illiteracy thereby addressing their poverty status quo. We will use this medium to teach the gospel and the catch young for Jesus at an earlier age.
    3. establish a seminary center to build up christian leaders for successful ministry sustainability.
    Should you know any Christian philanthropists, institutions and individuals who have the same like minded passion to take the gospel over west Africa with their grants, please connect me. It could be in any of the mentioned programs as a tool to reach the UN-reach with the gospel.
    Faithfully yours
    Rev. James F Kunduno & Dr. Mrs Antoinette Kunduno.

  18. I am Bryan Martin, a member of the First Christian Church in Waitsburg Washington. We have a half-flight of stairs to get in to our church and our outdated elevator is out. Due to many reasons and struggles, it will not be repaired or replaced. Some of our elders and the handicap are no longer able to get in to our church for services. A few weeks ago we had a funeral and several of the attendees weren’t even able to get in the building. It broke my heart. Is there a way we can apply for some funding to help us build a handicap ramp?
    As a Land Surveyor and Civil Engineer, I am putting the design together to meet the 2019 ADA requirements and have a structural engineer that will approve and seal the plans. We have the necessary construction workers as members of the church to get it built, but we are a small rural community that is struggling just getting the bills paid.
    Please help. Getting this ramp built is my calling and seeking guidance.

  19. I am Pastor of a small church that houses the food bank program for the community for a number of years. Without the church the food bank will no longer be able to operate. The church is in need of repairs . We need funding for the food bank to operate because the church is having a hard time continuing to operate it. Please assist us in whatever funding that might be available. We would also like to be a shelter and serve hot meals to the community. The food bank has been serving this community over 20 years.

  20. I am the worship leader at my church and we just launched our fundraising initiative for the next 3 months. We are seeking information on grants to help with our expansion project. We are a small, but growing congregation. Would love to learn more information about grant opportunities. Thanks

  21. I am the Head Trustee of my church. We have 40 to 60 people on our rolls that attend here. Our financial situation is bleak. We need to replace the roof at the parsonage and the church instructional wing needs a new roof. Our windows in both places are old and drafty and need replacing. If possible we would like to update our old boilers that are not energy efficient and cost a lot to run. There are other building renovations that need to be done, siding on both buildings, driveway problems with both areas. There is no way we can even thinking of trying to pay for the repairs. If we cannot get these repairs done we will have to stop are many programs down due to heating problems and roof leaks. We have clothing give away days, girls and boy scouts use our facility and grounds, food pantry, sewing pillows for cancer patients, children ministry and bible school, many small group adult bible studies, community usage, funerals and other religious organizations meeting space. I am afraid that if we don’t get a grant the church will have to shut down and close. Please help us find some grant areas so we can apply. Thank you

  22. Please, as a Pastor, I implore our national leaders not to use federal dollars of us tax-payers to fulfill the ‘wish-lists’ of every group having a need related to religious work. I see that some of these are not even within the USA. How can we discern the needs and rightly judge? Churches should be as autonomous and self-sufficient as possible, with their own membership or voluntary contributors funding their work. This is how we do things and it works fine.
    In this unique time, perhaps a simple low rate loan or deference of payments would help to meet the novelty of the time and the lack of cash flow for those supporting the churches. Please do not saddle the tax-payers with paying for the missions of groups to which we cannot wholly attest or even know if we agree with regarding their mission or teaching.

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