Guidelines for Participating Organizations

Who Can Participate

Each year, the Faith & Action Project will host two events. The Faith & Action Project Fall Event will feature national thought leaders, promote collaboration and inspire creative solutions. The Faith & Action Project Spring Conference, a day of workshops, will bring together professional and volunteer leaders for training and networking.

Only organizations that are based in central Indiana and have participated in the spring conference will be considered for awards. Only tax-exempt organizations (and individuals affiliated with such organizations) are eligible for the Faith & Action Project juried awards.

The Faith & Action awards will be cash grants given to the three most promising initiatives who apply. The jury will use criteria that arise out of the project’s guiding values, which are as follows:

  • It’s time for action, not only talk.
  • It’s time for solution-oriented thinking, not only identifying problems.
  • Building on a community’s existing assets can be more powerful than focusing on a community’s unmet needs.
  • The world’s great religious traditions — including Christianity, Judaism, and Islam, among others — each call on us to attend closely to the well-being of the impoverished and most vulnerable.
  • We need a new social movement in this regard, and communities of faith and conviction can and must play a galvanizing, sustaining role.
  • Poverty has personal, social, and structural dimensions, and must be confronted accordingly. This includes candidly addressing how implicit and explicit racial and class-related biases distort our community life.
  • Effective solutions will be rooted in evidence-based design and evaluation.
  • Organizations who collaborate can increase impact, reduce redundancies, and make better use of finite resources.
  • At every turn, our efforts must be as open and inclusive as possible.
  • The most wise and effective solutions will intentionally consider the possibility of unintended harm; produce equitable opportunities and benefits; and include accessible avenues of participation, including at the design stage, for the solution’s intended beneficiaries.

With all of this in mind, the Spring Conference on March 14, 2017, will include a wide range of participants, from faith communities to nonprofits to representatives from governmental agencies. Some will participate because they have an innovative new idea they believe will help reduce poverty and increase opportunity in Indianapolis. Others will participate because they have an already existing program they believe deserves more attention, acceleration, and replication. Still others may have an emerging idea, and they will attend the conference because they are looking for a partner. And still others will participate not because they have a particular idea in mind, but rather because they want to hear great ideas from others, learn about effective practices, and be inspired to bring back the best of the conference to their home organization.


  • September 29, 2016: Faith & Action Project Fall Event; award application process announced
  • October 2016 – February 2017: Monthly e-mailed newsletter will communicate about Faith & Action Project award process and updates. Sign up here to be added to the Faith & Action Project email list
  • March 14, 2017: Faith & Action Project Spring Conference, a day of workshops that bring together professional and volunteer leaders for training and networking, plus a review of Faith & Action Project guidelines and award criteria
  • March 22, 2017: Open house to answer questions regarding the Faith & Action award process
  • May 1, 2017: Project profile due from Faith & Action Project award applicants (details coming soon)
  • June 30, 2017: Project report due from Faith & Action Project award applicants (details coming soon)
  • August – September, 2017: Jury reviews applications
  • Fall Event 2017: Three Faith & Action Project awards announced

Questions? Contact Lindsey Nell Rabinowitch, program director, at or 317-931-2336

You can download the application FAQ sheet here.