Faith & Action Grant Program FAQs

2020 Faith & Action Grant Program FAQs

What is the purpose of the Faith & Action Grants?
Faith & Action Project would like to see faith communities, government agencies, non-profits, and for-profits come together to solve the root causes of poverty and move people out of poverty for the long term.

    • While the Project applauds efforts to provide poverty relief, that is not its goal. It seeks to eliminate the need for poverty relief.
    • The winners are at a place where the grant could vault sound and sustainable programs to the next level of size, strength and impact

When is the application deadline?
Your application must be submitted by July 31, 2020, at noon.

How does my charitable organization submit an application?
Applications must be submitted via the application form at http://www.cts.edu/about-christian-theological-seminary/2020-faith-and-action-application/.

Can my charitable organization hand deliver its application or submit it via email / fax / regular or overnight mail?
No. Applications must be submitted via the application form at http://www.cts.edu/about-christian-theological-seminary/2020-faith-and-action-application/.

What is the timeline for the 2020 Grants Program?

  • July 31 at noon: Deadline for those interested in applying for a Faith & Action Grant must complete an application through this website.
  • September 1 at noon: Full proposals are due to the Faith & Action Project by noon.
  • September 29: Grant recipients announced

How much will be awarded in 2020?
$100,000 will be awarded; we are seeking to fund high impact grants.

What do you mean by collaboration?
For purposes of this initiative, we consider collaboration to be a mutually beneficial relationship between two or more organizations to conduct or support activities described in an application. Typically, each organization in a collaboration makes contributions (staff time, financial resources, marketing, subject matter expertise, etc.) towards a shared goal.

Is it mandatory that my charitable organization collaborate with other organizations?
Collaboration is highly encouraged but not required; however, in some situations collaboration is necessary. If an eligible charitable organization is based outside of Marion County, it must collaborate with an eligible charitable organization based in Marion County.

What is the purpose of the Faith & Action Grants?
Faith & Action Project would like to see faith communities, government agencies, non-profits, and for-profits come together to solve the issues that face Marion County

We are a grass roots organization; will we still be considered?
Yes, provided you demonstrate a track record or an evidenced-based model of moving individuals and/or families out of poverty.

Can we include our brochures, annual reports, and videos about our organization?
If the Faith & Action team elects to conduct a site visit, it would be appropriate at that time to supply them with your organization’s materials

If the project is a multi-agency collaboration and we are selected as a finalist, do we submit the financial information from all the collaborating partners?
If a grant application is a multi-agency collaboration, Faith & Action requests information from all collaborating partners in the final grant application due in June.

Will more consideration be given to projects that collaborate with faith communities?

Who can I contact for more information?

    • Any questions or comments regarding the grant application process are welcome. Please contact Project Director, Lindsey Nell Rabinowitch at lrabinowitch@cts.edu.
    • Please visit the Faith & Action webpage for additional information

Will Faith & Action Project team be available for help with writing my grant application?
No. However, the Faith & Action team will be available to answer questions regarding your grant application. We look forward to reading your application.

Is the Faith & Action Jury allowed to be contacted?
Please do not contact Faith & Action jury members. You can direct all questions to Project Director, Lindsey Nell Rabinowitch at lrabinowitch@cts.edu.

Can CTS serve as the fiduciary agent for my project?
No, CTS will not serve as the fiduciary agent.

Beyond the verbal and written reports, what are the requirements if I should receive a grant?

    • Due diligence in discovery to reduce duplication of existing efforts/programs
    • Transparent interaction with CTS
    • Availability for interviews and marketing if opportunities arise
    • Purposeful and intentional communication with the partner community

The Project’s Guiding Values

At the Faith & Action Project, we believe:

  • 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.