Faith & Action Project Grants Program
Faith & Action Project COVID-19 Response:
Christian Theological Seminary’s Faith & Action Project are responding to the COVID- 19 pandemic and its impact on organizations working to mitigate poverty by providing emergency relief grants.
The grants help Central Indiana organizations address immediate needs in their communities, including food, mental health services and family-stability measures. Working with their community networks, past Faith & Action Grant recipients and others, CTS has identified seven organizations to receive these emergency relief grants:
- Eastern Star Church ROCK Initiative $10,000
- Edna Martin Christian Center $10,000
- Julian Center $10,000
- MLK Center $10,000
- Sandra Eskenazi Mental Health Center at Eskenazi Health $15,000
- Shepherd Community Center $10,000
- Volunteers of America $10,000
As a result of this effort and in light of the impact COVID-19 is having on organizations’ operations, the annual Faith & Action Grant program is being postponed until later this year. The deadline for the first-round application will be July 31, with final applications due Sept. 1.
To view the annual Faith & Action Grant application, click here.
Faith & Action Project Mission
The Faith & Action Project at Christian Theological Seminary connects, inspires and empowers faith communities and others to implement effective solutions for people confronting poverty. Through annual public events and grants, the Faith & Action Project seeks to ignite a collaborative, interfaith and inclusive movement for well-being and justice in our community. This project is made possible by a gift from the Mike and Sue Smith Family Fund.
Faith & Action Project Purpose
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
Faith & Action Project Grants Overview
The Faith & Action Project seeks to support and champion initiatives that have the potential to move people out of poverty for the long term. The Projects puts a high value on collaborations that clearly demonstrate a potential for tangible impact, and ones that seem poised to increase their impact with additional resources. While the Project applauds efforts to provide poverty relief, that is not its goal. The Faith & Action Projects seeks to eliminate the need for poverty relief.
Faith & Action would like to see faith communities, government agencies, non-profits, and for-profits come together to solve the root causes of poverty. Grant recipients are at a place where the grant could vault sound and sustainable programs to the next level of size, strength and impact.
Active Faith & Action Funding
The Faith & Action Project at Christian Theological Seminary has awarded grants totaling $340,000 to 12 organizations whose efforts are aimed at reducing poverty in Indianapolis.
- Edna Martin Christian Center, American Baptist Churches of Greater Indianapolis and Eastern Star Church
- Goodwill’s New Beginnings
- Purposeful Design
- Broadway United Methodist Church
- Trinity Episcopal Church
- School on Wheels
- Heart Change Ministries
- Outreach Inc.
- Eastern Star Church ROCK Initiative
- BUILD (Believers United In Local Development)
- Near East Area Renewal (NEAR) and Shepherd Community Center
- Public Advocates in Community Re-Entry (PACE)
- Purposeful Design