Faith & Action Project Grants Program
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
Extraordinary work to turn back the tide of poverty is already underway by a host of organizations, and the Faith & Action Project is committed to helping recognize and advance these efforts and others. We hope the Faith & Action Grant process will increase the impact of anti-poverty efforts by nurturing relationships and encouraging creative collaboration among faith communities and organizations working to break the cycle of poverty.
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 $225,000 for nine efforts 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
2019 Grant Application
The Faith & Action grants will again be made eligible to faith communities, individuals and nonprofit organizations currently serving or with the capacity to serve Marion County.
The Faith & Action Project is committed to conducting a fair and transparent granting process and welcomes all qualified applicants.
The goal of this granting process is to select up to three grantees that present initiatives with the greatest potential for creating innovative, lasting solutions and those with exceptional promise that can be replicated and, with additional resources, accelerated and expanded in scale.
How to Apply
- Applicant must be a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.
- Individuals are eligible if they are collaborating with a 501(c)(3) organization, but the nonprofit must be the applicant.
- The applicant’s idea must be implemented within Marion County.
- A representative from the applying organization must attend the spring conference on May 2 and fall event on a date TBD.
- Applications must be submitted via the application form at https://www.cts.edu/faith-action-project/faith-action-grant-application-2019/.
May 8 at noon EST – Letters of Intent must be submitted via this website.
May 15 – Applicants will be notified of whether they will move to the next round of the grant application process.
June 4 at noon EST – Full grant proposals due
June 25 – Applicants will be notified
August 2019 – Grant recipients announced
Fall of 2019 – Funding awarded
Commitment to Outcomes
Faith & Action jurors expect to see the initiative’s proposed goals and expected outcomes listed in the letter of intent and in the full grant application. Click here to see an example provided by our 2017 grantee, School on Wheels.
Partnerships and Collaborations
The Faith & Action Project encourages service providers, faith communities and government agencies to strategically collaborate to break the cycle of poverty. Organizations receive favorable consideration if they can show how through collaboration, coordination and communication with other organizations they can effective serve families and help them break the cycle of poverty.
Please see our FAQs page here.
Access the online submission form here.
Grant recipients bring to our attention a variety of outcomes and impact. This range of outcomes suggests that the Faith & Action Project is achieving one of its goals: Effect real change in the lives of people living in poverty while also facilitating relationships and innovations that will lead to long-term improvement in our community.