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Faith & Action Project Grants Program

As part of its work to eliminate poverty, the Faith & Action Project at Christian Theological Seminary provides grants to organizations and initiatives that demonstrate the potential to move people out of poverty for the long term.

In evaluating applications for these annual grants, the Faith & Action Project puts a high value on collaborations and innovative approaches that can be accelerated with additional resources. While the Project applauds daily poverty-relief efforts, it focuses its resources on initiatives that address root causes as a way to eliminate poverty from our community.

The Faith & Action Project

Christian Theological Seminary’s Faith & Action Project 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. The Faith & Action Grants Program is made possible by a gift from the Mike and Sue Smith Family Fund. Click here to learn more about the Faith & Action Project.

 Faith & Action Project Grants Overview

Each year, the Faith & Action Project Grants Program makes resources available to initiatives and collaborations with effective approaches to addressing poverty in Central Indiana. Recipients are chosen through an application process that begins in the spring and culminates with the announcement of grant recipients in late summer. Click here to review the Faith & Action Grant Application.

Since the grant program was launched in 2017, it has provided more than $500,000 to 24 organizations working to eliminate poverty. Recipients have included faith communities, non-profit organizations, community development corporations and neighborhood groups. To learn more about the Faith & Action Grant Program, review the Frequently Asked Questions here.

 Faith & Action Project Grants Recipients

2020 Grantees

  • Faith in Indiana
  • Englewood Community Development Corporation
  • Public Advocates in Community Re-Entry (PACE)
  • Hovey Street Church of Christ Evolve Ministry

Learn more about these grantees here.

 2019 Grantees

  • BUILD (Believers United In Local Development)
  • Near East Area Renewal (NEAR) and Shepherd Community Center
  • Public Advocates in Community Re-Entry (PACE)
  • Purposeful Design

Learn more about these grantees here.

 2018 Grantees

  • Heart Change Ministries
  • Outreach Inc.
  • Eastern Star Church ROCK Initiative

Learn more about these grantees here.

 2017 Grantees

  • 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

Learn more about these grantees here.

 

Special COVID-19 Faith & Action Project Grant Recipients
While Christian Theological Seminary’s Faith & Action Project typically focuses its efforts on long-term poverty mitigation, the unique burden that the COVID- 19 pandemic put on the community and organizations working to address poverty spurred the Project to provide a special round of emergency relief grants in 2020. Working with its community networks, past Faith & Action Grant recipients and others, CTS identified seven organizations to receive these emergency relief grants:

  • Eastern Star Church ROCK Initiative
  • Edna Martin Christian Center
  • Julian Center
  • MLK Center
  • Sandra Eskenazi Mental Health Center at Eskenazi Health
  • Shepherd Community Center
  • Volunteers of America