Churches supply a valuable service to society. It is quite common for churches and other religious organizations to provide programs and aid for people in need. Many also offer shelter for the new class of homeless to stay on a temporary basis, until other government departments can help them. To enable them to give this help they are eligible to apply for a US Government Grant.
These church grants are available from the federal government for continuing existing programs and establishing new ones. These grants are not for the use of the church or religious organization to improve and renew furniture within the church.
Before applying, determine the needs of your church. Establish what your church proposes to do with a grant, maybe to start a homeless shelter, provide meals for the poor, care for abused children or to provide recreational supplies to start a youth group. To apply for a church grant, go online to the Government Grants site and the application form will be there to download.
The budget for church grants is quite high but this does not mean there will be an automatic approval. The grants department does keep a tight rein on the money available, so make sure your application is clear and precise. You need to have a plan and know exactly what you are applying for. Write down every detail possible to have this grant approved.. Provide them with the concept and then how you propose to bring this to fruition, with the help of a US Government Grant. If you are having difficulty completing the form, ask your local accountant for advice.
It is worth knowing that many corporate foundations also give grants for these causes. Different corporate foundations offer church grants for different areas of charity. If applying make sure the company you are applying to is the right one for your request.
Don’t forget that private and corporate funding is also a viable alternative when looking for available church grants. Your congregation can play an important part too in your application, as you may have an accountant who can help you or a parishioner who works for a large company looking for a worthwhile charity such as yours to assist.
In these economic times, with the financial crisis of the past few years, more and more people are in need of the services offered by these churches. It is important that money is available for such worthy causes. This can often be the only life-line a family has, when the main income worker loses his job through retrenchment or ill-health. Many times, in these circumstances the mortgage cannot be paid and the family becomes homeless.
The work churches do is vital for the community, so do not give up – we need you.