About Church Building Grants

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A vast number of churches seek funding to cover the costs of constructing a new facility or refurbishing an existing facility. Grants to build churches provide a foundation for developing or improving a church and its facilities.

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Significance

Only a few thousand faith-oriented private foundations exist, making the grants highly competitive. To have grants funded, your cause needs to be worthwhile, you need to write it well, and you need to request funding from an appropriate funder. Grant seekers often underestimate one crucial step--finding the right funder.

Limitations

There will be limitations on grants for building a church, especially for new construction. Many funders provide specifications by denomination and geographic area. Grants for churches can be difficult to locate. The availability or average grants may fluctuate from year to year.

Planning

Your church should carefully plan the building project and plan for contingencies, such as additional costs. It may be beneficial to hire a consultant and have bids from several contractors to show the costs of building projects. Have a strong team to handle fundraising projects and a strong committee to maintain oversight for the design, assessment, budgets and other areas of the project.

Application

Follow the funder's guidelines precisely to avoid having your request rejected without consideration. Many funders receive dozens of applications per day, so it is important to follow the format and request process. Your grant proposal should show the value of the construction project for the community, what you plan to do and how the grant funding will produce results. The grant proposal is meant to establish a relationship with the funder.

Considerations

Few government resources are available for building a church. Much of the funding available comes from private foundation grants. You should consider grants from multiple sources to fund the capital project. If you have already received grants, be sure to list these on the grant application, as it can mean that the project has more sustainability.

Alternatives

Consider alternatives to raising funds for your church building, such as private donations from community members. Donor development often lies at the centre of any capital project, and it can offer an opportunity to develop relationships with donors and cultivate new opportunities. Create a cultivation plan, and discuss activities that you plan to have after the church's construction or renovation to deepen the donor's sense of commitment.

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