Grants for Religious Youth Organizations

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Grants for Religious Youth Organizations
(Je' czaja)

Religious youth organisations can obtain funding from their denominational headquarters, local corporations, private foundations and even from government sources. Each has different criteria for awarding grants, but all will require a convincing application that meets the granter's area of interest.

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Grants are not awarded automatically. There are many more organisations doing good work than there are granters to fund them; most grants are very competitive.

Denominational Grants

Several denominations offer grants for specific projects; ask your pastor if your denomination offers these. The United Methodist Church, the Christian Reformed Church and the Presbyterian Church USA are among the denominations with grant programs.

Corporate Grants

Local corporations offer money, goods and services to charities. Contact local corporations to see if they have a corporate giving program in place.

Private Foundations

Sign up for the Foundation Center's newsletter and weekly RFP (Request for Proposal) bulletin. This contains current funding available in different categories.

Government Grants

Government grants are usually the most generous, the hardest to obtain, and the hardest to fulfil. Religious organisations can apply for government grants in order to offer a service to the entire community.


Grants are normally time-limited; funding is usually for one to three years, after which the organisation must find the funding to sustain the program.

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