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Faith In Action & Congregational Partner Grants

Faith institutions in the Southern U.S. have long been a cornerstone in African American communities in the Southern United States not only for spiritual and religious guidance, but social change and movements to address racial equity, economic disparities, voting rights, and housing conditions. More recently, faith institutions have begun to address health promotion and disease prevention including HIV/AIDS. The purpose of this funding opportunity is to advance the ability for a diverse array of congregations, including Christian churches, synagogues, mosques, and temples, to develop programs and initiatives or conduct research in their local religious communities that promote positive faith and health outcomes, specifically in the area of HIV.  

Wake Forest University School of Divinity Coordinating Center is seeking congregational partners to initiate programs to respond to the HIV crisis in the South by shifting narratives away from stigma toward life-enhancing possibilities for those impacted by HIV/AIDS. Our aim is to collaborate with Christian and interfaith partners, create inclusive faith spaces for LGBTQ persons, and educate emerging faith leaders who will impact how communities respond to HIV/AIDS in the future. 

  • Congregational Partnership Grants will provide funding of up to $15,000 to provide resources for churches, synagogues, mosques, and temples, to develop programs and initiatives or conduct research within their local religious communities that promote positive faith and health outcomes, specifically in the area of HIV.
  • Faith Action Grants will provide funding of up to $25,000 to provide resources for nonprofit organizations for action-oriented projects centered around faith to help reduce stigma, engage in spiritually integrated trauma-informed care, and aid in changing the perception of HIV/AIDS in the south. 

Currently, 501(c)(3) organizations (or organizations with a fiscal sponsor) operating in any of the following 12 Southern states (AL, AK, FL, GA, KY, LA, MS, NC, OK, SC, TN, TX) are eligible to apply for support of programs focused on participants in said states. Individuals are not eligible for grant awards. 

Award Amount
Awards range between $15,000- $25,000, depending on the grant. The amount of your request should reflect the scope of your project and related expenses.

Award Dates: Deadlines for the Congregational Partners Grants and Faith Action Grants are due May 15.  Award notifications will be announced by June 1, 2021 for programmatic work to begin July 1. 

Funding Parameters for Awards: 

  • Grant cycle will be from July 1, 2021 – June 30, 2021
  • Funds must be expended by June 30, 2021. 
  • Quarter activities reports (Due end of each quarter), a mid-year report (Due January 10, 2022), and final report (Due July 15, 2022) will be required of grantees.
  • Current grantees receiving grant funding from other COMPASS Initiative Coordinating Centers are not eligible for funding 
  • This grant will not fund individuals, general operations, endowments, or fundraising events.
  • Grant recipients will be required to provide a narrative report and a budget report at the end of the grant cycle. 

Allowable Expenses
Awards can be used to pay for program-related costs, including appropriate staff costs, supplies, technology, incentives, and membership fees for required platforms. However, there are prohibited expenses. You cannot use funds to pay for or offset the cost of any of the following:

  • Medications or purchasing of medications
  • Direct medical expenses, including lab expenses
  • Existing deficits of organization
  • Biomedical research or clinical trials
  • Projects that directly influence or advance Gilead’s business, including purchase, utilization, prescribing, formulary position, pricing, reimbursement, referral, recommendation or payment for products
  • Individuals, individual health care providers, or physical group practices
  • Events or programs that have already occurred
  • Government lobbying activities

Tips for a Successful Grant Application

  • Clearly articulate how your project will address persons living with and/or impacted by HIV.
  • Clearly articulate how you will deliver your program, including the planned platform that will be used for communication. 
  • Don’t worry about your project being “too small”. We want to support grassroots efforts that can reach deep into the heart of community need.
  • Think focused rather than big, broad programs or initiatives. We want to support grassroots campaigns that can reach deep into a community rather than campaigns that try to reach everyone across the spectrum. 

Additional Attachments Necessary
 In order to have a complete submission and be considered for a grant, you are required to upload the following documents:
1.    Your organization’s 501(c)(3) verification OR 501(c)(3) letter of a fiscal sponsor
2.     Letter of Support from fiscal sponsor (if applicable). This letter should demonstrate fiscal sponsor’s commitment to providing the applicant with financial management of grants funds and administrative support as needed.  
3.    Organizational Operating Budget. The applicant’s 2021 operational budget (not to be substituted by fiscal sponsor’s operational budget).
4.    Grant Budget and Budget Narrative Attachment. A thoughtfully prepared budget demonstrates that you have considered all the costs associated with your request, as well as the resources needed to ensure the project’s success. 
5.    Form W-9 . A signed and dated copy of the most recent Form W-9 indicating the taxpayer identification number.

Evaluation Requirement
Grantees will be provided with web-based evaluation tools to streamline data collection processes.  Evaluation support will be provided to grantees.

Note: After submission, you will receive confirmation of your application’s submission and will hear from the Gilead COMPASS Initiative® Faith Coordinating Center at Wake Forest University School of Divinity.


For more information on opportunities from Wake Forest University School of Divinity Coordinating Center, click HERE.

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