Grants are often a mystery to pastors and are overlooked as a potential funding source for new projects or programs that line up with vision and mission. But many churches have benefited from grants, and your congregation can, too.
- This is a great resource for understanding your church’s tax-exempt status: http://grantspace.org/tools/knowledge-base/Funding-Resources/Foundations/faith-based
- Take a local class on grant-writing, or here’s a free course online: http://grantspace.org/training/courses/introduction-to-finding-grants
- Invite and designate a person or group within the church whose gifts and calling line up as the church’s grant writers.
- Find charitable foundations whose missions and values line up with yours.
- Understand the commitments that your church may be taking on by receiving a grant.
Crowdfunding is a way to raise money for a specific endeavor from a large number of people. Churches can use this option to raise a lot of money, in a little time, while also raising awareness for the outreach efforts of the church. While many crowdfunding companies have made their platforms easy to learn and easy to use, it would again be advisable to find the person or group of people in your community with a knack and a desire for this type of work. People who would be a good fit for this work would have basic technical know-how to both understand the online crowdfunding platform and to be able to explain it to others wishing to contribute; communication skills, whether PR or marketing related; and financial acumen.
Here are a couple resources from others who have achieved church outreach goals by using crowdfunding:
Additionally, check out my book, Funding Ministry with Five Loaves and Two Fishes, available now on Amazon.com for some inspiring examples of faith communities who’ve put together successful fundraising campaigns.