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What are some ways of obtaining grants for private nonprofit Christian schools?

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Two sources of grants for private nonprofit Christian schools are the Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships through the Department of Education and independent faith-based foundations. Private grants have specific requirements; normally the school’s location is a key factor.

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The DOE’s faith based center partners 13 government agencies including the Corporation for National and Community Service with nonprofits. The collective provides grants to organizations that bring positive change to their communities including Christian schools. Requirements for eligibility state that services funded by government awards are independent of religious activities. Other public funding options address specific educational programs, such as libraries or the arts.

Private grants for Christian schools come from organizations and individuals nationwide that issue awards based on specific guidelines and educational program. Resources like the Christian Funding Directory provide a searchable database, accessed by paid membership that outlines 10,000 funding sources broken down by region.

One funding source, the Rupert H. Johnson, Jr. Foundation, only awards grants to Christian schools in

California and Virginia. Another, the Norcliffe Foundation, helps faith-based schools and nonprofits in the Seattle and Puget Sound area. The Stephen and Mary Birch Foundation provides funds to Christian School programs across the United States, including property grants to eligible institutions.

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