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What are some grants for starting a church?

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Grants for starting or spreading awareness about a church may be available from larger religious branches or private organizations devoted to funding faith-based community development. The federal government offers grants for which anyone developing the community may apply, but they carry special stipulations for religious activities.

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The United Methodist Church offers New Church Grants for developing Methodist branches throughout the country, and many other religions may follow this model for faith-based development. The Mustard Seed Foundation is a family-based Christian investment group that makes grants available for new and developing churches worldwide, giving priority to urban areas.

Religious organizations may apply for the wide variety of federal grants available through Housing and Urban Development and other agencies. However, there are specific rules about how federal funding can be used regarding religious behavior that must be followed when using federal grants for establishing churches.

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