What Types of Government Grants Are Available for Churches?

Types of government grants available for churches include grants that address community social problems, grants that helps certain groups of people with social challenges and grants that help historical churches rebuild after natural disasters. Examples of federal, social-service grants include targeted funds that help promote literacy, programs that teach sanitary and healthy food preparation, and programs for at-risk individuals.

Churches with a federal, non-profit designation are eligible to apply and compete for the same government, social-service grants that non-religious organizations compete for. The U.S. government offers these grants to address communities' social problems. One example of such a federal grant is a grant offered for the purpose of improving family planning practices in the state of Alaska. Other common types of grants offered to religious organizations are for after-school programs for at-risk youth and for addressing homelessness in a particular geographic area. Additional types of government grants to religious organizations include grants that help single mothers, grants that teach job skills and grants that teach financial literacy.

Another type of a government grant for a church is a building grant. A historical church may apply for federal grants that help restore old buildings after damage from a natural disaster. Grants do not typically cover new construction for churches.

The U.S. government does not provide religious grants that are intended to support a particular religious denomination. The U.S. government also does not offer grants for the purpose of encouraging people to become religious or to choose a particular religious denomination. Most types of grants for religious entities require the religious organization to state a secular, non-profit purpose in the church's business organization documents.