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Campus Innovation Grants

Grants to USA Colleges and Universities to
Support Interfaith Cooperation on Campus

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Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC)

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Grants of $4,000 to USA colleges and universities to support programs that promote interfaith cooperation on campus. Funding is intended to eliminate obstacles, bridge differences, and advance sustainable activities that address divisive political, religious, and cultural issues that impact the United States. IFYC encourages and welcomes proposals from institutions new to engaging in interfaith cooperation.

IFYC defines interfaith cooperation as:
- Respect for religious and worldview identity
- Mutually inspiring relationships
- Common action for the common good.

In the selection process, IFYC will give preference to campuses that:
- Propose innovative ways to expand campus work into new Leadership Practices
- Will involve a variety of stakeholders from diverse areas across campus in their interfaith efforts, including both campus professionals and student leaders
- Demonstrate desire and ability to increase campus-wide commitment to interfaith cooperation
- Have proposals that include concrete mechanisms to ensure sustainability and impact beyond the grant term.

IFYC has identified 9 Leadership Practices for Interfaith Excellence in Higher Education. These practices are critical to developing a campus culture of religious pluralism and collectively they offer a framework through which campus stakeholders can unite diverse communities and positively
engage religious and worldview identity on campus. The Practices are:
1. Identity and Mission
2. Campus-Wide Strategy
3. Public Identity
4. Respect and Accommodation for Religious Identity
5. Academic Priority
6. Staff and Faculty Competence and Capacity.
7. Student Leadership
8. Campus-Community Partnerships
9. Assessment Cycle

For more information about Leadership Practices, see:

Budgets that include funds for travel (for site visits to other institutions, for example), and/or speaker or training fees, will be considered, though requests for travel should be thoughtfully tied to the explicit project proposed within the grant.

Grantees will have the opportunity to convene virtually to share best practices, workshop challenges, and learn from one another’s experiences. Grantees will also have access to coaching and support from IFYC staff to assist in their grant implementation.

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GrantWatch ID#: 185464

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IFYC is offering Campus Innovation Grants in the amount of $4,000.

Grantees will be able to convene in person at the annual August Interfaith Leadership Institute in Chicago, and will be eligible to receive discounted registration for attending.

Term of Contract:

- Grant funds must be spent between August 1, 2019 and June 30, 2020.
- Preference is given to projects that are focused and achievable within one academic year

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

All four-year American college and university campuses are eligible to apply for a Campus Innovation Grant. IFYC is particularly interested in supporting Christian and public campus grant proposals.

Please note that grants are not intended to fund the following activities:
- The cost of bringing an IFYC staff member to campus through IFYC’s Campus Consultation program. However, it is possible to request to incorporate an IFYC alumni speaker into your grant project;
- Furniture or equipment as standalone projects. However, furniture or equipment can be incorporated as part of the grant if directly tied to programmatic project components.

Pre-Application Information:

Grant applications are open from February 1, 2019 and applications are due April 30, 2019. Grants will be awarded in May 2019.

The Campus Interfaith Inventory (CII) is required for all institutions applying for a Campus Innovation Grant. Please review or complete the CII for your campus before submitting your completed application. When you start the application form, you will receive information on how to complete your CII. For further information, see: Campus Interfaith Inventory:

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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If you have questions about the inventory link, or about the Campus Innovation Grants and application process, please contact Malina Keaton at

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming