Brother Ron Barnes
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Dear Brother Ron
My church wants to start a community based program ministering to the youth through every aspect of their lives. Spiritually first, then we want to be active in there daily activities .We must take account for our youth today. What better place to assist the youth of today then from a place of worship where they can receive care, acceptance and direction for life.
First, I assume your church is a 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation. If not, you should download Publication 4220 from the IRS web site for instructions on how to apply for nonprofit recog- nition. Only 501(c)3 organizations may apply for funding under the faith-based initiatives.
The next thing you will need to do is decide what kind of program you want to offer. You will need to determine:
1.Who is the target audience you want to serve?
2.What is the need for your program? Use facts and figures to back up your
3.How will your program fulfill the need? Be prepared to show documentation of
the success of similar programs in addressing similar needs.
4.What community support do you have for your program? Funding agencies are
much more likely to approve a program if others have already shown support for it.
5.What do you need to get the program off the ground? Prepare a budget showing how funds will be used.
6.How do you plan to make your program self-supporting? Agencies are far more likely to provide seed money than take on an indefinite commitment.
You can find out more about faith-based initiatives at
To find funding sources, check the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance for government sources or http://www.philanthropy.com/ for private funding sources.
If I can be of further assistance, you can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org .