Faith- & Community-Based Organizations
HRSA has a long history of partnerships with faith-based
and community-based organizations. Under President
Bush’s leadership, partnerships between Government
and faith-based organizations have taken on increased
importance. HRSA encourages faith-based and community-based
organizations, including small and novice organizations,
to apply for HRSA grants.
- HRSA grants are awarded competitively
- Applications are made in response to program announcements
and other requests for proposals or applications
published in the Federal Register or the HRSA Preview
- No grant or cooperative agreement funds are set
aside specifically for faith-based providers, nor
will a separate fund be established within HRSA
or the HHS Center for Faith-based and Community
Guidance and Policy Statement of Religious Nondiscrimination
in Grant Eligibility and Service Delivery
The Federal government does not discriminate against
non-governmental organizations on the basis that such
organizations have a religious character. Faith-based
organizations are eligible to compete for grant funds
on the same basis as all other non-governmental organizations.
Decisions about grant applications and awards will
be made based solely on the competence, capacity,
and actions of the provider, not whether it is a secular
or faith-based provider.
To the extent permitted by law, faith-based organizations
that receive federal financial assistance may —
just as secular non-governmental organizations —
use their facilities to provide federally funded services
without removing or altering art, icons, literature,
or other distinctive symbols from these facilities.
In addition, faith-based organizations that apply
for or participate in programs supported with federal
financial assistance may retain their organizational
identity including, but not limited to name, internal
governance, and mission statements.
No grantee may discriminate in its delivery of a
federally-funded program against a client or potential
client on the basis of religion or religious belief,
a refusal to hold a religious belief, or a refusal
to actively participate in a religious practice. Any
specifically religious activity or service made available
to clients by the grantee must be voluntary as well
as separate in time and location from government funded
activities and services.
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