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* Note: Please see "Update from the Chair of the Board of Trustees and the President" for important program changes.

Proposals may be submitted by invitation only in 2015.

The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations support, through invitation only, established projects that address global religious and demographic trends. The goal is to affirm the ever-broadening need for a deeper level of understanding and exchange among major faith traditions as well as within a larger social context. The Foundations’ focus is on programs that address interfaith work in curricula, student and faculty life, and that foster interchange among differing faith traditions. Potential grant recipients may include those within or related to higher education, theological schools, other programs for the preparation of religious leaders, and other organizations with an established record in interfaith engagement.

Grants are generally given to strong institutions and programs with demonstrated leadership in high quality, potentially replicable and sustainable pedagogy, academic research, and curricular initiatives. Interfaith initiatives that have received past support include research related to educating religious leaders, compilation and dissemination of information on multi-faith engagement, and student led programs on college campuses.

Application Process
Once an invitation has been extended, each proposal should be submitted with the application form which can be accessed here.

In addition to the application form, the initial grant application should include the following:

  1. A signed one-page cover letter from the Chief Executive Officer (president, dean or rector) of the institution articulating the relevance of this proposal to the current highest priorities and mission of the institution;
  2. A two hundred word abstract (approximate) that will be used publicly if grant is awarded;
  3. A two-page summary of the proposed grant including purpose, audience, goals, methodology, project leadership and anticipated outcomes;
  4. A detailed budget with the total project costs, requested funds from the Foundations and other sources of support (the Foundation does not fund indirect costs);
  5. A timeline for proposed activities; and
  6. A copy of the applicant institution’s current IRS statement of eligibility and Employer Identification Number.

Completed grant applications may be sent by mail or email to Dr. Nancy J. Cable, President.

Mailing Address:
     The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations
     225 Water Street, Suite 1510
     Jacksonville, FL 32202

     Email Address:

Please direct all questions regarding the religion program to: Ms. Cheryl Tupper, Vice President for Programs - Religion and Healthcare

Mailing Address:
     The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations
     225 Water Street, Suite 1510
     Jacksonville, FL 32202

     Email Address:
     Telephone:  904-359-0670

Recent Grants
For Recent Grants in Religion, please click here.

To answer general questions that may result from these programmatic changes, please visit the Frequently Asked Questions page on our website.