Interfaith Leadership & Religious Literacy

A focus on understanding among faith traditions in America reflects our founder’s principle that religious diversity is essential to civil discourse within a democracy and that leaders in all walks of life are more effective through an appreciation for the religious views of others.


The Hartford Seminary Peacemaking Fellows program identifies young American Christian leaders working for peace in religiously diverse communities of the United States, building on its expertise in Islamic Studies and Christian-Muslim Relations and continuing the success of its breakthrough International Peacemaking Program. Photo courtesy of Hartford Seminary.

Interfaith Leadership Grants
As our nation becomes increasingly diverse by all definitions, it is essential that leaders are prepared to model meaningful engagement among different faith traditions. Such leaders include those who serve in clerical roles as well as in civic, academic, business, professional, and nonprofit sectors. The Foundations are interested in supporting programs that prepare leaders to foster mutual respect for religious beliefs and traditions and that address the ways in which our multifaith society appreciates inquiry and magnifies the need for civil discourse.

Religious Literacy Grants
The Foundations are interested in programs that enhance public understanding of the religious beliefs and practices that shape America, both historically and in the present. Although we live in a country where many self-identify as having religious beliefs, studies show that a majority of the population lacks basic knowledge and understanding of major faith traditions.

Interfaith Leadership & Religious Literacy grant proposals will be considered in the following general areas:

  • Higher education programs in interfaith leadership and religious literacy
  • Interfaith curriculum development in theological schools, private colleges and universities and programs with national impact
  • Interfaith issues in palliative care and end of life 
  • Interfaith issues embedded in environmental engagement, stewardship and solutions
Eligibility: Interfaith Leadership & Religious Literacy

The Foundations welcome grant proposals from non-profit organizations that seek to educate leaders in higher education, corporate leadership, journalism, and other professions in order to advance mutual respect for religious beliefs and faith traditions. The Foundations also encourage grants that contribute to a religiously well-informed public.

Grant Amount:

Eligible institutions may request planning grants that range from $25,000 up to $100,000, or comprehensive grants up to $250,000 - $300,000.  Click HERE for more information about grant types and amounts.  

When & How to Apply
Please refer to the information in Grantseeking Organizations
  

Submitted material related to the grant proposal will not be returned.


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