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Overview of Interfaith Strategic Planning Grant

IFYC is offering Interfaith Strategic Planning Grants in the amount of $3,000 to support a select set of campuses as they design a campus-wide strategic plan for interfaith cooperation during the 2020-21 academic year rooted in findings from their IDEALS data. IFYC has identified 9 Leadership Practices critical to developing a campus culture of religious pluralism, which frame IFYC’s strategic planning process. For more information about the Leadership Practices, please see this article in AACU's Liberal Education

IDEALS participant campuses are eligible to apply for funds to support a comprehensive interfaith strategic planning process in academic year 2020-21. Grant recipients will convene a group of diverse stakeholders from across campus who will meet regularly throughout the year to design an interfaith strategic plan. Grant recipients will receive funds, additional IDEALS data synthesis and exploration, a two-day strategic planning workshop on campus facilitated by IFYC staff, and customized IFYC staff support.

The Interfaith Strategic Planning Grant application will open on January 15, 2020. Applications are due March 23, 2020. Grants will be awarded in April 2020 and grant funds must be spent between August 1, 2020 and June 30, 2021.

In the selection process, preference will be given to:

  • campuses with existing established interfaith initiatives in one more or more of the Leadership Practices

  • campuses with demonstrated commitment to interfaith engagement from senior institutional leadership

  • proposals that include an Interfaith Strategic Planning Committee composed of key stakeholders from different departments and divisions across campus and including senior administrators

  • proposals that explicitly describe how the campus will ensure the implementation and sustainability of their campus-wide strategic plan

  • proposals that offer a clear and compelling rationale for launching an interfaith strategic planning process on campus in academic year 2020-21

IFYC staff members are available for consultation and feedback during the development of your application. We welcome and encourage conversations about any part of the application process. Please contact Megan Johnson at megan@ifyc.org

Demographic Information

Required Materials

Campus Interfaith Inventory

A completed Campus Interfaith Inventory (CII) is required as part of the Strategic Planning Grant application. Please contact Rob LeLaurin at robert@ifyc.org to request your campus’ unique link or ask any questions.

Letter of Support 

Interfaith Strategic Planning Committee

Proposed Budget

Reflection Questions