Campus Interfaith Innovation Grants

Spring 2017

IFYC is pleased to offer Campus Interfaith Innovation grants in the amount of $4,000-$5,000 to support campuses as they advance one or more Leadership Practices for Interfaith Excellence in Higher Education.  As religious diversity increases on college and university campuses and our country wrestles with differences that divide us, IFYC seeks to support institutions of higher education as they turn religious diversity into a unifying force in our country.  Through the generous support of Lilly Endowment Inc. and the Fetzer Institute, IFYC is pleased to offer multiple granting opportunities for campuses who wish to advance institutional excellence in interfaith engagement.

Requests for proposals and grant applications are linked below for each grant category. To learn more, you may also watch the free, on-demand recording of our Grants Q&A online session. Application materials are due May 24th, 2017 and recipients will be announced in July 2017. Grant funding must be spent between August 1st, 2017 – June 30th, 2018. Only one grant will be distributed per campus, but campuses may apply in multiple categories if desired.

IFYC is offering the following five Campus Interfaith Innovation grant opportunities. Click each title to view the corresponding request for proposal:


  • Healing the Heart of American Democracy:  In a time of divisive political and cultural rhetoric, our nation is in need of interfaith leaders who will move us toward a vision of interfaith cooperation and advance a national narrative to help heal the heart of American democracy.  All campuses are invited to propose ways they will create or enhance dialogue across diverse communities to heal cultural divides. Apply here.
  • Advancing Leadership Practices on Christian college & university campusesChristian-affiliated campuses often have unique questions related to interfaith cooperation and their distinctive theological heritage.  Christian campuses are invited to propose innovative ways they will advance one or more of the Leadership Practices in the 2017-18 academic year. Grant recipients will receive support and resources from IFYC and will benefit from networking opportunities within existing denominational networks. Apply here.
  • Advancing Leadership Practices on public campuses: Public schools face unique challenges and tensions related to engaging interfaith issues on campus.  Public campuses are invited to propose innovative ways they will advance one or more of the Leadership Practices in the 2017-18 academic year. Grant recipients will receive networking opportunities and customized support relevant for public schools. Apply here.

  • Designing a Campus-Wide Interfaith Strategic Plan:  A campus-wide strategic plan for interfaith cooperation is critical for the long-term success of interfaith efforts on any campus. IFYC will offer a small number of grants to campuses interested in designing a campus-wide strategic plan during the 2017-18 academic year. Successful applicants will receive funds, a campus climate survey administration and analysis, and targeted IFYC support to develop a campus-wide interfaith strategic plan. Apply here.

  • Building Professional Capacity for Interfaith Engagement Staff and faculty often report feeling a lack of comfort and confidence engaging issues of religious diversity and interfaith engagement.  IFYC will offer a small number of grants to campuses interested in advancing broad-scale, sustainable initiatives to equip campus staff and faculty with the skills to engage religious diversity on campus.  Successful applicants will receive funds and specialized curriculum development support in implementing this initiative over the year. Apply here.

In addition to the five campus grants described above, IFYC is once again offering Interfaith Leadership Lab grants to support campuses who wish to gather students and educators from multiple campuses for training and networking. Applications for lab grant funding are open now and close on April 12.

​Application Process Overview:

Interested campuses should start the application process by convening campus stakeholders to complete the Campus Interfaith Inventory, an online reflection tool designed to prompt campuses to think holistically about how they engage religious diversity on campus. The Campus Interfaith Inventory will launch publicly by March 10, 2017. If you do not receive a unique campus link by this date, please contact the appropriate IFYC staff listed below to receive it.  Based on the list of assets and possibilities for future action that emerge through reflecting on this tool, campus stakeholders should identify targeted Leadership Practices around which to center application materials.  Please see the relevant RFP to review examples of successful campus initiatives within each Leadership Practice.  

Applications are linked above in each category. Applicants will be asked to submit a completed Campus Interfaith Inventory via a separate unique campus link (contact the appropriate staff person below for more information), respond to narrative questions, gather letters of support, and compile a full grant budget.

IFYC staff members are available for questions, consultation, and feedback through the duration of this process.  We encourage you to contact the appropriate staff person to your grant category:

Christian colleges and universities: Joe Morrow (
Public institutions & Professional Capacity: Megan Lane (
Strategic Planning & Healing the Heart of American Democracy: Megan Johnson (