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Churches and other faith-based institutions in Indiana are receiving funding from state and federal agencies in a variety of ways, all with the goal of improving the lives of the citizens of Indiana.
Voucher Programs - These programs distribute vouchers to aid recipients, which can be spent with an approved provider. The best known of these is the Child Care Development Fund (CCDF) administered through the Family and Social Services Agency.
Direct Grant Recipients - An organization directly contracts with a state or federal agency to provide social services. Subgrantee Recipients - A faith-based organization is selected as a subcontractor by another non-profit or an agency with a government contract.
Reimbursement - Many church based schools participate in the school lunch program through the State Department of Education, Division of School and Community Nutrition Programs.
Tax Credits - The Neighborhood Assistance Program (NAP) of the Indiana Housing and Community Development Agency provides $2.5 million in tax credits to Hoosier non-profits to facilitate the provision of needed services. Of the 67 receiving organizations this year, at least 22 are faith-based.
Non-cash assistance - Programs such as Rx for Indiana are a great resource for churches, but don't involve the exchange of contracts or funds.
USA Freedom Corps Participants - Churches and other faith-based organizations are eligible to be service sites for programs of the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), one of three programs administered by USA Freedom Corps.
This is a rapidly evolving area of law. The best suggestion is to develop a clear policy for your organization and have it reviewed on a regular basis.
For more information, please contact the OFBCI by clicking here.