How to Write Grants for Buddhist Temples

Writing a grant application for a religious organization takes careful research and planning.
Writing a grant application for a religious organization takes careful research and planning. (Image: Jupiterimages/ Images)

Grants are funds awarded by foundations, government agencies and private donors to financially support a qualified organization's program, activity, staff position or even general operating fund. In writing grants for Buddhist temples, a grant seeker should focus on writing about the merits of the particular temple program to be funded, including details about the community need for the program, the temple's track record for success in implementing other similar programs and the competency of the staff to wisely utilize the grant funds.

Things You'll Need

  • Grant guidelines
  • Tax returns
  • Audit
  • Operating budget
  • Staff resumes
  • Testimonials

Prepare a written overview that details how long the Buddhist temple has been in existence, its mission statement, the population it serves and the programs, activities and events it supports.

Outline the specific reason funding is being requested. For example, if the grant will be used to implement a new program, explain why the program is valuable, how it will be operated and who it will serve.

Write an explanation of the Buddhist temple's anticipated goals and measurements for the grant funding. This means detailing what is anticipated to be the end result of the funding and providing information on how the organization will measure whether the stated goals have been met.

Assemble proof of non-profit status, accounting records, tax and audit records, employee resumes and an annual operating budget. These are all documents grant-making organizations typically request as part of a grant application package.

Package the grant application according to application guidelines, making sure you have included the correct number of copies requested and that all documents have been proof-read and signed by appropriate parties.

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