by ICJS Newsroom

The Institute for Islamic, Christian, and Jewish Studies (ICJS) has awarded Interreligious Capacity-Building grants to four organizations to help them expand their ability to offer chaplaincy and spiritual care services.

The grants of up to $1,000 each will help to to specifically address the interreligious needs of volunteer chaplains or chaplains serving in small organizations with limited access to resources.

“The recipients of this year’s micro-grants provide spiritual care to groups that are particularly vulnerable or under-served.” said Alisha Wimbush, ICJS’ Program Director for Religious Leaders. “We believe these grants will enable them to strengthen and even expand their much-needed services.” 

ICJS created the Interreligious Capacity-Building Grants program as part of its effort to create and nourish a robust interreligious infrastructure for chaplains and other ministers serving the spiritual needs of a multi-religious public.

“Our outreach to chaplains is part of our broader mission to build an interreligious, multigenerational, racially diverse network of institutions, schools, nonprofits, and religious communities in our area,” said Heather Miller Rubens, ICJS Executive Director and Roman Catholic Scholar. “We’re pleased to support the work of these organizations that are contributing to building this interreligious infrastructure in the greater Baltimore region.”

The four awardees are: 

The Interreligious Capacity-Building grants were made possible through the generous support of The Bunting Family Foundation.

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