by ICJS Newsroom

BALTIMORE—With the support of the Bunting Family Foundation, the Institute for Islamic, Christian, and Jewish Studies (ICJS) is launching a Capacity-Building Grant program for organizations with volunteer chaplains and/or up to three staff chaplains to pay for supplies, professional development, or other resources. 

ICJS will offer the grants of up to $1,000 each to specifically address the interreligious needs of chaplains in small organizations with limited access to these and other resources. A recent state-wide survey conducted with the Chaplaincy Innovation Lab at Brandeis University showed that far fewer resources and support are available to chaplains working as volunteers or staff at smaller organizations.

“Chaplains working by themselves or with smaller organizations just don’t have access to the training and support available at larger entities, such as major hospital systems,” said the Rev. Alisha Tatem, Th.D., ICJS’ program director for religious leaders. “We are offering these grants to help fill that resource gap.”

Applications for the first round of Capacity-Building Grants are due by June 30, 2023 and awardees will be announced by the end of August. The funds must be used between September 1, 2023 and February 1, 2024. To apply, complete the grant application form.

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