FAITHS Program

FAITHS Program

The faith community has historically been at the forefront of advocating for racial and economic equity, and it remains a crucial voice today. In 1993, The San Francisco Foundation created FAITHS (Foundation Alliance with Interfaith to Heal Society) — now a nationally recognized program — to enhance the work of faith-based organizations and congregations to organize and advocate for equitable policies and improve services and outcomes in their neighborhoods and the region.

FAITHS is now a multi-faith network of more than 600 congregations, faith-based agencies, and community organizations that address racial and economic equity issues in the five Bay Area counties that the foundation serves (Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, and San Mateo). FAITHS grantmaking and other program activities align with the foundation’s goals to ensure that every Bay Area resident has access to a good job, lives in a safe and affordable home, has a strong political voice, and can live in a community that provides real opportunity.

Our Focus

FAITHS convenes faith leaders, offers technical assistance, capacity-building trainings, and grants to support greater racial and economic equity in the region.

Community Partners Grants

Every year, the FAITHS program provides grants to assist congregations and faith-based organizations to strengthen interfaith and race relations, increase civic and cultural participation, support leadership, and provide community service to low-income residents and communities of color.

Faith-based organizations in Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco and San Mateo counties are eligible to apply for a grant for one to two years. Grants range from $6,000-$8,000 per year.

Click on the Grantmaking Strategies section below to learn more about the FAITHS Community Partner Grants program. The application process opens September 7, 2021, with a submission deadline of October 11, 2021.

Questions? Please email Sayron Stokes at sstokes[at]@sff.org.

Click on the sections below for more information.

Grantmaking Strategies and Application Guidelines

FAITHS grants support programs that strengthen interfaith and race relations, increase civic and cultural participation, develop leaders, and provide community services to low-income residents and communities of color. We are support programs addressing the needs of our communities during COVID-19, including housing, and food insecurity.

The grantmaking program will support faith-based organizations and congregations to:

  • Build and strengthen the capacity of organizations and leaders to engage in racial and economic equity issues, through nonpartisan voter engagement, policy advocacy, and community
  • Provide programs that promote economic security, educational opportunity, and community well-being.
  • Provide programs and activities that address institutional and structural racism, discrimination, and implicit

Priority will be given to applicants that:

  • Serve low-income communities and people of color in one or more of five Bay Area counties (Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, and San Mateo).
  • Provide programs for underserved communities (e.g. low-income people of color, systems involved and/or formerly incarcerated residents, low-wage workers, youth, homeless individuals, seniors, and immigrants).
  • Leverage additional in-kind and financial

Grant duration and range:

Applicants can apply for a grant for a one year grant in the range of $6,000 – $8,000 or a two year grant in the range of $6,000 – $16,000.

Funding Exclusions:

All applicants must meet the general eligibility criteria. FAITHS will not fund capital improvements, grants to individuals, or event sponsorships.

FAITHS grantmaking program application process opens September 7, 2021, with a submission deadline of October 11, 2021.

To submit an application please log into our Grantee Portal.

  • Log in to the Grantee Portal and on the left sidebar, click “Apply Now.” On this page, scroll down to the FAITHS Community Partner Grants section to begin the online application process. If you have any questions about the application, please contact programs[at]sff.org, and for technical issues, email grantsmanagement[at]sff.org.
  • If approved, the grant will begin with a start date of January 1, 2022, for 12 months.
Capacity-Building Trainings and Technical Assistance

In partnership with OCCUR, FAITHS provides capacity building and technical assistance workshops for Bay Area faith- and community-based organizations providing community services and civic engagement programs. These sessions focus on strengthening organizational and program effectiveness. For more information, visit amodelbuiltonfaith.org or contact OCCUR at (510) 839-2440 or info@occurnow.org.

THRIVE! FAITHS Master Class Series

We all talk about being prepared, but how many faith-based and community-based organization leaders set aside the time to do it? The THRIVE! FAITHS Master Class series of training draws on the knowledge of experts in their fields with decades of experience. Sessions will prepare nonprofit and faith-based leaders to navigate key areas critical to more than surviving the season of COVID-19, by preparing for whatever comes next.  It’s time to THRIVE! 

See the 2021 THRIVE! Master Class Series Resources Toolkit.

Watch recordings of the THRIVE! Master Class sessions on our YouTube Channel.

2021 Occur and FAITHS Program Virtual Workshops

These annual workshop series are designed to support faith-based and other non-profit leaders in creating communities of opportunity throughout the Bay Area. The trainings are FREE and equip participants with the skills they need to develop stable organizations, design impactful programs and build passionate teams.  Sessions are presented in workshop settings and small group intensives. Individual coaching sessions are also available.

See the 2021 Calendar for upcoming workshops and to register.

COVID-19 Bi-Weekly Community Response Meetings

FAITHS implemented a bi-weekly meeting to provide timely support, information, and resources to Bay Area faith-based organizations. These meetings have included presentations by SF Mayor’s Office of Housing, Bolder Advocacy training, Federal resources, and Nonprofit Housing Association of NorCal.  We will continue these meetings until we have returned to our ‘new’ normal.

To join and receive the bi-weekly meeting invites for your organization, please email Sayron Stokes at sstokes[at]@sff.org.

Quarterly FAITHS Community Leaders Meetings

FAITHS consists of a diverse representation of the Bay Area’s faith-based community leaders representing 5 counties: San Francisco, Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, and San Mateo. Our quarterly meetings bring leaders together for trainings, information/resource sharing, and community reconnection.

For our community leaders who would like to join and receive the quarterly meeting invites, please email Sayron Stokes at sstokes[at]@sff.org.

Civic Engagement

In partnership with the Interfaith Movement for Human Integrity, FAITHS provides trainings and policy briefings for its grantees and broader network. Through these trainings, faith- and community-based organizations learn how to successfully engage in nonpartisan voter registration, education and policy work that supports the foundation-wide focus on racial and economic equity.