The Dana McLean Greeley Award Grant
The Greeley Grant Award is offered competitively to eligible applicants by the International Association of Religious Freedom (IARF). Applicants must submit an application to the Greeley Award Committee by March 15, 2018, via the form on the IARF website.
Purpose of the Award Grant
The award is given to young adults, and the communities within which they are engaged, to conduct programs of leadership development, human rights education, and engagement in understanding one another’s beliefs within the context of commitment to religious freedom.
Eligibility for Greeley Award Grant
The Greeley Award Grant is open to youth organizations or a network of organizations within the Religious Freedom Youth Network (RFYN) of IARF.
It is also open to groups of young adults, working within the communities in which they are engaged, that are officially affiliated with any of the sponsoring organizations of the 2018 Reimagining Interfaith Conference in Washington, DC, from July 29 to August 1, 2018.
The Grant Awardee is asked to work collegially with IARF to report on the work of the project over a 1-to-3-year period.
Criteria for Evaluating Applications
Priority will be given to those project applications which:
• Creatively supplement or enhance the organization’s mission
• Promote collaboration, such as among organizations, faith traditions, ages, cultures, races
• Include a diverse population and serve the greatest number of participants
• Provide a long-term benefit and/or are replicable
• Shows promise of demonstrable results or plan for evaluating results
Feb. 9 applications open
Mar 22 Applications close
Apr. 4 Greeley Committee recommends winning applicant to IARF Council;
Apr. 11 IARF Council ratifies Greeley Committee recommendation and confirms winner
Jul. 29 Winner is announced at Interfaith Conference
$4000 to $4500; may be divided among 2 to 4 groups.
The Background of the Dana McLean Greeley Award
In 1969, Rev. Greeley [was] a pivotal force in giving the International Association for Religious Freedom (IARF) the name it still carries, and new, committed leadership from both Shinto and Buddhist traditions in Japan. He loved IARF’s heritage, and boldly moved it into its future. The Award was created by the IARF to respond to the intention of the Dana McLean Greeley Foundation for Peace and Justice to honor Rev. Greeley’s memory and life achievements for peace through the gift of a $50,000 endowment to the IARF, announced at a service and celebration held in Concord, MA, on November 5, 2006.
The Founding Purpose: The historical Mission of the Award has been to celebrate the achievements of young adults within a religious and/or interfaith community with a strong commitment to human rights, justice, and peace. The award supports an ongoing or new project of a group, featuring the collaborative engagement of young adults with their community, providing the group with material support. In turn, the group is committed to work with young adults, to develop leaders within the next generation, and to expand understanding of human rights, justice, and interfaith dialog within the context of religious freedom.
Goals of the Award: The primary goals of the award are to support organizations of young adults, and the communities within which they are engaged, to conduct programs of leadership development, human rights education, and engagement in understanding one another’s beliefs within the context of commitment to religious freedom.
The Award (or awards) will be presented at each IARF Congress, currently held at 4-year intervals. They will be celebrated and promoted at a special ceremony, and through publicity within and beyond the IARF.