Policy Regarding the Use of Federal Funds for Religious Activities
A. Grant funds shall not be used to support inherently religious activities,
such as worship, religious instruction, or proselytization.
B. Grant funds
shall not be used
to purchase religious materials or pay for the supervisory,
administrative, labor, or other costs of construction, maintenance, or repair of
buildings that are used primarily as houses of worship or primarily for
inherently religious activities.
C. Grantee’s officers, employees, and
volunteers shall not pressure or coerce any beneficiary of or participant in the
funded program to attend or participate in any inherently religious activities.
D. If the grantee offers or engages in inherently religious activities, the
activities must occur separately in time or location from the funded program,
must be voluntary, and must occur in a manner that protects beneficiaries of and
participants in the funded program from any pressure or coercion to take part in
E. The grantee shall keep the grant funds separate from any
funds used to support inherently religious activities, and shall maintain
separate financial records for the account that contains the grant funds.
In identifying or admitting beneficiaries of or participants in the funded
program, and in rendering assistance to beneficiaries of and participants in the
funded program, the grantee must not discriminate against or among beneficiaries
or participants based on religion, a religious belief, a refusal to express or
hold a religious belief, or a refusal to attend or participate in an inherently
G. If your agency contracts or subgrants any portion of
the grant funds to a third-party contractor or subgrantee the requirements shown
above must be included in the third-party contract or subgrant terms, and your
agency must agree to monitor the contractor’s or subgrantee’s compliance with
those requirements as follows:
i. Conducting site visits (unannounced when
reasonable), as reasonably necessary in response to complaints alleging
violations of the terms of items A through F above or on your own initiative
where there exists reasonable cause to believe that a violation has occurred.
ii. Annual reviews of fiscal reports submitted by the subgrantee/contractor
that relate to the grant funds; further review of financial and/or accounting
records maintained by the subgrantee/contractor as reasonably necessary in
response to complaints alleging violations of the terms of items A through F
above or where there exists reasonable cause to believe that a violation has
occurred; and imposition, upon receipt of a complaint or other reasonable cause,
of such additional reporting requirements upon the subgrantee/contractor as may
be reasonably necessary in order to determine whether a violation of the terms
of items A through F has occurred or to prevent future violations.
Preparation of written reports documenting each visit referenced in item G
iv. Such other measures as may be required by applicable law and