Yes, religious or faith-based organizations may be CoC- and ESG-funded. Neither the federal government, state or local government receiving funds under the CoC or ESG programs may discriminate against an organization on the basis of the organization’s religious character or affiliation.
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Faith-based organizations receiving funding through the CoC or ESG programs may use such funds without impairing their independence, autonomy, expression of religious beliefs, or religious character. Such an organization may continue to carry out its mission, including definition, development, practice, and expression of religious belief, so long as it does not use direct program funds to support or engage in explicitly religious activities such as worship, religious instruction, or proselytization.
Any religious organization that receives CoC or ESG Program funds as a recipient or subrecipient: