Friends of the Poor ® Grants

Friends of the Poor® is an original SVdPUSA program to provide direct service to the poor in the United States, coordinated by the National Council through the national volunteer network of SVdP Conferences and Councils. The purpose of the Friends of the Poor® Fund is to raise significant amounts from the general public for direct service to the U.S. poor, through the wide variety interventions of the 100,000+ volunteer members of the Society nationwide.
Information on applying for a Grant can be found in the Grant Guidelines and Schedules document below.


Recent Grant Recipients

Conference/Council Name

District Council of Marinette
Resurrection/Holy Spirit
St. John Paul II
St. Joseph
St. Margaret of Scotland
St. Mary
St. Mary/Christ the Teacher
St. Peter
Holy Infant of Prague
St. Barnabas
St. Margaret Mary
St. Marguerite de Youville
St. Michael
St. Michael
St. Paul
 
Region

North Central
North Central
North Central
North Central
North Central
North Central
North Central
North Central
Southeast
Southeast
Southeast
Southeast
Southeast
Southeast
Southeast
 
City, State

Marinette, WI
Menominee, MI
Minot, ND
Marinette, WI
Chicago, IL
Evanston, IL
DeKalb, IL
Spring Grove, IL
Trussville, AL
Arden, NC
Swannanoa, NC
Lawrenceville, GA
Gainesville, GA
Murrells Inlet, SC
St. Petersburg, FL
 
Purpose

Food for pantry
Fresh food vouchers
Rent and utility assistance
Transportation assistance
Housing, utility, transportation assistance
Rent assistance
Rent assistance
Rent and utility assistance, automobile repairs
Rent, utility and food assistance
Food assistance
Rent and utility assistance, automobile repairs
Rent and utility assistance
Utility assistance
Rent and utility assistance
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Award Amount

$2,000.00
$4,650.00
$5,000.00
$4,250.00
$5,000.00
$5,000.00
$5,000.00
$5,000.00
$5,000.00
$5,000.00
$5,000.00
$5,000.00
$5,000.00
$5,000.00
$5,000.00
 

We received 45 grant proposals totaling $220,900. Grant awards for this round total $70,900. Thank you to an anonymous foundation for providing an additional $37,500 in grant funding.

Through a standardized, simple application process, SVdP Conferences can apply for up to a $5,000 grant from the National Council’s Friends of the Poor® Fund. The total Friends of the Poor® Program budget is normally limited to the amount raised and/or approved by the National Council budget process. Individual grant award amounts may vary from the application amount, but will NOT exceed $5,000.

Grants are targeted to specific, current needs of the poor, above and beyond available conference resources. Preferred interest areas are: systemic change, rental/housing assistance, utility assistance, food, clothing, transportation, baby/children needs and medical.

Systemic Change is a new area of interest.



Hispanic-Latino Grow & Revitalize Grant Awards – March 2019

The National Council of the United States Society of St. Vincent de Paul was awarded a grant from an anonymous foundation for the purpose of starting or revitalizing Hispanic/Latino SVdP Conferences.

The National Council of SVdP, through its Hispanic/Latino Task Force (HLTF) has awarded the following grants to District Councils establishing new Conferences, and to Conferences for their revitalization and recruitment of new Hispanic/Latino members and leaders.

Conference Name

ADCC of Chicago
ADCC of Galveston-Houston
Annunciation of the Lord Conference
Corpus Christi
Cristo Rey Conference
District Council of Arlington
District Council of Contra Costa County
District Council of Manhattan
District Council of Seattle/King County
District Council of Tacoma Pierce County
Holy Redeemer Conference
Immaculate Conception Conference
Metro District Council
Mission District Council
Most Holy Redeemer Conference
Our Lady of Loretto Conference
Our Lady of the Valley Conference
Sacred Heart Conference
Sacred Heart Conference
St. Christopher/St. Thomas Aquinas Conference
St. Damien of Molokai Conference
St. Didacus Conference
St. Elizabeth Conference
St. Ignatius of Loyola Conference
St. Joseph Conference
St. Joseph the Worker Conference
St. Kilian Conference
St. Mary’s Conference
St. Patrick Conference
St. Patrick Conference
St. Peter Martyr Conference
St. Peter the Apostle Conference
St. Rose of Lima Conference
St. Therese Conference
 
Region

North Central
South Central
Southeast
Northeast
South Central
Eastern
Western
Northeast
Western
Western
Mideast
Northeast
South Central
South Central
Northeast
Northeast
Western
Western
Eastern
Mideast
Mideast
Western
Western
Western
South Central
Western
Northeast
Northeast
Western
Western
Western
South Central
Midwest
North Central
 
City, State

Blue Island, IL
Houston, TX
Decatur, AL
Mineola, NY
Beaumont, TX
Herndon, VA
Pittsburg, CA
New York, NY
Seattle, WA
Tacoma, WA
Detroit, MI
New York, NY
Midwest City, OK
San Antonio, TX
New York, NY
Hempstead, NY
Canoga Park, CA
Planada, CA
Richmond, VA
Detroit, MI
Pontiac, MI
Sylmar, CA
Van Nuys, VA
Los Angeles, CA
Killeen, TX
La Mesa, CA
Farmingdale, NY
New York, NY
Pasco, WA
North Hollywood, CA
Pittsburg, CA
Austin, TX
Denver, CO
Appleton, WI
 
Award Amount

$5,000.00
$5,000.00
$5,000.00
$5,000.00
$5,000.00
$10,000.00
$10,000.00
$10,000.00
$10,000.00
$5,000.00
$5,000.00
$5,000.00
$5,000.00
$10,000.00
$3,084
$5,000.00
$5,000.00
$5,000.00
$5,000.00
$5,000.00
$5,000.00
$5,000.00
$5,000.00
$5,000.00
$5,000.00
$5,000.00
$5,000.00
$4,675.00
$2,000.00
$5,000.00
$4,998.00
$5,000.00
$5,000.00
$5,000.00