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.


Grant Application and Guidelines

Recent Grant Recipients

Conference Name

Holy Child
Our Lady of Grace
Sacred Heart
St. Ambrose
St. John Bosco
St. John the Apostle
St. Katherine Drexel
St. Michael Archangel
Jesus Saviour
Our Lady Queen of Martyrs
Sacred Heart
St. James
St. John Chrysotom
St. Jude
St. Mary
 
Region

Eastern
Eastern
Eastern
Eastern
Eastern
Eastern
Eastern
Eastern
Northeast
Northeast
Northeast
Northeast
Northeast
Northeast
Northeast
 
City, State

Wilmington, DE
Emmitsburg, MD
Lewistown, PA
Cheverly, MD
Hatboro, PA
Milford, DE
Egg Harbor Twp, NJ
Glen Allen, CA
Newport, RI
Centerport, NY
Roslindale, MA
Haverhill, MA
West Roxbury, MA
Mastic Beach, NY
Poughkeepsie, NY
 
Award Amount

$2,000.00
$3,000.00
$5,000.00
$5,000.00
$5,000.00
$5,000.00
$5,000.00
$5,000.00
$5,000.00
$4,000.00
$5,000.00
$5,000.00
$5,000.00
$5,000.00
$5,000.00
 

We received 48 grant proposals totaling $233,900. Grant awards for this round total $69,000. Thank you to an anonymous foundation for providing an additional $49,000 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.