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

Annunciation
Precious Blood
St. John-St. Patrick
St. Lawrence
St. Matthew
St. Matthew
St. Paul on the Lake
Church of the Assumption
Nativity
St. Anselm
St. John the Evangelist
St. Matthew
St. Peter and Paul
St. Thomas More
Region

Mideast
Mideast
Mideast
Mideast
Mideast
Mideast
Mideast
Western
Western
Western
Western
Western
Western
Western
City, State

Evansville, IN
Owensboro, KY
Fort Wayne, IN
Indianapolis, IN
Detroit, MI
Mt. Vernon, IN
Grosse Pointe, MI
San Leandro, CA
Los Angeles, CA
Ross, CA
Encinitas, CA
Phoenix, AZ
San Francisco, CA
Irvine, CA
Award Amount

$2,500.00
$5,000.00
$5,000.00
$5,000.00
$4,500.00
$5,000.00
$5,000.00
$5,000.00
$5,000.00
$5,000.00
$4,995.00
$5,000.00
$2,500.00
$5,000.00

Thank you to an anonymous foundation for providing an additional $44,495 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.