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

Our Mother of Mercy
Queen of Angels
St. Joseph
St. Joseph
St. Louis King of France
St. Mary
St. Theresa
Blessed Sacrament
Holy Rosary
Our Lady of the Angels
Our Lady of the Valley
St. Jerome
Transfiguration
 
Region

South Central
South Central
South Central
South Central
South Central
South Central
South Central
Western
Western
Western
Western
Western
Western
 
City, State

Fort Worth, TX
Spicewood, TX
Norman, OK
Manor, TX
Austin, TX
Wimberly, TX
Austin, TX
Hollywood, CA
Seattle, WA
Los Angeles, CA
Caldwell, ID
Phoenix, AZ
Castro Valley, CA
 
Award Amount

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

We received 66 grant proposals totaling $326,183. Grant awards for this round total $50,000. Thank you to an anonymous foundation for providing an additional $30,000 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.