Guidelines for Funding


The Conrad N. Hilton Fund for Sisters (HFS) has 3 grant cycles. Deadlines for applications each year are:

  • February 1
  • June 1
  • October 1

Grants will be awarded approximately 5 months after each deadline.

Eligible Projects

Despite great need, HFS is not able to fund all requests. Only projects where vowed women religious of the Roman Catholic Church minister are eligible to receive funding.  The criteria for a Sister’s level of involvement in a project are as follows:


A.   The project is staffed full-time by at least one vowed member of a women’s religious congregation that is officially recognized by the Roman Catholic Church. She must work a minimum of 30 hours per week and be willing to act as the designated Sister-in-Charge.


B.  There is significant involvement in the project by two or more vowed members of a women’s religious congregation that is officially recognized by the Roman Catholic Church, contributing a total of a minimum of 30 hours per week.


C.   If A or B is not met, and the project is that of a ministry begun by a women’s religious congregation that is officially recognized by the Roman Catholic Church, it may be considered. In her letter of support, the superior will need to attest to the congregation’s continued governance and oversight of the project and describe the level of the congregation’s current involvement in the organization/project.

The letter of support for the application process requires that the recommending superior furnish the bank account information for receipt of the funds.  The funds must be disbursed to the congregation on behalf of the ministry (see Checklist of Required Documents Page).


Funding Priorities

The Conrad N. Hilton Fund for Sisters has prioritized projects as follows:

International Projects (outside the  US):
  • women and children
  • education/communications
  • healthcare/HIV
  • clean water/food and agriculture
  • immigration/refugee services
  • anti-trafficking
 Domestic Projects (inside the US):
  • women and children
  • literacy
  • homelessness
  • immigration/refugee services
  • anti-trafficking
The Hilton Fund for Sisters encourages grant applications that reflect these emerging priorities:
  • alternative energy/communication infrastructure
  • environmental issues affecting quality of life
Leadership Conference

In addition to the priorities above, national and regional leadership conferences of women religious in the developing world are eligible to receive grants to help facilitate inter-congregational communication and collaboration, including grants to equip and operate a secretariat and to develop and implement inter-congregational education, leadership and capacity-building programs.

If your project does not satisfy our requirements, we encourage you to search the web and other sources to find funding agencies.  Many agencies fund Catholic Sisters and Catholic ministries.  To help you save time, you may purchase The Catholic Funding Guide from FADICA (Foundations and Donors Interested in Catholic Activities).  This  allows you to access the latest information on funders interested in Catholic projects and institutions.   Visit their website for more details at

Before you apply for a grant, please make sure to review our RESTRICTIONS.