1. Funding requests for more than $15,000 will not be considered.

2. Funds are not granted to address needs internal to a particular congregation, such as:

  1. Formation programs, including both initial and ongoing programs
  2. Support of retired sisters
  3. Operation of a novitiate, motherhouse or retirement center
  4. Convent (sisters’ living quarters) construction or repairs
  5. Formal education of sisters

3. Funds are not granted for the following purposes:

  1. Construction
  2. Renovation costs that exceed $15,000
  3. Purchase of vehicles (with the exception of motorbikes and ambulances, funding contribution not to exceed $15,000)
  4. Salaries (including sisters’ stipends, salaries of employees of the organization and/or project)

4. Funds are not granted to the following kinds of organizations or projects:

  1. Retreat centers
  2. Programs and schools that belong to dioceses or parishes in the United States or other countries with a Ranking of Very High or High (an index of greater than .7) on the United Nations Human Development Index.
  3. Well-established projects with large operating budgets (more than $2,000,000)
  4. Payment of tuition or school fees of specific students
  5. Repayment of incurred debts
  6. Contributions to endowments or capital campaigns
  7. Purchase of land or buildings

5. Limitations on grants:

  1. Grants are awarded for a period of ONE FULL YEAR. An organization is not eligible to begin the process of submitting a new proposal unless or until all documentation for a previous grant has been submitted and reviewed, and the Sister-in-Charge has been informed that the file has been closed.
  2. An organization is eligible to receive no more than 3 grants within a period of 10 years. A subsequent application may not be submitted until after the completion of the 10th year.
  3. Grants are limited to one per congregation per country for each docket cycle.

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 such as FADICA  (Foundations and Donors Interested in Catholic Activities) and Mission Project Service. 



Foundations and Donors Interested in Catholic Activities “has grown to be a foremost philanthropic organization, resource and catalyst serving a vital Catholic Church.”  To help you save time, you may purchase The Catholic Funding Guide from FADICA, which allows you to access the latest information on funders interested in Catholic projects and institutions.   Visit their website for more details at www.catholicfundingguide.com/main



“Mission Project Service is a Catholic missionary capacity-building platform that increases the skills and effectiveness of missionaries seeking funding for their projects.” For more details, please visit their website at missionprojectservice.org.

Before you apply for a grant, please make sure you have reviewed our GUIDELINES FOR FUNDING.