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FOP Grants

Friends of the Poor® Grant Program Guidelines

Since 2008, the Friends of the Poor® Grant Program has allowed the National Council of the United States, Society of St. Vincent de Paul, to help local Conferences and District Councils provide emergency service to the poor, beyond their available resources. Through a simple application process, Conferences and Councils can apply for up to $5,000 for specific needs in their communities.

Who Can Apply?

  • Aggregated SVdP Conferences in good standing
  • Instituted SVdP District Councils in good standing (Diocesan Councils are not eligible)
  • Applicants must have 501(c)(3) status with the IRS

For questions on aggregation or institution, please contact Julie Witzel. For questions regarding 501(c)(3) options, please contact Sherry Brown.

What Can Grant Funds Be Used For?

  • Rental/housing assistance
  • Utility assistance
  • Food/clothing assistance
  • Medical assistance
  • Transportation assistance
  • Baby/children needs

Grant funds cannot be used for Twinning, Extension, building projects, or any purpose other than those identified above.

Grant Awards and Reporting Requirements

  • Grant awards may vary from the application amount, but will not exceed $5,000
  • Any funds awarded must be fully utilized within six months
  • A grant report must be submitted within six months, using the National Council Grant Reporting Form. A detailed financial accounting of all grant funds, impact numbers, and a success story are required.

Friends of the Poor® Grant Application Submission Dates

  • North Central, Southeast, Mid-Atlantic Regions: January 1 – 15 (awards announced on April 30)
  • Mideast, Midwest, Mountain Regions: May 1 – 15 (awards announced on August 30)
  • Western, South Central, Northeast Regions: September 1 – 15 (awards announced on December 30)

Grant applications will only be accepted during the submission period dates. No early or late application will be considered.

Click here to download the grant application. As of August 1, 2022, there is one application for both Conferences and Councils!

Click here to download the grant reporting form

If you have questions or need assistance, please contact grants@svdpusa.org, or Gerri Sample at gsample@svdpusa.org or 314-576-3993, ext. 212

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