The Sisters of Providence Poverty Justice Fund grants benefit a wide spectrum of people. As the year progresses, we will share with you some information about those organizations awarded grants this year.
Partners in Mission – A message from Sister Donna Butler
The Poverty Justice Fund, created in 1999, has partnered with more than 100 organizations to assist the Sisters of Providence in their efforts to promote social justice and the integrity of Earth.
There are many direct service organizations that help people, but this fund is aimed at systemic changes that promote human dignity and the integrity of all creation.
The fund allows us to partner with others who are doing good work in an effort to create a more just and sustainable future.
In the words of our foundress, Saint Mother Theodore Guerin, “We are not called upon to do all the good work that is possible, but only that which we can do.”
Those interested in applying may do so here. Applications for the 2016-17 fiscal year are due June 1, 2017. Those applying will be directed to an application by accessing the web page
Poverty and Justice Fund
The purpose of this fund is to assist in the efforts of the Sisters of Providence to promote social justice* and the integrity of the earth. It welcomes proposals from national and international groups who organize, educate and advocate for one or more of the social justice issues of the Congregation. In the words of our foundress, St. Mother Theodore Guerin, “We are not called upon to do all the good work that is possible, but only that which we can do.” This Fund allows us to partner with others who are doing good work in an effort that together we can create a more just and sustainable future. The grants are modest and are meant to be seed money for not-for-profit systemic change groups with limited access to other funding. (See a list of the 2015-16 recipients.)
*Social justice is the condition in which the structures of society enable persons individually and collectively to have what they need for life with dignity, and which promotes ecological sustainability.
How to apply
Applications for the 2016-17 fiscal year are due June 1, 2017. Download the application here: Poverty and Justice Fund Application Form 2017.
Criteria for funding
Contributions from the Poverty and Justice Fund related to Congregational level funding will be given to national and international groups who:
- Address one or more of the Congregational social justice focus issues: women in church/society, eco-justice, racism, nonviolent strategies for peace and disarmament, public/low income housing, immigrant rights, Latin America, Asia and China concerns.
- Are known by a Sister of Providence.
- Are not-for-profit organizations working for systemic change.
- Have limited access or availability to other funding sources.
Guidelines for application
National and international grants
- Application forms from groups requesting funds must be received on or before June 1st of each year.
- Grants ordinarily will not exceed $1,500.
- Application forms are available from any Sister of Providence or from the Poverty and Justice Fund Office c/o Vicki Layton. (See address below.)
- 4 copies of the application form must be submitted.
- All applicants will receive a response to their request following the committee’s decisions in late spring/early summer.
- Smaller time-sensitive grants for local/regional groups are considered as they are received.
- Grants ordinarily will not exceed $500.
- Requests for time-sensitive grants should be submitted to the 8th Day SP Staff Liason, Sister Kathleen Desautels, e-mail Kathleen8@gmail.com, phone 312-641-5151 or 773-235-6202.
- Grantees will receive a response as quickly as possible after the requests have been processed.
For more information
Contact Vicki Layton, Administration Building, 1 Sisters of Providence, Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, IN 47876. Phone: 812-535-2862. Fax: 812-535-1011.