Unfortunately, OSV Institute has decided to suspend unsolicited grants for the remainder of calendar year 2020. 

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UNDERSTANDING THE VISION BEHIND OUR GRANTS

True to the vision of our founder, Archbishop John Francis Noll, the money made from OSV is not only reinvested in the Church, but intentionally appropriated to causes that will make the most impact. We have strategically chosen areas that better reflect the realities of the Church today to bring young people home, engage the growing Hispanic population and educate our families to benefit generations to come.

The Church is changing—and so is the way we approach our reinvestment in Catholic programs. OSV Institute seeks to serve the Church by supporting and encouraging innovative and effective Church-related programs and activities that help Catholics of diverse ethnicities, ages and stages of life come closer to Christ, including focusing on supporting our initiatives of Re-Captivating Millennials, Hispanic Experience and Supporting Parents.

THE GRANT PROCESS

Our mission is the same as it was 100 years ago: “to serve the church.” The difference now is that we’ve strategically shifted our focus to address and better respond to the realities facing the Church today. OSV Institute grants are specifically targeted toward innovative organizations and programs that support the reengagement of Millennials, the Hispanic Catholic community, and faith-filled parenting in order to better invest in the future of the Church.

HOW TO APPLY

Create an account in the OSV Institute grant portal

In order to be considered for funding, the first step is to introduce yourself and tell us about your organization. Once in the portal, create an account by entering the most accurate information possible (profiles may not be edited after submission). After you’ve logged into your account, complete the eligibility quiz, which will will help OSVI determine your candidacy prior to applying. (You will receive a response about your eligibility within two business days.)

Fill out the grant application

Once your organization is deemed eligible, log into your account and complete the application for the OSVI initiative that most closely represents your organization, paying special attention to grant cycle deadlines. If your program falls into multiple initiative categories, please submit your application in the closest upcoming cycle.

Get approved!

The committee will review your application within the timelines outlined in the grant cycles below. You will be notified by the committee upon approval.

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WHAT WE FUND

  • Innovative
  • Growth focused
  • Nationally scalable
  • Measuring for impact (outcomes over outputs)
  • Catholic
  • Official Catholic Directory
  • Intentional in meeting funding criteria
  • Projects that leverage funding
  • Nonprofits

WHAT WE DON’T FUND

  • Events/Conferences
  • Ongoing Staff Salaries
  • Programs and projects for sole benefit of the applicant
  • Ordinary operating expenses
  • Capital Campaigns
  • Funds to send participants to a conference
  • Funds for organization to be a “sponsor” at an event

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

WHY DID OSV INSTITUTE DECIDE TO SUSPEND UNSOLICITED GRANTS FOR THE REMAINDER OF 2020?

With a downturn in overall activity at OSV due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the OSV Board and Institute Committee have decided to suspend funding for the remainder of calendar year 2020.

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WHAT IF WE SUBMITTED A LETTER OF SUPPORT FROM OUR BISHOP WITH OUR APPLICATION LAST YEAR?

We must have a letter from your bishop specifically endorsing and supporting the particular project for which you’re applying for funding. It must be addressed to OSV Institute – not “To Whom it May Concern”

HOW DO WE APPLY FOR LISTING IN THE OFFICIAL CATHOLIC DIRECTORY?

Each diocese has different requirements. Contact the Chancellor of your diocese for specific instructions.

Download the guide to apply

WHAT IF WE’RE NOT LISTED IN THE OFFICIAL CATHOLIC DIRECTORY?

It’s a requirement of OSV Institute that all applicants be listed. If not listed, we will accept proof of application for listing from your diocese.

WILL OSV ACCEPT A 990 FILING IN LIEU OF A FINANCIAL STATEMENT?

Only if a current (within one year) financial statement (balance sheet and profit & loss statement) is not available.

IS THERE AN APPLICATION FOR SMALLER GRANTS?

No, not at this time.

WHEN DO WE FIND OUT IF WE ARE FUNDED?

September 15 deadline – November

December 15 deadline – March

April 15 deadline – July or August

Depending on application could be sooner. These are estimates.

DO YOU FUND EVENTS/CONFERENCES?

Not typically. Our normal policy is that we do not fund events/conference because it is so hard to measure impact. We have made exceptions for national events or for events/conferences that use technology to measure learning. Too often people give an output measurement when doing an event by which they report the number in attendance. We believe that an event should and could still measure impact by doing pre, during, and post evaluations.

DO YOU FUND STAFF POSITIONS?

As a typical rule we shy away from funding capacity building grants if it is staff salaries. Exceptions have been made for strong sustainable plans.

WILL MY GRANT BE REVIEWED BY THE INSTITUTE REVIEW COMMITTEE?

Not necessarily. The staff first reviews your application to ensure you have all necessary documents and information. Our grant administrator then does due diligence, potentially asking more clarifying questions, and makes a recommendation to the President of the Institute. At that point, a decision is made whether to send the application on to the review committee, or in some circumstances to approve on the spot depending on the funding request. Additionally, it can be declined without ever going to the review committee. We reserve the right to decline an application for any reason, some examples might include—if the application does not meet basic criteria, does not fit into our strategic priorities, is focused on an event, is geared towards operational or staff funding, or if the application is deemed to not have significant enough impact that could be scaled into a national program or duplicated in another location, or it is deemed the idea not innovative enough to bring significant change.


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