Frequently Asked Questions

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.

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 Our Sunday Visitor – not “To Whom it May Concern”

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

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

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

Not at this time.

September 15 deadline – November

December 15 deadline – March

April 15 deadline – July or August

Depending on application could be sooner. These are estimates.

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.

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.

Not necessarily. The staff first reviews your application to ensure you have all necessary documents and information. Our grant administrator then does due dilegence, 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 signicant change.

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