About the Initiative


Investing in the Church

In the U.S. alone, there are more than 56 million religiously unaffiliated adults—31% of whom even describe themselves as “atheists” or “agnostics.” Born from a culture of instant gratification and resistance to religion, young people are not only moving away from the church, they’re becoming more apathetic to faith at all. But if young people are the future of the Church, how can we continue its mission with fewer and fewer numbers? It’s time to invest in Millennials and call them home to practice, reconnect with Christ, and build a new generation of followers.

Re-Captivating Millennials


Over 80% of Young People Leave the Faith by the Time They Turn 21.

What we are doing


Calling Them Home

Through the OSV Institute grant program, we’re committed to supporting Millennial-focused organizations that:

  • Develop new models of reaching the religiously unaffiliated.
  • Build partnerships to spread national awareness.
  • Prevent more young people from becoming secularized.
  • Help parishes take a missionary approach to welcoming and engaging new people.

According to Pew Research Center, about 25% of U.S. adults say they’re “spiritual,” but not religious. In addition, a growing share of Americans say it’s not necessary to believe in God to be moral.

Getting after the ‘nones’ should be priority number one—find them, bring them back, engage them, answer their questions. We’re losing young people in droves, and we need to get them back.

Apply for a Grant

The grant committee accepts applications at different times throughout the year depending on each initiative. Applications can be submitted by creating an account, determining eligibility and filling out the form in the grantee portal. Click below to review deadlines for each initiative cycle and learn more about the grant application process.