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Applicant Requirements


  • Designated 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization

  • Operating in the Province of St. Louise where Daughters of Charity have an active presence

  • Recognized members of the Vincentian family (e.g. Daughters of Charity, Congregation of the Mission, Ladies of Charity, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, etc.)

  • 501(c)(3) organizations listed in the Official Catholic Directory (OCD)

  • Other 501(c)(3) organizations, not listed in the OCD, must show clear evidence that they operate and will continue to operate in accord with the moral teachings of the Catholic Church (see FAQ for more information) and provide service to those living in poverty with the spirit and values of the Daughters of Charity and other members of the Vincentian family

What We Fund


Grants will be awarded on the following criteria:


  • Qualitative and/or quantitative goals and objectives are set and are capable of being measured to evaluate programs

  • Collaboration and community involvement/support is exhibited 

  • Other funding sources are available for the program (organizations should not request 100% of the program cost)

  • Construction/renovation projects are needed to further the mission of the organization and will increase the capacity of the organization to serve the poor (funding will not be awarded for more than 25% of the total cost of the new construction/renovation)

  • Organization providing Systemic Change


See MMI grant programs below.


What We DO NOT Fund


  • Grant funds are not available for capital campaigns, galas or events, debt reduction, or private individuals

NEW Funding Policy

  • The Daughters of Charity intends this funding policy to empower MMI to direct timely mission-critical funding most effectively to improve access to services for persons living on the margins.  This document provides information for Mission Grants - limiting the amount of funding an organization can receive from MMI over the lifetime of the organization, as well as identifies the number of years an organization may receive funding before a required period of no funding.


Mission Grants are usually large grants to provide funds for general operating costs or to start-up programs/projects. All requests must describe the organization’s role in systemic change and plans for long-term sustainability ... read more 


Ministry Grants are available to assist a Daughter of Charity in her ministry. The Sister must be actively involved with the project. Actively involved is defined as being an employee of the organization working on the project or a volunteer integral to the project ... read more


Training/Capacity Building Grants are available to help build the capacity of the ministry or organization to thrive and grow (generally for fundraising, board development, strategic planning, etc.). Funds are also available for the organization to ... read more

Available to Daughters of Charity only. Emergency Grants provide an opportunity for Sisters of the Province of St. Louise to request monies from Mission and Ministry for person(s) facing a serious situation which comes up suddenly and unexpectedly, demanding immediate attention ... read more

PROACTIVE GRANTS - organizations must be invited to apply

Provincial Priority Grants

As one of MMI’s Strategic Plan Goals, Proactive Grants are available to support a work or program that closely aligns with a designated Provincial Priority. Because Proactive Grants are directed by the Provincial Council, the grant program does not require a separate endorsement by a Daughter of Charity. The Provincial Council, together with MMI, establishes goals to be accomplished, the total funding available, and the timeframe over which funds are to be distributed. To date, focus areas have included Immigration, Strengthening Black Catholic Churches, and Workforce Development. Read more about the Workforce Development Grant Program here. Future proposed focus areas include Catholic Education, Criminal Justice Reformation, and Early Childhood Education.


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