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JESUITS OF THE CENTRAL AND SOUTHERN PROVINCE
SOCIAL GRANTS GUIDELINES AND APPLICATION – 2019 CYCLE


  1. HISTORY AND PURPOSE.  The Jesuit Social Grants Fund was established by the provincial of the New Orleans Province in the summer of 1983 to encourage practical and personal ways that Jesuits could act on the faith that does justice and enter into greater solidarity with the poor as called for by GC 32. It has been continued by the UCS Province. The specific purposes of the grant are to:
    1. To encourage Jesuit concern for the poor and marginalized people.
    2. To support Jesuit work for social change on behalf of the poor and marginalized people.
    3. To support financially those Jesuits who inaugurate or continue to take responsibility for programs in which they are involved for the benefit of the poor and marginalized people.
    4. To provide financial assistance to social ministry organizations or programs that Jesuits are directly involved in as leaders, volunteers, or staff.

  2. FUNDING PARAMETERS:
    1. No one grant may exceed $6,000. No grant to a Jesuit institutional apostolate with gross revenues in excess of $1,500,000 may exceed $2,000.  (Keep in mind that the entire amount available for grants is $50,000.)
    2. Programs or projects will not ordinarily be funded for a period exceeding five years. Additional funding may be granted beyond the five year limit to cover new developments in an already existing program.
    3. In petitions from Jesuits working in retreat ministry where the proposed grant is intended to facilitate retreats for the poor, specific efforts to recruit poor persons for regular or special retreats should be described, and a method of accounting that shows the application of the grant to the specific costs of the target group or program must be used and reported on.
    4. Only one project per Jesuit work can be funded.

  3. ADMINISTRATION AND ACCOUNTABILITY.
    1. Social grants will be awarded in May 2019; payments will be made in June 2019.
    2. The Province expects to receive a report on the use of the social grant at the completion of the program/project or at least annually.
    3. Additional grants will not be allowed if grant utilization reports are not filed. These reports are to be sent to the Social Ministries Assistant of the Province.
    4. Grants will not be paid to individuals; they must be paid to Jesuit works or communities.

  4. APPLICATION.
    1. All applications must be received by March 30, 2019.
    2. Each application should be approved and signed by the Jesuit who will use or benefit from the grant.
    3. Applications may be mailed, filed electronically (as attachments to e-mails), or faxed to the Social Ministries Assistant:
      Mary Baudouin
      Jesuits of the UCS Province
      6220 LaSalle Place
      New Orleans, LA 70118-6236
      email: mbaudouin@jesuits.org
      fax: (504) 866-3391.
    4. Applicants may re-create the application on their own computer for ease of completion and submission.

  5. CRITERIA FOR CHOOSING PROPOSALS TO BE FUNDED:
    1. There is direct involvement of a Jesuit in the program or project.
    2. The project involves accompaniment or advocacy with poor or marginalized people or systemic change that benefits them.
    3. The Jesuit or organization involved does not have sufficient financial resources for the particular project for which they are requeting funding.
    4. The grant adds demonstrated value to the people being served or project.

  6. EXAMPLES OF FUNDABLE PROJECTS:
    1. Funding for a prison chaplain to purchase bibles for distribution to inmates or mass supplies for liturgies in prison.
    2. Subsidies for undocumented or low income people to attend Ignatian retreats at one of our retreat houses.
    3. Travel expenses for bringing a group of law students to a detention center for know your rights presentations and legal counseling if the Jesuit is going on most of these visits.
    4. General support for a social services center where a Jesuit is working or volunteering.
    5. General support for a summer enrichment program at one of our high schools for low-income students if a Jesuit regent or scholastic is teaching in the program.
    6. Projects that promote dialogue on racial or religious diversity in a UCS work.

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