In keeping with our BVM mission, the community directs a portion of its financial resources toward external ministries. We fund BVM sisters and others who engage in the work of “helping others enjoy freedom in God’s steadfast love.” To this end, we support a variety of projects and organizations with grants that:
- empower persons living in poverty;
- transform structures;
- have global impact;
- foster nonviolence;
- further right relationship with all creation;
- are collaborative and participative; and
- enable BVMs to continue in ministries which incorporate these goals.
Grants and Scholarships
Ministry Partnership Grants give financial assistance to projects and organizations with which BVMs or BVM associates have current firsthand knowledge of the project or ministry. The grants provide a means of BVM outreach to others according to our vision and values.
The Hunger Fund assists projects outside the United States that work for systemic change, alleviate hunger, or provide clean water security, especially where women and children benefit. Hunger Fund monies usually go abroad through U.S. religious communities that have members working in other countries.
The Margaret Mann Fund and Local Needs Fund allow individual BVMs to obtain small cash grants for people in need of emergency assistance. Requests are made for help with expenses like rent, utilities, car repair, food, clothing, shelter, medical needs, or funerals.
The Mary Frances Clarke Scholarships for Women enable minority and/or economically poor women—18 years and older who demonstrate BVM values—to continue their education through GED, continuing education, or degree programs. A BVM or BVM associate must recommend a woman for this scholarship. Scholarships are given to women in the United States and abroad.
Volunteer Immersion Grants provide partial funding for non-BVM participants who want to share in the BVM mission where the monetary cost cannot be fully funded by the participant. This might include service, immersion, and advocacy experiences consistent with BVM core values.
Congregational Stance Grants provide up to $500 for actions initiated by BVMs or BVM associates, most often in collaboration with other groups, that support a stance affirmed by the congregation. BVMs have taken the following corporate stands: Anti-Death Penalty, Comprehensive Immigration Reform, Nonviolence, and Anti-Human Trafficking. This grant assists with costs related to the implementation of a congregational stance, e.g., media advertising, speakers, or gathering space fees.