Wisdom Grant Fund

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Historically the Daughters of Wisdom have always focused on major areas of injustice in our nation and worldwide, especially as they impact women, children, the marginalized and the environment. With a long history of ministries in education, healthcare, social justice, environmental conservation, pastoral and spiritual care, the Daughters have gone from the early years of establishing institutions and staffing them to working in unison with dedicated partners, colleagues and collaborators in local or state-wide organizations.

The Daughters of Wisdom’s Mission Grant Committee chaired by Sr. Lucy Clynes, DW, includes committee members Sr. Ann Gray, DW, Sr. Patricia Pelletier, DW, Sr. Marie Sopr, DW and Sr. Edith Menengus, OSU. The Wisdom Grant Fund awards up to $15,000 and allows for two consecutive years of funding for ministries that are consistent with the objectives of addressing injustice, violence, poverty, and oppression, especially among women and children. The application period begins in March, closes in May, and grants are awarded in the fall by the Provincial Council. To be eligible for grants, applicants must be working in ministry with a Sister or have the endorsement of a Daughter of Wisdom.

Established in October 2012

In October 2012 the Daughters of Wisdom Mission Grant was established at a Provincial Chapter meeting. Through a vote of the membership it was decided that a yearly fund would be to set aside and granted to applicants for projects that are consistent with the mission of the Daughters of Wisdom. Since then, grants have been awarded to a variety of compatible groups and organizations that provide community services that keep alive and continue the rich legacy of the Daughters' 300 years of mission in the United States and abroad. Past grants have been awarded to fund a home health care initiative, to educate adolescent girls about human trafficking, to run a parent/child learning program for families experiencing difficult socio-economic situations, to support a day drop-in center that provides a safe place that supports and empowers women, to an organization that works for more just immigration policies, and to seed the development of independent businesses started by women in an effort to work their way out of poverty.

Grant Pre-Application Period

Pre-Applications accepted March - May

The Wisdom Grant Fund awards up to $15,000 and allows for two consecutive years of funding for collaborative ministries that are consistent with the objectives of addressing injustice, violence, poverty and oppression, especially among women and children. The application period begins in March, closes in May, and grants are awarded in the fall by the Provincial Council. To be eligible, applicants must be working in ministry with a Sister or have the endorsement of a Daughter of Wisdom.

Applying for a Daughters of Wisdom Grant is a two-step process consisting of a pre-grant application followed by a formal grant application.

Daughters of Wisdom Award $100,000 in 2018 Mission Fund Grants

Advocacy, Community Integration, Education and the Arts were all covered in this year's Mission Grants. Congratulations to the recipients: