“Charity is certainly
greater than any rule.
Moreover, all rules
lead to charity.”

St. Vincent de Paul




Funding Priorities

Priority funding consideration is given to the following organizations:

1. Nonprofit organizations where Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati serve as staff, board or committee members, or as volunteers.
2. Nonprofit organizations with national, regional, or local efforts whose missions are congruent with the mission of the Sisters of Charity.

The Foundation considers grant requests from organizations demonstrating good stewardship, measurable outcomes and impact in areas of particular concern including education, healthcare, social services and empowerment of women in today’s world. Examples of issues recently supported by grants include:

  • Care for Creation
  • Immigration Reform
  • Abolishment of the Death Penalty
  • Abolishment of Human Trafficking
  • Community Redevelopment of Price Hill, Cincinnati


Eligibility Requirements

Organizations must meet our Funding Priorities outlined above, as well as our Eligibility Requirements, and Limitations in order to be considered for funding. See details below. 

  • Funding is restricted to organizations who can provide evidence of their tax exempt status  under Section 501(c)3 of the IRS code.
  • The mission, programs and services of the organization requesting funds must be consistent with the mission of the Sisters of Charity.
  • Consideration is given to programs which avoid duplication of services, have multiple funding sources and demonstrate financial sustainability.
  • Responsive grant requests must provide evidence of past success and a plan for measuring the impact of the program in the future.
  •  Responsive grant requests for new programs that require adding staff, expanding hours of current staff, or that result in significantly increasing organizational expenses, must demonstrate sustainability through submission of a business plan.

SC Ministry Foundation reserves the right to approve or decline all requests.



Requests for funding from SC Ministry Foundation are usually not considered for the following:
  • Major capital expenditures such as construction, acquisition or renovation of facilities, equipment or major technology.
  • Operational deficits or debt reduction.
  • Grants to individuals, endowments or scholarships.
  • Projects where the Foundation would be the principal source of support.
  • Programs within units of government or government agencies.
  • Programs in public schools including colleges and universities.
  • Annual appeals, membership drives, fundraising campaigns or fundraising events.
  • Partisan political advocacy and lobbying.
  • Programs or projects that result in duplication of services.
  • Projects or programs that fall outside the ethical and religious directives of the Catholic Church.