There's still time! Apply for a 2017 NCSW mini-grant!

It’s not too late!

The team at National Catholic Sisters Week has extended the deadline to receive mini-grant applications! Applicants now have until Dec. 1 to submit their proposals.

In total, the team is awarding up to $75,000 in increments up to $1,000 per grant to providing funding for local events that celebrates Catholic sisters during NCSW March 8-14, 2017.

Anyone is invited to apply. A host of ideas is welcome and can range from formal to informal, large to small. Past events have included book clubs, service projects, tours of the motherhouse, a 5K run, the launch of a Little Free Library and a Quincenera After-Party for teenaged Latinas. Many gatherings were designed to honor the legacy of women religious, while others aimed to educate people on sisters’ ongoing impact, numbering 48,546 strong today in the U.S.

“The idea is we want to branch out across the country, to empower and equip groups to find their own ways to celebrate women religious in their own corner of the community, whatever that may look like,” said Director Molly Hazelton. “We were dazzled by the creativity and breadth of last year’s mini-grant programming, and we’re excited to take that a step further this year.”

Recipients of last year’s NCSW mini-grants reported on their deep-seated impact. Many grants provided a crucial burst of momentum – whether it helped launch a small business, energized a group of over-worked sisters or sparked other ideas.

Mary Vagnone, a volunteer with the St. Joseph Worker Program in Orange, Calif., received one of the inaugural grants and encourages others to apply this year – whether you’re a member of religious life or a lay person. “I call on the laity to honor the sisters in their local communities and thank them for their service,” she said. “A small gesture of appreciation lifts the hearts of the dear sisters who may be weary from their unending mission of bringing Christ to the world. Let’s ignite a sparkle in their eyes! Just having a conversation with a sister about your ideas to celebrate National Catholic Sisters Week will do it! Refine your ideas, write about them in your grant application, take a step forward and watch the blessings unfold!”

Applications for a mini-grant are available here and must be submitted by Nov. 15. Awardees will be notified by Dec. 15, and their funds will be distributed by Jan. 15, 2017.

About Christina Capecchi

Christina Capecchi is an award-winning journalist from Inver Grove Heights, Minn. She is the author of the nationally syndicated column “Twenty Something,” which appears in more than 50 Catholic newspapers across the country. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Huffington Post, The Washington Post, America, The Chicago Tribune, The Star Tribune and The Pioneer Press. She also provides contracted editing and writing services. She holds a master’s degree from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism and a bachelor’s from Mount Mercy University.