Through the generosity of its donors, SOAR! fulfills its mission by providing grants to religious orders of Sisters, Brothers and Priests to care for their aging members.
Apply for Funding
Religious congregations can learn about the grant application process here and get detailed information on how to submit a grant to SOAR!.
Religious orders of women and men in the United States may apply for funds to assist with an immediate retirement need.
To apply for a grant, please follow the steps below.
Step 1: Before accessing the current grant application link, you must click here to set up a Blackbaud ID. If you applied for a SOAR! grant online previously, you can use the same user ID and password, but must set up a Blackbaud ID to access the current grant application.
Step 2: Applications will require certain documents to be uploaded. Applicants are required to watch the following instructional videos to ensure the uploaded attachments are in the correct format. We are requesting all applicants watch these videos even if the congregation has applied for grants in the past. Click here to watch the required document attachment videos.
Separate from the required document videos, we have created a series of step-by-step help videos to assist with commonly asked questions and technical issues you may encounter with your application or final report. You can view those videos here. If your question is not addressed in the videos, contact SOAR! at (202) 529-7627 or email@example.com
Step 3: Click here to access the current grant application once your Blackbaud ID sign in credentials have been created.
From questions of eligiblity to when final grant reports are due, these often asked questions will be helpful in completing the SOAR! grant application.
The following frequently asked questions may be helpful in completing the SOAR! grant application. If you have any additional questions please do not hesitate to contact the SOAR! office at (202) 529-7627 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The fall grant cycle opened on August 11, 2023 and closed on October 13, 2023. Awards will be made in late December.
The next spring grant cycle opens on January 5, 2024 and closes on March 8, 2024. Awards will be made in late May.
How do I get help for technical issues when applying for a grant or submitting a final report?
We have created a series of help videos to assist with technical issues you may encounter with your application or final report. We encourage applicants to watch the help videos before contacting SOAR! as the videos will offer visual step by step instructions to the most commonly asked questions we receive. You can view those videos here. If your question is not addressed in the videos, contact SOAR! at (202) 529-7627 or email@example.com.
How does my congregation apply?
Visit our online application to set up an account and begin the process. You will need to include a cover letter, your most recent NRRO Retirement Needs Analysis Report, copies of 2 bids, and a detailed project budget. The account allows you to save and return to your application. If your congregation is awarded a grant you will use the same account to submit your final report. You will use the same account to apply every year.
Monthly Grantee Drop-In
Join us for the Grantee Drop-in the 3rd Wednesday of every month. This virtual opportunity is designed to be a one-stop-shop to share ideas and receive grant technical support all while making valuable connections with others.
Each month we focus on a topics such as the application process, final reports, project recommendations and ensure you have all the resources you need to benefit the most from our grant program.
Whether you are a seasoned pro with SOAR! grants or just beginning your role as a grantwriter, this is the perfect chance to get your questions answered and come away with some fresh ideas.
Register with the form to receive Zoom link.
Past Grant Awards
As an IRS-certified 501(c)3 organization, SOAR! is part of several grant organization listings. We are also identified as a secure website for the purposes of online donations. These listings and certifications verify that SOAR! is a trustworthy organization with appropriate audit and annual report documentation filed. Below is our current list of certifying organizations.