Apply for a Grant

Religious orders of women and men in the United States may apply for funds to assist with an immediate retirement need.

SOAR! recently moved to an online application. To apply for a grant, please follow the steps below. If you have more questions about the process, please contact

The fall grant cycle closes October 1, 2021. Awards will be made in December.

Step 1: Before accessing the fall 2021 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 fall 2021 grant application.

Step 2: Click here to access the fall 2021 grant application once your Blackbaud ID sign in credentials have been created.

Frequently asked questions about the online application are highlighted below; for more information about the application process, visit our complete FAQ page. 

Online Application FAQs

Do I have to create an account to access the online application?
Yes; the account also allows you to save and return to your application, and, if your congregation is awarded a grant, you will use the same account to submit your final report. You can use the same account to apply every year.

How can I retrieve my forgotten password?
Click “FORGOT PASSWORD?” on the login screen to reset your password.

I’ve forgotten my username! Can you help?
Your username is the email address you used to create your online account. If you cannot remember which email address you used, call the SOAR! office at (202) 529-7627 or email for assistance.

Can I transfer my online account to a different grant writer?
To transfer your online account to a different grant writer, call the SOAR! office at (202) 529-7627 or email

What if my congregation does not have an NRRO Needs Analysis Report?
An NRRO Needs Analysis Report from the USCCB National Religious Retirement Office is required for all grant applications.

Are there any system requirements for submitting an online application?
There are no system requirements for completing an online grant application.

Is the information I submit online secure?
Your information is very secure. The provider of the online application, Blackbaud GIFTS Online, uses SSL data encryption to keep your information safe.

Other questions? Visit our more detailed FAQ page, or call the SOAR! office at (202) 529-7627 or email