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.

To apply for a grant, please follow the steps below.

The fall grant cycle closes Friday, October 14, 2022. Awards will be made in December.

Step 1: Before accessing the fall 2022 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 2022 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 grants@soar-usa.org

Step 3: Click here to access the fall 2022 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

How do I get help for technical issues when applying for a grant or submitting a 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 grants@soar-usa.org.

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 will 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 grants@soar-usa.org 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 grants@soar-usa.org.

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 FAQ page, or call the SOAR! office at (202) 529-7627 or email grants@soar-usa.org.