COVID-19 Rapid Response Grants

The current COVID-19 Rapid Response Grants cycle is concluded at this time.  SOAR! has awarded grants totaling $451,245 to 44 congregations across the United States. As more funds are received, SOAR! will reopen this grants process. Please check this page to see current status.

Congregations are asked to reach out to Kristen Wise at with any questions.

The entire world is reeling from the impact of COVID-19 and religious women and men are no exception. The physical, mental and spiritual well-being of our communities is being challenged.

The mission of SOAR! is to help provide for the needs of aging religious in the United States. Part of that mission involves being quick to respond to critical needs as they arise. To that end, we are announcing COVID-19 Rapid Response Grants to support communities of Catholic Sisters, Brothers and Priests affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. This program aims to help congregations implement measures to reduce the transmission of the novel coronavirus, to provide care for members suffering from COVID-19, and to ease the burden due to decreased revenue during the pandemic.

Congregations applying for a grant must meet the following criteria: 

  • Average age of members is 70 years or older
  • Request must be a need that has arisen as a result of the pandemic

Congregations that have already received a grant in 2020 are still eligible to apply for rapid response funds.

Grant range and funding priorities: 

  • Not to exceed $15,000 
  • Funding priorities may include staffing needs, medical and safety equipment needed for caretakers and aging religious, technology enhancements needed for aging religious impacted by social isolation 
  • One grant application per congregation

 To apply, please complete an application on the online grant portal using your Blackbaud ID (if you do not have a Blackbaud ID, contact Kristen Wise). As part of the application process, a virtual meeting will be  scheduled with a Rapid Response committee member. A decision will be communicated within 14 days.

The application period opens on June 1, 2020.  Funding is limited.

For more information, call Kristen Wise at (202) 529-7627 or email