Despite great need, HFS is not able to fund all requests. Only projects where vowed women religious of the Roman Catholic Church minister are eligible to receive funding. The criteria for a Sister’s level of involvement in a project are as follows:
A. The project is staffed full-time by at least one vowed member of a women’s religious congregation that is officially recognized by the Roman Catholic Church. She must work a minimum of 30 hours per week and be willing to act as the designated Sister-in-Charge.
B. There is significant involvement in the project by two or more vowed members of a women’s religious congregation that is officially recognized by the Roman Catholic Church, contributing a total of a minimum of 30 hours per week.
C. If A or B is not met, and the project is that of a ministry begun by a women’s religious congregation that is officially recognized by the Roman Catholic Church, it may be considered. In her letter of support, the superior will need to attest to the congregation’s continued governance and oversight of the project and describe the level of the congregation’s current involvement in the organization/project.
The letter of support for the application process requires that the recommending superior furnish the bank account information for receipt of the funds. The funds must be disbursed to the congregation on behalf of the ministry (see Checklist of Required Documents Page).