From their founding in 1922 by Father John Joseph Sigstein, Our Lady of Victory Missionary Sisters have been dedicated to living the mission of Jesus. They proclaim the Word of God, foster justice, stand in solidarity with those living in poverty and/or oppression, and promote the development of leaders. Victory Noll Empowerment Grants has been created to offer grants to organizations that will extend this approach to mission.
OLVM Sisters restructure program to create
Victory Noll Empowerment Grants
In 2014, Our Lady of Victory Missionary Sisters created the John Joseph Sigstein Foundation to offer grants to organizations who promote justice for those living in poverty, for those who are voiceless, underprivileged, and to empower persons to contribute to a more just and peaceful society. The Foundation was established to promote and sustain the mission of God according to the charism, mission and values of Our Lady of Victory Missionary Sisters (Victory Noll Sisters). Many of the grants in the past six years have been granted to organizations in the various geographical locations where the Victory Noll Sisters have served God’s People for many years.
The last four years the Victory Noll Sisters have been undergoing some major transitions in their lives as they become smaller in number, older, and with fewer Sisters who are able to be directly involved in active ministry. In light of this reality the Sisters have been letting go of their sponsored ministries as they work at re-structuring and simplifying their lives.
With this reality in mind, the Sisters gathered at their Assembly in March, 2021. In that Assembly the Victory Noll Sisters accepted the decision to dissolve the John Joseph Sigstein Foundation, with the understanding that an Empowerment Grants Committee would be formed to carry on the work of the Foundation. The Sisters will continue their long tradition of providing grants to organizations who promote and sustain the mission of God.
Organizations can continue to apply for a grant under the title of “Victory Noll Empowerment Grants.”
Grant applications for 2021 are now being accepted. See information below.
Victory Noll Empowerment Grants is established to promote and sustain the mission of God according to the charism of Our Lady of Victory Missionary Sisters in solidarity with all persons, especially those living in poverty and/or oppression.
Grant Application Criteria
The organization applying for a grant must have 501(c)(3), or equivalent, status and be geared toward effecting systemic change.
Characteristics on which to judge programs eligibility for funding:
-promoting justice for those living in poverty and oppression
-empowering persons to contribute to a more just and peaceful society
-protecting and sustaining the environment, God’s creation
-contributing to the well-being of families
Victory Noll Empowerment Grants are not intended to fund such things as:
-existing well-funded organizations
-direct service programs
Deadline for application is JULY 1, 2021
Download grant application form below.
Formats available are Microsoft Word (DOCX) or Adobe Acrobat (PDF):
For more information, contact us:
Victory Noll Empowerment Grants
1900 West Park Drive
Huntington, IN 46750-8957