DAYTON—Several local institutions received grants from the Sisters of the Precious Blood Maria Anna Brunner Grant Fund to support projects in 2012 and 2013.
The congregation awarded a total of $489,948 in grants to 51 social service agencies, schools and social programs from the fund, which is named in honor of the congregation’s foundress. The funded agencies are located in areas where Precious Blood Sisters minister including Dayton, Cincinnati and Toledo in Ohio, and California, Michigan, Guatemala and Chile.
Local institutions that received grants include:
• Helping Hands of St. Louis in Toledo, $1,200 to purchase a heating warming cabinet.
• Mercy College of Ohio, $9,840 to assist students to experience mission as they minister to children who are patients at the Santo Hermano Pedro long-term care facility in Antiqua, Guatemala.
• The Padua Center in Toledo, $10,000 to help pay a part-time staff member in the Padua Possibilities Program, an alternative to suspension for children from Toledo elementary schools.
Sisters of the Precious Blood are asked to recommend agencies and programs for funding each January and applications are due in March. A board of three Sisters of the Precious Blood, three laypeople and a chair, who is a Sister of the Precious Blood, review the applications and identify programs for funding. Recommendations are sent to the congregation’s council in May and the funds are distributed in June.
In evaluating applications, the board takes into account the program’s social impact and the impact the funding will have on the applicant’s mission, said Precious Blood Sister Ruth Ann Meyer, current chair of the MAB Grant Fund Board. The money cannot be used for capital improvement or construction projects.
Projects must address one or more of the following: support systemic change; provide service to those who suffer from poverty; create processes that facilitate reconciliation; promote the reduction of violence in society; empower individuals to take their place in church and society.
“It’s extremely important to me and to the congregation to support our sisters who are doing social work and feeding the hungry,” Sr. Meyer said. “I want (the grants) to impact how our sisters are changing the way people live.”