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Vincentian Endowment Fund: Call for proposals


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This article was updated on  Feb. 28 to reflect the new application deadline.

DePaul's Vincentian Endowment Fund is now accepting proposals for principal grants through March 11. Funding will become available for accepted proposals on July 1. The university will host several virtual information sessions for faculty and staff to learn more about the fund and application process.

Established in 1992 through a gift from the Congregation of the Mission, the Vincentian Endowment Fund is designed to enhance and sustain the Catholic, Vincentian mission of DePaul University. The Division of Mission and Ministry hosts and oversees the VEF, which annually provides students, staff and faculty the opportunity to apply for grant dollars to support projects and new initiatives that put DePaul's mission into practice in concrete ways.

Past grants have supported a wide range of projects, such as faculty research, the development of new course content, conferences or events on campus, social justice and community service efforts in Chicago, or other pilot programs seeking to establish a proof of concept. Projects exhibit a direct link to DePaul's mission, core values and commitments. VEF principal grants are non-renewable and range from $1,500-$5,000. In some instances multi-year and larger grants have been awarded for compelling projects clearly tied to advancing DePaul's mission. ​

In addition to the principal grants, DMM awards Discretionary VEF Grants – less than $1,500 -- on a rolling basis until available funds are exhausted for that particular fiscal year. Funds typically must be spent within the fiscal year within which they are awarded. More information about the Discretionary VEF Grant application process can be found on the Mission and Ministry website.

Questions may be directed to Mark Laboe. ​