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Vincentian Endowment Fund calls for proposals

A view of St. Vincent's Circle
(DePaul University/Randall Spriggs)

DePaul's Vincentian Endowment Fund is accepting proposals for principal grants through Feb. 28. Funding will become available for accepted proposals on July 1. The university will host several information sessions online, starting Feb. 7, to discuss 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 $2,000 to $10,000. In some instances, multi-year and larger grants have been awarded for compelling projects clearly tied to advancing DePaul's mission.

Discretionary VEF Grants — less than $2,000 — are considered on a rolling basis until available funds are exhausted for that particular fiscal year. Funds typically must be spent within the fiscal year in which they are awarded. Information about the Discretionary VEF Grant application process can be found online.

Questions may be directed to Mark Laboe.