The Versafund Guidelines 2019
*NOTE: All applications from Seventh-day Adventist elementary and secondary schools within the North American Division will now fall within the Educational Technology Category listed below. Versacare will no longer accept applications from elementary and secondary schools under the traditional application process. For the foreseeable future, Versacare will focus all elementary and secondary grants in the area of technology, which will include: computers, notebooks, smart boards, 3D printers, robotics, chemistry and physics labs, and other STEM-related classroom tools. We will no longer consider TRADITIONAL EDUCATIONAL ELEMENTARY AND SECONDARY general requests, such as classroom facility equipment, playground upgrades, and other educational requests that have historically been applied for.
Native Mission schools or U.S. Border specific schools that are affiliated with an SDA Union or local Conference may apply for general grants via the Traditional Denominational Category. However, if that institution is seeking technology grant funding, it should then apply via the Educational Technology Category below.
Guidelines for Applicants located in the United States:
Applicant must be a 501(c)(3) organization (or affiliated with a 501(c)(3) organization such as the SDA conference in which applicant is located through which funds may be received on behalf of the applicant), and funds requested are for religious, charitable, scientific or education purposes.
Guidelines for Applicants located outside the United States:
Applicant must be equivalent to a United States public charity, affiliated with the SDA church, and funds requested are for religious, charitable, scientific or education purposes. In some instances, Versacare may need to conduct a “good faith equivalency determination” before a foreign applicant is eligible for a grant and the applicant may be asked to provide further information about its operations, affiliations, history, etc.
Except for grants awarded to Canadian applicants, funds to applicants outside the United States may be forwarded through the General Conference Treasurer’s Office.
Non-Seventh-day Adventist Applications:
Versacare provides a limited number of grants to organizations that are not related to the Seventh-day Adventist Church but whose missions are consistent with the mission of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Preference is given to organizations located within the Inland Empire of Southern California or to those in proximity to a facility or entity that Versacare operates or with which it is historically closely affiliated.
Versacare sets no specific grant amount range. However, the majority of approved grants have fallen within the $5,000 – $30,000 range.
Previously Approved Grant Actions:
Analysis of past-approved regular process grants indicates that they fall into certain funding ranges. Without any specific mandate or limitation imposed by the Board, the grants awarded in 2019 fell within the following ranges:
- $5,000 – $20,000: 33 grants
- $21,000 – $30,000: 5 grants
- $31,000 – $50,000: 5 grants
(higher-range grants are limited and are usually by invitation only)