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 conventional grants indicates that they fall into certain funding ranges. Without any specific mandate or limitation imposed by the Board except for larger grants as indicated below, the grants awarded in 2020 fell within the following ranges:
- $5,000 – $20,000: 31 grants
- $21,000 – $30,000: 5 grants
- $31,000 – $50,000: 5 grants
- $51,000 – $150,000: 3 grants (grants in excess of $50,000 are limited and usually by invitation only)