The Versafund Guidelines 2020
At this time, Versacare is funding two grant categories: STEM for qualifying primary and secondary schools, and regular process grants for all other qualifying applicants.
*NOTE: All applications from Seventh-day Adventist elementary and secondary schools within the North American Division will now fall within the Science Technology Engineering Mathematics (S.T.E.M.) Category listed below. Versacare will no longer accept applications from elementary and secondary schools under the conventional 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 CONVENTIONAL 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 STEM Category below.
Versacare encourages all applicants to review the history of Versacare as it provides useful information regarding the philosophy and objectives that guide the Board in making decisions for the Versafund grants. Versacare provides grants for programs and projects sponsored by tax-exempt organizations and entities that support the mission of or are directly affiliated with the Seventhday Adventist Church.
Versacare is particularly interested in funding education and healthcare initiatives. Because of Versacare’s limited fiscal capacity, Versacare’s philosophy is to focus on supporting programs as opposed to supporting building renovations or new constructions. Nonetheless, Versacare may consider providing grants for construction or modiﬁcation of buildings to long-term grant recipients located primarily in mission settings.