Guidelines and Criteria

In choosing recipients for an Avila in Action grant, the Committee will consider the following guidelines:

  • The beneficiary must be nominated by a registered St. Teresa parishioner.
  • The beneficiary must have an established project/initiative/program that is engaged in an effective program to address an important social justice need consistent with our Catholic faith.
  • Avila in Action grants are available to both well-established groups, as well as new recipient groups that are ready, willing and able to serve others in an impactful and innovative manner.
  • Each Avila in Action grant will be given in a sufficient amount to make a meaningful difference or significant contribution to the project/ initiative/program.
  • Preference will be giving to beneficiaries who would welcome parishioner volunteers in its mission.
  • Avila in Action grant recipients will be held accountable. Groups receiving an Avila in Action grant need to be willing and able to articulate a specific need for the funds and provide a report on how past funding was used to meet that need.
  • The Avila in Action program is designed to be completely transparent to the parish community. Each recipient group, including the total amount awarded, will be published to the Parish in the Sunday Bulletin, listed on the Parish website, and displayed on the Parish Center bulletin board. The progress made by the group will also be published to the Parish throughout the year.

All applications for Avila in Action grants will be reviewed based on the following criteria. There is no specific weight given to any specific criteria, but all criteria should be considered by all members of the committee for purposes of evaluating the applications.

  • The size, budget, and documented history of the group/ organization. While not required, preference will be given to 501(c)(3) registered organizations.
  • The stated mission of the group/organization, as well as documented history of successful use of prior gifts from other sources. The stated mission and actual practices of the group/ organization should be thoroughly analyzed to ensure that no part of the mission con icts with Catholic teachings.
  • The amount requested in comparison to the total operating budget. Preference should be given to groups who can do the most good with the amount of the gift requested. Groups with high overhead, especially for administrator salaries, should be viewed less favorably.
  • The applicant’s speci c plan for the grant amount requested and whether the stated goal appears feasible to the committee.
  • The creativity and innovativeness of the group/organization’s e orts to change the world for the better.
  • Preference will be given to rst-time applicants. However, previous award winners may apply again for continued funding.