OLVM to honor founder by providing grants

A religious community headquartered in Huntington plans to honor its founder by providing grants to organizations with missions similar to its own.

Our Lady of Victory Missionary Sisters has established the John Joseph Sigstein Foundation honoring Rev. John Sigstein, who founded the religious order in 1922. Since then, OLVM sisters have served in mission centers across the United States.

"Through this new foundation, they will continue to have a presence in those areas," a news release announcing the foundation notes.

Grants will be awarded for programs that promote justice for those living in poverty and oppression, empower persons to contribute to a more just and peaceful society, protect and sustain the environment and contribute to the well-being of families.

Organizations applying for a grant must have 501(c)(3) status or equivalent and be geared toward effecting systemic change.

The foundation is not intended to fund projects such as scholarships, building projects and medical programs; existing well-funded organizations; or direct service programs.

Grant applications for 2014 are now being accepted. Applications are available online at www.olvm.org/jjsfoundation.

For more information, contact the foundation at jjsfoundation@olvm.org or John Joseph Sigstein Foundation, PO Box 109, Huntington, IN 46750.