The American Pilgrims on the Camino Grant Program aims to fulfill our vision and mission:
- Our vision: We inspire all who seek the spirit of the Camino to connect with the global community of pilgrims.
- Our mission: We foster the enduring tradition of the Camino. We support its infrastructure. We gather pilgrims together. We provide information and encouragement to past and future pilgrims.
American Pilgrims provides grants through two programs:
- The Infrastructure Grant
- The Michael Wyatt Hospitalero Service Grant
During the last three years, American Pilgrims has awarded more than $130,000 to support the Camino’s infrastructure.
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Where the Money Goes
We typically award grants to non-private albergues or non-profit organizations working to develop or improve infrastructure along the Camino de Santiago in Spain, France and Portugal.
Each grant is limited to a maximum of $6,000. Applicants can receive no more than three consecutive grants but can apply again after a one year wait.
Who Can’t Apply
Individuals, for-profit businesses and any project fully subsidized by local, regional or federal governments are not eligible to apply. We do not make grants to fund the general operation of an organization or albergue.
How to Apply
Download the American Pilgrims grant application Word document to submit a proposal. The 2019 grant application window has closed. Please check back for information on the 2020 grant cycle. We will not consider incomplete applications.
El formulario de solicitud para el Programa de Subvenciones para Infrastructuras está disponible en castellano.
A committee reviews each proposal then recommends proposals to the board of directors for approval.
Successful projects represent American Pilgrims’ vision and mission as well as demonstrate the applicant’s ability to fundraise and gain support from other sources. Our grant funds are limited; American Pilgrims may only award a portion of the request.
Award and Funding
Recipients will be notified no later than May 1, 2019. Grant recipients are required to complete and submit the American Pilgrims Grant Acceptance Form prior to receiving funds.
Spending and Reporting Policies
Recipients must spend the grant money within one calendar year of receiving the award and must submit a final report within six months of spending the grant.
For more information, please email us.
Michael Wyatt $500 Hospitalero Service Grant
The Michael Wyatt $500 Hospitalero Service Grant is awarded to American Pilgrims members in financial need who desire to give back to the Camino while serving as a volunteer hospitalero in Europe.
The grant helps reduce the cost of travel and requires a minimum of two weeks of service at a Camino albergue. The hospitalero assignment must be completed by the end of the calendar year following the award. Once a grantee completes hospitalero service, we provide funding as a reimbursement.
This grant is given in loving memory of the Rev. Michael Wyatt, who served as chair of the American Pilgrims board of directors from 2006–2008. Michael’s insightful, wise, enthusiastic and caring leadership and belief in service to pilgrims were key factors in American Pilgrims’ ability to blossom into a truly national organization. Michael passed away in July 2009.
Who Can Apply
- Current members of American Pilgrims on the Camino at the time of application and at the time of service;
- Who will complete hospitalero service by the end of the calendar year following the award; and
- Who demonstrate financial need.
We encourage new hospitaleros — first-time volunteers have priority.
Applicants should serve as an hospitalero in an albergue sponsored by the Spanish Federation of Camino Associations or any non-private albergue on any of the Camino routes. This grant is not for volunteer service in the Pilgrim Welcome Office in Santiago, the Ribadiso Welcome Service or Pilgrim House in Santiago.
Follow-up and Volunteer Responsibilities
The grant recipient, upon returning home, must provide a letter or certificate from the albergue or Spanish Federation verifying his/her volunteer assignment, verification of airline travel and a written account of the hospitalero experience (that may be published in “La Concha,” our newsletter). Upon receipt of these items, we will issue the grant funds.
If you have questions or would like more information about the American Pilgrims on the Camino Grant Program, please contact us at email@example.com.