About the Order The Sovereign Military Hospitaller Order of Saint John of Jerusalem of Rhodes and Malta is one of the oldest institutions of Western and Christian civilization. The 13,500 Knights and Dames remain true to its inspiring principles – nurturing, witnessing and protecting the faith and serving the poor and the sick.
The American Association Founded in 1927 as the first association of the Order of Malta in the Americas, the association is headquartered in New York City with over 2,000 knights, dames and volunteers in 16 states working with the poor, sick and incarcerated and giving witness to the Catholic faith.
Spirituality Knights and Dames join the Order of Malta to pursue their spiritual growth over a path laid out by Blessed Gerard more than nine hundred years ago, seeking to nurture and witness the Faith and assist the sick and the poor.
Spirituality in Action Members are involved in hands-on work involving over one hundred organizations and ministries. Food banks, hospitals, pregnancy support centers, homeless shelters and mentoring at risk children are just some of the activities in which members engage.
To help accomplish the Order’s mission to defend the faith and serve the poor and the sick, the American Association extends grants annually to tax exempt organizations in which our members participate by volunteering their time and services. Each year, the Malta Human Services Foundation donates money to be used solely for the American Association’s Grant Program. The amount of their donation is based on 5% of the Malta Human Services Foundation’s investments average market value over the past 5 years.
The allocation of the grant monies are determined by the American Association’s Board of Councillors. Traditionally, those monies have been divided between:
the official international works of the Order (Holy Family Hospital in Bethlehem and Malteser International),
the only official work of the American Association, The Prison Ministry Program, and
the Association’s Areas, in order for them to distribute to other non-profit organizations within their regions that are helping the sick and the poor and in which their members are volunteering their time and talent.
The allocation of funds to each of the Associations Areas is determined by the number of members in each Area who have paid their annual contribution by January 31st. Grant applications are distributed to other non-profit organizations at the discretion of each Area and then are returned to the Areas for their review and consideration. Each Area Chair appoints a Grant Committee within their Area to review and recommend which grant applicants should be awarded a grant and the amount to be awarded. Grant applications may be accepted by the Areas between January 15th and March 15th of each calendar year.
All grants to be awarded are then forwarded to the Association Executive Office by April 15th in order for the Executive Director to determine that all proper paper work is completed and that the applicant complies with the Association and Federal Government rules and regulations.
Distribution of funds for approved grants normally takes place in the later part of June of each year.