I just came across in "The Economist" a novel way to get funding for books and research projects.
In essence... " The (publishing) business needs fresh ideas. Enter Unbound, a British effort to “crowd-fund” books. Visitors to its website can pledge money for a book that is only part-written. If enough money is raised, the author can afford to finish it—and the pledgers will get a copy."
Strikes me as something the Vincentians might use. Check out the link above. I would be happy to post news of such requests to famvin.org.