Ongoing operating costs within our parishes, as well as most specific project costs, normally must be afforded through the giving of individuals within the parish, perhaps supplemented by a few non-parishioners with close ties or an interest in the project. However, grants from private foundations or, on occasion, government sources might be available to supplement giving from parishioners for certain types of projects. Examples might include: projects for handicap accessibility for churches, renovations of historic church buildings, parochial schools, outreach and humanitarian relief programs, and programs for strengthening families. The Office of Parish Development offers guidance throughout the process of seeking grants for such work, including:
- Assessing parish projects and programs to determine which might qualify for grant funding.
- Prospect research—seeking grant makers who are a good “fit” for your parish project.
- Writing high-quality grant proposals hand-in-hand with your parish or ministry leadership.
For a list of national grants for which your parish might be eligible, click here.