CHARITY AND MERCY GRANTS
“Our parishes will be centers of charity and mercy” – Bishop Shawn McKnight
“We are Better Together” – Bishop Shawn McKnight
Charity and Mercy Grants are one means of carrying forth Bishop McKnight’s vision that the parishes of the Diocese of Jefferson City serve as centers of charity and mercy for their local communities. By incorporating the outreach and fundraising capabilities of Catholic Charities (the social outreach arm of the Diocese) with the ability of local parish groups to provide targeted community services to local residents, we truly become “Better Together”.
Charity and Mercy Grants are intended fill the void between two other important grant programs: very large or long-term programs for major projects; and emergency assistance such as disaster relief. Charity and Mercy Grants are for projects involving between $1,000 and $5,000 where the needs are important but not immediate. Examples might include equipment or minor remodeling; or perhaps help to get “over the hump” on a larger project. Here is some important information to keep in mind when considering whether to apply:
- Applications for Charity and Mercy Grants will be accepted only from parishes and affiliated groups and organizations (i.e. parish social concerns groups, St. Vincent de Paul Societies, etc.) that are located in and provide direct services to the needy within the Diocese of Jefferson City.
- Applications should generally seek funding of not less than $1,000.00 and not more than $5,000.00. Grants awarded may be less than the amounts requested.
- Limited amounts of funds are budgeted for Charity and Mercy Grants. Unfortunately, it is likely that not all requests can be funded.
- Applications should generally seek funding for one-time expenses as opposed to reoccurring expenses or budget challenges.
- Due to the review and approval timetable, Charity and Mercy Grants are typically not appropriate for emergency funding needs; or when a response is required within sixty days or less.
- Funding is generally not available for the following:
- Projects that request funding for staff positions.
- Projects that support partisan political activity.
- Projects that focus primarily on education.
- Projects that focus on national or international poverty and hunger.
- Projects that provide indirect services.
- Debts already incurred.
- The current application cycle is March 1 to April 30, 2019. Applications are not carried forward for consideration in future funding cycles and should be resubmitted.
To Apply: Charity and Mercy Grant 2019 Application