Catholic Foundation awards $4.6 million in grants to church groups

ALLOUEZ — The Catholic Foundation has made available $4.6 million in distributions supporting Catholic ministries and causes in the areas of education, service and ministry. Through more than 130 grants, individuals and organizations are supported in inspiring youth, forming church leaders and meeting the needs of those struggling in diocesan communities.

The grants were announced June 10.

“Each year through grants and distributions, the Catholic Foundation is able to help many people across northeastern Wisconsin,” said Josh Diedrich, executive director of the Catholic Foundation. “We are pleased to support young people discover Jesus by providing tuition assistance to kids in Catholic schools. We also care for those in need by supporting the social services of Catholic Charities and organizations that aim to end homelessness. Through our grant-making process, the Foundation supports our parishes, Catholic schools and other Catholic organizations. … These grants and distributions are only made possible through the generosity of many people. For this I am grateful.”

In more than 20 years, the Catholic Foundation has distributed nearly $40 million to support Catholic schools, parishes and other Catholic organizations within the 16 counties of northeastern Wisconsin which make up the Diocese of Green Bay.

Following are examples of grants recently funded by the Catholic Foundation:

Project Lead The Way: St. Nicholas Catholic School in Freedom received a $2,000 “Advancing the Mission Lifelong Catechesis” grant to implement Project Lead The Way. Through staff training and program modules, students will be engaged in cross-disciplinary activities that spark a lifelong love of learning and build knowledge and skills in areas including computer science, engineering and biomedical science.

Community Family Fun Nights: The past three years, St. Mary Parish in Algoma has hosted Family Fun Nights for the community that offered a safe place for children to engage in activities, as well as play and enjoy snacks in the school gym (about 75-125 children attend, ages 2-12). This year, St. Mary’s received a $1,000 “Advancing the Mission Evangelization Endowment” grant to offer Catholic speakers, mini-retreats and faith-building activities for adults/parents while their children are having fun in the gym. Their goal is to create an environment where families feel comfortable, start conversations, answer questions, be welcoming to those who may never have been part of the Catholic Church and encourage non-Catholics to explore the faith.

Community Formation: St. Joseph Parish in Wautoma received a $1,000 “Advancing the Mission Evangelization Endowment” grant to help create inclusive parish programming for youth, young adults and parents of religious education students. With a multipronged effort of community formation, the parish will host social events, small group sessions and a parish mission to activate multiple age groups and families as a whole in deepening their relationship with Jesus.

Catholic Foundation grants and distributions are awarded based on an application process. The next opportunity to submit applications will be in October 2019. For more information about the grants and distributions, visit catholicfoundationgb.org or call (920) 272-8181.