Helping Catholics Make

a Lasting Difference.

Grants – Impacting Our Community

 

538
Grants Distributed

$3.2M+
Total Grants Distributed

$399,300
Competitive Grants Distributed

162
Competitive Grants Distributed

$30.3M+
Grants Distributed since 1997

Fiscal Year Ending June 30, 2023

 

The Grants Program at the Catholic Foundation helps ensure that organizations in the community have the financial resources to serve and make a real difference – now and in the future. The Grants Program reflects what is important in the Catholic faith, and is guided by Catholic social teaching and local and great church priorities. The Grants Program directly impacts nonprofits, parishes, and schools serving the general community within the boundaries of the Archdiocese of Atlanta. Grants are distributed in the following areas:

 

Grant Types & Recipients

The Catholic Foundation distributes four types of grants: Competitive Grants – Catholic Community Grants and Parish Enrichment Grants, and Non-Competitive Grants – Donor Advised Fund Grants, and Designated Endowment Fund Grants.

Our grants support nonprofit organizations which are tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the IRS code, and whose mission, values and behaviors are not in conflict with Catholic teachings.

Competitive Grants

  • Catholic Community Grants – February 1-28
    Spring 2024 – $100,000 available in total funding for Catholic schools only
    Approximately 20 grants awarded to Catholic schools in the archdiocese ranging in amounts from $3,000 – $20,000. Funding provided by the Conrads Family Education Fund.
  • Catholic Community Grants – August 1-31
    Fall 2024 – $255,400 available in total funding for parishes, nonprofits, and Catholic ministries
    Grant awards vary ranging from $2,000 – $10,000 to benefit parishes, other Catholic ministries, and nonprofits. Funding for projects in alignment with Catholic Social Teachings and Works of Mercy are provided by endowment funds that support organizations work honoring the sanctity of life, serving the disabled, caring for the elderly, serving the homeless, and other community service programs such as health and mental health programs.
  • Parish Enrichment Grants – February 1-28 and August 1-31
    Spring 2024 and Fall 2024 – $20,000 available in total funding each cycle for archdiocesan parishes and missions
    $1,000 grants offered to parishes and missions during the spring and fall grant cycles for small parish projects or programs. Funding provided by the Reverend Monsignor Edward J. Dillon Fund.

To support the competitive grants program by giving to an endowment fund that provides these grants, please click here.

 

When to Apply for Competitive Grants

Our grant cycles are open during August and February and applications are due on 5 PM on the last day of the month. Please see the chart below or the bullet points above for when your organization should apply for a grant.

Next grant cycle: Fall, August 2024. The fall 2024 grant cycle will be the normal August dates, opening on the 1st and closing on the 31st. Since the 31st is a Saturday this year, no staff will be available to answer questions after 5 PM on Friday, August 30th. Please plan accordingly.

New Catholic Community Grant Application Changes Effective for the Fall 2024 Grant Cycle:

At this time, there are no changes to the Parish Enrichment Grant applications.

For all organizations:

  • Grant requests cannot exceed $15,000
  • Organizations must be established for 3 or more years

Additional requirements for non-Catholic organizations:

  • If the organization has been awarded 2 consecutive grants within 2 years, they must wait one grant cycle before applying again (i.e. if you were awarded a grant in fall 2022 and fall 2023, you must wait until fall 2025 to apply again)
  • A Letter of Support (form provided) from a Catholic board member, staff member, volunteer, client, donor, or local parishioner must be provided as part of the application

A preview of the application questions for the fall 2024 Catholic Community Grant cycle is available. Please sign in to the grants portal to access the preview. There are detailed instructions on how to register for new users.

 

How to Apply for Competitive Grants

Competitive grants are submitted through an online application. To apply for a grant, you will need to register as a user in the grants portal. Please click on the “Grants Portal and Application” button below. Note: the application will not be live in the portal until the grant cycle opens.

Click here for a walkthrough on how to register and use the grants portal. If you are a nonprofit grant writer, the organization applying for the grant should add you as a collaborator. Please click here for instructions.

Catholic Community Grants

Grant Process

Grant Guidelines

Parish Enrichment Grants

Grant Process

Grant Guidelines

Grant Follow Up Reports

Your organization cannot be considered for additional grants if you have not completed your grant report by the following deadlines:

  • Spring grant recipients must submit reports by February 15th of the following year (i.e. Spring 2024 grant reports are due February 15, 2025)
  • Fall grant recipients must submit reports online by July 30th of the following year (i.e. Fall 2023 grant reports are due July 30, 2024)

The follow up report should be completed in the application portal. The person who submitted the application will receive reminder emails before the deadline.

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Links

Past Grant Press Releases
Meet Our Grantees
Frequently Asked Questions

 

Non-Competitive Grants (Designated)

Conrads Family Education Fund

The Conrads Family Education Fund provides an automatic annual grant to every Catholic school in the Archdiocese of Atlanta, thanks to a significant bequest from Jinny and James Conrads in 2010.

Designated Endowment Fund Grants

Designated Endowment Fund Grants are pre-determined by the donor at the time the fund is created. Most are given to Catholic organizations in the archdiocese. Distributions are eligible once a year from funds.

Support Future Grant-Giving

In order to better serve our Catholic community, the Catholic Foundation is currently seeking funds to meet needs in the area of “Growing Our Catholic Faith”:

  • Parishes and Parish Missions
  • Parish Schools of Religion
  • Young Adult and Campus Ministries
  • Youth Ministries
  • Hispanic and Immigrant Ministries

If you are interested in creating an endowment fund or donor advised fund to provide grants for one of these purposes, please click here or contact us.