Helping Catholics Make

a Lasting Difference.

Grants – Impacting Our Community


Grants Distributed

Total Grants Distributed

Competitive Grants Distributed

Competitive Grants Distributed

Grants Distributed since 1997

Fiscal Year Ending June 30, 2022


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. 505 grants were distributed from the Catholic Foundation in fiscal year 2021-2022.

Competitive Grants

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 for when your organization should apply for a grant.

Next grant cycle: Spring, February 1 – 29. Only Catholic school applications are accepted for Catholic Community Grants during the spring grant cycle. Parishes and missions may apply for a Parish Enrichment Grant during both spring and fall grant cycles. Nonprofits, ministries, Catholic centers, and parishes may apply for Catholic Community Grants during the fall grant cycle (August applications). 

How to Apply for Competitive Grants

You are invited to apply for Competitive Grants online. 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 

We have upgraded our user experience. Starting with the August 2022 grant cycle, all applicants (new and returning) will need to create a new login. Please use the button above to access the new portal and create a new account if your organization has not applied since August 2022.

Questions about your parish deanery? Click HERE.


Grantee Follow Up Reports
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.

Donor Advised Fund Grants

Donor Advised Fund Grants are provided out of designated donor advised funds. Most of these grants are given to Catholic organizations in the archdiocese, but some grantees reflect the interest of the donors and are located elsewhere. These grants are recommended by the donor who established the fund.

Alex and Betty Smith Donor Advised Fund

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.


“At the end of our life, we shall all be judged by charity”
– St. John of the Cross