General Information

The Catholic Connect Foundation awards Catholic schools, parishes and non-profit 501(c)3 organizations grants to help charitable and humanitarian projects across the world. 

Through the generosity of our donors, we provide grants throughout the year that help fund projects that enhance different communities across the world by supporting programs and projects of substance and value. 

The Catholic Connect Foundation grant application process begins with a Letter of Intent (LOI). The LOI helps us determine whether your organization and project are of interest and eligible for grant consideration. Before proceeding with your LOI, please read through the grant guidelines to determine eligibility. In order for your Letter of Intent to be considered, please submit a digital copy to [email protected]An LOI is not required for tuition assistance requests.

Completing an LOI is a new process that will help all our grant seekers to share their project summary before submitting a full grant application. 

After committee review of your LOI, you’ll be notified whether to proceed, or not, with a grant application.

General Information

The Catholic Connect Foundation awards Catholic schools, parishes and non-profit 501(c)3 organizations grants to help charitable and humanitarian projects across the world. 

Through the generosity of our donors, we provide grants throughout the year that help fund projects that enhance different communities across the world by supporting programs and projects of substance and value. 

The Catholic Connect Foundation grant application process begins with a Letter of Intent (LOI). The LOI helps us determine whether your organization and project are of interest and eligible for grant consideration. Before proceeding with your LOI, please read through the grant guidelines to determine eligibility. In order for your Letter of Intent to be considered, please submit a digital copy to [email protected]An LOI is not required for tuition assistance requests.

Completing an LOI is a new process that will help all our grant seekers to share their project summary before submitting a full grant application. 

After committee review of your LOI, you’ll be notified whether to proceed, or not, with a grant application.

Grant Guidelines

The Catholic Connect Foundation, a 501(c)(3) public charity, distributes grants only to qualified public entities or 501(c)(3) charities, and neither lends nor grants money to individuals or political organizations.

Awards from the Foundation's unrestricted philanthropy fund are designated specifically to help meet the needs of the people most in need, and are made in one of three categories – humanitarian, charitable, or raising awareness about important issues.

Churches and schools will be treated as separate organizations. Organizations with an open grant may not apply until the grant has been completed, fully funded and the final report submitted to the Catholic Connect Foundation. Grant requests up to $100,000 will be considered. Due to the length of grant cycles, applicants needing immediate funding should purse other resources.

Elements of the grant application include: a project description, project cost, signatures of the church pastor, school principal, or agency head; a narrative description of the organization, a specific funding request, the budget for the project, including bids and proposals; and a list of all sources of income for the project.

The grant application will also include the organization's most recent financial report, current operating budget, list of board of directors or parish finance council, a copy of the most recent 501(c)3 letter of determination, and in some instances, two competitive bids or proposals for purchases of computer or other major equipment.

Grants from The Catholic Connect Foundation are awarded on the basis of one or more of the following conditions:

  • Foundation support would be vital to the proposed project's success
  • A collaborative network exists that multiplies the impact of the grant
  • The proposed project is likely to continue and expand after the grant period, becoming self-supporting
  • The proposal is innovative and efficient in its use of funds
  • Expenses are reduced by sharing resources with other agencies or groups
  • The project is a well-planned approach to solving a problem and delivering services
  • The project promotes better human relationships and a sense of community
  • The project helps fulfill the mission of the applicant organization
  • The project will be funded within one year of the grant (unless Grant Contract specifies otherwise)

Grants from The Catholic Connect Foundation are NOT made to, or for, the purposes of:

  • Endowments, Individuals, or Political Organization

Understanding The Catholic Connect Foundation

  • Very few projects are funded 100 percent.
  • Proactive grants are of interest to The Catholic Connect Foundation, particularly those that address issues before something breaks or those that resolve a long standing concern.

Check List For First Time Applicant

  • Indicate whether you hold 501(c)3 status
  • Include a brief history of your non-profit and its programs 
  • Include your target population and geographic area
  • State how your organization's mission lines up with The Catholic Connect Foundation's interests
  • Provide a short description of the project including approximate cost and financial support being requested
  • Describe the plan that will provide long term sustainability of the project
  • Describe how outcomes will be measured
  • Provide organization contact information including name, title, address, phone and email
  • Keep the inquiry to a maximum of two pages
  • Send your letter of inquiry to [email protected]

Check List For Past Recipient Of The Catholic Connect Foundation Grant

  • Provide a short description of the project including approximate cost and financial support being requested
  • Summarize the proposal and issue you are addressing
  • Describe the plan that will provide long term sustainability of the project
  • Describe how outcomes will be measured
  • Discuss other sources or potential sources of funding for your project
  • Provide organization contact information including name, title, address, phone and email
  • Keep the inquiry to a maximum of two pages
  • Send your letter of inquiry to [email protected]

Grant Guidelines

The Catholic Connect Foundation, a 501(c)(3) public charity, distributes grants only to qualified public entities or 501(c)(3) charities, and neither lends nor grants money to individuals or political organizations.

Awards from the Foundation's unrestricted philanthropy fund are designated specifically to help meet the needs of the people most in need, and are made in one of three categories – humanitarian, charitable, or raising awareness about important issues.

Churches and schools will be treated as separate organizations. Organizations with an open grant may not apply until the grant has been completed, fully funded and the final report submitted to the Catholic Connect Foundation. Grant requests up to $100,000 will be considered. Due to the length of grant cycles, applicants needing immediate funding should purse other resources.

Elements of the grant application include: a project description, project cost, signatures of the church pastor, school principal, or agency head; a narrative description of the organization, a specific funding request, the budget for the project, including bids and proposals; and a list of all sources of income for the project.

The grant application will also include the organization's most recent financial report, current operating budget, list of board of directors or parish finance council, a copy of the most recent 501(c)3 letter of determination, and in some instances, two competitive bids or proposals for purchases of computer or other major equipment.

Grants from The Catholic Connect Foundation are awarded on the basis of one or more of the following conditions:

  • Foundation support would be vital to the proposed project's success
  • A collaborative network exists that multiplies the impact of the grant
  • The proposed project is likely to continue and expand after the grant period, becoming self-supporting
  • The proposal is innovative and efficient in its use of funds
  • Expenses are reduced by sharing resources with other agencies or groups
  • The project is a well-planned approach to solving a problem and delivering services
  • The project promotes better human relationships and a sense of community
  • The project helps fulfill the mission of the applicant organization
  • The project will be funded within one year of the grant (unless Grant Contract specifies otherwise)

Grants from The Catholic Connect Foundation are NOT made to, or for, the purposes of:

  • Endowments, Individuals, or Political Organization

Understanding The Catholic Connect Foundation

  • Very few projects are funded 100 percent.
  • Proactive grants are of interest to The Catholic Connect Foundation, particularly those that address issues before something breaks or those that resolve a long standing concern.

Check List For First Time Applicant

  • Indicate whether you hold 501(c)3 status
  • Include a brief history of your non-profit and its programs 
  • Include your target population and geographic area
  • State how your organization's mission lines up with The Catholic Connect Foundation's interests
  • Provide a short description of the project including approximate cost and financial support being requested
  • Describe the plan that will provide long term sustainability of the project
  • Describe how outcomes will be measured
  • Provide organization contact information including name, title, address, phone and email
  • Keep the inquiry to a maximum of two pages
  • Send your letter of inquiry to [email protected]

Check List For Past Recipient Of The Catholic Connect Foundation Grant

  • Provide a short description of the project including approximate cost and financial support being requested
  • Summarize the proposal and issue you are addressing
  • Describe the plan that will provide long term sustainability of the project
  • Describe how outcomes will be measured
  • Discuss other sources or potential sources of funding for your project
  • Provide organization contact information including name, title, address, phone and email
  • Keep the inquiry to a maximum of two pages
  • Send your letter of inquiry to [email protected]

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