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Office for Catechesis

Parish Grants

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Catechetical Leadership Personnel (Directors or Coordinators of Religious Education) of our diocese assist parents in their role as the primary educators of their children. DREs and CREs do this by coordinating and directing various religious education programs in the parishes of the diocese. These programs assist parents and all adult parishioners in their own faith development as well as the faith development of youth. Also, these DREs/CREs are responsible for the training of the catechists – those who actually teach and share their faith with the participants of parish catechetical programs – by providing catechists formation opportunities.

It is essential that our parishes have qualified personnel to achieve all the responsibilities of the administrative position of Director or Coordinator of Religious Education. It is also equally essential that the catechists of our parishes be qualified to share their faith and the teachings of the Catholic Church with conviction and accuracy.

Harvest of Thanks, Springtime of Hope Capital Campaign:

To assist in the formation of catechetical leaders and catechists for their respective roles, an endowment for Catechist Formation and Religious Education was created through the Harvest of Thanks, Springtime of Hope capital campaign. Money from this endowment is available to:

  • Assist in the professional training of the Catechetical Leadership Personnel of the diocese;
  • Support catechists in attaining or advancing their certification in the Diocesan Catechist Formation Process;
  • Supply media and catechetical/adult enrichment materials; and
  • Enrich programs for adult faith formation

 

Rationale:

Two of the areas that the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois named in the case statement of the Harvest of Thanks, Springtime of Hope campaign as worthy of endowment monies are catechist formation and adult faith formation. The Office for Catechesis is responsible for administering monies for projects that advance formation opportunities in either of these categories. The Parish Catechetical Project Grant has been created to help distribute these monies.

The intention of these grants is to help fund innovative and effective efforts at the parish level that will foster and sustain adult formation as part of the larger catechetical mission of the parish. Grant money could be used for new or upgraded technology, staff development, catechist formation, leadership development, program development, or resource procurement that support any of these efforts. Grants will not be awarded for salaries, capital improvements, previously purchased items, participant costs to/from an event, or non-catechetical costs such as hospitality for participants and/or the planning team.

Procedure:

  1. Announcement of and application forms for the Parish Catechetical Project Grant will be mailed to pastors and parish administrators (DREs/CREs) in February.
  2. The applications must be received by the Office for Catechesis by mid-May.
  3. A committee coordinated by the Office for Catechesis will review all applications within one month following the deadline.
  4. Notification of award or denial will be sent to the applicant within two months following the deadline.
  5. Parishes receiving an award will receive an agreement form which must be completed and returned before the funds can be issued.
  6. The Office for Catechesis will track all applications including final documentation of the outcomes of the project and auditing how grant money was used.
  7. The Office for Catechesis will complete an annual report of the amount of grant money dispersed to parishes and a summary of the projects these grants helped fund.

Eligibility:

  • Grants will be awarded to diocesan efforts that fulfill a definite catechetical plan for catechist formation or adult faith formation.
  • This plan must include goals and specific steps which will be taken to achieve the desired outcome.
  • Funding for reasonable speaker expenses such as stipends, travel, lodging and meals, may be eligible for funds.
  • Expenses for non-catechetical program aspects are not eligible – e.g. venue fees, participant lodging, meals, travel or other expenses that are not catechetical in nature.
  • Other ineligible expenses include salaries, capital improvements, previously purchased items, participant costs to/from an event, or hospitality costs for participants and/or planning team.

Regulations:

  • All requests for grants must be submitted on the application form provided.
  •  All applications should be type written or clearly printed in ink.
  • Applications from must be submitted by mail – no other form of submittal will be accepted.
  •  Grant applications must be postmarked by the deadline noted on the application.

Other Guidelines:

  • Parishes may submit one grant application per year.
  • Awards are based on funds available and number of qualified applications received.
  • Individual applications should not exceed $1,000.
  • Grants for catechetical materials (e.g. DVDs, books, etc.) may be awarded up to $500.
  • Partial awards may be granted.
  • When purchasing items, the parish’s tax-exempt status should be utilized.
  • Grants are one-time, non-renewable.
  • If it becomes necessary to change the original plan after a grant is awarded, the Office for Catechesis must be notified with a letter of explanation prior to implementing the change.
  • A final report of the project must be completed and submitted with receipts for expenses to the Office for Catechesis by June 30th of the following year, otherwise the parish will not be eligible for future grants.
  • Monies not used must be returned.
  • New grants will not be awarded until the previous grant is completed and final report submitted to the Office for Catechesis.

Recommendations:

  • Make and retain a copy of your completed application and final report with receipts prior to mailing.
  • Mail documents via priority mail with tracking.
  • Use the fillable forms available online to type your application to ensure legibility.

 

Forms:

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