Catholic church grants

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Catholic church grants
Different Catholic organisations offer grants to promote Catholic endeavours. (Vatican image by Alexis Rose from Fotolia.com)

The Catholic Church provides grants for different endeavours falling under the large umbrella that is Catholicism. Grants offered through various Catholic auspices include, but are by no means limited to, Catholic Extension grants, Catholic liturgical grants and grants for Catholic youth. Recipients may use Catholic grant money to help grow struggling parishes, build youth and minority ministries, and to enliven Catholic liturgies and music programs, to name only three possibilities.

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The Catholic Extension Society

The Catholic Extension Society offers grants to dioceses, national and regional Catholic organisations and religious orders. With 100 years of support for the Catholic Church, the Catholic Extension focuses on promoting Catholic life and ministry in "dioceses in which Catholics comprise a small percentage of the population and experience bias as a result, according to the Catholic Extension website. The Catholic Extension provides funding to help a diocese build its ministries and to prepare ordained, lay and volunteer leadership.

OCP Parish Grants

The OCP Parish Grants program operates with a mission to make financial support available for Catholic religious and educational purposes with the expressed effort to enhance liturgical and musical efforts. United States parishes may apply for OCP parish grants for reasons as diverse as musical instrument repair and training to promote bilingual ministries, according to the OCP Parish Grants overview on the OCP website.

Catholic Youth Foundation USA

The Catholic Church places great value on it youth. Catholic Youth Foundation USA (CYF USA) awards grants for various parish, diocesan and national projects aimed at training and developing youth ministry programs. With an ever-watchful eye toward it future, the Catholic Church seeks to stay in touch with youth and ways "to respond to the needs of today's young church," according to the CYF USA website. Eligible projects may involve Catholic youth peace and justice efforts, youth evangelisation and multicultural development. According to CYF USA, it views with priority, "innovative and researched-based projects" aligned with the United States Catholic Conference of Bishops (USCCB) vision for Catholic youth in the United States.

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