Catholic churches often need a great deal of financial support from patrons or Catholic organisations before they can begin construction or renovation projects. Several private, independent Catholic organisations exist solely to provide resources and funding to such churches, particularly those in underdeveloped or impoverished areas.
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Catholic Church Extension Society Grants
The purpose of the Catholic Church Extension Society is to provide funds and to build, strengthen and maintain Catholic churches in under-resourced and isolated communities across the United States. The society offers five different grant programs, including those that help to build and promote the Catholic faith, those that help to train pastoral leaders, and those that go towards the physical construction of Catholic churches. Only dioceses, Catholic organisations and religious orders are eligible to apply for grants. Grant amounts vary from project to project, but usually fall within the £6,500 to £65,000 range.
Catholic Church Extension Society
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Chicago, Illinois 60606
Raskob Foundation Grants
The Raskob Foundation is a private, independent Catholic foundation that provides monetary support to institutions that identify with the Roman Catholic Church. Its Board of Trustees meets twice a year to sort through grant applications and dole out awards. While applications requesting funds for construction projects are not high on the list of priorities for the Raskob Foundation, it does occasionally grant financial assistance to those Catholic churches looking to make renovations. It offers a maximum of £130,000 per project for such grantees. Any churches with building or renovation projects that exceed that amount must prove that they already have 50 per cent of the cost in hand and that construction is already underway.
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Koch Foundation Grants
The Koch Foundation is an independent, private organisation whose sole purpose is to provide funding for projects that spread the Catholic faith. Since its inception in the late 1970s, the foundation has awarded more than £65 million to Catholic organisations across the globe. Any Catholic organisation, including churches, can apply to receive funding for specific projects every year between January and May. Churches with construction and renovation projects are eligible to apply for the grants. The amount of the grants given varies from project to project, and organisations should specifically detail their proposed budgets within their applications.
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Building 1, Suite 1
Gainesville, FL 32606
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