Grant Application Form

In an effort to reduce an excess of printed copies of grant submissions and as part of The Foundation's sustainability practice, all grant applications can now be submitted here online.

We ask that you complete the grant application form available for download above and submit a saved copy via the upload section below. Additional supporting documents outlined in the application checklist can be uploaded below as well.

Application Information for Grants from The Catholic Foundation Unrestricted Philanthropy Fund

The Catholic Foundation aims for accessibility, objectivity, fairness and professionalism in all of its dealings with its constituents. Under the terms of its charter, the Catholic Foundation can distribute grants only to qualified public entities or 501(c)(3) charities within the boundaries of the Catholic Diocese of Dallas.

An organization receiving a grant may not submit another grant request until 3 grant cycles have passed since approval of their last grant request. 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 Foundation. Grant requests up to $100,000 will be considered.

Grants are made in three areas: Educational, Charitable and Religious. Foundation grants are to provide funding assistance in the Diocese of Dallas only. The goal is that each organization in the Diocese benefit from a Catholic Foundation grant from time to time.

The Foundation looks for one or more of the following conditions in a proposal:

  • Project should be one of the top three strategic needs of your organization
  • Foundation support would be vital to a 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 your organization
  • The project will be funded within one year of the grant (unless Grant Contract specifies otherwise)

Grants are not made to or for purposes of:

  1. Annual fund-raising events or drives
  2. Debt reduction
  3. Professional conferences, symposia or attendance at seminars or meetings
  4. Organizations not supported or endorsed by the Catholic Church or not serving an identifiable Catholic population
  5. Endowments, Individuals, or Political Organizations
  6. Operating costs, unless related to a new initiative or program
  7. Tuition Assistance (generally made only from Restricted Funds, if available)

Applications are processed two times a year, but may be submitted at any time. Deadlines for grant applications in 2018 are: January 18th and August 16th. Applications received after these dates will be considered in the next cycle. Applications must be completed in accordance with the attached form. Applications may be submitted electronically, but all of the requested data must be included with the submission. Please email to virginia@catholicfoundation.com or to info@catholicfoundation.com.

Organizations not specifically recognized as Catholic must attach written support from an active religious in the Dallas Diocese.

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                      • THE CATHOLIC FOUNDATION GRANT APPLICATION

                      • I. PROPOSAL SUMMARY:







                      • Briefly explain why your agency is requesting this grant, what outcomes you hope to achieve, and how you will spend the funds if a grant is made. Also, explain how this grant will further the educational, charitable or religious purposes of the Catholic Church in the Diocese of Dallas
                      • Names, titles and phone numbers of the individuals who will direct the project: 


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                      • My signature verifies that the organization applying for this grant currently has a tax exemption under the Internal Revenue Code 501(c)(3) and is not classified as 'a private foundation' as defined under Code section 509(a). My signature is made as one who is authorized to do so on behalf of the applied organization.

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                      • II. NARRATIVE: two pages maximum.

                        A. Background - Describe the work of your organization, addressing each of the following: 

                        1. A brief description of its history, mission and targeted service group. 
                        2. Current programs and accomplishments. Please describe the measurable achievements of the recent past. 
                        3. Your organization's relationships with other organizations working to meet the same needs or providing similar services. Please explain how you differ from these other agencies. 

                        B. Funding Request - Please describe the program (project) for which you seek funding. 

                        1. A statement of the program's primary purpose and the need or problem that you are seeking to address and how it helps fulfill your mission. 
                        2. The population that you plan to serve and how this population will benefit from the project (be specific on numbers). 
                        3. Are other organizations able to assist you in the implementation of the project, and if so, how? 
                        4. Does project require future funds? If so, how will these be obtained? 
                        5. Is this project one of the top three needs of your parish or organization? Identify those priorities and indicate how this grant request meets those priorities. 
                        6. Is this grant request part of a written strategic (or capital) plan? Describe. 
                        7. The BUDGET FOR THE PROJECT. Identify the specific uses of the requested grant (i.e., materials, capital construction, salaries, etc.). 
                        8. A list of all SOURCES OF INCOME toward the project, actual and prospective with amounts. Identify money received vs. pledged. 

                        C. Evaluation - Please explain how you will measure the effectiveness of your activities. Describe your criteria for a successful program and the results you expect to have achieved by the end of the funding period. 

                        III. ATTACHMENTS: 

                        A. Financial Information 

                        1. Your MOST RECENT FINANCIAL STATEMENT, audited if available. 
                        2. Your current year operating budget with revenue and expenses. If grant request is included, show it as sub-heading. 

                        B. Other Supporting Materials VERY IMPORTANT: Your request cannot be considered without the following information when applicable. 

                        The Catholic Foundation Grant Guidelines and Application 2018 

                        1. A list of your Board of Directors (or Parish Finance Council) with addresses and phone numbers. 
                        2. A copy of your most recent IRS letter indicating your agency's tax-exempt status, or, if not available, an explanation. (First Time Applicants Only) 
                        3. Written support from an active religious in the Dallas Diocese if your organization is not specifically recognized as Roman Catholic. 
                        4. Major Expenditures/Construction/Renovation Projects: ANY expenditure of any type in excess of $50,000 by a parish, parochial school, diocesan high school or other diocesan entity must be approved in advance by the Diocese. Requests for approval should be directed through the Chief Financial Officer. “Expenditures” include the aggregate amount due on any contract or lease.

                          The request should be accompanied by evidence of Diocesan approval from the Bishop or Building Commission and Finance Council approval, if required. In cases where a project of $50,000 is not formally reviewed by the Building Commission or Finance Committees then an approval letter from the Bishop or Chief Financial Officer and the Director of Construction and Real Estate must accompany the grant request. If the information is not present then the grant request will be incomplete and will be returned.

                          If the grant request is for a change or addition to a worship space, then approval of the Diocesan Liturgy Commission must be obtained regardless of amount of the request. A copy of the approval letter must be included with the request.

                          If the applicant is not subject to Diocesan construction or finance policies then the request must be accompanied by an engineering or architect’s certification that the project is properly designed, at least two competitive bids and financial information showing how the project will be paid for. 

                        5. Requests for funding for major purchases of furniture, fixtures or equipment of any kind must be accompanied by copies of at least 2 competitive bids or proposals.

                          If the information is not included the request will be incomplete and returned. 

                        6. Grants for computer equipment should include a copy of the technology plan and must include a training component. If no training is needed then a statement to that effect and why must be included. At least two competitive bids must also be included as in 5 above. 

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