Summer Fun and Fellowship Program - St. John Paul II Fund

Applications for the Summer Fun and Fellowship grant program are available now through June 10. If you have an idea for a program, please reach out to rose.brennan@foundationsinfaith.org

An offshoot of Foundations in Faith's mini grant program, the Summer Fun and Fellowship Program aims to provide grants for parishes in the city of Bridgeport to provide summer religious education and faith formation programs. And, as you might have guessed by the program's title, we're looking for creative and exciting programs that promote both fellowship and faith formation among young people in Bridgeport parishes.

For instance, they might be a bit young for Theology on Tap, but maybe your youth group members could do a Taco Tuesday where they learn more about their faith while chowing down on some delicious food. Maybe you could do a "S'mores and the Saints" program where your parish's young people could learn about the lives of Catholic saints while roasting marshmallows. Or maybe you could invite some of the Diocese's seminarians to an ice cream social and have them talk about their call to religious life.

Really, there are only two pieces of criteria:

  • The program must be about faith formation
  • The young people who participate in the program need to have FUN!

If this sounds like a program you'd like to be a part of, we want to know! Send an email with your idea to rose.brennan@foundationsinfaith.org, and if we like your idea, you're on your way to receiving up to $2,000 in grant funding for your program! But make sure you let us know before June 10!

We can't wait to see how you incorporate faith, fellowship, and fun into your young people's parish life this summer!

Mini Grants - All Funds

Applications for mini grants occur on a rolling basis by invitation only. If you have an idea for a mini grant program, reach out to kelly.weldon@foundationsinfaith.org.

Mini grants are provided to parishes or Diocesan initiatives that demonstrate exceptional innovation or need related to faith formation. Applicants can request between $500 and $2,000 in funding.

Recent mini grant recipients include the following:

  • Basilica of St. John the Evangelist, Stamford: Funded scholarships for youth group members to attend Camp Veritas.
  • Catholic Adventures, Stamford: Provided microphones to record the "Restless Young Catholic Adult" podcast.
  • Office of Clergy, Bridgeport: Will fund a convocation for all active and retired Diocesan priests.
  • Parish of Saint Cecilia, Stamford: Funded scholarships for youth group members to attend Camp Veritas.
  • Saint Charles Borromeo Parish, Bridgeport: Helped renovate church grounds and enable youth group to build a fire pit for use to bring community together.
  • Saint George Parish, Bridgeport: Provided faith formation materials for religious education for students in kindergarten through 12th grade.
  • Saint James Parish, Stratford: Funded several sessions of prayer and reflection to "name, claim, and heal" the sin of racism within the community.