St. John Paul II Fund Announces 2019 Grant Information

The Diocese of Bridgeport has announced the application process for the second year of the Saint John Paul II Fund for Religious Education and Youth Ministry.

St. John Paul II Fund for Faith Formation and Youth Ministry Grant:
Responding to Bishop Caggiano’s invitation to lifelong formation, in February 2018, parishes were invited to reimagine faith formation at every level. During 2018, the funds inaugural year, 32 grants were awarded and more than $115,000 was distributed to parishes in the diocese.

Parishes were encouraged to “think outside the box” to be innovate in Reimagining Faith Formation. The feedback and impact from this funding is exciting and we are in the process of measuring the impact of the initiatives. Based upon the many successes, Bishop Caggiano is excited to announce his commitment to build upon the momentum established with the JPII Fund grant awards in 2018.

We are raising the bar with a deeper focus on Reimaging Faith Formation 2.0! According to Bishop Caggiano, we will actively seek religious education and youth ministry programs that create “innovation so great we will be compelled to replicate it in other parishes”.

Criteria: Grants may be used for projects in parishes within the Diocese of Bridgeport that
Creatively energize faith formation
Engage individuals/groups that have been underserved
Enhance ministry to welcome extended family members
Reflect and embrace the tenants of An Invitation to Life Long Formation published 9.19.17

Funding: Grants in 2019 will range from $2,000 to $10,000
April 1, 2019 Completed Applications are due (firm date)
June, 2019 *Decision on funding approved by the Foundations in Faith Board
August 2019 Funds distributed to recipients
September 25, 2019 JPII Fund Bishops Reception
January 15, 2020 Mid-year report due (template provided)
May 1, 2020 Final Report due (template provided)

*A small committee of Foundations in Faith Board members and diocesan community representatives will review the submitted applications and make funding recommendations to the board at the annual meeting in June. Awardees will be notified once approved.
Click/open the link for the St. John Paul II Fund Application which is a fillable form. We are using a new software program to make submissions easier from your computer and/or phone. Please submit your completed application online by April 1, 2019. Please email with questions or issues with the online application experience. Thank you!

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