Grants & Awards

There are 8 Funds created to support the mission of  Foundations in Faith. Four of these funds are currently active and distributing resources. They are; St. John Paul II Fund supporting Faith Formation, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Fund providing resources to keep Catholic elementary education tuition affordable, St. Charles Borromeo Fund for our seminarians and St. John Vianney Retired Priest Fund. Upon successful completion of the We Stand With Christ Campaign the remaining 5 funds will begin distributing resources to comprehensively enhance pastoral care and add vitality and innovation to parish life. Some funds will distribute resources in a competitive grant process other funds will distribute by awarding dollars to established Diocesan entities providing quality services to the mission of the fund.

 

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 15, 2019                  Completed Applications are due
  • 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 2020                 Mid-year report due (An online form will be provided)
  • May 2020                        Final Report due (An online form will be 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.

Please email Kelly Weldon, Assistant to the Chairperson, Foundations in Faith  Kelly.Weldon@diobpt.org with questions. Thank you!