Annual Grants Program

The Catholic Foundation Grants Program reaches out to support those remarkable organisations, ministries and individuals that serve our Church and strengthen our community. Grants are made possible through the generosity of donors who have created permanent endowments to support the spiritual, educational and social needs of the Catholic community. Guided by an evolving assessment of community needs, the Catholic Foundation Grants Program attempts to do the most good, in the most efficient way possible.

Under the terms of its charter, the Catholic Foundation can distribute grants only to qualified Catholic ministries, parishes and schools with principal offices in the Archdiocese of Brisbane whose values align with the teachings of the Church and follow best practices for non-profit organisations.


Grants are made from the following funds:

  1. Alan Forbes Youth Ministry Fund – Established to provide support to Catholic parishes, schools, ecclesial communities, movements, agencies and ministries for new initiatives in Catholic youth ministry.
  1. The Douglas Foundation – Named in memory of Father Francis Douglas, this Fund supports the following:
    1. theological education or theological research work of clerical and lay persons working in the Archdiocese of Brisbane;
    2. establishment and support of theological libraries;
    3. funding of guest lecturers/visiting fellows and chairs in the areas of theology and theological education;
    4. establishment of theological study programs
    5. publication and information on theological topics.
  1. Religious Ministry Fund – This fund receives funding from the generosity of Annual Catholic Campaign donors. Criteria for grants will be determined annually based on an assessment of the most current needs within the Archdiocese. In 2018, priority will be given to programs and services that support the area of Parish Renewal.Initiatives may be parish-based or provided by an external group. Parish renewal programs would include initiatives in the areas of leadership development, youth involvement and engagement, music ministry, worship, outreach, adult faith formation, faith education, ecumenism (open engagement with other local Christian Churches), Alpha (reaching out to those who may feel unwelcome in the Church) and other areas of renewal of local parish life in the Archdiocese of Brisbane.
  1. Whelan Family Fund – Established to provide support to Catholic agencies and ministries recommended by the Archbishop of Brisbane.

Annual Application

The Foundation looks for as many as possible of the following conditions in a proposal:

  • The project helps fulfil the mission of your organisation and the mission of the archdiocese.
  • Foundation support would be vital to a proposed project’s success.
  • The project has specific and measurable goals
  • The proposed project either meets a specific time-limited need OR is likely to continue and expand after the grant period, becoming self-supporting.
  • The proposal is innovative and efficient in its use of funds. For example, a collaborative network (e.g. a large volunteer group) exists that multiplies the impact of the grant or expenses are reduced by sharing resources with other agencies or groups or parishes within a deanery.
  • The project is a well-planned approach to solving a problem and delivering services
  • The project will commence soon after a grant is made

Grants are not made to or for purposes of:

  • Annual fund-raising events or drives
  • Debt reduction
  • Organisations not supported or endorsed by the Catholic Church or not serving an identifiable Catholic population
  • Endowments or Individuals

Other Considerations:

  • Grant monies must be used for the purpose for which funds were applied for and approved.
  • Organisations must agree to compliance with the Archdiocesan Safeguarding Children and Young Adults Policy before grant awards will be distributed.
  • Organisations must complete and submit an Impact Report for active grants before applying for a new grant.
  • Applications are processed once a year, but may be submitted at any time. The deadline for grant applications is 9 November. Applications must be emailed or postmarked by this date or will be considered in the next cycle, which will be in or around October of next year.