Annual Grants Program

The Catholic Foundation Annual 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. Grant applications for 2018 are now closed.


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:
  • Theological education or theological research work of clerical and laypersons working in the Archdiocese of Brisbane;
  • Establishment and support of theological libraries;
  • Funding of guest lecturers/visiting fellows and chairs in the areas of theology and theological education;
  • Establishment of theological study programs
  • 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.
  1. Whelan Family Fund provides support to Catholic agencies and ministries recommended by the Archbishop of Brisbane.

Grant applications are processed once a year. Grant applications for 2018 are now closed.


Annual Grants Program application criteria

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

  • The project helps fulfill 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.
  • The project or agency does not receive any significant funding from the Archdiocese.

Grants are not made to or for purposes of:

  • Annual fund-raising events or drives
  • Debt reduction
  • Capital / Building Projects
  • 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.
  • Incomplete Grant Applications will not be considered.
  • Organisations must complete and submit an Impact Report for active grants before applying for a new grant.
  • Applications are processed once a year.