Annual Grants Program - Catholic Foundation

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.

Open for applications: 1 July – 30 September
Grants are made from the following funds:

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 2020, 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.

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.

Whelan Family Fund – Established to provide support to Catholic agencies and ministries recommended by the Archbishop of Brisbane.

Download the Grant Application Form here.

Applications for grants from the following funds have closed:

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.

Marriage Enrichment Endowment – This fund, made possible through generous benefactors, supports marriage enrichment programs, seminars, retreats, presentations or events that focus on deepening and enriching relationships between married couples in the Archdiocese of Brisbane. (This does not support pre-marriage programs).

Mazenod Charitable Endowment – This fund is named for St. Eugene de Mazenod, the founder of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate. Grants supports the culture of life in the Archdiocese of Brisbane. The fund seeks to support & encourage efforts that affirm & promote the sacredness and dignity of human life from conception to natural death. Grant funds are to be used for educational purposes and not for political purpose.

Download the Grant Application Form here.


The Catholic 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.
  • Support from the Catholic Foundation would be vital to a proposed project’s success.
  • The proposed 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 proposed project is innovative and efficient in its use of funds. For example, a collaborative network (e.g. a large volunteer group) that multiplies the impact of the grant, or expenses are reduced by sharing resources with other agencies, groups or parishes within a deanery.
  • The proposed project is a well-planned approach to solving a problem and delivering services.
  • The proposed 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 comply 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. Applications made now will be processed for disbursement in 2021.
  • Applications must be emailed or postmarked before the specified closing date. Late applications will be considered in the next cycle.