Grassroots ministry in your Archdiocese

The Annual Grants Program reaches out to support remarkable organisations, ministries, and individuals that serve our Church and strengthen our community. Through your generosity, we can support the spiritual, educational and social needs of those who are most in need.

Funding parish and grassroots ministries at a local level

Guided by an evolving assessment of community needs, this program attempts to do the most good, in the most efficient way possible.

The Catholic Foundation only distributes Grants 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.

Funds to the Annual Grants program are distributed from the Religious Ministries Fund (RMF).

See previous Grant winners

Read about projects and ministries who were previous Annual Grant winners and how they are using the funds to support their ministries in the Archdiocese of Brisbane.


Grants are generously funded by:


The Douglas Foundation

The Douglas Foundation is named in memory of Father Francis Douglas. This Fund supports the theological education or theological research work of the clergy and lay persons working in the Archdiocese of Brisbane, the establishment and support of theological libraries, funding of guest lecturers/visiting fellows and chairs in the areas of theology and theological education, the establishment of theological study programs, and the publication and information on theological topics.

Marriage Enrichment Endowment

The marriage Enrichment Endowment supports marriage enrichment programs, seminars, retreats, presentations and events focusing on deepening and enriching relationships between married couples. Please note that this Grant does not support pre-marital programs.


Mazenod Charitable Endowment

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

Religious Ministry Fund

This fund receives funding from the generosity of Annual Catholic Campaign donors.  Criteria for grants are determined annually based on an assessment of the most current needs within the Archdiocese.  This year, 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

The Alan Forbes Youth Ministry Fund was established to provide support to Catholic Parishes, schools, ecclesial communities, movements, agencies and ministries for new initiatives in Catholic youth ministry.

Whelan Family Fund

The Whelan Family Fund was established to provide support to Catholic agencies and ministries recommended by the Archbishop of Brisbane.