The Catholic Foundation of Eastern Montana is delighted to announce it recently provided $52,000 in grants to 13 Catholic churches, 2 Catholic schools, and 2 Catholic organizations in our diocese. In just its second year, the Foundation’s new grant program saw a 16% increase in funds awarded!

The Catholic Foundation of Eastern Montana’s all-volunteer Board of Directors thoroughly reviewed a wide array of applications from across our diocese. In reviewing the grant applications, it was apparent that there is great need, yet amazing work being accomplished by many whose vision is focused on their ministry.

Perhaps the most gratifying part of serving on the Foundation Board is the opportunity to give back to parishes and causes all over eastern Montana. The new grant program allows Catholic communities of ALL sizes to benefit from the growth of the Foundation. As our Foundation continues to grow, so too will the grants. What a wonderful opportunity to advance our Faith and ensure its future. I urge all of you to explore how you, too, can contribute and benefit from YOUR Catholic Foundation.

– John Patterson, Board Vice-Chair

Grants were awarded for many varied purposes, including replacement of old, inefficient equipment, building repairs, serving the needs of the poor and those struggling with addictions, handicapped accessibility, etc.

Following are those who received the $52,000 in grant funding from the Foundation:

Holy Family, Winifred
Immaculate Conception, Fort Benton
Immaculate Conception, Wolf Point
Mary Queen of Peace, Billings
Our Lady of Lourdes, Poplar
Sacred Heart, Glendive
St. Bernard, Billings
St. Joseph, Hardin
St. Jude Thaddeus, Havre
St. Leo the Great, Lewistown
St. Mary, Columbus
St. Patrick Co-Cathedral, Billings
St. Pius X, Billings

Heisey Community Center, Great Falls
St. Vincent de Paul, Billings

Catholic Schools
Central Catholic High School, Great Falls
St. Jude Thaddeus School, Havre

These grants are possible due to the generosity of those who specify their donations to the Catholic Foundation of Eastern Montana for the Greatest Needs Endowment or the Parish Assistance Endowment. It is an honor to put the kindness of our donors to good work within our diocese!
We are hopeful that one day soon there will be enough grant funding available to fulfill every grant request. Your support will help achieve that goal!