Catholic Foundation of Eastern Montana Awards $52,000
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
Catholic organizations serving the community:
Heisey Community Center, Great Falls
St. Vincent de Paul, Billings
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!
Catholic Foundation of Eastern Montana Announces
$45,000 Awarded with Help from Donors
Before 2020 dawned, 12 parishes, 2 Catholic schools, and 2 Catholic organizations in our diocese received a wonderful gift to start the new decade – a financial gift of needed money from the Catholic Foundation of Eastern Montana. Announced in mid-2019, the grant money was applied for by several Catholic organizations for special needs projects and funds that fell outside of their daily operating budgets. The total amount awarded to the sixteen entities was $45,000.
This new grant program at the Catholic Foundation is funded through the generosity of donors who give charitable contributions for permanent endowments. Specifically, the grant funds came from the following donor-supported sources:
- Annual distribution from the Greatest Needs Endowment
- Annual distribution from the Parish Assistance Endowment (see inset)
- Annual distribution from the Steffen Endowment (named after Mr. John Steffen, who made a generous gift upon his passing in 2010)
- Gifts not endowed, but given for the Greatest Needs
The Foundation Board took into great consideration all applications. Awards were made for many different purposes; technology to enhance youth ministry programs, building repairs for churches, liturgy needs, lighting and security improvements, sound systems, and kitchen needs for serving meals to the poor. The Foundation received several additional worthy requests that, sadly, had to be declined because of the limitation of available funds. As more Catholics give to support the endowments listed above, the grant amounts will continue to grow each year and more Catholic parishes, schools, and organizations will be able to receive grant assistance – a welcome gift to support any Catholic budget!
Following are those who were awarded the $45,000 in grant awards: