2020 Grant Program Submission Deadline
The Board of Directors of the Catholic Foundation of Eastern Montana is happy to announce applications will soon be available for the second year of its grant program. More information will follow in the May/June issue of The Harvest. The grant program will be moved up earlier this year for a variety of reasons. The deadline for 2020 grant submissions is June 1, 2020. Foundation staff will be in contact with Catholic parishes, schools, and entities, but if you have questions, please contact them at (406) 315-1765 or [email protected]
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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: