The Catholic Education Foundation is currently revisioning the ministry grant process to realign with Bishop Conlon’s Pastoral Letter, “Go, He Said”.  We look forward to sharing the revised application process with you in the coming weeks as we all answer the call to be a “missionary community”.

The CEF received a grant through the CATHOLIC MINISTRIES ANNUAL APPEAL (CMAA) to fund the following ministry projects throughout the Diocese:

Project Title Parish
ChristLife Series St. Daniel the Prophet
Biblical Institute Our Lady of Mount Carmel
Bringing Scripture Alive St. Mary Nativity
Kerygma 4 Kids St. Mary Nativity
Technology Technician Holy Spirit Catholic Community
Blessed Holy Spirit Catholic Community
Family Faith Formation St. Michael
Forming & Feeding Catholic Families & Lenten Parish Mission Holy Ghost
Bible Study for Middle School Students St. Thomas the Apostle
Christ's Passion Bible Study Immaculate Conception - Morris
Youth Alpha St. Patrick Parish
From Alpha to Omega Forming Disciples St. Patrick Parish
MAlpha:  The First Step to Faith St. Patrick Parish
Sacramental Preparation Assistance St. Francis Xavier
Religious Ed. Kick-Off St. Lawrence
Adult Catechesis/Evang-Let's Do This! Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Family Faith Formation Special Events Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Tap Your Faith St. Jude
Welcome 2.0 St. Philip the Apostle
Theology of the Body for Teens Immaculate Conception
Opening Your Heart Bible Study Immaculate Conception
Children's Liturgy of the Word Immaculate Conception
Parent Letters St. Alexander
Making Connections - Meeting People Where They Are St. Alexander
Car Line Ministry St. Mary
ALPHA: Feed the Hungry St. Michael
Teens on Fire St. Charles Borromeo
Family Faith Formation - Family Time is Sacred Time St. Charles Borromeo
A Quiet Place with Jesus St. Mary Immaculate
Joliet Cursillo Movement Joliet Cursillo Movement
Communion St. Michael
OLP Confirmation Retreat Our Lady of Peace


Here's how to apply:

1.   Start dreaming and figuring out your needs.

PDF icon 2019 Grant Dreaming Exercise .pdf

2.  Read through the information sheet with program details.

PDF icon Click on Grant Program Criteria

3.  Think creatively about a potential grant.

PDF icon Click on Program Ideas and Suggestions

4.   Fill out and submit the application.

PDF icon PDF icon Click on Grant Application.pdf



Before completing the application, save the application form (PDF format) to a drive or location on your computer (e.g., Local Disk (C:), My Documents folder). The Save button provided on the form will open a Save As dialog box, which will allow you to save the application to a desired location on your computer. If viewing the form in a built-in PDF viewer (e.g., Chrome, FireFox), right-click the PDF and select Save as or Save Page As. Make sure the Save as type is set to Adobe Acrobat Document (*.pdf).

Once completed, the application will need to be printed and signed by the applicant and the Pastor. A hard copy can then be mailed to the:

Catholic Education Foundation     ATTN:  MINISTRY GRANTS    16555 Weber Road     Crest Hill, IL  60403

For more information about these grants or for questions regarding
the development of a grant proposal, feel free to contact:

Shirley Roberson, CEF Office, 815/221-6127 or




The Catholic Education Foundation (CEF) distributes more than 1,600 need-based scholarships each year. Eligible families with students K-12 are encouraged to apply for financial assistance to help cover the cost of tuition. These tuition assistance grants are determined on an annual basis and families must apply each year in order to be considered.  In 2017-18, the CEF distributed $2,130,297to 1,648 students in our Catholic elementary and high schools. Read More Here