Responsive Grants

Grants Timeline

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The Catholic Foundation solicits applications and awards grants annually within the 23-county Diocese of Columbus, Ohio, to the following organizations:

  • Parishes – can apply to Parish Life, Catholic Education & Faith Formation, and Social Service Pillars
  • Catholic Schools – can apply to Catholic Education & Faith Formation Pillar
  • Invited Religious Orders – can apply to Vocations Pillar
  • Invited Non-profit Organizations within the Diocese of Columbus, Ohio – can apply to Social Service Pillar

Despite great need, the Foundation does not consider proposals from individuals, colleges, universities, seminaries, hospitals nor organizations outside of the Diocese of Columbus. Grants are made only to organizations with a federal tax-exempt status.

The Catholic Foundation Responsive Grants Cycle is now open until September 30, 2019. For information about upcoming deadlines, please review the grants timeline.


The Catholic Foundation will offer three funding choices within each pillar:

Mission Grant
A grant for simple capital or program-related needs less than $10,000. Awards are announced in October.

Purpose Grant
A grant for investments in program or capital needs between $10,000-25,000. Awards are announced in December.

Vision Grant
Capital and program grants for projects over $25,000 with a sustainability plan. These may include multi-year grants. Awards are announced in February.


The grant committees weigh the needs identified and the potential of the project to address those needs. They favor projects that are financially sustainable over time, projects that are collaborative, and projects that have financial support from more than one source. Applications for projects or programs that address serious needs through innovative as well as proven approaches are welcome. These include (but are not limited to):

  • Maintenance & Repair Needs (only for schools, parishes and social service agencies)
  • Evangelization Efforts (only for schools and parishes)
  • Program Development
  • New Staff Positions
  • Training Opportunities
  • Equipment & Resource Materials
  • Project Reimbursement Within One Year Prior

The Foundation does not consider requests for:

  • Capital Campaigns/Endowments
  • Scholarships/Tuition Assistance
  • General Support of Well-Established Programs

For complete details on responsive grant eligibility, types of projects accepted by pillar, funding opportunities and application requirements, please read the Grant Guidelines.

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