Grant opportunities

For home mission, growth & expansion and capital needs

Through the generosity of the parishioners of our archdiocese, we now have 3 different endowment funds that will support a twice-annual grant awarding process.  This grant process is jointly administered by the Finance Office and the Office of Stewardship and Development of the Archdiocese of Indianapolis.

Twice a year (spring and fall), the parishes, schools and agencies of the Archdiocese of Indianapolis have an opportunity to apply for grants which will be available from the following 3 endowments:

  1. Home Mission Endowment Fund – used to support parishes and schools that qualify as home missions;
  2. Growth and Expansion Endowment Fund – used to support growth and expansion initiatives throughout the archdiocese in our parishes, schools and agencies; and
  3. The James P. Scott Endowment Fund – made possible by a very generous gift by James P. Scott to be used to support capital needs in the archdiocese.

Combined grant applications are due to the Archdiocese for the 2 grant allocation periods on April 30th and October 31st each year. (See the summary of fiscal year 2020-21 grants)

For more information, please see the executive summary and the combined grant application below:

Please contact Stacy Harris in the finance office if you have any questions at or 317-236-1535.

Indianapolis Education Assessment 6th Bucket

In fiscal year 2017-2018, the Archdiocese of Indianapolis launched a new Indianapolis Deaneries Catholic Education Assessment. This new assessment replaced two previous assessments and resulted from a process that included much thought and discernment including gathering valuable input from all pastors of the affected parishes, all presidents of the impacted high schools and representatives of the NDAA (Notre Dame Ace Academies). As a result of the implemented changes, a new, separate funding bucket has been established that will contain discretionary dollars to be awarded as need-based grants on an annual basis to support education-related ministries in our parishes and schools and/or address special needs that arise in a given fiscal year. This document lays out the Framework for that “6th bucket” of discretionary funding dollars.

Purpose of the Funding

Generally, the funding is available for three purposes:

  1. Relieve short-term financial burdens in our parishes and schools – in the 3 year implementation phase of the new assessment, this financial burden could be due to the change in assessment itself.
  2. Provide supplemental funding for new Catholic education-related initiatives in our parishes and schools
  3. Grow and strengthen Catholic education ministries in our parishes


All parishes and schools in the four Indianapolis Deaneries are eligible to apply for this funding.

More Information:

Ministerial Excellence Fund Grant

Through the Lilly Endowment and generous archdiocesan donors, the Ministerial Excellence Fund provides a limited number of grants of up to $5,000 in financial assistance for student debt and/or family related medical expenses. You can find more information at the following link:


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