Grant opportunities

For home mission, growth & expansion and capital needs

Through the generosity of the parishioners of our archdiocese, we have 4 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 4 endowments:

  1. Home Mission Endowment Fund – used to support parishes and schools that qualify as home missions;
  2. Growth & Expansion Endowment Fund – used to support ministry growth and expansion initiatives throughout the archdiocese in our parishes, schools and agencies
  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
  4. Queen & Divine Mercy Endowment Fund – made possible by a very generous gift by Rev. Elmer J. Burwinkel to promote devotion to the Queenship of Mary and to the Divine Mercy of Jesus

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 use the following link to upload your grant application and all required supporting materials in a single .PDF file.


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

Indianapolis Education Assessment 6th Bucket

All parishes of the Indianapolis deaneries pay an annual education assessment that is used to support the Indianapolis-area high schools and the Notre Dame ACE Academies.  A portion of the assessment provides funding for an additional “6th bucket”.  These discretionary dollars are awarded as need-based grants on an annual basis to support education-related ministries in our Indianapolis 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
  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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