Is your parish looking for a way to reach out to those in need in the community?
Do you have the idea and just need a little monetary assistance to get started?
If so, the Diocese of Scranton Office for Parish Life is here to help!
Social Justice Trust Fund Grants are available to every parish in the Diocese and are designed to assist your efforts to reach out to the hurting, the poor and the most vulnerable in our midst.
Thanks to generous gifts allocated from the Diocesan Annual Appeal and an existing endowment, parish-based grants of up to $5,000 annually provide individual parish teams with the financial support they need to implement programs dealing with social justice issues directly affecting their local community and/or people of the parish.
Some ideas in which grants have been focused in the past on include:
-Parish Food Pantry
-Care of the Earth
-Care for the Elderly
-Parish Nursing Ministry
-Social Justice Education
Challenge Grants, ranging from $10,000-$25,000, are also available by inquiry to the Office for Parish Life. Challenge Grants have been developed for programs which have a greater impact for launching or stabilizing an initiative between parishes or faith communities and/or is a collaboration between a parish and a local human services agency.
Grant applications open each year in the spring. Pastors will receive an email from the Office for Parish Life and more information will be posted on our website and Facebook page. Applications for the 2020-2021 year will be due in June 2020. The Social Justice Trust Fund Grant Committee usually meets in July to send out grant awards by mid-August.
In 2019, a total of 44 social justice grants were distributed to various parishes across the Diocese of Scranton to fund homeless outreach programs, community meals with the goal of evangelization, and ESL (English as a Second Language) programs and so much more!
For a complete listing of the parishes that received a Social Justice Trust Fund Grant, click here.