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
-Hispanic Ministry
-Homelessness
-Care of the Earth
-Care for the Elderly
-Migrant/Refugee Outreach
-Family Outreach
-Legislative Outreach
-Parish Nursing Ministry
-Social Justice Education
-Prison Ministry
-Disability Ministry

Grant applications will be accepted until Friday, May 6th. The grant committee will notify parishes of their grant status by mid-June 2022.

In 2021, a total of 31 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!