The Catholic Education Foundation (CEF) 
is pleased to announce 

the 2018 application process for ministry grants.   
Ministry grants are available to parishes, parish clusters, and deaneries within the Diocese of Joliet 
who are seeking to build, create, and develop initiatives that are within the parameters of Catholic education, 
educational faith formation, or evangelization/outreach.  

Grants will be made to both new projects as well as existing projects.  
Parishes and clusters can receive up to $3,000 to fund initiatives.

This current fiscal year the CEF received a grant through the CATHOLIC MINISTRIES ANNUAL APPEAL (CMAA) to fund the following ministry projects throughout the Diocese:

Project Title Parish
Biblical Institute of the Joliet Diocese Assumption BVM, Coal City
Hispanic Youth Ministry Divine Savior, Downers Grove
God Loves Us Holy Spirit, Naperville
Bible Study for Middle School Holy Spirit, Naperville
Engaging Parents - Biblical Walk through Mass Immaculate Conception, Morris
Mercy Explored Day Notre Dame, Clarendon Hills
Christ Renews His Parish Our Lady of Mercy, Aurora
Adult Formation Program Our Lady of Peace, Darien
Baptismal Parent Outreach Out Mother of Good Counsel, Homer Glen
Pillars of Peer Leadership Resurrection, Wayne
Special Needs Ministry to Adults Southern CRE/DRE Deanery
Forming Catechists as coaches St. Alexander, Villa Park
Postcard Campaign Homer Glen, Lockport Parishes
Forming Families of Faith St. Charles Borromeo, Bensenville
Living our Faith St. Daniel the Prophet, Wheaton
Just Faith St. Irene Warrenville
Catechisis of the Good Shepherd St. Joan of Arc, Lisle
Catechist Formation St. Joseph, Addison
Evangelization to Baptism for Families St. Joseph, Manhattan
Engaging Families in the Mass St. Joseph, Manhattan
St. Jude Outreach Project St. Jude New Lenox
Elizabeth ministry St. Jude, New Lenox
Catechist Resource - Tweeting with God St. Mary Immaculate, Plainfield
Evangelization/marketing #1 St. Mary Nativity, Joliet
Altar Server Incentives St. Mary Nativity, Joliet
Monthly Theme Reflection St. Mary Nativity, Joliet
Homecoming Celebration St. Mary Nativity, Joliet
Living Your Strengths - Parish Formation St. Mary, Plano
Catholic Media St. Mary, Paxton
Catholic Speaker St. Mary, Paxton
Biblical Institute Scholarship (Diocese REO-funded) St. Matthew, Glendale Hts
Catechisis of the Good Shephed St. Michael, Wheaton
Alpha Program/Peter and Paul/The Apostles St. Patrick , Joliet
Small Group Experience St. Patrick, Yorkville
Catechists Engaged St. Patrick, Yorkville
Strength Finers:  Out of the Pew, Into the Fray St. Patrick, Yorkville
From Mass to Mission St. Paul the Apostle, Joliet
Evangelization (diocesan funded) St. Philip the Apostle, Addison
Sunday gospel Reflections for Teens St. Thomas the Apostle, Naperville

Application Deadline is June 1. 

Here's how to apply:

1.   Start dreaming and figuring out your needs.

PDF icon Click on Grant Dreaming Exercise.pdf

2.  Read through the information sheet with program details.

PDF icon Click on Grant Program Criteria

3.  Think creatively about a potential grant.

PDF icon Click on Program Ideas and Suggestions

4.   Fill out and submit the application.

PDF icon Click on Grant Application.pdf


Before completing the application, save the application form (PDF format) to a drive or location on your computer (e.g., Local Disk (C:), My Documents folder). The Save button provided on the form will open a Save As dialog box, which will allow you to save the application to a desired location on your computer. If viewing the form in a built-in PDF viewer (e.g., Chrome, FireFox), right-click the PDF and select Save as or Save Page As. Make sure the Save as type is set to Adobe Acrobat Document (*.pdf).

Once completed, the application will need to be printed and signed by the applicant and the Pastor. A hard copy can then be mailed to the:

Catholic Education Foundation     ATTN:  MINISTRY GRANTS    16555 Weber Road     Crest Hill, IL  60403

For more information about these grants or for questions regarding
the development of a grant proposal, feel free to contact:

Joe Langenderfer, CEF Office, 815/221-6127 or




The Catholic Education Foundation (CEF) distributes more than 1,600 need-based scholarships each year. Eligible families with students K-12 are encouraged to apply for financial assistance to help cover the cost of tuition. These tuition assistance grants are determined on an annual basis and families must apply each year in order to be considered.  In 2017-18, the CEF distributed $2,130,297to 1,648 students in our Catholic elementary and high schools. Read More Here