The Catholic Education Foundation (CEF) 
is pleased to announce 

the 2019 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, evangelization/outreach and youth/young adult ministries.

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 (ending June 2019) the CEF received a grant through the CATHOLIC MINISTRIES ANNUAL APPEAL (CMAA) to fund the following ministry projects throughout the Diocese:

Project Title Parish
St. Paul Street Evangelization-Joliet Chapter North Will/Kendall Deanery
Children's Liturgy of the Word Immaculate Conception, Braidwood
Teens on Fire St. Charles Borromeo, Bensenville
Encounter Family Formation St. Dennis, Lockport
At Home with Jesus Corpus Christi, Carol Stream
Parish Mission Experience St. Thomas the Apostle, Naperville
Making Disciples Institute St. Mary Immaculate, Plainfield
Religious Education Annual Kick-Off St. Lawrence, South Wilmington
Women of the Way Diocese of Joliet Vocations-JAVA
Evangelizing Baptism Prep St. Mary, Mokena
Rooted Families St. Jude, Joliet
YouCat Library for Juniors and Seniors St. Jude, New Lenox
Mom's Connect Ministry for the Family Assumption BVM, Coal City
Engaging Parishioners St. Alexander, Villa Park
Youth Alpha:  Plant the Seeds St. Patrick, Yorkville
ProLife Club for Junior High Immaculate Conception, Morris
Because You are a Holy Family Holy Family, Shorewood
Celebration of Illinois Bicentennial St. Mary Nativity, Joliet
Tenth Hour Iniative Visitation, Elmhurs (Multiple Parishes)
Scholarship Funding for Biblical Institute Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, Darien
Forming Intentional Discples St. Mary, Plano
Hispanic Family Initiative St. John Paul II, Kankakee
Joliet Cursillo Movement Diocese of Joliet

Application Deadline is June 1, 2019

Here's how to apply:

1.   Start dreaming and figuring out your needs.

PDF icon 2019 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 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:

Shirley Roberson, 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