In addition to standard grant applications and our Strategic Initiaties, Catholic Extension also offers a few additional special opportunities for funding:
Lumen Christi Award
The Lumen Christi Award is an annual award presented by Catholic Extension to a woman religious, priest or lay person who has demonstrated how the power of faith can transform lives and communities. For more information about the Lumen Christi Award and to begin the nomination process please click here.
The Interational Catholic Stewardship Council's annual conference is a valuable opportunity for diocesan stewardship and development staff to attend workshops, gain skills, and network with representatives from other dioceses to discuss best practices. If attendance at the ICSC conference would be prohibited by the diocese because of a lack of funding, Catholic Extension is willing to offer one scholarship annually for a diocesan level staff member (such as a Diocesan Director of Development) to attend ICSC. For more information, please click here.
The Diocesan Fiscal Management Conference is a valuable opportunity for diocesan finance directors to attend workshops, gain skills, and network with representatives from other dioceses to discuss best practices. If your diocesan CFO or Financial Manager would be unable to attend the DFMC because of a lack of funding, and the diocese would not otherwise have an attendee at the conference, Catholic Extension is willing to consider scholarship assistance for your sole attendee. For more information, please click here.
Francis grants are special funding opportunities to assist a diocese in special monumental events such as the ordination of a new Bishop, a special diocesan anniversary, or a visit from the Pope. Francis grants can also be requested to assist with the personal continued education of a diocese's Bishop. These grants are named in honor of Catholic Extension's founder, Francis Clement Kelly, our former Chancellor Francis Cardinal George OMI, and Pope Francis. To begin the application process for a Francis Grant for your diocese, please click here.