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Lay Continuing Education and Formation Grants

Photo by Štefan Štefančík on UnsplashEach April, the Diocese of Portland makes available application packets for grants from the Lay Continuing Education and Formation Endowment Fund invested with the Catholic Foundatin of Maine.*

Purpose

Grants support employees and volunteers (such as pastoral life coordinators and associates; business coordinators; catechetical leaders, teachers and youth ministers) to further their education and training related to faith formation and professional service within the Church.  Grants also provide parishes, diocesan schools and diocesan offices of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland with funds to support education, training, and the start - up of new initiatives related to faith formation and professional service to the Church.  The fund is not intended for ongoing or perennial programs.


Eligibility

Who: Individuals (employees and volunteers), parishes, diocesan schools and diocesan offices in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland

What: Funding awarded for programs taking place from August 2019 to July 2020.

Applications accepted for:

  • Tuition for college and university courses; or registration fees for seminars and conferences in catechetics, theology, and religious studies that help form the faith of Catholics from approved and/or accredited institutions/programs (Individuals in degree granting or on-going programs, may re-apply for funding; however multiple year funding is not guaranteed.);
  • Tuition for college and university courses
  • Registration fees for seminars and conferences related to an individual's work as an employee or volunteer in the church from approved and/or accredited institutions/programs;
  • Start-up expenses for new initiatives related to parish-based faith formation activities
  • Training and education programs for parishes, schools and diocesan offices

Expenses not typically covered by grant funds:

  • Books and materials for such seminars and classes as identified above;
  • Travel to and from seminar/class sites;
  • Application or other fees associated with a college program;
  • Catechetical texts and series
  • Equipment

How to apply

Review the Grant Request Announcement for instructions for submitting the appropriate grant application. Only complete applications recieved by June 30 will be considered. Decisions will be communicated by August 15.

2019-20 Grant Request Announcement  with full details

2019-20 Individual Application

2019-20 Parish/School Application

Need ideas for training or new programs? Contact a member of the Office of Lifelong Faith Formation Staff

*The Lay Continuing Education & Formation Endowment Fund, invested with the Catholic Foundation of Maine, was established through the Strengthening the Heartbeat of the Church Campaign in 2008. The purpose of the campaign is to build resources to support the present and future ministry of the Catholic Church in Maine.


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