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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 of 2018 to July 2019.

  • Tuition for seminars, conferences and classes 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 seminars, conferences and classes 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 programs;
  • Training and education programs for parishes, schools and diocesan offices.
  • Expenses not covered:

    • Books and materials for such seminars and classes as identified above;
    • Travel to and from seminar/class sites;
    • Program application, registration or other fees;
    • Catechetical text and series not accepted by the USCCB.

How to apply

Review the Announcement Letter for instructions for submitting the appropriate grant application. Only complete applications recieved by July 18 will be considered. Decisions will be announced August 18.

2018-19 Announcement Letter with full details

2018-19 Individual Application

2018-19 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.