Who can apply? The Diocese of Erie (Offices); Catholic Parishes and Catholic Schools in the diocese.

Grants are available for funding towards religious education projects and ministry training/spiritual formation opportunities that benefit people within the 13 counties of the Diocese of Erie. Projects must fit at least one of the following four categories:

  • Diocesan-wide scholarship and tuition-assistance programs
    NOTE: Applicants limited to the Catholic Schools Office of the Diocese of Erie.
  • Religious education and faith formation projects
  • Technology for parish faith formation programs and for Catholic schools
    NOTE: Two (2) bids/proposals are required when applying for technology funding in excess of $5,000.
  • Lay ministry education, training and worship formation including education toward obtaining professional ministry certifications, attending workshops, conferences, ministry formation and spiritual formation opportunities.
    NOTE: If multiple people from your organization are seeking funding to attend a ministry opportunity, please submit one application for the entire group.

Priority is given to:

  • Projects that reach a wide audience or are collaborative across parishes or schools
  • New or creative projects
  • Projects with multiple funding sources
  • Projects that are compatible with diocesan priorities

The maximum grant amount is $20,000. (excluding diocesan-wide scholarship and tuition assistance programs)


  • Pastor, school principal/president, or diocesan office supervisor must be aware of the grant request and give their approval by signing the project endorsement form included in the application.
  • Funds are released to the parish, school or diocese only with an executed grant agreement on file at the Foundation.
  • A follow up grant report from the grantee is required for every grant awarded by the Foundation.

Funding Exclusions

Grant funds will not be given to:

    • Existing staff salaries
    • Emergency grants, Capital campaigns/projects
    • Anything completed, purchased, or accomplished prior to date grants are awarded
    • Funding a multi-year degree program
    • Individual tuition assistance
    • Individuals not affiliated with a parish, school, or department of the Diocese of Erie
    • Faith Formation/education projects not affiliated with a parish, school, or department of the Diocese of Erie

**This is not an exhaustive list. Catholic Foundation staff, grant committee, and Board of Directors will determine inclusions and exclusions.

Questions? Contact Julia Cooney, Operations Director, for more information: jcooney@cfnwpa.org

Grant Cycle

Spring 2024 Education Grant Cycle

  • Applications will be accepted February 5, 2024 through March 18, 2024
  • Grants will be awarded June 2024
  • Grant Report Deadline - June 2025

Fall 2024 Education Grant Cycle

  • Applications will be accepted August 19, 2024 through September 30, 2024
  • Grants will be awarded November 2024
  • Grant Report Deadline - December 2025

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