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Catholic Foundation announces 2011 grant awards

the Inland Register

(From the May 19, 2011 edition of the Inland Register)

The Catholic Foundation of Eastern Washington has announced the names of the organizations that will receive grants for 2011–2012. The grant recipients successfully completed the grant application process that began in January 2011 when the Foundation mailed application forms to organizations that expressed an interest in receiving funding.

Grants are made each year by the Trustees of the Catholic Foundation. The money to fund the grants comes from several sources: the Unrestricted Endowment provides funds for Catholic Community Outreach grants; the Marycliff Endowment, Religious Education Endowment, and Bishop’s Campaign for Catholic Education Unrestricted Endowment all provide funds for Religious Education Grants.

The Catholic Foundation received 37 applications from parishes, schools and community organizations to fund a variety of projects. As always, the Foundation has depended upon committee members drawn from the community who have the knowledge and expertise necessary to evaluate the project described in the grant applications. This year, the Trustees approved the Catholic Community Outreach Committee’s recommendations for $24,000 in grants and the Religious Education Committee’s recommendations to fund another $18,128 in grant awards.

Successful applicants will receive their grants at a special luncheon on Wednesday, May 25, in the dining room at the Waterford in Spokane. The occasion will also celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Catholic Foundation. Since the Catholic Foundation began awarding grants in 1983, more than 1,300 parishes, schools and other community organizations have received $1.2 million through the grant program.

The following organizations will receive a Catholic Community Outreach grant this year:

• Caritas Outreach Ministries: $3,000, to partially fund utility assistance, food distribution and distribution of personal hygiene and household items for needy families in the north central area of Spokane.
• Catholic Charities Senior Services: $500 to purchase transport/bus passes for Foster Grandparent Program for one year.
• Catholic Diocese of Spokane: $2,500 to partially fund the purchase of materials for the Prison and Detention Ministries.
• Cheney Outreach Center, Cheney: $1,000 to assist approximately 150 households with total energy assistance through the Energy Assistance Program.
• Gonzaga Preparatory School, Spokane: $1,500 to partially fund the School Band Program for Catholic elementary schools.
• Guardian Angel-St. Boniface School, Colton: $300 to purchase a cross for the school gymnasium.
• Immaculate Heart Retreat Center: $1,000 to partially fund two Living Through Grief Retreats in 2011 for approximately 40 people; $1,500 to partially fund a “Survivors of Loss of Loved Ones to Suicide” retreat for approximately 20-30 people and a Pastoral Ministry Workshop.
• Natural Family Planning Program: $1,000 to partially fund Natural Family Planning instruction.
• Our Place Community Ministries: $2,500 to partially fund the purchase of bus passes for low-income individuals to obtain and maintain employment.
• St. Michael Mission, Inche-lium: $500 to purchase Mass booklets for the elderly and home-bound; $900 to partially fund the training of four Grief and Healing Ministry counselors for the St. Michael community.
• Secular Franciscans, Dayton, Satellite: $800 to purchase food for Food Baskets for local needy families.
• St. Gall Church, Colton: $3,500 to partially fund the replacement of the church’s concrete sidewalk, walkway and stairs.
• St. Joseph Family Center, Spokane: $2,000 to partially pay for 28 people to attend Bereaved Parent Support Groups meetings.
The Fig Tree, Spokane’s ecumenical newspaper: $500 to purchase the software for a database server; $1,000 to partially fund the printing and distribution of the Directory of Congregations & Community Resources.

The following organizations will receive a Religious Education grant this year:

• Holy Family Youth Group, Clarkston: $3,000 to help pay expenses for 12 young people and three adults to attend the Catholic HEART Workcamp in Portland during July 2011.
• Immaculate Heart Retreat Center: $4,500 to partially cover the costs of conducting SEARCH Retreats for approximately 430 high school and college students during 2011.
• Kateri Northwest Ministry Institute: $1,500 to conduct Kateri Weekends in Spokane, a program to enable and help create lay leadership within the local Native Church.
• Sacred Heart Parish Religious Education, Pullman: $500 to purchase and install a Video Projection Screen for the parish social hall.
• St. Michael Mission, Inche-lium: $978 to partially fund the Youth Summer Program for at-risk youth on the reservation; $200 to purchase materials and pay for speakers for the Adult Education Program; $200 to purchase materials for the Youth Sunday School Program.
• St. Joseph Parish, Otis Orchards: $750 to purchase materials and bring in speakers for the parish’s Just Faith formation program; $800 to pay expenses to bring in seven speakers for the parish Adult Faith Formation program; $800 to send four people to training for the Life Teen Program.
• St. Joseph Parish, Colbert: $750 to renew an annual subscription to Life Support and Edge Support materials in the Life Teen Program.
• St. Joseph Parish, Spokane: $2,000 to purchase textbooks and materials for approximately 60 Religious Education program students.
• St. Mary Presentation Parish, Deer park: $450 to purchase materials for an adult Bible study class on the Book of Revelation.
• St. Thomas More Catholic Student Center, Pullman: $700 to partially fund the cost of materials for RCIA, Bible study, Marriage preparation, and other programs for WSU students and members of the St. Thomas More Newman Center; $1,000 to partially fund retreats for approximately 100 students at Washington State University.


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