Request for Proposals

Awards

Mental Health Ministry Grant awards are available for up to $87,500 to support mental health ministry activities for up to three years. For the first year, the recipient is eligible to receive up to 100 percent of the costs to support ministry activities (NTE $50,000).  For the second year, the recipient is eligible to receive up to 50 percent of the cost to support ministry activities (NTE $25,000). For the third year, the recipient is eligible to receive up 25 percent of the cost to support ministry activities (NTE $12,500).  The third year award is contingent upon recipients articulating a clear and specific commitment of fiscal support for ministry activities. We view this action as an indication of organizational commitment to the sustainability of the mental health ministry.

Applicants are urged to participate in upcoming webinars for additional information on RFP specifications and for examples of preferred program elements.  Additionally, the grant may be used to fund part time positions as well as to provide start-up funding for ministries seeking funding in the $5K to $25K range.  

Eligibility

To be eligible for consideration, applicants must:

  • Be a Roman Catholic diocese or parish operating within the United States of America.
  • All applications must include a letter of support from the bishop of their respective diocese.

Applications may be submitted from dioceses or directly from parishes.  For example, a parish may be designated as the center of the diocese’s mental health ministry or a large parish that would directly serve a significant number of people (i.e., 10,000 or more).  In either case, the application must include a letter of support from their bishop.

The Mental Health Ministry Grant funds only mental health ministry organizing and related activities.  The grant does not support general operations. Planning, needs assessment, and evaluation proposals will not be considered. Organizational improvement activities not focused on implementation of mental health ministries at the point-of-service, such as leadership development or financial system updates, are also ineligible. The grant also does not fund building campaigns, scholarships, endowments, lobbying, or awards to individuals.

Timeline

The Call for Proposals will be opened in late May or early June on this website.