Getting Started

Helping you make a difference

Our simple two-step process makes it easy for your organization to apply for a grant from The Catholic Community Foundation.

  1. Send us a brief letter of intent by the grant cycle deadline.
  2. Upon our request, submit a full proposal by the deadline.

Start by reviewing our grant policies.

Focus areas

In general, organizations seeking grants from the Foundation should align with one of our four primary focus areas:

  • Education: Supporting Catholic schools and religious education programs for students in kindergarten through twelfth grade.
  • Leadership development: Forming leaders for parishes, schools and agencies who can engage others in creating a vision, strategies and infrastructures to advance the church.
  • Community-building: Supporting initiatives that strengthen families and parishes and help those suffering from poverty, discrimination and violence.
  • Health care in Milwaukee: Awarding grants from a fund established by the St. Anthony Foundation for organizations providing health care services in Milwaukee, especially in central city areas formerly served by St. Anthony Hospital.

Eligible organizations

We focus on organizations listed in the Official Catholic Directory. Other tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organizations whose missions are consistent with that of the church may also apply.

Area served

The majority of a fund’s grants should be directed to the 10 counties of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee: Milwaukee, Waukesha, Ozaukee, Washington, Dodge, Racine, Kenosha, Walworth, Sheboygan and Fond du Lac.

Types of grants

The Catholic Community Foundation awards grants for limited-term projects and programs. We rarely fund multi-year grants or make capital and endowment grants; do not provide emergency funds; and depending on circumstances, may choose not to award grants to an organization for more than two consecutive years (except for health care services grants from the St. Anthony Fund).

See recent grants to see how our donors are changing lives.