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Grant Guidelines

Mission Statement:

The mission of the Catholic Human Services Foundation is to promote and enhance the quality of life to those in need. To achieve this goal, the Foundation’s primary focus will be to support Catholic organizations providing health and human services; including hospitals, medical research facilities, innovative educational programs and specialized programs for the disabled. The Foundation also directs its resources toward other worthy and charitable causes.

Grant Applicant:

The applicant must be a United States based non-profit organization entitled to exemption from federal income tax under section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

Geographic Interest:

Grants are primarily given, but not limited to, Catholic organizations (including domestic and foreign missions) located in Delaware, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

Grant Range:

Typically, Grants are given from $500-$15,000, or at the discretion of the Foundation Board of Directors.

Grants are primarily for supplies and equipment

Grant Awards:

The Foundation Board of Directors meets four times a year in March, June, September and December to review applications and approve Grant awards.


Grants to individuals, scholarships, endowments and fellowships will not be considered.

Grants will not be given to supporting organizations having a 509 (a) (3) status under the Internal Revenue Service Code.

Grants will not be used as reimbursement for previously ordered/purchased items.

Grants are not given for salaries, administrative expenses or matching funds.

Grants will not be provided for non-U.S. based organizations.

Grant funds may not be used for taxes or shipping and handling charges.

Grants will not be considered for demonstration projects or capital campaigns.

Grants will not be awarded to the same organization or project on an ongoing basis.

Grant funds cannot be used to carry out propaganda, to attempt to influence legislation, to engage in any activity which would influence the outcome of any specific public election or to carry on any voter registration drive.

Procedure for Grant Application:

Write to Colleen Kelly, Grant Program Officer, at P.O. Box 216, Ringoes, NJ 08551. The initial approach entails submitting a “Letter of Inquiry” on the organizations letterhead stationery which should include:

  1. the legal name and mission of the organization,
  2. the purpose of the Grant,
  3. the amount of funds requested and
  4. a copy of the letter from the Internal Revenue Service determining that the non-profit organization is exempt from federal income tax under section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

    A copy of the most recent letter from the Internal Revenue Service to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops ruling that organizations listed in The Official Catholic Directory (OCD) published by P.J. Kenedy & Sons are non-profit organizations and exempt from federal income tax under section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code PLUS copies of the cover page and page where the organization is listed in the most recent edition of the OCD.

Grant Application will be sent to the organization with the provision that it has met the funding priorities found in the Mission Statement of the Catholic Human Services Foundation. All information must be completed in its entirety; otherwise the Grant will not be considered.

Following review of this application and the requested attachments, a Pre-Grant Inquiry will be performed, which shall include a limited investigation of the applicant’s identity, the applicant’s prior history and any other information deemed relevant in determining the applicant’s likelihood of complying with the terms of the Grant requested and accomplishing the purpose of the Grant.

After completion of the Pre-Grant Inquiry, a decision will be made to either approve or reject the Grant request. All decisions of the Foundation Board of Directors are final. Failure to receive a Grant does not prohibit the applicant from applying the following calendar year.

A responsible officer of the organization approved for a Grant will be required to submit a Letter of Acknowledgement for the Grant and sign and seal the Grant Agreement Contract with the organization’s Corporate Seal. This contract is a legally binding agreement between the Grantee organization and the Foundation, specifying the terms and conditions of the Grant award. The Grant funds must be spent within a sixty (60) day time-frame for Grants provided to organizations based in the United States and ninety (90) days for international Grants.

Final Evaluation Report will be required at the conclusion of the Grant process which includes a close-out expenditure report, copies of all original paid receipts from vendors or cancelled checks for purchase orders and, if applicable, photographs.