The Catholic Foundation Awards $1.7 Million

The Catholic Foundation awarded $1.7 million to 34 Dallas-area Catholic schools and churches, plus community organizations during its 2024 spring grant ceremony on April 18.

Funded by the Foundation’s unrestricted Philanthropy Fund and funds established by individuals and families to carry out their charitable goals, the grants support a diverse mix of projects that include playground and classroom renovations, security enhancements and fencing, sanctuary lighting, baptismal font, work study shuttle bus, plus kitchen, roof and window replacements.

The grants also go toward the Dallas Bishop’s Burse which can be used at the bishop’s discretion to assist local charitable organizations. In addition, today’s grants assist the Foundation’s President’s Discretionary Fund that serves local organizations and projects in need, the Work of Heart Awards that recognize full-time employees at Dallas-area Catholic schools and a designated high school tuition assistance program in which funds go to students whose parents work in some capacity for the Diocese of Dallas.

“The warm and tender hand of Catholic Foundation donors once again embrace the needs of North Texas,” said Matt Kramer, president and CEO of The Catholic Foundation. “With these grants, each of the churches, schools and nonprofits will be better positioned to offer a higher level of care to the individuals and families who rely upon them for support.”

Twice per year, The Catholic Foundation distributes community grants to local Catholic churches and schools and nonprofit organizations. Grant requests are reviewed by the Board of Trustees’ Distribution Committee, followed by documented site visits by Trustees through which the recipients and funding amounts are determined.

The Catholic Foundation has, over time, provided more than $287 million in grants to religious, charitable and educational organizations. In 2023, The Catholic Foundation awarded 2,700 grants totaling more than $20.9 million.

The 2024 spring grant recipients are as follows:

All Saints Catholic Church: Playground renovation

Bishop Dunne Catholic School: Security enhancements

Catholic Charities Dallas – Brady Center: Senior services (Funding from the Louise Buhrer Endowment Fund)

Catholic Housing Initiative – St. Jude Center-Vantage Point: Pavilion

Catholic Pro-Life Community: A/V equipment

Church of the Incarnation: Sanctuary lighting

Cristo Rey Dallas College Prep: Work study shuttle bus (Partial funding from the Joe & Hazel Fechtel Fund)

Diocese of Dallas – Catholic Schools Office: Field trips for schools (Partial funding from the William & Mary Jane Jaspersen Fund)

Divine Mercy of Our Lord Catholic Church: Classroom furniture

Good Shepherd Catholic School: Window replacement (Partial funding from the Mary Anne Woods Fund)

The Highlands School: Window replacement

Holy Trinity Catholic Church: HVAC

Legionaries of Christ: Rectory repairs

Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic School: Roof replacement (Partial funding from the Thomas W. Weinzapfel Endowment)

Santa Clara of Assisi Catholic Academy: HVAC (Partial funding from the Bernard (Brian) Bradley Endowment Fund)

St. Ann Catholic Parish: Church sound system

St. Gabriel the Archangel Catholic Community: Playground and parking lot

St. Joseph Catholic Church: Parking lot repairs

St. Joseph Catholic School: Classroom renovation

St. Joseph’s Residence: Kitchen and laundry renovation (Partial funding from the Victoria & Leon Gulczynski Memorial Fund)

St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Parish: Baptismal font (Partial funding from the Osborne Family Endowment

St. Paul Catholic Classical School: Security enhancements (Partial funding from the Roper Fund)

St. Philip the Apostle Catholic Church: Security fencing (Partial funding from the Thomas John Uhl Fund)

St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic School: Lower school library renovations

The tuition assistance recipients received funding from either the Louise Buhrer Endowment Fund, Dorothy Irving Memorial Fund or Michele McCusker Memorial Fund and are as follows:

Good Shepherd Catholic School

Holy Family Catholic Academy

Holy Trinity Catholic School

Immaculate Conception Catholic School

Mount St. Michael Catholic School

Santa Clara of Assisi Catholic Academy

St. Bernard of Clairvaux Catholic School

St. Cecilia Catholic School

St. Elizabeth of Hungary Catholic School

St. Mary of Carmel Catholic School

St. Mary’s Catholic School

St. Paul Catholic Classical School

St. Philip & St. Augustine Catholic Academy

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