DALLAS, Texas – The Catholic Foundation granted $897,483 to 17 schools, churches and organizations serving the Diocese of Dallas during a public granting ceremony at Sacred Heart of Jesus Christ Parish on April 27.

Grants are given twice yearly and support organizations that demonstrate their ability to meet the physical and spiritual needs of the Catholic community. 

They were made from the unrestricted endowment ($563,727), and the restricted funds ($333,756) of the The Catholic Foundation.

“For more than 55 years, the Foundation has been able to provide funding to programs and causes within our Diocese and beyond, including $65 million in grants during the last 25 years,” said Ed Schaffler, president and CEO of The Catholic Foundation.

“It’s a privilege to help fund the programs that allow so many organizations to continue enriching our communities through their excellent educational, religious and charitable work.”

Grants will be directed to a variety of causes including everything from textbook and curriculum updates in schools, to school and church renovations.

Among the programs that received funding was “A Mission of Excellence for Catholic Schools,” a strategic plan that will span all 31 diocesan schools, examining them to ensure their growth and sustainability. The outcome of this program will allow the diocese to make Catholic education accessible and affordable to all parts of the Catholic community.

The Catholic Foundation manages an unrestricted fund for grant requests, but the Foundation also works with families and individuals interested in starting donor-advised funds, named or otherwise, to benefit their communities today and for future generations.  More than $1,821,000 was granted in 2010.

All 17 grant recipients of The Catholic Foundation’s 2011 spring grants cycle are listed below, and restricted funds are listed when applicable:

• All Saints Catholic Church – $8,154; New Sound System with additional funding provided by the Roper Fund

• Christ the King Catholic Church – $25,000, construction of New Parish Center

• Diocesan Catholic Schools Office – $40,000, funding for Strategic Plan “Mission of Excellence for Catholic Schools”

• Epiphany Mission – $37,500, painting of church interior and exterior and new cabinets in Sacristy

• Good Shepherd Catholic School – $100,000, replace roof on school

• Holy Trinity Catholic School – $12,604, renovation of girls’ restroom, with additional funding provided by the William and Mary Jane Jaspersen Fund

• Our Lady of Perpetual Help School – $55,000, renovations and improvements in kitchen, cafeteria and student restrooms

• Redemptoris Mater Missionary Seminary – $60,000, replacement of air conditioning and heating system

• Sacred Heart of Jesus Christ Vietnamese Church– $20,000, furniture for CCD meeting rooms and social center

• St. Augustine Catholic Church – $16,500, repair courtyard at entrance of church

• St. Bernard of Clairvaux Catholic School – $7,089, installation of new fire alarm system, with additional funding provided by the Osborne Family Fund

• Santa Clara of Assisi Catholic Academy – $65,000, new textbooks and classroom resource materials

• St. Luke Catholic School – $35,880, curriculum updates, with additional funding provided by the Dorothy Irving Memorial Fund

• St. Philip Catholic School – $32,000, replace fire alarm system, with additional funding provided by the Louise Buhrer Endowment Fund

• Zero to Five Funders’ Collaborative – $25,000, “Together We Learn” program with Catholic Charities

• Holy Family of Nazareth School –  $35,000, tuition assistance, funding provided by the Dorothy Irving Memorial Fund

• St. Joseph’s Residence – $208,090, phase II building expansion, funding provided by Victoria and Leon Gulczynskin Memorial Fund ($194,459) and the Olga Faye Harper Senior Citizens Fund ($13,631)