Fostering Community Growth

Deeply Rooted In Our Community Of Faith

CCF distributes grants on behalf of our donors and institutional partners to organizations serving the spiritual, educational, and social needs of our Catholic community. And through the Legacy Fund, CCF addresses urgent and emerging community needs using funds donated without restriction.

When you give through CCF, you can have peace of mind and peace of heart knowing CCF screens all nonprofits — regardless of religious affiliation — to verify their tax status; financial management practices, accountability and transparency; grant use; and mission and program.

$17.3 million

Grants Distributed in Fiscal Year 2021

$207 million

Grants Distributed Since 1992

CCF Grantmaking Overview

Grants distributed by the Catholic Community Foundation of Minnesota (CCF) are either donor-directed or CCF-directed.

Recipients of donor-directed grants are either identified by the founding donor of an endowment and restricted to those charities in perpetuity; or are recommended in real time by the advisor of a donor advised fund.

Recipients of CCF-directed grants — also referred to as ”discretionary grants” — are identified by CCF. Through our discretionary grantmaking, we strive to be a catalyst for strength and vitality in our Catholic community.

*Note: CCF operates on a July 1 – June 30 fiscal year.

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Donor-Directed

$15.2 million

Grants Distributed in Fiscal Year 2021

​Recipients of donor-directed grants are either identified by the founding donor of an endowment and restricted to those charities in perpetuity; or are recommended in real time by the advisor of a donor advised fund.

Source of Grants

  • Donor Advised Funds
  • Institutional Endowments
  • Community Endowments

Grantmaking Process

​Grants from donor advised funds are processed weekly. Grants from institutional and community endowments are disbursed annually in the spring.

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CCF-Directed

$2.1 million

Grants Distributed in Fiscal Year 2021

​Recipients of CCF-directed grants are determined by a competitive invitation-only grant proposal process. The CCF Board of Directors’ Grants Committee approves all CCF-directed grants.

Grant Programs

Click here to read about CCF’s grantmaking programs.

Grantmaking Process

CCF’s discretionary grant programs operate on a by-invitation-only basis. 

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Current Grant Opportunity

Professional Development Grants

Lay ecclesial ministers can receive grants for assistance with the cost of graduate level education, ministry certificates, or continuing professional education.

Catholic school teachers can receive grants for assistance with the cost of programs that provide the teacher with religious formation, instruction in Catholic thought and teaching, spiritual growth, and/or methods of catechesis.

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Jules Vierling
Grants Manager
651-389-0880
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Meg Payne Nelson
Vice President of Impact
651-389-0882
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