Professional Development Grants

Up to $1,000

​A recent study funded by the Catholic Community Foundation of Minnesota (CCF) surveyed active lay ministers in our faith community. From that study, we learned that you’re hungry for professional development opportunities. AND, we learned that those opportunities need to work for your unique context and schedule.

That’s why we’ve allocated grant funds to allow you to feed your desire to grow professionally and spiritually. The best part? You get to propose the professional development opportunity that you feel would help and inspire you most.

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Catholic School Teachers

Who can apply?
Lay elementary and secondary Catholic school teachers of any subject employed in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis at the time of the class or program.

What programs qualify?
This grant is 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.


Teachers: Apply Now

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Lay Ecclesial Ministers

Who can apply?
Lay ecclesial ministers serving a parish in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis in any department, who are working at the parish during the class or program. Preference is given to paid employees.

What programs qualify?
This grant is for assistance with the cost of graduate level educationministry certificates, or continuing professional education designed to provide our ministers with strong theology and management skills needed to strengthen the parishes they serve.


Lay Ministers: Apply Now

Applications will be processed up to three times per year, as funds allow. Schedule is as follows:

  • for summer classes and conferences, apply between February 1 and March 15th.
  • for fall classes and conferences, apply between June 1 and July 15th.
  • for spring classes and conferences, apply between October 1 and November 15th.

Notification of commitments will be made within three weeks of each deadline.

Note: CCF cannot make grants to individuals, so the check will be made payable to your parish or school. They can reimburse you, or pay for the program on your behalf. 

Not sure where to start? We’ve pulled together a list of programs as a jumping-off point for you. This list is not exhaustive. Feel free to apply for a program not on the list if it better suits your needs.

Download Program List