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 in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis.

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.

How do I apply?
Simply download the grant guidelines and application, complete the form, and return to CCF Program Manager Meg Payne Nelson at nelsonm@ccf-mn.org.

Download for Teachers

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Lay Ecclesial Ministers

Who can apply?
Lay ecclesial ministers in any department serving parishes in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis.

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.

How do I apply?
Simply download the grant guidelines and application, complete the form, and return to CCF Program Manager Meg Payne Nelson at nelsonm@ccf-mn.org.

Download for Lay Ministers

Please email the completed document to Vice President of Impact Meg Payne Nelson at nelsonm@ccf-mn.org.

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

  • Summer classes and conferences: March 15th.
  • Fall classes and conferences: July 15th.
  • Spring classes and conferences: November 15th.

Notification of commitments will be made within three weeks of applying.

Note: CCF cannot make grants to individuals, so the check will be made payable to your parish or school. They will 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