Providing strong Catholic Education programs for our youth has always been a priority of the Knights. In 1984, Monsignor Joseph Mancuso spearheaded a drive to raise money to establish a $1,000,000 trust fund for Catholic Education programs. Beginning in 1990, interest earned from this fund has been used to provide grants totaling $524,800 to over 245 different Catholic Schools and Parish-based youth Religious Education programs.
Catholic Schools (Pre-Schools, Parochial Schools, and High Schools) and Religious Education programs (K-12) may apply for either a $500 or $1,000 grant. Application forms are available on the Forms page of this website. Completed applications may be emailed using the online form, sent via postal mail, or faxed and are due by March 2, 2015 (Electronic submissions are preferred!). Postal submissions must be postmarked by March 2, 2015 and be received by March 5, 2015 to be considered.
Grant recipients will be announced at the State Convention and funds will hopefully be distributed before the end of the 2014-2015 School year.
In the 2013-2014 fraternal year, 47 $1,000 grants and 15 $500 grants were awarded. Please encourage your Catholic School and/or Religious Education program to submit an application this year.
Here are the 2014 Grant award winners.
Note: The 2015 Grant award Instructions and Application Forms are on the Forms page, under Catholic Education Grant Information
- Deals with a specifically Catholic dimension of education which is in conformity with the Magisterium of the Catholic Church.
- Would affect a high percentage of the potential number of students enrolled or other persons involved.
- Shows promise of continuing after the initial funding is expended.
- Does not merely replace what is an expected service but offers an improved dimension (supplements basic programs, does not supplant, or initiate a needed program).
- Could be replicated in other Catholic educational settings.
- Show clearly the basis of need for this project.
- Show clearly the inability of the local setting to meet this need.
- Would be implemented by personnel with appropriate background and expertise.
- Is accompanied by a budget which meets requirements and includes no request for overhead expenses unless it is a new project.
- Offers matching effort (not necessarily financial) on the local level to the extent possible.
If you would like to make a Memorial Donation to the Catholic Education Fund, click here.