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 Diocesan Poverty Relief Fund

​The Diocesan Poverty Relief Fund was established by Bishop Lawrence E. Brandt in December 2009 to allow for better support of local organizations in the Diocese of Greensburg that completely accept and promote the mission of the Catholic Church in their care for the poor and needy. As of the March 2017 cycle, the Poverty Relief Fund has distributed a total of $363,986 in grants.

 Requesting and Receiving Funds

Poverty.jpgGrant proposals will be reviewed once each year in January.

Requests for funding are accepted throughout the year, and must be received or postmarked by the close of business (5:00 p.m.) November 2. Applications received after the deadline will be considered for funding during the next cycle.

When submitting a request:

  1. Be specific with the nature of the request and the amount requested.
  2. The amount being requested should be at least $750, and not exceed $5,000. 
  3. Each grant proposal should address only one project.
  4. Please note: The committee does not approve multiple year funding or general operating grants. Also, the committee will not review a list of projects and select one that is appealing.

Qualified grant applications will be reviewed and award decisions made according to the date of the application.

If a grant is awarded to an organization, the proceeds of that grant will not be distributed to, or be used to benefit, any other program or organization other than the applicant.

The Board of Trustees of Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Greensburg reserves the right to adjust grant request award amount based on funds collected/available for disbursement. Catholic Charities also reserves the right to request return of monies not utilized within the grant usage period, or if close-out report is not received by March 31 of the following year. Additionally, after a review of the close-out report(s), Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Greensburg reserves the right to request the return of a portion, or all, of the money, if the use of the grant money is not determined to be in accordance with the exactly stated parameters of the grant request award letter. Questions should be directed to Heather Rady at 724-837-1840.

Learn more, review the criteria, and view/print the application.

 Grant Timeline

Grant Timeline​Grant Details
​November 2, 2017​Proposals must be postmarked no later than November 2, 2017
​​​January 2018 Catholic Charities Board Meeting​Applications Reviewed and Finalized
Following the January 2018 Catholic Charities Board Meeting​Bishop's Approval
​March 2018​Funding ​Notification to Applicants
March 1, 2018 to March 31, 2019​Grant Period
​​March 31, 2019​Grant Report Due


​Submit proposals to:

The Diocesan Poverty Relief Fund Committee
c/o Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Greensburg
711 E. Pittsburgh Street
Greensburg, PA 15601-2636

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