2020 St. John Paul II Fund Grant Applications are now open

BRIDGEPORT—For the third year, parishes and churches throughout the Diocese of Bridgeport are invited to apply for funding that will innovate and re-energize religious education programs, youth ministry initiatives or other faith formation projects that target underserved groups.

Responding to Bishop Caggiano’s invitation to lifelong formation, in February 2018, parishes were invited to reimagine faith formation at every level by announcing the Saint John Paul II Fund for Religious Education and Youth Ministry, which offered grant opportunities to assist their efforts.

The grants were specifically designed to help diocesan parishes/organizations serve those populations they may not have been able to serve before and to fund significant changes in the very fabric of their outreach to the faithful in their parishes. They ranged from $500 to $10,000 in total. Proposals that sought widespread reform were preferred over smaller proposals. Requests in excess of $5,000 were to be so innovative that they sought to change the very fabric of formation in a given parish.

All applications will be submitted online and are due by April 2, 2020.

(Go to for grant information and the application link.)