The CSMA Fund for Ministry Mission Statement

The Mission of The Catholic Service and Ministry Appeal Fund for Ministry is to encourage development and provide funding for unique programs and projects which address special needs within each vicariate of the Belleville Diocese...needs best identified by the people living there...while promoting the Gospel and Catholic faith throughout the Diocese of Belleville.

The Catholic Service and Ministry Appeal Fund for Ministry

The Diocese of Belleville is divided into five unique vicariates with specific challenges and needs.  The purpose of The Catholic Service and Ministry Appeal Fund for Ministry is to award grants which encourage development and provide funding for unique programs and projects that address special needs within each vicariate…needs best identified by the people living there…while promoting the Gospel and Catholic faith throughout the Diocese of Belleville.

The Catholic Service and Ministry Appeal Fund for Ministry is the outgrowth of a recommendation originally made by the 1989-1990 Diocesan Services Appeal (DSA) Review Committee.  Each year The Catholic Service and Ministry Appeal (CSMA) Agency Allocation and Accountability Committee makes recommendations for the allocation of CSMA funds to various diocesan agencies, departments and ministries, including The CSMA Fund for Ministry.  Any monies allocated to The Catholic Service and Ministry Appeal Fund for Ministry grant program are divided equally among the five vicariates. If a vicariate's allocation is not entirely awarded in a given year, the money not awarded will be added to that vicariate’s funds for allocation the following year.

While requests for funding of operational and capital expenditures will be considered, priority is given to those grant applications requesting funding for innovative programs and projects which minister to particular local Catholic needs.  Collaborative projects between or among Catholic parishes, schools and organizations are encouraged. 

Fund for Ministry 2017

A total of $17,500 was awarded by The Catholic Service and Ministry Appeal Fund for Ministry to 20 groups and organizations located in the five vicariates of our diocese in November, 2016.  The Fund for Ministry application form and updated application guidelines for the 2017 funding year can be downloaded on this page.  Please note that the deadline for submitting applications is May 1, 2017.

The Catholic Service and Ministry Appeal Fund for Ministry gives Catholic parishes, Catholic schools, Catholic groups and Catholic organizations an opportunity to receive funds for unique programs and projects that address special needs in our diocese.  Organizations, agencies and departments currently funded in part or in total by The Catholic Service and Ministry Appeal and individuals are not eligible for Catholic Service and Ministry Appeal Fund for Ministry grants.

You can download the Grant Application and Guidelines here...

document The CSMA Fund for Ministry Grant Application 2017 (186 KB)

document The CSMA Fund for Ministry Grant Application Guidelines 2017 (41 KB)

Grants will be awarded in September, 2017.  You are encouraged to share this information with others who might be interested in submitting an application. 

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