The Francis Fund takes its name from the life and works of St. Francis of Assisi, the saint of spontaneous benevolence. This fund is available for learning outside of academic walls and extended learning periods. It is designed for those parishes and individuals in the Diocese of Greensburg seeking to find enrichment and inspiration.
As part of The Catholic Foundation of the Diocese of Greensburg, funding for the Francis Fund is distributed to the diocese for the purpose of supporting the faith development of the laity and enrichment of those engaged in various ministries throughout the diocese. We encourage people involved in ecclesial ministries such as liturgy, catechesis (including Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults [RCIA], Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, marriage preparation and enrichment, teachers in Catholic schools), youth ministry, social ministries and ministries of care, as well as business managers and secretaries to request scholarships from the Francis Fund to further their growth and development in faith.
The Francis Fund offers scholarships of $40 to $300 to cover registration fees for workshops, seminars, conferences, institutes, or similar educational/formational opportunities. The Francis Fund does not fund scholarships for degrees or other long-term certification programs.
In addition to individual scholarships, a parish or groups of parishes in a region may apply for grants to support the faith formation of young people and adults through programs in Scripture, theology and spirituality or ministerial skills.
Administered by the diocesan Office for Evangelization and Faith Formation