The total amount of financial assistance available for disbursement to an individual during any fiscal year is determined by the amount of available funds and by the number of approved applications.
In all cases, approval or denial of an application, as well as the amount disbursed, is solely at the discretion of the director of the Office for Lay Ecclesial Ministry and the financial assistance review board. Denied applications may not be appealed.
Financial assistance is limited to individuals studying at educational institutions approved by the Office for Lay Ecclesial Ministry for course work applicable to an area of ecclesial ministry appropriate to the laity.
Financial assistance is in the form of a grant applied for and given on an annual basis. The Anselm Fund does not make educational loans of any type.
Financial assistance requests for expenses other than tuition and required course fees are considered ancillary types of financial assistance and fall under the description of "special circumstances." The director of the Office for Lay Ecclesial Ministry, in consultation with the financial assistance review board, determines the legitimacy of "special circumstance" requests. The decisions based on these determinations may not be appealed.