Mission And Ministry Application Process

2021 Application Process

The Mission and Ministry Fund provides critical resources to schools, diocesan programs and outreach ministries in the Diocese of Lexington.  Many recipients operate churches and programs in some of the poorest counties in the nation and would not survive without this support.The Mission and Ministry Fund is comprised of the proceeds from the Diocesan Annual Appeal; the Mission Network Program where speakers from our diocese make appeals for support in other dioceses across the United States;  the USCCB’s Subcommittee on Home Missions; significant support from Catholic Extension; a portion of the Collection for the Catholic Campaign for Human Development to assist with outreach efforts throughout the diocese to combat poverty; and a share of the Lenten Rice Bowl collection to assist with outreach efforts throughout the diocese to fight hunger.

Grants are awarded annually in the spring.  The diocesan Mission Panel, composed of representatives from the six diocesan deaneries, plus two at-large members, review requests and make funding recommendations.

Please read carefully.

The Mission Panel has made adjustments to facilitate a simplified application and provide opportunities for personal engagement between the applicants and the Panel.  If you have any questions, please contact Bobbi Silver at (859) 253-1993 or bsilver@cdlex.org.

  • There is now only ONE application for all organizations.  It is important that you, as the representative of your local organization, provide a thorough portrait of your organization and its needs.
  • Please pay special attention to the two narrative portions where you are asked to detail a) how the organization will use the funds requested and b) the summary of your organization’s mission and purpose.  Please include all information you feel is pertinent for the Panel to discern your request.
  • Finalists will be requested to present their case to the Mission Panel either in person or virtually on April 15, 2021.  A schedule of presentations will be compiled and issued by the Panel.  Each finalist will be given 10 minutes to state your organization’s case, followed by a few minutes for questions by the panel. You may make your presentation in person, by video conference or by phone.  (The Development Office is available if you are interested in getting assistance on how to make a successful presentation.)

2021 Funding Timeline

January 6, 2021 – Application link is available.

February 15, 2021 – Application submissions are DUE.  No applications will be accepted after this date.

April 15, 2021 – Mission Panel will meet to discuss applications.  Finalists will be asked to present their request for funding.  Applicants will be informed of their scheduled presentation time.

May 2021 – The Mission Panel’s recommendations for approval will be reviewed by the Bishop.

June 1, 2021 – Award notifications will be sent.