Georgia Bulletin

The Newspaper of the Catholic Archdiocese of Atlanta


Catholic Foundation of North Georgia announces 2016 spring grant awards

Published September 23, 2016

ATLANTA—The Catholic Foundation of North Georgia issued 40 grants totaling $140,000 for the 2016 spring grant cycle from the Community Services Fund, General Fund, Goizueta Fund, Nellie Dodd McAdams Fund, Conrads Family Education Fund, and the Archbishop Donoghue Fund for Life. Nancy Coveny, executive director, announced that these grants will support the Catholic community through a variety of causes within the Archdiocese of Atlanta.

The Catholic Foundation attracts, professionally manages, and invests gifts to support the current and long-term financial needs of parishes, schools, charities and other ministries to help them achieve their missions. The foundation accepts grant applications and makes grant awards twice yearly.

General spring grant awards

The Catholic Foundation’s board of directors awarded and approved 40 general grants from several funds as follows:

All Embrace, Alpharetta: $1,500 to create family remembrance journals, based on the Catholic teaching, to help families who have lost a baby through miscarriage, stillbirth and infant death process their grief.

Asian American Resource Center, Duluth: $2,000 for general operating support of the Homeless Family Empowerment Program.

Atlanta Hospital Hospitality House, Atlanta: $2,000 to contribute to the capital campaign to renovate the facility, which provides lodging, meals, and supportive companionship to families and patients who travel to Atlanta for health care.

C5 Georgia Youth Foundation, Atlanta: $1,500 to help fund the Road to College program as part of the leadership youth development program for high-potential teens from challenged environments.

Catholic Charities, Smyrna: $4,500 to help support housing counseling and financial education services to protect Atlanta area seniors from foreclosures and financial scams.

Community Farmers Markets, Atlanta: $1,500 to support the educational programs on cultivating, harvesting, preparing, and enjoying health food for the low-income and low-access families in the Decatur Housing Authority Properties.

Corpus Christi Church (Little Ones Preschool), Stone Mountain: $2,000 to fund the balance of tuition for students receiving Georgia Childcare and Parent Services funding for single mothers who are working or attending school and are below the poverty level.

Cristo Rey Atlanta Jesuit High School, Atlanta: $10,000 to contribute to the capital campaign to transform a donated office building into a campus equipped to house 500 students.

DDD Foundation, Inc., Atlanta: $1,500 for the adult patients without Medicaid who attend the dental clinic. The clinic, a nonprofit located in DeKalb County, provides accessible, comprehensive dental treatments to patients with developmental disabilities.

Family Promise of Forsyth County, Cumming: $1,000 to help fund van maintenance to transport homeless families to a day center which provides help with resumes, financial counseling and job or apartment searches.

Fragile Kids Foundation, Atlanta: $2,500 to help fund the “Lifts of Love Program,” and supply one family on the waiting list with a wheelchair lift for their vehicle.

Georgia Tech Catholic Center, Atlanta: $2,000 to cover the cost of one of four FOCUS missionaries for the 2016-17 school year who work to spread and deepen the faith of the students.

Holy Cross Church, Atlanta: $3,500 for a stipend for a bilingual catechist for the Burmese community, to catechize, hear confessions, help with marriage issues and all other sacraments.

Holy Redeemer School, Johns Creek: $3,000 to upgrade the outdated, frequently non-functioning newsroom equipment, which provides a live daily prayer and news broadcast produced by the students.

Holy Spirit Preparatory School, Atlanta: $7,000 toward the purchase of a new bus to replace ones purchased in 2004 for athletic events, mission trips, school Masses and other events.

Ignatius House Retreat Center, Atlanta: $3,000 to help fund the Ignatian Spirituality Project, offering days of reflection and overnight retreats to guests who have experienced homelessness and are in recovery from addiction.

Interfaith Children’s Movement, Atlanta: $1,500 to help fund the End Mass Incarceration/Healing Communities Network, which empowers faith communities to support youth and their families upon reentry after incarceration.

Latin America Association, Atlanta: $2,000 to support implementation of a new database for the Latino Youth Leadership Academy, a mentoring program for low-income, at-risk Latino youth that seeks to help them graduate from high school prepared for college and careers.

Mary Our Queen Church, Norcross: $2,000 to help purchase furnishings and materials to add kindergarten through second grade to the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd religious education program.

New Hope Enterprises, Atlanta: $2,000 to provide intake, case management, STRIVE, and digital literacy training to five low-income people so they are prepared to meet basic employment qualifications.

Next Generation Focus, Cumming: $2,000 for general operating costs to continue to provide tutoring and educational enrichment services to at-risk students in Forsyth and Gwinnett counties.

North Fulton Community Charities, Roswell: $2,500 to provide longer term financial support for rent and utilities for medically fragile participants with chronic or terminal illnesses.

Our Lady of Victory School, Tyrone: $5,000 to upgrade the student computer lab, including one teacher desktop, 15 student desktops, replacement Promethean board and projector.

Portal de Salud, Peachtree Corners: $2,500 to help the cost of planning, implementation and follow up activities of the 2016 Health Fair.

Pregnancy Aid Clinic: $2,500 to purchase materials for the parenting classes in the Hapeville and Roswell clinics.

Reach Out and Read Georgia, Johns Creek: $1,500 toward overall costs of offering the reading program to pediatric clinics in low-income areas.

Rebuilding Together Atlanta, Atlanta: $2,000 to renovate the interiors of homes of low-income seniors, retired military, disabled persons and multi-generational families to help them be safe and healthy.

Senior Connections, Atlanta: $2,000 to help purchase new equipment to upgrade the kitchen used for Meals On Wheels.

St. John Neumann Regional School, Lilburn: $2,500 to supplement funding for a learning garden that will act as an outdoor classroom for the STREAM curriculum for K-8 students.

St. John the Evangelist School, Hapeville: $25,000 for capital support for the “Honoring Our Past, Living Our Mission, Building Our Future” project, which includes an Enrichment Center, Fine Arts Building and parking lot.

St. Joseph Church, Marietta: $1,500 to help fund the Catechist Formation Conference 2016 at St. Jude Church, Atlanta.

St. Jude the Apostle Church, Atlanta: $1,000 to help improve the youth room with a TV, speakers, lighting and an Apple MacBook.

St. Oliver Plunkett Preschool, Snellville: $4,000 to fund the equipment and installation for a new playground, as the archdiocesan inspection cited the current equipment not suited for commercial purposes.

St. Peter Claver Regional School, Decatur: $20,000 to redevelop the school’s field for recess, PE class, the extended school program and extracurricular activities like soccer.

St. Thomas Aquinas Church, Alpharetta: $1,000 to purchase two notepads for the welcome ministry greeters.

St. Thomas More School, Decatur: $3,000 to create an afterschool MakerSpace for the students to add to the STREAM curriculum.

St. Vincent de Paul Georgia, Chamblee: $2,500 to help fund the opening of the newest family support center in Commerce.

The Community School, Decatur: $1,500 to help overall cost of the school program and Young Adults in Transition Program.

The Extension, Inc., Marietta: $2,000 to help with the general operating costs of the residential recovery program.

Parish enrichment grant awards

The Catholic Foundation’s Pastors Advisory Council awarded and approved 10 parish enrichment grants from the General Fund:

Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, Atlanta: $1,000 to purchase a portable sound system for outdoor activities and ceremonies.

Queen of Angels Church, Thomson: $1,000 to install wi-fi in the parish buildings.

St. Bernadette Church, Cedartown: $1,000 to provide $700 for a Hispanic Ministry certificate of pastoral theology and $300 for technology updates.

St. Francis of Assisi Church, Cartersville: $1,000 for a mobile audiovisual set-up, including a cart, laptop, projector and speakers.

St. James the Apostle Church, McDonough: $1,000 to provide two parish fellowship meals, the Mass and dinner for married couples, and an Advent gathering for families.

St. Joseph Catholic Church, Washington: $1,000 to install internet access in the parish hall and church.

St. Mark Church, Clarkesville: $1,000 to purchase an adequate number of chairs for Mass and the St. Dominic Learning Center.

St. Stephen the Martyr Church, Lilburn: $1,000 to support a Life Teen mission week and a youth retreat.

St. Thomas Aquinas Church, Alpharetta: $1,000 to purchase materials for the Faith Formation for Families with Young Children and the Mealtime Catechesis programs.

St. Thomas the Apostle Church, Smyrna: $1,000 to fund two parishioners to participate in the Certificado en Teologia Pastoral Spanish online program.

The next deadline of the General and Parish Enrichment grant programs is 5 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 30, 2016. To receive the current application, please email the foundation at One application per organization or archdiocesan department may be submitted via email, fax or mail.