Grant Opportunities

Diocesan Youth Endowment Fund

The main objective of the Diocesan Youth Endowment Fund is to support those activities which: create opportunities for youth and families to encounter Christ, provide more effective ways of accompanying youth and families in their faith formation, and prepare them as intentional missionary disciples. The Diocesan Youth Endowment Committee will continue to pray, seek input from parish leaders, and discern carefully the priorities for ministering to youth and their families. May our good and gracious God continue to bless all of the generous donors and guide the endeavors of parishes, schools, and the diocese in ministering to youth and their families.

Individual Grant Assistance

***Check the application for individual deadlines***

Individuals may use this form for assistance with:

  • National Conferences, Institutes (NCYC, Notre Dame Inst., etc.)
  • Camps (ie. Life Teen Camp)
  • Steubenville Conference
  • DYC
  • Camp Re-NEW-All
  • Camp Barnabas
  • March for Life Pilgrimage

Parishes & Schools Grant Assistance

***Last day to apply for assistance: June 23, 2023

Parishes and schools may use this form for:

  • New Faith Formation/Evangelization initiatives in Catholic High Schools
  • Guest speaker presentations/retreats in Catholic grade schools
  • Guest speaker presentations or retreats in parishes
  • Youth Adventure Program Retreats/Lock-Ins
  • Funding for Youth Ministry program subscriptions (ie. Lifeteen, YDisciple)
  • Resources/Supplies for faith formation and youth ministry programs – books, online resources, computer/smart tv, etc.
    ~ Application for GROUP/PARISH/SCHOOL Grant Assistance

Endowment Fund for Lay Leadership

The Endowment Fund for Lay Leadership is a fund to promote continuing Catholic education among the laity of the Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau. Catholic education refers to formal training in the many disciplines which affect the Church in Southern Missouri, including but not limited to: theology, music, liturgy, religious education, evangelization, family life, and youth ministry.

The grant application process is open twice annually.

Please remember that grant applications are primarily for registration and tuition. Room, board, or transportation needs will be considered on a secondary basis. Monies are granted for both parish and regional efforts. An application form and grant guidelines may be found below. Applicants who received a grant previously must have already returned a completed evaluation form before another grant can be considered. The application form must be fully completed, with recommendation and signature of the pastor, and submitted to Endowment Fund for Lay Leadership, c/o Rev. J Friedel, Our Lady of the Lake Parish, 203 Vaughn Dr., Branson, MO 65616-2542. For more information, contact Fr. J Friedel at (417) 334-2928, or Email at

Lay Endowment Fund  Grant Guidelines      Evaluation Form
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