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

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