Join the Stewardship and Development Office and the Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministry for a Lunch n’ Learn on current grantmaking initiatives.

In 2008, the diocese announced the receipt of a significant bequest from Robert and Catherine McDevitt. They directed the creation of several funds and named the areas/ministries they wished to be supported. The McDevitts were specific as to how the income from these funds was to be applied. Among other areas, they designated funds to be used for the “purposes, objectives and goals of the HOPE Appeal.” In December of 2010, Bishop Cunningham approved use of these funds in support of Evangelization and Food Pantry programs in parishes. With $350,000 in available funds — $150,000 in food pantry grants and $200,000 for evangelization grants — parishes can apply directly for grants.

The Heritage Committee approved the use of funds to support evangelization efforts to young adults. Funding, in the amount of $100,000, has been allocated for grants to parishes or groups of parishes, that will provide creative and innovative approaches that focus on evangelization to young adults ages 18-39 (18-year-olds should be post-high school). These are single year grants up to $7,500 (in subsequent years grant amounts will be up to $5,000). Grants have the potential to be renewed for two additional years (each year will require a new application and approval).

The grantmaking workshops will offer tips, techniques and best practices, and provide more information on McDevitt and Heritage Grants for the coming year. Anyone involved in the grant application process is welcome. Attendees do not have to be a current grant recipient to attend — this event is for anyone who wants to learn more about the grant application process.

Workshops will be held Oct. 27 at
1 p.m. at St. James Church in Johnson City (visit to register) and
Oct. 29 at 1 p.m. at Holy Cross Church in DeWitt (visit to register). The workshops will also be streamed live at; a recorded version will be available after each session at the same address.

For more information, contact Andrea Marshall, assistant director of development, at or (315) 470-1446.

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