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Diocese Announces Series of Grants to Aid Struggling Parishes and the Poor

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The Diocese of Raleigh has announced the awarding of 17 Parish Assistance Grants totaling $45,223. The grants are provided for one-time projects within small, financially struggling parishes that cannot be funded in the regular budget. Fifty percent of the funding is made possible by the Bishop’s Annual Appeal and fifty percent by an endowment made possible by the God’s Work Our Challenge Capital Campaign conducted 2001. Parish Assistance Grants are awarded twice a year.

Among the grants given in this current round are the following:

  • $3,000 - St. Catherine of Siena Church, Tarboro, for repair of Rectory roof
  • $4,386 - Sts. Mary & Edward Church, Roxboro, to build a handicap ramp
  • $3,000 - St. Ann, Fayetteville, for resurfacing of Church and school parking lots
  • $3,000 - St. Isidro Church, Stedman, for sound system and tables/chairs for religious education
  • $2,110 - St.Joseph Church, Burgaw, for painting of Church exterior and an office copier
  • $5,000 - Our Lady of the Snows Mission, Elizabethtown, for ceiling repair and electrical work
  • $5,000 - Catholic Community of Bertie County, Windsor, for roof repair of parish house

The Diocesan Department of Stewardship and Advancement also announced the awarding of 39 Diocesan Endowment for the Poor grants to individuals, organizations and agencies working to alleviate the plight of those in need. The total amounted to $90,600, which was equally divided among the Diocese’s eight Deaneries for distribution in their respective regions.

The Endowment for the Poor grants date back more than 20 years and were made possible by the sale of 75-acres of land to North Carolina State University in the late 1980s on what is known as the “Nazareth Property,” located in west Raleigh. The sale of the acreage was the beginning of what is now NCSU’s Centennial Campus. The Diocese of Raleigh maintains 38 acres of land adjacent to Centennial Campus, which currently houses the Catholic Center.