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PARISH GRANTS

 

OCP Parish Grants Program

Thank you to all who applied this year for an OCP Parish Grant! The 2020 application is now closed.
All applicants will be notified and recipients will be announced this fall.

We will begin accepting applications in mid-January, 2021.

 

 

The OCP Parish Grants program is a unique program of direct financial grants authorized by the OCP Board of Directors to provide assistance to parishes seeking to enhance the worship experience of their parish community. Grants are awarded annually, and the number and amounts given vary from year to year. It was established as a means of providing Catholic churches with financial support for religious, educational and charitable purposes.

Parish Grant applications are open to:

  • Roman Catholic parishes;
  • Located within the 50 US states;
  • That did not receive an OCP Parish Grant the previous year.

Recipients of a Parish Grant must use the money for liturgical and/or musical purposes.

Parish Grants are commonly used for:

  • Improving multicultural ministries with additional training and purchasing of bilingual worship materials;
  • Providing online, digital or electronic resources to support liturgy preparation;
  • Upkeep, repair and replacement of musical instruments, equipment and facilities;
  • Purchasing music, hymnals and other worship materials;
  • Attending or hosting musical or liturgical conferences or workshops.

Pastors will be notified of the results of their application. Award decisions are at OCP’s sole discretion, and all decisions are final. Recipients of an OCP grant must comply with any and all applicable laws and regulations in connection with the grant and the funded project. In order to protect your privacy, any information shared with OCP in connection to the grants program will be used to process your application and will not be shared with anybody else, unless or except as authorized by you, the applicant. This grant program is void outside of the U.S. and where prohibited by law. Recipients must allow for public announcement of their award by OCP and be willing to share their experiences through OCP publications and other media.

 
 

Find quick answers to common Parish Grants questions along with a list of past recipients.

FAQs     Past Recipients

 

“As Hawaii is the most distant U.S. state, it is often expensive, time consuming and difficult to get speakers and musicians to visit. We used our OCP scholarship to host Fr. Ricky Manalo in 2019 — and what a success he was! Many of our parishioners are Asian and Filipino, and we love Fr. Ricky’s music…People came from many parishes on Oahu. We had over 450 people attend, and all were just amazed at his spirituality, humility, knowledge and talent. We augmented our OCP grant with “free will” offerings and were able to bring Fr. Ricky back in February 2020…Thank you, OCP, for providing a grant, wonderful speakers and spirit-enlivening resources!”

—St. John Apostle and Evangelist Church in Mililani, HI

 
Jerome Ranek, Pastor

“Thank you for the…grant which we used to purchase this portable podium with microphone and speakers.”

—Fr. Jerome Ranek, Pastor, St. Peter’s of Sisseton, SD

 

“I was delighted to receive note of OCP’s recent generous grant in support of Saint Helen Catholic Church in South Gate, which will be used to enhance this parish community’s liturgy and music. The Saint Helen community will enjoy the benefit of this investment for years to come!”

—Most Reverend Jose H. Gomez, Archbishop of Los Angeles

 

“On behalf of our Pastor, Father Woodrow Pace, and the parish community of Saints Peter and Paul Parish, please accept our heartfelt gratitude for the OCP Parish Grant…to rebuild our choir’s music library. We are grateful for the work of composers and publishers as we strive to provide music that is liturgical, pastoral and beautiful, beginning with a composer’s creativity to the voices of the assembly, uplifted in prayer. Thank you for your support of our efforts to engage, unite and inspire.”

—Janice A. Dworschak, Coordinator of Liturgical Music, Saints Peter and Paul Parish of Independence, WI