January/February 2002

Workshops Scheduled for Mission and Ministry Fund Grant Applicants

Market-based organizations and participating congregations that want to apply for future grants from the Catholic Health Initiatives Mission and Ministry Fund grants are required to participate in a new, two-day workshop designed to enhance grant writing and implementation skills. The workshops, along with other recommendations for enhancing the Mission and Ministry Fund, were approved by the Mission and Ministry Fund Advisory Committee last October. The agenda for the workshops will include topics such as:
  • Overview of the history and purpose of the Mission and Ministry Fund.
  • Techniques for developing successful grant proposals.
  • Effective research and measurement processes.
  • Principles and processes for sustainability.
  • Comprehensive review of the Mission and Ministry Fund Resource Manual, which outlines the new, required application process and reporting forms for all project and planning grants.
"The first five years of the Catholic Health Initiatives Mission and Ministry Fund resulted in a wide variety of projects and community-building activities that have enriched the lives of thousands of individuals and improved the health of many communities," said Patricia A. Cahill, JD, president and chief executive officer of Catholic Health Initiatives. "The past five years have also taught us valuable lessons about the elements required for successful, sustainable projects and planning initiatives. "It is the hope of the Mission and Ministry Fund Advisory Committee that the revisions to the grant funding process and cycle will help grant recipients to be successful by strengthening grant-writing, data analysis and goal-setting skills; as well as developing and implementing projects and planning initiatives that are effective and sustainable in creating healthy communities," she added. For more information on the Mission and Ministry Fund or the grant workshops, contact Peggy Martin, OP, JCL, senior vice president of sponsorship and governance, at peggymartin@chi-national.org. Workshop Dates Each market-based organization and participating congregation may send up to five participants to the Mission and Ministry Fund Grant Workshops. The workshops will not be held again for two or three years, so organizations that plan to apply for grants within the next few years should plan to send representatives. Each workshop begins at noon and ends at noon the following day.

Dates		                Location

March 7 — 8, 2002             Baltimore, Md.
April 16 — 17, 2002	Portland, Ore.
April 24 — 25, 2002	Erlanger, Ky.
May 29 — 30, 2002	Minneapolis, Minn.
June 10 — 11, 2002	Denver, Colo.
June 13 — 14, 2002	Fargo, N.D.