Parish Grants - Overview and Eligibility
The OCP Parish Grants is a unique program of direct financial grants authorized by the Board of Directors of OCP to enhance the worship experience of parish communities throughout the United States. It is a yearly program; the number and amount of grants may vary from year to year.
The OCP Parish Grants program arises from OCP's mission statement: To serve the Catholic Church by providing financial support to be used for religious, educational and charitable purposes, as well as to serve our customers with unparalleled excellence, seeking always to anticipate their needs.
Who Can Apply
Any Roman Catholic parish in the United States may apply for an OCP Parish Grant. The only restriction is that the purpose be linked to liturgy/music. A parish does not have to use an OCP worship program to qualify for a grant.
The program has now awarded more than $1,100,000 to over 500 parishes, large and small, across the country. Many communities have used their grant to build or improve multicultural ministries, including training and worship materials in support of bilingual liturgies. Others uses include purchase or repair of musical instruments and equipment; attendance at or hosting of music/liturgy conferences or workshops; facilities maintenance and improvements; music, hymnals and other worship materials; and online tools and other electronic resources in support of liturgy preparation.
OCP Parish Grants are limited to Roman Catholic parishes. We regret that valuable ministries such as campus, youth or prison ministry and religious communities, such as monasteries, convents or seminaries, are not eligible for this program.
Applying for an OCP Parish Grant
Applications are available online and may be submitted every year between April 1 and June 30. Recipients will be announced the following spring.
Each applicant will be notified of the results. Award decisions shall be at OCP's sole discretion. All decisions are final. Grant recipients must comply with all applicable laws and regulations in connection with the grant and the funded project. The requested information will be used to process your application and will not be shared with others, except as authorized by you. This program is void where prohibited by law.
Grant recipients must allow public announcement of their grant award by OCP, and be willing to share their experience through OCP publications and other media.
We look forward to receiving your application.
“Service that surprises. A check in the mail from a grant application submitted months ago (and since forgotten), just when you were wondering how to pay for a much-needed new sound system. ”