Grant Initiatives for Today’s Students (GIFTS) is a Catholic schools grant program of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee founded in 2019. Traditionally, funds raised at the annual Archbishop’s Catholic Schools Dinner support the GIFTS program. Due to the pandemic, we are hosting a virtual Catholic Schools event on April 13, 2021 to raise funds for the GIFTS program. The Office for Schools plans to award grants at the $5,000 and $10,000 levels in Spring/Summer 2021 for use in the 2021-2022 school year. GIFT awards will be determined by a panel led by the Superintendent of Catholic Schools, archdiocesan representatives, and retired educators.
A school/system seeking a grant from the GIFT grant program should align their project with one of the following four focus areas:
- Catholic Identity
Grants will be awarded to support mission and faith formation and the creation of a visible Catholic identity. Examples include but are not limited to: faculty faith formation, liturgical needs, environmental enhancements/artifacts, resource materials, etc.
Grants will be awarded to support development and marketing initiatives. Examples include but are not limited to: annual fund development, software needs, website development, brand development, recruitment initiatives, etc.
- Educational Innovation
Grants will be awarded to encourage and facilitate innovative and creative instructional programs and ideas in education. Examples include but are not limited to: new programs to enhance student learning, supplemental resources to advance existing programs, etc.
- Project Initiation: Seed Money
Grants will be awarded to provide kick-start funding for new long-term projects. Examples include but are not limited to: new programs, resources, positions, etc.
In awarding grants, the committee will value:
3/5/21 - GIFTS grant online application opens
4/15/21 - Applications due
4/15 - 6/15/21 - Review of applications
6/15/21 - GIFTS grant awards announced
7/1/21 - GIFTS grant implementation begins, checks mailed to schools in July 2021
4/1/22 - Final GIFTS grant award report due
Eligible schools/systems must be recognized as Catholic by the Archdiocese of Milwaukee and be fully accredited.
The GIFTS program will award grants for projects and programs in the focus areas identified. Each school/system may only apply for one grant per application cycle. The program does not fund multi-year grants, scholarship grants, endowment grants, and emergency funds. Grants will be provided for $5,000 or $10,000. Once awarded, the Archdiocese of Milwaukee will require an annual follow-up report to verify how the funding was used and to measure grant effectiveness.
Grant Guidelines in PDF Form
Applications are due April 15, 2021. If you have questions, contact Laura Keller, Office for Schools, at email@example.com or 414-758-2254.