The Diocese of Belleville is divided into five unique vicariates with specific challenges and needs. The purpose of The Catholic Service and Ministry Appeal Fund for Ministry is to award grants which encourage development and provide funding for unique programs and projects that address special needs within each vicariate…needs best identified by the people living there…while promoting the Gospel and Catholic faith throughout the Diocese of Belleville.
The Catholic Service and Ministry Appeal Fund for Ministry is the outgrowth of a recommendation originally made by the 1989-1990 Diocesan Services Appeal (DSA) Review Committee. Each year The Catholic Service and Ministry Appeal (CSMA) Agency Allocation and Accountability Committee makes recommendations for the allocation of CSMA funds to various diocesan agencies, departments and ministries, including The CSMA Fund for Ministry. Any monies allocated to The Catholic Service and Ministry Appeal Fund for Ministry grant program are divided equally among the five vicariates. If a vicariate's allocation is not entirely awarded in a given year, the money not awarded will be added to that vicariate’s funds for allocation the following year.
While requests for funding of operational and capital expenditures will be considered, priority is given to those grant applications requesting funding for innovative programs and projects which minister to particular local Catholic needs. Collaborative projects between or among Catholic parishes, schools and organizations are encouraged.