CREED Fund

The Catholic Religious Education Endowment Fund of the Diocese of Duluth (CREED Fund)

 

Grants from CREED are available to institutions, individuals, and programs within the Diocese of Duluth which meet the Fund's criteria and whose applications are approved by the CREED Fund Board.

Funding Areas

1. Catholic Schools: To be used for the education of Catholic school teachers and principals in faith formation and tuition assistance for families in need.
2. Lay Ministry Education: To be used for the promotion and propagation of the Catholic Faith through diocesan programs and educational grants to lay ministers for study in a variety of ministerial areas.
3. Priest Post-Ordination Education: To be used for the post-ordination higher education of priests. The Fr. Mark Hollenhorst Fund is in this area.
4. Deacon Post-Ordination Education: To be used for post-ordination higher education for deacons of the diocese.

How to Apply

The CREED Fund is available to Diocese of Duluth Catholic schools, parishes, groups and individuals who work in ministry for the Church (i.e. youth minister, director of religious education, pastoral ministry, etc.) as well as priests and deacons and is to be used for continuing faith formation or Catholic school tuition assistance.

Pastors wishing to apply to the CREED Fund must contact the Bishop of the Diocese of Duluth.

Deacons wishing to apply to the CREED Fund must submit Form B1-Pre Application Form and complete Form H1-Policy and Procedure for Deacons. (See below)

Please contact the CREED Fund for the other forms and procedures available in the following areas:
-Lay Minister Higher Education
-Principal's Master Degree in Education
-Emergency Tuition Assistance for Catholic Schools

Where to go from here:

The first step for Catholic schools, parishes, groups and individuals is to complete Form B1-Pre Application Form (see below) and submit as directed. The CREED Fund Chair will then review the pre application and the applicant will be contacted as to whether they may continue with the process.

Click here for Form B1-Pre Application Form.
Click here for Form B2-CREED Fund Mission Statement.
Click here for Form H1-Policy and Procedure for Deacons.

Grant Cycles

The CREED Fund has two cycles per fiscal year.

Pre Application Forms should be turned in at least two weeks prior to full application due dates to allow for the CREED FUND Chair to review.

Cycle 1: Application deadline is July 1, with disbursement no later than September 1.
Cycle 2: Application deadline is January 1, with disbursement no later than March 1.

CREED Fund Committee

The CREED Fund Committee has clergy representation as well as lay ministry representation from various ministries from each of the five deaneries of the Diocese of Duluth. Members are appointed by the Bishop to serve on the Committee for a three-year term.

The Chair of the Committee is a non-voting member representing the Diocese of Duluth.

Twice a year the Committee meets to determine eligibility in awarding grants. Their recommendations are given to the Corporate Board for a final decision on funding.

Committee Members

Current CREED Fund Committee members:

*Deacon Daniel Schultz, Chair (Diocesan Representative)
*Mr. Andrew Genereau (Cloquet Deanery)
*Mrs. Jessica Stauber (Duluth Deanery)
*Mr. Jim Dropp (Hibbing Deanery)
*Mrs. Edna Sobania (Brainerd Deanery)
*Ms. Fran Silverberg (Virginia Deanery)
*Fr. Bill Skarich (Clergy Representative)

Non voting members:

*Deacon Daniel Schultz, Chair (Diocesan Representative)
*Ms. Cynthia Zook (Consultant)

Administrative Assistant:

*Mrs. Annette Merritt

Grants Contact:
Annette Merritt
amerritt@dioceseduluth.org
218-724-9111
Fax: 218-724-1056

Deacon Dan Schultz
218-741-6344
Fax: 218-741-6345

CREED Fund
2830 E. 4th Street
Duluth, MN 55812