Charity and Mercy Grants

Catholic Charities
of Central and Northern Missouri

2201 W Main St. Jefferson City, MO 65109

Contact Us

Jefferson City - Main Street
2201 West Main Street
Jefferson City, MO 65109
Phone: (573) 635-7719

Jefferson City - Elm Street
1130 East Elm Street
Jefferson City, MO  65102
Phone: (573) 632-0017

916 Bernadette Drive
Columbia, MO 65203
Phone: (573) 442-7568

Sedalia                                                                            421 West 3rd Street                                                      Sedalia, Missouri 65301                                      Phone: (573) 658-0284


Diocese of Jefferson City Chancery Offices

Phone: (573) 635-9127

Parish Disaster Response Teams Responding to COVID-19 in Their Communities are Encouraged to Apply for a Charity & Mercy Grant

Funding for ministries that serve others

“Inspired by the Gospel of the Beatitudes as proclaimed by Jesus Christ, Catholic Charities of Central and Northern Missouri is committed to providing care and creating hope for the lives of the vulnerable through compassionate social services that respect the dignity of each person and engage the local community in our mission.”

Charity and Mercy Grants are given to parishes directly serving vulnerable people in need, regardless of their faith affiliation. The grant is designed to expand the capacity of a parish ministry to serve more people or to help develop a new social ministry. It can be used to help purchase items needed for the ministry – i.e.: dishwasher for a soup kitchen, computer, tables and chairs for a food pantry, to purchase supplies – even a vehicle for the ministry, etc. It can be used to start a ministry – i.e.: help pay rent to acquire space for a ministry, begin offering financial literacy services to consumers, start a program to teach independent living skills, start a mentoring program for pregnant women, etc.

The grant recognizes parishes providing “charitable service” as defined by Pope Benedict XVI in his encyclical, “Deus Caritas Est” (God Is Love). He listed three specific qualities of a Church-related charitable service which the parish social ministry must exemplify:

  1. It responds to immediate needs and specific situations with more than “technical care”, but with genuine love and heartfelt concern that enables others to experience the richness and totality of their humanity, made in the image and likeness of God. (DCE #31)
  2. It is independent of parties or ideologies but sees with the heart where love is needed and acts accordingly, utilizing planning, foresight, and cooperation with other like-minded institutions. (DCE#31)
  3. It is love given freely. It is not proselytism. The Christian knows when it is time to speak of God and when it is better to say nothing and to let love alone speak. (DCE #31)

Charity and Mercy Grants assists parish’s social ministries that complement the Mission of Catholic Charities of Central and Northern Missouri.

Download the Application

Download the Charity and Mercy Grant Application in PDF. This grant can be completed and submitted following the directions on the form.

Moral Conduct Code

Download the PDF of the Moral Conduct Code, which is required alongside the grant application.

Previous Recepients

  • Sacred Heart Parish, Columbia – English Language Learner Program
  • St. Lawrence Parish, St. Elizabeth - In support of Helping Hands expansion
  • St. Anthony of Padua Parish, Iberia - In support of Helping Hands expansion
  • St. Vincent de Paul Conference of St. Pius X Parish, Moberly - Development of a Beds for Kids program
  • St. George Parish, Hermann - In support of the Ministerial Alliance of the Hermann Area
  • St. Mary Parish, Shelbina - St. Mary Works of Mercy parish outreach
  • St. Ann Parish, Warsaw - St. Joseph's Table social ministry
  • St. Vincent de Paul Parish, Sedalia - Giving Garden social ministry
  • St. Vincent de Paul Conference of Immaculate Conception Parish, Montgomery City - Emergency assistance ministry
  • St. Thomas More Newman Center Parish, Columbia – Interfaith Garden Project
  • El Puente Hispanic Ministry, Jefferson City – Phone System Upgrade
  • St. Bernadette Catholic Church, Hermitage – Community Outreach
  • St. Vincent De Paul Conference of St. Brendan Parish, Mexico – Beds for Kids Program
  • St. Joseph School, Westphalia – Blankets for Babies and Cozy Covers Program