Outreach Grant

The mission of outreach at Saint Anne Catholic Church is to model the love of Jesus Christ by helping the disadvantaged, the under-served, and those experiencing difficult life circumstances. Funding is targeted toward Christian programs in the greater Houston-area that provide for immediate needs of food, clothing, shelter, and health care. Opportunities for volunteers to offer service and emotional/spiritual support, while experiencing hands-on involvement will be taken into consideration.

Application Period

Applications should be submitted by March 1 for consideration at the April meeting or September 1 for consideration at the October meeting. Only one request per calendar year will be considered. Applications are to be sent to:

Outreach Grants Committee
Saint Anne Catholic Community 
2140 Westheimer
Houston, Texas 77098.

No email applications/documentation are accepted.

Grant Request Form

You are invited to submit an application for funding. Please pdf click here (130 KB) to print a copy of our grant request form. All requests will be competitively reviewed and awarded based on available resources. Two copies of the application and requested documentation are required. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Grant Guidelines

Priority Funding

Saint Anne gives priority to ministries that have many or all of these characteristics:

• Are faith based,

• Bring about systemic change for children, families, disadvantaged and underserved

• Provide basic needs such as food, clothing and shelter or the means to provide basic needs for oneself

• Serve within the greater Houston area, and

• Provide volunteer opportunities for Saint Anne members.

Grants are made for the following purposes:

• Project or program support,

• Matching grant,

• Capacity building grant to further expand an agency’s effectiveness,

• Evangelism,

• Physical, dental and emotional well-being of the underserved, and

• Addressing hunger needs

• Collaborative effort funding

Saint Anne Does Not Provide Grants for:

• Individuals,

• Testimonial dinners, fundraising events, marketing events or symposiums,

• Political purposes either directly or indirectly,

• Government agencies,

• Fraternity or sorority purposes,

• Other grant making entities, for example “pass-thru” organizations or companies

• Coverage of past operating deficits or debts.

• Seminary funding

Eligibility

Saint Anne Catholic Community makes grants to nonprofit, tax exempt organizations. Saint Anne reviews requests quarterly but considers only one application from an organization within a calendar year. Former grant recipients who have not submitted acceptable progress reports in a timely manner shall not be eligible for funding in the current year.

Grant Application, Deadlines, and Process

An applicant must submit two paper copies of a fully completed Saint Anne Catholic Community Grant application, and both must be accompanied by two copies of the organization’s:

• Copy of the latest IRS letter(s) regarding its current tax-exempt status under Section 501(c)(3) or Section 170( c) and its public charity status under Section 509(a)(1), (2) or (3) of the Internal Revenue Code. • Current board of directors or trustees list,

• Current budget for the specific project (if applicable),

• Current financial statement,

• Current annual operating budget, and

• Most recent audited financial statement.

No email applications/documentation will be accepted. The grant request form must be submitted by the first of the month to:

Outreach Ministries
Saint Anne Catholic Community
2140 Westheimer
Houston, Texas 77098

Applications must be received by the first of the month at 5 p.m. Applications that do not follow the requirements will not be considered. An email acknowledgment will be sent to the applicant within 10 days of receiving its grant request and will note if the application is complete or not. Submitted materials will not be returned.

All inquiries should be directed to Joan O'Leary at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Before an organization is considered a grant reviewing committee member will contact the agency to schedule a site visit.

By the second week following a quarter all applicants will be notified in writing about any action taken by Saint Anne Catholic Community. If a grant is awarded, a check will be mailed by the first of the following month.

Each recipient shall resubmit a report describing the process made and/or milestones achieved in furtherance of the purposes of the grant by the end of the period of the grant or by the time the funds have been expended.

Commitment to Informed Grant-making

Saint Anne performs due diligence on all grant applicants to assure the organization is an effective and healthy nonprofit organization. Saint Anne Parish takes into consideration not only the written application, but also the results of telephone interviews and site visits. After a grant is awarded, grantees are required to provide documentation about the project’s fulfillment/completion.

Not All Projects Can Be Funded

Saint Anne Catholic Community has the responsibility for the final approval of each grant. Since Saint Anne Parish receives funding requests that far exceed our grant budgets, we cannot fund every worthy project. A decision not to fund a proposal does not reflect on the merits of the proposal or the applicant’s organization.

Final Report

Please click here to download the Outreach Grant Final Report – to be completed and returned within one year of funding or the completion of the project, whichever comes first.

For any questions or issues, please contact the Outreach Grants Committee at 713.525.4363.

Bridges to Life

Bridges To Life is a faith-based, non-profit organization founded in 1998. Based on the restorative justice model, BTL rehabilitates criminals, reduces the number of inmates who return to prison, promotes healing for victims of crime, and makes our communities safer places to live. Volunteers only need a loving heart and the willingness to listen in order to participate.

Contact John Sage
713.463.7200
Danielle Sims

Catholic Chaplaincy Corps

The Catholic Chaplaincy Corps is comprised of a group of priests and lay persons who are trained and commissioned to provide pastoral and sacramental care to Catholic patients and families in the Texas Medical Center and other hospitals in the Houston-area. Practicing Catholics interested in serving in this ministry will participate in a one-year formation program, which includes monthly classroom instruction on Saturdays as well as clinical hours in a hospital.

 Contact   Calista Schneidau 
 713.528.5143

Christian Community Service Center

Saint Anne is one of 43 Christian churches that supports Christian Community Service Center financially and provides volunteers who participate in the CCSC mission. The volunteers serve the poor, hungry, disabled, and otherwise needy while respecting their religious, ethnic or cultural differences. Programs provide the following services:

  • Back to School: School supplies and uniform vouchers.
  • Jingle Bell Express: Gifts and groceries for Christmas
  • Emergency Services: Food, clothing, referrals, and emergency payment for rent, utilities, or medical prescriptions
  • JobNet: Help clients search for work and provide computer training
  • Martha's Way: Train clients to operate their own professional housekeeping business
  • Vision Care: On-site vision screening at elementary schools.
  • Sunshine Resale Shop: Revenues support all CCSC programs

Here is how you can support CCSC:

  • Volunteer at one of the service programs
  • Hire a Martha's Way graduate to clean your home
  • Donate non-perishable food items at our monthly collections
  • Donate used clothing at Emergency Services or JobNet
  • Donate quality clothing, furniture, and household items to the Sunshine Resale Shop
  • Make a financial contribution to one of the programs
  • Donations of any size make a big impact

For more information about how you can help visit Christian Community Service Center.

 Contact 

 Joi Kingsley, Co-Chair
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 Ann Murdock, Co-Chair
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Nursery

Open to parishioners during the 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. Masses on Sunday for children aged six months through three-years-old. Children must be registered to attend the Nursery.

 Contact   Alicia Barboza
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Prayer Shawl

If you can knit, crochet or sew, and want to help persons who are suffering from illness or grief and need support, this is the ministry for you. We create beautiful, hand crafted and comforting shawls which are bestowed as needed. Our ministry has few meetings and communication is often by email or phone. With us, you pray and work with your hands at your own pace and help out as needed. If you are interested in being a part of this ministry, please contact Calista Schneidau.

Contact Calista Schneidau
713.528.5143
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Gabriel Project

The Gabriel Project is a pro-life apostate of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston offering assistance to women experiencing difficult circumstances during pregnancy. Gabriel Project volunteers act to provide practical advice and help as well as spiritual support and Christian witness to mothers in need.

 Contact   Achdiocese of Galveston-Houston 
 Office of Pro-Life Activities
 713.225.5826

Saint Basil Coffee

Saint Basil Coffee is a Houston-based non-profit coffee company. It was started by a group of Catholic lay people working with priests of The Congregation of Saint Basil in response to Pope John Paul II's appeal for social justice. All profits of Saint Basil Coffee go to support Basilian Missions in Latin America.

On the second weekend of each month Saint Anne volunteers sell Saint Basil Coffee after each Mass. There are five to six teams consisting of two or more people. Visit Saint Basil Coffee for more information and to order online.

 Contact   John and Linda Howard
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Society of St. Vincent de Paul

The mission of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul is to grow spiritually through person-to-person service to all in need in our community. Our actions promote the dignity of the person, alleviate suffering and distress, while addressing the conditions that cause them through systemic change. The work of the St. Anne conference consists of visiting those in need and assessing the kind of assistance the client requires. The St. Anne conference meets monthly after Mass on Sunday morning to gather as a community for spiritual reflections and to discuss cases. Volunteers have a spirit of Christian charity, are good listeners and can be available to visit clients in their homes with another Vincentian. This is an excellent opportunity to put your faith in action.

 Contact   Rebekah Rivera, President
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 Dan Persha, Membership Chair 
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St. Anne Care Team

The Care Team Ministry provides support to parishioners and neighbors in the community. The support takes the form of trips to the grocery store, rides to doctor and dentist appointments, rides to Mass, or just a friendly visit with someone in need, so the caregiver can get away for a while. Time commitment is minimal, but fills a significant need. For more information or to volunteer contact Tom Speier.

 Contact   Tom Speier
 832.242.0488 

St. Anne Guild

The Guild is a ministry of women in service to our parish, serving God through commitment and uniting members through prayer, work, and service. Committees help with parish activities such as, but not limited to, funerals and weddings, community service projects such as CCSC and Amazing Place, church beautification, Days of Prayer, spiritual retreats and fundraisers. Membership is open to any woman who is a registered member of Saint Anne Parish, or the wife of a registered member.

Guild Membership Registration

St. Anne Guild

 Contact   Diane Anderson, President
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The Amazing Place

The Amazing Place is a unique model day program exclusively serving individuals who have been diagnosed with mild to moderate stage dementia, while providing respite and education to their care giving families and support to the Houston community.

 Contact   Tom Callahan, President 
 713.572.3366
 Dennis Yanta, President
 713.856.5335

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Vocations Committee

The Vocations Committee promotes vocations to the Diocesan and religious priesthood. Two current projects are the Moving Chalice Program and Eucharistic Adoration. This committee is associated with the Basilian Fathers Vocations Committee.

 Contact 

 Luke Howe

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