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Merrillville, IN—The Catholic Foundation today announced the availability of grant funding through its Mercy Fund.  Created by Bishop Donald J. Hying in recognition of Pope Francis’ Jubilee Year of Mercy, the inaugural grant cycle of the Mercy Fund will prioritize projects that embody spiritual and corporal works of mercy within the Diocese of Gary.

To be considered, interested applicants should visit www.catholicfuture.org for guidelines and the online application. Applications will be accepted until noon on June 1, 2018. Winners of the grant awards will be announced on August 10, 2018 and recognized at Bishop Hying’s Birthday Bash on August 14th and the Catholic Foundation’s Annual Friends of the Foundation Reception on November 28th. Eligible requests will be considered for grant awards up to $5,000.

The purpose of the Mercy Fund is to provide competitive grants for projects of mercy within the Diocese of Gary. All Catholic tax-exempt 501(c)3 organizations located within the Diocese of Gary and any Catholic organization listed within the Catholic Directory are eligible to apply for a grant. Organizations without 501(c)3 tax exempt status must partner with an eligible fiduciary sponsor to apply. Additional details are available online.

Grant awards are made possible thanks to generous donors to the Mercy Fund of the Catholic Foundation for Northwest Indiana.  The Mercy Fund is one of more than thirty funds endowed with the Catholic Foundation, whose mission is to empower people to express their faith by providing perpetual financial support for Diocesan ministries, parishes, and schools.

For more information about the Mercy Fund or the Catholic Foundation for Northwest Indiana, please visit www.catholicfuture.org or contact Liz Metts, Executive Director for the Catholic Foundation, at (219) 769-9292 x 290 or lmetts@catholicfuture.org.

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