The Apostolate for Persons with Disabilities currently has three different grant options.

  • The Apostolate Grant Program
  • The St. Margaret of Castello Disability Ministry Grant
  • The St. Dymphna Mental Health Ministry Grant


Apostolate Grant Program

Through the generosity of many people over the years, the Apostolate is able to offer grants to parishes and organizations of the Diocese of Madison to support the full inclusion of people with disabilities in the life of the Church. These funds are focused and restricted to the creation of programs, projects, and initiatives that will assist people with disabilities. The Apostolate wishes to support parishes who want to provide supportive services and/or create accessible facilities but are unable to cover all of the costs on their own. These efforts speak to the Gospel spirit that all are baptized persons are welcome and called to participate in the life of their Catholic parish, school, camp, or program. As of November 2022, we have given out $1.8 M to parishes and programs across the diocese since 2013.

To apply for this grant, scroll down this page, past the “St. Dymphna Grant Application” to the “Apostolate Grant Program Application”

*All building projects must be reviewed by the Diocesan Building Commission before being considered for a grant.

Grants are awarded under the direction of Msgr. Larry Bakke, Director, with advice from the Apostolate Grant Committee, and the approval of Bishop Donald Hying.

Contact us with questions.


The St. Margaret of Castello Grant is a $500 Grant intended for a parish disability celebration/Mass/ministry gathering, etc. This event should have the purpose of celebrating those with disabilities in your parish, give people with and without disabilities in the parish an opportunity to connect with one another, and include those with disabilities in the planning process. Please contact the Apostolate at with the subject line “St. Margaret Grant” if you are interested in receiving this grant.


The St. Dymphna Grant is a $500 grant which aids in the formation or continuation of a parish mental health ministry. Please fill out the form below if you are interested in receiving this grant.


St. Dymphna Grant Application

$500 grant for parishes to start or continue a mental health ministry

I, (insert name below), Pastor, am requesting a $500 St. Dymphna Grant of behalf of (insert parish name and city below) from the Apostolate for Persons with Disabilities - Diocese of Madison. This grant will be used for mental health ministry in our parish to directly support those who are impacted directly or indirectly by mental illness in the development of their faith lives and/or involvement in our parish community.

Mental Health Advocate

Name of Mental Health Advocate(Required)

Digital Signature(Required)
By entering my name this form as a digital signature, I verify that this money will be used for mental health ministry at my parish and will serve to promote inclusion of those with mental illness in the parish.
MM slash DD slash YYYY

Apostolate Grant Program Application

  • (Individual responsible for the program requesting funding or the individual administering the funds according to the grant proposal)
  • State your goal, sample activities, and cost. The summary should be brief, clear, and informative.
  • This section highlights the credibility of the ministry . . . include data on the demographics of the population/community to be served and any significant information that will show the diocese that you can carry out the work proposed.
  • Address the problem(s) you wish to correct. This should be related to your goals/objectives. Feel free to support this information with evidence/data.
  • Objectives are "outcomes" that define your activities. Tell who, what, when, and how. Make sure that you can assess the objectives.
  • Estimate the number of people that would be directly impacted by these efforts. No number is too small in ministry, but it is helpful for reporting purposes.
    Please enter a number greater than or equal to 0.
  • Include justification as to why these activities will help you accomplish your goals.
  • If this request or a similar one has been made by your organization in the past, please evaluate the outcome of your previous endeavors to demonstrate the good work done with previous grant money.
  • How can the program be sustained? Are you planning other fund raising efforts? Will the local parish assume responsibility if the program is successful? The more specific you can be in your proposal regarding future funding, the more confidence it will create in the funding source.
  • Include any invoices / estimates associated with this project. Required for building projects and construction related requests.
    Drop files here or
    Max. file size: 128 MB.
    • This is an estimate of the total cost of the program.
    • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.
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