Harvest of Blessings is a matching grant program designed to encourage small, parish based projects that address poverty reduction, create systemic change and encourage relationships among those in need and supportive communities so that we may Share Jesus Love.

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  • Encourage Community Service – inspiring people to DO, putting faith into ACTION
  • Provide opportunity for parish communities to gather in fellowship and enrich their lives with the experience of helping others
  • Promote collaboration between the Archdiocese, Catholic Charities, Parishes and Parishioners
  • Create a venue for faith communities to gain a deeper awareness and understanding of the Catholic Social Teachings
  • Provide feedback on awarded grants and share community impact!

Examples of programs that may be considered for funding:

  • English as a second language program materials
  • Service Trips
  • Parish nurse programs
  • Social Justice committee projects
  • Stewardship committee programs
  • Sister parish programs
  • Food pantry educational programs
  • Kids Against Hunger or other similar food programs
  • Start-up ministries materials such as books, DVDs, or program materials
  • And more…

Timeline: Fall 2016 grant applications are due by February 28, 2017. Awards will be announced in April 2017.

2017 Grant Awards

Harvest of Blessings Project/Program

Parish Name


Mental Health Illness

St. Athanasius


Community Produce Garden

St. John the Evangelist


Young Neighbors in Action Service Trip

St. John the Baptist


Second floor shower with door for homeless men’s lodging

St. Cecilia


Young Neighbors in Action Service Trip

St. Patrick


Growing the Gardens/Feeding the People

St. Francis Xavier


Parish Nurse Program

SS. Peter and Paul Parish


Mass for the Homebound

St. Wenceslaus Church

Cedar Rapids

Grain Bin Houses

St. Mary


One Another

John Paul II Cluster


Handicap Accessible Ramp and Entry Doors for Notre Dame Parish Office

Notre Dame


Hunger Free Iowa, Outreach Program

Christian Family School of Religion


Safe Thome for Haiti

St. Patrick

Clear Lake

Ella Mae’s House (Restoration Center)

St. Stephen the Witness Catholic Student Center

Cedar Falls

Chinandega Shoeboxes

Immaculate Conception


Spreading the Joy of Reading

St. Joseph Community School

New Hampton

Systems Development to Aid Social Justice Formation & Awareness

Immaculate Conception/ Holy Rosary Cluster


Resurrection Mobile Food Pantry



Drug Treatment Court

Epiphany Parish

Mason City

Quilts of Valor

Sacred Heart


The Family Fund

St. Clement


Welcoming the Stranger

Cathedral of St. Raphael


Partnership with Wings of Refuge

St. Mark

Iowa Falls

Tailoring Food Baskets for the Needs of Refugee Families

St. Pius X

Cedar Rapids

Works of Mercy/Immigrants/Sister Parish

Immaculate Conception/ Blessed Trinity Cluster


Fall Clothing Drive

Sacred Heart


Dyersville Rural Food Pantry

St. Paul


Works of Mercy/Immigrants/Sister Parish

St. Mary/Blessed Trinity Cluster


Getting Ahead in the Cedar Valley

St. Joseph


Lunch Project (CGD High School)

St. John


Resource Books/Literature material for Holy Cross School

St. Joseph Parish


Feed the Hungry 2017/2018

St. Isidore the Farmer


Harvest of Blessings has been a program of the Archdiocese of Dubuque for many years and was historically known for holiday season financial support to individuals.  In an effort to refocus the long-standing program toward the original goals of building ongoing relationships between individuals in need and their parish, and to reach a broader geographic area of the Archdiocese, the matching grant program was initiated.  This approach allows parishes to make local decisions about how to support those in need in their parish and the broader communities they serve.  By pooling Harvest of Blessings funds with the parishes’ own funds, more help may be provided in a more meaningful way.

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