New Hampshire diocese offering grants to help poor residents

New Hampshire diocese offering grants to help poor residents

New Hampshire diocese offering grants to help poor residents

Pope Francis blows a candle atop of a cake he was offered on the eve of his 82nd birthday during audience with children and family from the dispensary of Santa Marta, a Vatican charity that offers special help to mothers and children in need, in the Paul VI hall at the Vatican, Sunday, Dec. 16, 2018. The writing on the bottom of the cake reads: " We can not get used to decay and poverty situation that are around us. A Christian must react ". (Credit: AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia.)

The Diocese of Manchester is accepting applications for grant funding from programs that help New Hampshire residents with their basic needs.

MANCHESTER, New Hampshire — The Diocese of Manchester is accepting applications for grant funding from programs that help New Hampshire residents with their basic needs.

Applications for the Bishop’s Charitable Assistance Fund are due March 20 for the spring quarter. Any organization regardless of its religious affiliation can apply for the funding, though a group’s missions must be consistent with teachings of the Roman Catholic Church. The aim of the funding is to help residents with purchasing food, shelter and fuel assistance.

The Fund raises money through donations from individuals, businesses, and philanthropic organizations, and it awards around $35,000 each quarter. The fund is operated by a lay board of directors which makes recommendations to the Bishop of Manchester.

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