The mission of REACH is based on the scripture “Let the children come to me….for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these”. (Matthew 19:14). As Jesus tells us, we listen and respond. It is the mission of REACH to provide funding for educationally related services in Catholic schools and religious education programs for individuals with special needs.
Participation is often unavailable to these individuals because of the additional costs necessary for inclusion. This grant funding is not intended to be a single source, but rather, help to cover additional costs incurred to make it feasible for a child or children with special needs to be included in religious education. Namely, funding will not be provided for customary enrollment/tuition fees nor will funding be provided for staffing salaries or expenses. Additionally, the need for funding must be affiliated with a faith formation program; i.e., Catholic school, Religious education, activities related to a faith formation program, and the like.
All requests for financial assistance through REACH shall require the approval of the Board of Directors of the REACH – Religious Education for All Children Foundation. Prior to the approval, a grant sub-committee will review the request. The committee will then present the request to the board at their bi-monthly meetings held the first Tuesday of the months of February, April, June, August, October, and December.
Completed grant requests are accepted at any time. Your request will be discussed and voted on at the next REACH Board meeting.