Applicants must be Catholic organizations as recognized by the Catholic hierarchy of Rome. The Koch Foundation receives requests for applications from January 1st to May 1st of the current year for projects to be funded the following year. Funding is provided for one (1) year only. The Koch Foundation does not support multiple year commitments. Dioceses, Eparchies and Religious Institutes of Pontifical Right are allowed to submit up to six (6) requests annually. Submitting a request does not guarantee receipt of an application. The Foundation determines if a submitted request will be approved for an application. Priority is given to financially-distressed, underdeveloped areas. No organization may receive more than a total of three (3) grants within a five (5) year period.  Requests and supporting documentation must be in English. Requested amounts must be in U.S. ($) currency.

The Koch Foundation does not support the following projects:

  • Projects requiring multi-year commitments
  • Endowments or Capital Campaigns
  • Reduction of debt
  • Purchase of vehicles, vehicle maintenance
  • Purchase of land, animals or buildings
  • Individual scholarly research or tuition
  • Marketing campaigns
  • Anything completed, purchased, or accomplished prior to the annual meeting that occurs in February of the following year of submission of the application
  • Funding of other Grant-Making organizations
  • Non-Evangelical Programs (Vocational-Technical Training Schools and Programs; Lobbying, Legislation, or project/programs dealing with or related to politically charged issues)
  • Purchase of equipment, computers, outside of the United States and its territories
  • General Healthcare and/or Social Services

Our Focus

The Koch Foundation has three (3) primary funding priorities for projects, programs, areas, and population which focus financial support within the constraints of the available budget, time, personnel, and other resources.

These three (3) priorities are:

  • Direct Evangelization
  • Preparation of Evangelists
  • Capital Expenditures.

Direct Evangelization

The mission to proclaim the Gospel, which comes from a life-giving encounter with Christ and His Church, is provided by countless men and women who have dedicated their lives to sharing Christ with others. The Koch Foundation provides funding for Direct Evangelization programs and religious activities which directly support, strengthen, or spread the teaching of the Catholic faith. Included in this funding priority are:

  • Mass Media – Evangelization is accomplished not only through the spoken word, but also through printed media. Radio and Catholic literature carry the Word of God to all parts of the world in each country’s native languages.  The Good News is shared through Catholic programming, religious education textbooks, Bibles, pamphlets, newspapers, and digital content.
  • Catholic Schools – In many areas of the world, the local Catholic School is the primary means of evangelization and, due to the presence of the religious men and women who live and work there, it is also the face of the Church in that community. Support from the Koch Foundation provides opportunities for a quality Catholic education and specialized programs that have the potential to provide future Catholic leaders.


Preparation of Evangelists*

The Preparation of Evangelists is central to the mission of the Koch Foundation. From education and religious formation of men and women for missionary congregations, to the spiritual development of lay leaders, we assist programs that prepare individuals for the work of teaching as Jesus taught and sharing the wisdom of the Catholic faith.

*Discernment programs, minor seminaries, and individual grants are excluded from consideration.


Capital Expenditures*

The Koch Foundation will review projects for renovation or reconstruction of facilities within the United States and its territories.  Projects must be able to show how the proposed renovation or reconstruction of facilities is needed to promote the Catholic faith. Projects with estimated costs exceeding $50,000 must demonstrate funding commitments of at least 50% of the total cost from sources other than the Koch Foundation and provide evidence of a signed construction proposal. Monies pledged but not actually received or contractually committed do not satisfy this requirement.

*The Koch Foundation will not consider Capital Expenditure projects outside of the United States and its territories.