OCP Parish Grants program kicks off for 2018

PORTLAND, Ore. - Since its inception in 2001, the OCP Parish Grants program has awarded more $2.6 million to parishes throughout the United States. In 2017, OCP gave away $200,000 to 86 Roman Catholic parishes for liturgical and/or musical purposes.

The Parish Grants program helps to fulfill a key tenant of OCP’s mission: serving the Catholic Church by providing financial support, to be used for religious, educational and charitable purposes. Any Roman Catholic parish within the United States that did not receive an OCP grant the previous year is eligible to apply.

Parish Grants are commonly used for:

  1. Purchasing music, hymnals and other worship materials;
  2. Improving multicultural ministries with additional training and purchasing of bilingual worship materials;
  3. Providing online, digital or electronic resources to support liturgy preparation;
  4. Upkeep, repair and replacement of musical instruments, equipment and facilities;
  5. Attending or hosting musical or liturgical conferences or workshops.

“OCP’s primary mission is to serve the Catholic Church and to spread the Gospel through music, and the Parish Grants program is one of the most beautiful ways we do that,” said Wade Wisler, OCP publisher. “For parishes that can’t otherwise afford to replace old hymnals, serve a growing Hispanic community, or upgrade its musical instruments or sound system, our grants make the impossible possible. Those things, then, directly enhance the worship experience, the encounter with Christ in the liturgy. We are honored and blessed to provide this kind of assistance.”

Applications may be submitted online until May 30, 2018, at ocp.org/parish-grants. A list of previous OCP Parish Grant recipients is available at ocp.org/previous-recipients.

For more information or media requests, please contact Molly O’Hara at [email protected] or 503.460.5316.

About OCP

OCP, a not-for-profit publisher of liturgical music and worship resources based in Portland, Oregon, has been in operation for nearly 100 years. Worship programs produced by OCP are used in over two-thirds of Catholic churches in the United States and are distributed worldwide. Find OCP on Facebook at Facebook.com/OCPmusic.