Grant for Education, Welfare and Medical Aid

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Our Grants

We help without borders.

We are pleased to be able to offer grants for parish social action projects as well as grants for individuals facing extreme hardship.

Most of our grants are given through our parish church as part of Caritas Penang’s commitment to tackling poverty and social exclusion throughout the diocese. Grant applications need to be made through or supported by your local parish. 

Medical Aid

for a person who need help to pay their medical bills in local public hospital and certain non-for-profit medical healthcare centre.

Wellfare Aid

a special fund for the local parish to help a person or family who struggle to make ends meet.

Education Aid

for student from poor family who wish to further their studies in local public and private university.

How Caritas Work

Reviewing and Processing Grant.

All grant applications need to be made or supported by the local Catholic parish in the Diocese of Penang. If you are an individual seeking a grant, please visit the nearest Catholic church and talk to the parish priest.

Step 1: Apply at the parish

Application can be made through walk in to any 29 Catholic church in the diocese.

Step 2: Assessment by Caritas Representative

A dedicated Caritas parish representative will help to verify the application through home visits and phone calls.

Step 3: Endorsement from Parish Priest

All applications must be verified and endorsed by local parish priest for authenticity before sent for final approval in the diocese.

Step 4: Final Approval

The board members will made final decision for grant approval. Approved grant will be made to parish's account, parish is accountable for distribution of grant.

From The Catholic Social Teaching

The preferential option for the poor.

Pope Francis asks that we do not wait for the poor to knock on our doors for our help. Rather, we must reach them wherever they can be found. If the poor should be given special attention, it follows that we must put special effort into finding them, in the way we would if we were looking for Jesus, the first of the poor.

Moreover, the Pope reminds us that we do not help the poor only so that we can feel good about ourselves. Rather, just as Jesus evangelises us when we seek Him, the poor also evangelise us when we find them. Through the poor, we are enabled to see the face of God and the sufferings of Jesus in new ways. To be in the presence of the poor, then, is to be in the presence of God.

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