CRS Mini Grants

Each Lent, parishes, schools and campus ministries of the Diocese of St. Petersburg participate in Rice Bowl, the Catholic Relief Services (CRS) educational program of prayer, fasting, learning and giving. CRS Rice Bowl is Catholic Relief Services’ Lenten program for families and faith communities in the United States who want to put their faith into action. Through CRS Rice Bowl, participants are invited to hear stories about their brothers and sisters in need around the world, and devote their Lenten prayers, fasting and alms to change the lives of those who suffer in poverty.

Of the funds available for distribution from the CRS Rice Bowl collection, 75% is sent to CRS headquarters to fund projects that prevent hunger and poverty around the world.  The 25% retained by our Diocese is being made available for small grants of up to $1,000.00. Diocesan entities may apply for assistance in funding innovative hunger and poverty alleviation efforts, justice education or start-up for CRS projects.

The local application period will open in August and close in October of each year.
Grants will be awarded in Advent.

Click here to download 2019 Mini Grant Application

2018 Grants Awarded
Catholic Charities, Parish Ministries for Hernando County Food Cards
Catholic Charities, Parish Ministries for Pasco County Food Cards
Catholic Charities, Parish Ministries for Citrus County Food Cards
Foundation of Life Pregnancy Center, Tampa Emergency basic assistance
Foundation of Life Pregnancy Center, Hernando Emergency basic assistance
Foundation of Life Pregnancy Center, Food Pantry in Pasco
Foundation of Life Pregnancy Center, Pinellas Emergency Basic Needs Assistance
Mission Santa Maria, Outreach/ Hot Meal Program
Our Lady of Fatima Respect Life Ministry, Pregnancy and Family Life Center Food Pantry Support Program
Our Lady Queen of Peace Parish, St. Vincent de Paul, Pack-A-Sack food for kids at James E. Marlow Elementary School
Pinellas Hope, St. Petersburg Catholic High Class 2019,  Pinellas Hope Library Refresh
Resurrection Parish, St. Anthony Food Pantry, Filling the Gap program
St. Mary, Our Lady of Grace Parish, Sew Much Help Hope Refugee Assistance Project
St. Michael the Archangel Parish (Hudson), St. Vincent de Paul in Hudson , Pack-A-Sack with Moon Lake Elementary School
St. Thomas Aquinas Parish, St. Vincent de Paul Conference, Pack-A-Sack food for kids at Gulf Middle School
St. Vincent de Paul at St.Jude Parish, lunch at SVDP Cares Food Center

The main page for Rice Bowl videos (most can be accessed from here):

Videos en Español OR

We wanted to highlight certain videos from this page that can be used in faith formation, schools, youth ministry, before or after Mass, adult catechesis (including RCIA) and more:

This video describes the purpose of CRS Rice Bowl and mentions that 25% of the funds collected remain in our diocese for local poverty and hunger alleviation. This video could be used when Rice Bowls are given out, playing it before Mass or Faith Formation or Youth Ministry.

A similar but shorter video en Espanol

This video is for all ages. It quickly introduces the specific countries and people that we will encounter as we journey through Lent with CRS Rice Bowl 2019.

Stories of Hopefor all ages, that match the stories in the CRS Rice Bowl calendar

The Good Samaritan Series:

These videos can be used across age groups. Middle school and up will get the most from the content but the elementary school age kids will still be able to see and hear some important messages.

The Stations of the Cross: These videos that can be used with any age group (about 1 minute each).

The What is Lent? Series:

These general reflections on Lent are probably best for high school age and above, possibly middle school.

If you want to share any history of the work of CRS, these web sites are helpful: and In particular, these are some videos celebrating the 75 years of service of CRS and sharing about what it looks like around the world.

Learn more about Catholic Relief Services at their website: 

Join Catholic Relief Services in prayer