Our Fund exists to help young Catholics from all over the world. Read more about us and what we do here
Our principal award helps those young Catholics who act individually to help others.
We also help young Catholics who act as a helper for an assisted pilgrim at Lourdes.
Looking for some ideas? You can read some stories from people we have already helped.
Every year the Fund supports young Catholics from all over the world who volunteer to do something wonderful and help those less fortunate than themselves. Whether this is on an individual project, or with others – or even if you are planning to travel to Lourdes or on the Jumbulance to help an assisted pilgrim – we would like to help you to achieve your aims.
The outbreak of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to have a massive impact on all of our lives whilst the infection progresses throughout the world. Perhaps the most major impact is on travel arrangements with many flights cancelled and countries closing their borders. Of especial concern to us, the pilgrimage shrine of the Sanctuary of Our Lady at Lourdes was closed to visitors on 17 March and it is uncertain when it will re-open.
Accordingly, the Trustees have decided to accept no more applications for a Lourdes Award until such time as they are certain that the shrine is or will re-open.
The position for an Individual Project Award is more complicated, but we ask that applicants only complete their applications if they can prove to the Trustees that their Project (and travel) will go ahead, despite quarantine and social distancing regulations and that they have obtained travel and medical insurance for their journey.
Most of the volunteers we have helped tell us about the way that their service for others has changed their life for ever. It could change yours too!
What’s stopping you?
Claire's year-long project taught her to trust God more as he has her best interests at heart. None of this would have been possible without the Bursary Fund.
Lourdes was an amazing opportunity for me. I was able to strengthen my faith with an amazing group of people, it was like nothing else I've experienced before.
I would absolutely recommend Lourdes to each and every person and I would love to go back again next year!
Follow your dreams by volunteering. It's so worthwhile, and has strengthened both my faith and my belief in humankind.