CRS Rice Bowl

CRS Rice Bowl is the Lenten program of Catholic Relief Services. Through CRS Rice Bowl, Catholics in the United States are invited to put their faith into action through prayer, fasting and almsgiving. In addition to the familiar cardboard box for collecting Lenten alms, CRS also provides resources for activities, reflections, and stories.

CRS Rice Bowls support the work of CRS in more than 120 different countries each year. Lenten alms donated through the Rice Bowl are used both globally and locally, with 75% supporting work around the world and 25% staying in the local diocese to support hunger and poverty alleviation efforts.

Organizations based in the 16 counties of Northeastern Wisconsin within the Diocese of Green Bay are invited to submit CRS Rice Bowl grant applications. This grant funds projects that benefit Northeastern Wisconsin immigrant or refugee populations who are struggling to meet their basic needs (such as food, shelter, healthcare, literacy, and counseling services).


  • The project and its leaders must not conflict with Catholic moral and social teaching.
  • Grant money may not be used for salaries or wages.
  • Organizations must not engage in partisan political activity.
  • Requests may be made for up to $2,500.  All funds must be expended by June 30 of the following year.

If you have any questions on the CRS Rice Bowl grant, please e-mail World Missions, or call Danielle Dercks, World Mission Coordinator at (920) 272-8192.

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