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The Matthew 19:14 Project Awarded Catholic Education Arizona Grant
By Lindsay Hansen - Tuesday Oct 11, 2022
Catholic Education Arizona (CEA) recently awarded The Matthew 19:14 Project with a $5,000 grant to provide Arizona’s Catholic schools with resources and support for the success of students with special needs.

“We are so appreciative to be receiving this grant from Catholic Education Arizona,” says Ed Fischer, board member of The Matthew 19:14 Project. “Their generosity helps further our goal of bridging the gap in training, supplies, and accessibility to ensure that every child has the opportunity to receive a Catholic education.”

The grant will be used toward professional development and training to build the knowledge and skills of the teachers and staff in Catholic schools that receive fundings from The Matthew 19:14 Project’s mini-grant program this fall. The overall goal of the fall program is to better meet the needs of exceptional learners through professional development classes, certifications, and qualified service provider or consultant fees.

“We are delighted to support this important initiative in our Catholic schools,” said Nancy Padberg, MBA President and CEO Catholic Education Arizona. “Catholic Education Arizona is now participating in the Arizona Corporate Tax Credit for Disabled / Displaced (foster children) as well. The more conversation and focus we have on these life changing topics, especially the key work by The Matthew 19:14 Project, the more impact we will collectively have in our community.”

This is the second time the organization has awarded a grant to The Matthew 19:14 Project. In 2019, a previous grant from CEA helped send 15 teachers to The Mustard Seed Project annual conference, where they were able to learn more about serving students with disabilities within the Catholic school setting.

CEA has served Catholic families in Arizona for more than 25 years by providing tuition scholarships to underserved students, allowing them access to a quality, Catholic education.

For more information about The Matthew 19:14 Project, visit

About The Matthew 19:14 Project:

The Matthew 19:14 Project is a 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to provide Catholic schools in Arizona with the funding, support and resources they need to properly accommodate and serve students with special needs. To learn more about The Matthew 19:14 Project, visit