When the Catholic bishops of the United States established the CCHD in 1969, they mandated the Campaign to fund "such projects as voter registration, community organizations, community-run schools, minority-owned cooperatives and credit unions, capital for industrial development and job training programs, and setting up of rural cooperatives." Today, we point to hundreds of CCHD — funded organizations that have grown to extend and build bonds in their communities for the common good.
Annual CCHD contributions to support community organizations are made possible by Catholics throughout the United States who contribute to CCHD each year. To qualify for CCHD funds, applicant organizations must not promote, in any way, activities that work against Catholic values. CCHD's grants to local anti-poverty efforts are screened, awarded and monitored in close partnership with local Catholic dioceses. CCHD grants to groups in a local community require the explicit approval of the bishop of that diocese.
Community Development Grant
CCHD Community Development grant amounts range between $5,000 and $20,000. Community Development Grants support efforts that demonstrate a commitment to the dignity of the human person
CCHD-funded groups are led by people living in poverty, and they work to address the root causes of poverty by nurturing solidarity between the poor and non-poor. Groups facilitate discussions where people living in poverty talk, learn and understand decisions that perpetuate scarcity in their lives. Thus, low-income people learn to identify barriers, brainstorm solutions and act to change problematic structures and systems in their communities.
Economic Development Grant
CCHD Economic Development Grant amounts range between $5,000 and $20,000. CCHD supports economic development initiatives that significantly include the voice of low-income and marginalized people in developing new businesses, and also those that offer good jobs and/or develop assets to be owned and enjoyed by local communities.
See the CCHD Grant Guide for information on the grant process, criteria and policies.
The pre-application is the necessary first step for an organization that wants to be considered for a national grant and is NOT currently a CCHD grantee.
Pre-applications are intended to
- First, help interested organizations gain an understanding of the CCHD mission and criteria, and help them determine whether their work is a good match for CCHD funding; and
- Second, help CCHD determine if an applicant’s proposal is in line with CCHD criteria, priorities, and whether the group should be invited to submit a full application.
Please note, the pre-application deadline passed on November 15, 2016 to be considered for full applications for the 2017-2018 funding year. The pre-application deadline for the 2018-2019 funding year will be November 1, 2017. Please mark your calendar and check back for updates on future pre-application logistics.
We recommend submitting the pre-application well ahead of the deadline to ensure plenty of time to complete the full application, if your organization is invited to do so. Organizations that are invited to submit the full application will receive the application form directly from CCHD. The full application deadline for the 2017-2018 funding year is January 06, 2017.