Human Dignity and Solidarity


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.