Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD)
Catholic Campaign for Human Development is the Catholic Church's domestic anti-poverty program established by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops in 1969. The CCHD philosophy emphasizes empowerment and participation for low income people. By helping low income people to participate in the decisions and actions that affect their lives, CCHD empowers them to move beyond poverty.
National Web site: http://www.usccb.org/about/catholic-campaign-for-human-development/
Local CCHD Information
Twenty-five percent of CCHD’s annual second collection in November is kept locally and administered (via local parish grants and local community grants) by the Archdiocese of Atlanta Office of Justice and Peace Ministries with the help of a local CCHD volunteer advisory committee. If you are interested in being a part of our local CCHD advisory committee, please contact Kat Doyle at the Office of Justice and Peace Ministries.
The Georgia Bulletin recently did an article on local CCHD Parish and Community Grants. You can read it HERE.
CCHD Grant Information
Local CCHD Parish Grants
The purpose of a CCHD Parish Grant is to facilitate education programs rooted in Catholic Social Teaching (such as JUSTFaith) and/or to offer financial assistance to parish based organizations in their efforts to improve the lives of low income and marginalized groups. Previous Parish Grants have been given to parishes to educate their parishioners in Catholic Social Teaching, create advocacy and community building projects within a parish and to create projects that bring together marginalized and separated groups.
Grant awards in the Archdiocese of Atlanta (North Georgia) will range up to $5,000.
The 2012-13 Parish Grant application process has begun.
Local CCHD Community Grants
Community grants (up to $10,000) are awarded to smaller community organizations with 501 (c)(3) status, or a fiscal agent with such status, to support projects which are created with leadership and input from low-income people and that are directed at changing the social and public policy systems that contribute to poverty. Projects must benefit a significant number of people in North Georgia, be consistent with Catholic Teaching, non-partisan and cannot focus on direct charitable services to individuals.
The 2012-13 Community Grant application process has begun.
National CCHD Grants
National CCHD grants (which range between $25,000 and $75,000) are funded through CCHD’s annual national second collection and are specifically focused on supporting organizations led by low-income individuals as they work to break the cycle of poverty and improve their communities. 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.
These grants are available through the national CCHD office. For more information, please visit http://www.usccb.org/about/catholic-campaign-for-human-development/grants/
Kat Doyle, Director