The Catholic Campaign for Human Development is the Catholic Church’s domestic anti-poverty, social justice program established by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops in 1969. Its mission is to address the root causes of poverty in America through promotion and support of community-controlled, self-help organizations and through transformative education.
The National CCHD Second Collection occurs annually in November, and coincides with the World Day of the Poor. This collection is the sole source of funding for CCHD grant and education programs, both nationally and locally. Twenty-five percent of this collection stays here in the Archdiocese of Atlanta to fund parish and community grants.
Community and Parish Grants
CCHD Community Grants are available for non-profit, non-partisan organizations located in North Georgia (click here for a boundary map) that focus on addressing the root causes of poverty and empowering low income/marginalized communities. Grants of up to $10,000 are available. The 2023 application deadline for Community Grants is 4:00 p.m. on Friday, October 20, 2023.
Parish Project Grants
Parishes in the Archdiocese of Atlanta are encouraged to apply for CCHD Parish Project Grants to support projects that develop leadership, promote advocacy on issues that relate to the root causes of poverty and assist people to bring about change to structures that perpetuate poverty and marginalization, and negatively impact integral human development. These grants do not fund direct service projects. Parish Project Grants are available up to $5,000. These grants can be paired with Parish Education/Awareness Grants, but the total amount received cannot exceed $5,000 with both grants combined. The 2023 application deadline for Parish Project Grants is 4:00 p.m. on Friday, November 3, 2023.
Parish Education/Awareness Grants
CCHD Parish Education/Awareness Grants provide funding for parishes in the Archdiocese of Atlanta to offer justice-based education/awareness programs on Catholic Social Teaching and the conditions and causes of poverty. Grants are available for up to $2,500. The 2023 application deadline for Parish Education/Awareness Grants is 4:00 p.m. on Friday, November 3, 2023.
- One Community United (Rome, GA)
The CCHD Advisory Committee works with the CCHD Diocesan Director to consider grant applications, identify local community organizations that may benefit from a CCHD grant and advise on communication strategies to best promote and educate on the work of CCHD in the Archdiocese of Atlanta. It is made up of both clergy and lay voices, and strives to represent the full diversity of this local church.