When the Catholic bishops of the United States established the Catholic Campaign for Human Development in 1970, they mandated the Campaign 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, CCHD can point to hundreds of CCHD-funded organizations which have grown to extend great influence in their communities for the common good. CCHD is committed to supporting organizations led by low-income individuals as they work to break the cycle of poverty and improve their communities.

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.

See the CCHD Grant Guide for more information on the CCHD Grant process, criteria, and policies.  


Pre-applications for CCHD grant funding are posted below. 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 CCHD mission and criteria and help them determine whether or not 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.

Pre-applications must be submitted by November 15, 2016 to be considered for full applications for the 2017-2018 funding year (note: the Pre-application deadline for the Chicago Archdiocese was extended from November 1st, only this year in light of the transition taking place at the Archdiocese). We recommend submitting the pre-application well ahead of the deadline to ensure plenty of time to complete the final application, if your organization is invited to do so.

Community Development Grants

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 work to address the root causes of poverty by nurturing solidarity between the poor and non-poor and facilitating the participation of people living in poverty in decisions that perpetuate poverty in their lives.  As part of such efforts, low-income people gain the ability to identify barriers, brainstorm solutions, and take action to change problematic structures and systems in their communities.

Economic Development Grants

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 that offer good jobs and/or develop assets that will be owned and enjoyed by local communities.