The Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) is a national social justice program of the United States Catholic Bishops. 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 of the non-poor.
Each year in November, the Diocese of Owensboro, Kentucky participates in the national Catholic Campaign for Human Development collection. From that collection, a percentage of monies are retained to provide grant funding to local organizations which meet CCHD criteria. Catholic Charities administers and allocates the grant funding.
To apply, you will need to obtain an application from the Office of Social Concerns for the Diocese of Owensboro that covers a brief narrative of your organization, budgeting information, how your organization would meet the CCHD criteria of systemic change, and from what community organizations your group receives support. The grant application is a little shorter and a little more simplified to complete this year. Those interested in applying for the grant should contact Richard Murphy at 270/683-1545 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org and an application form will be sent to you.
Applications for grant funding must be received by May 20, 2018 so that grants can be awarded on or before June 20, 2018. The grant is a non-renewable and must be applied for each year. Three years is the total number of years any one group can receive this grant. Each year several grants are awarded averaging between $800-$1200 each.
- The applicant’s project must be within the thirty-two counties which comprise the Roman Catholic Diocese of Owensboro. These counties include: Fulton, Hickman, Graves, Ballard, McCracken, Carlisle, Calloway, Marshall, Trigg, Lyon, Livingston, Caldwell, Christian, Hopkins, Muhlenburg, Todd, Logan, Simpson, Allen, Warren, Butler, Edmonson, Grayson, Ohio, Breckinridge, Hancock, Daviess, McLean, Henderson, Union, Webster, and Crittenden.
- The applicant project’s policy making board would preferably be at least one-third low-income. If this is not the case, please note that the applicant is not disqualified. The applicant is requested to explain why the board does not have setting low-income board members.
- The applicant project’s efforts must seek to benefit a poverty group.
- The applicant project must seek to create institutional or systemic change by changing the structures that keep people poor and powerless.
- CCHD will consider favorably only those projects which demonstrate respect for the dignity of the human person. CCHD will not consider projects or organizations which promote or support abortion, euthanasia, the death penalty, or any other affront to human life and dignity.
- The activity for which funding is requested must be consistent with the moral teachings of the Roman Catholic Church.
- Projects should generate cooperation and solidarity among and within diverse groups in the interest of a more integrated and mutually understanding society.
- Projects should document that as a result of CCHD funding there are possibilities of generating funds from other sources or of moving towards becoming self-supporting within the time lines established in the proposal.