The Catholic Campaign for Human Development is the anti-poverty program of the U.S. Catholic Bishops, working to carry out the mission of Jesus Christ "... to bring good news to the poor ... release to captives ... sight to the blind, and let the oppressed go free." (Luke 4:18) CCHD believes that change is most likely when:
Annual national CCHD contributions to support community organizations are made
possible by Catholics throughout the United States. Projects supported include: 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." The national CCHD has three grant programs which are explained at: www.usccb.org/cchd. Grants up to $75,000 are issued.
The Bishop’s local Diocese of Belleville “arm” of CCHD efforts and grant funding opportunities is a committee of Poverty Services of Catholic Charities of Southern Illinois. Local CCHD grants are made possible thru local Diocese of Belleville donations as well as a portion of the national CCHD collections are returned to the local Diocese. Maximum grants are $5,000 and the grants are announced in the fall of each year on www.povertyservices.weebly.com and on CatholicCharitiesSIL.org
To qualify for CCHD funds:
All Catholic parishes, schools, diocesan departments, agencies and institutions are invited to apply for funding for local initiatives that address poverty in southern Illinois from the Catholic Campaign for Human Development. PLEASE NOTE: Initiatives for which funding is requested MUST break local cycles of poverty that impede gainful employment, i.e., programs or projects that address issues such as: reading impairment, substance abuse, employment transportation, employment mentoring, appropriate employment clothing, mental or physical health issues or qualified, reliable, affordable childcare expenses to enable a parent to work. Unfortunately grant awards cannot be given to just provide food, shelter and clothing to survive the day. However a qualifying grant idea that has been effective in this regard is to condition a recipient’s future food, shelter or clothing given out on the recipient documenting getting help to address a substance abuse condition, or a health condition or reading impairment. New initiatives by local non-profit, faith-based organizations that were not awarded CCHD grants in the past will receive more consideration for funding.
Applicants that received CCHD grant funding last year must submit a report explaining how the funds were used with their current application. The maximum grant award is $5,000 per proposal. Application deadline is . Applications are available on the Poverty Services website: http:/povertyservices.weebly.com or the Catholic Charities of Southern Illinois website: catholiccharitiessil.org. For additional information contact: Mike Schuette, 618-920-8448, or Kathy Mulvin, 618-918-3973.