Created by the U.S.C.C.B. in 1970 to address the root causes of poverty. CCHD funds projects that bring poor and low-income people together to work for change in their communities. Since its beginning, more than $280 million in CCHD grants have funded over 7,000 community-based self-help projects that create jobs, fight crime, ensure decent wages, reform schools, and provide affordable housing. Catholic Charities coordinates the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD).
This effort to end poverty and economic injustice is made possible through an annual parish collection on the weekend before Thanksgiving. The Archdiocese of Louisville evaluates and recommends local organizations that have applied for CCHD national grants. In addition, a Catholic Charities of Louisville committee of board members and staff advise the Archdiocese on the distribution of the local funds, which is 25% of the overall local collection.
CCHD Local Grant Criteria
- Projects which are innovative and demonstrate a change from traditional approaches to poverty by attacking the basic causes of poverty and by effecting institutional change.
- Projects which directly benefit a relatively large number of people rather than a few individuals.
- The project must benefit a poverty group. At least fifty percent (50%) of those benefiting from the project must be from the low-income community.
- Grants are made on an annual basis and do not imply subsequent years of funding.
- Projects which document, that as a result of CCHD funding, there are possibilities of generating funds from other sources or of becoming self-supporting.
- No proposal that excludes on the basis of race, color, gender, or religion will be considered.
- The project activity for which funding is requested must conform to the moral teaching of the Catholic Church.
- Those programs, projects, or organizations that receive CCHD funds will be asked to submit a mid-point and final report outlining the use of the grant.