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Catholic Campaign For Human Development

Created in 1970, the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) is a grants program sponsored by the Catholic Bishops of the United States and the Diocese of Columbus. It is intended to assist self-help programs that are designed and run by the poor and to address the root causes of poverty and injustice within the United States.

Funds for this program are donated through an annual November appeal in all the Catholic parishes. Seventy-five percent of the funds collected within each diocese are sent to the national office in Washington, D.C. for redistribution throughout the United States in the form of national grants. Twenty-five percent remains in each diocese for local grants.


The Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) has two grants programs:  community development and economic development.

CCHD 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.

CCHD Economic Development Grants support economic development initiatives that significantly include the voice of the poor and marginalized in developing new businesses that offer good jobs and/or develop assets that will be owned and enjoyed by local communities.

CCHD National Grant Applications Timeline, click here.


CATHOLIC CAMPAIGN FOR HUMAN DEVELOPMENT LOCAL GRANTS APPLICATIONS SOUGHT (deadline:  April 15). Grants must support:  the Church’s Gospel mission; our Catholic identity, especially traditional Catholic principles of respect for human life and dignity, priority for the poor, participation, subsidiarity, solidarity, and strengthening family, and building community; the pursuit of justice by supporting self-help efforts to address root causes of poverty, education for justice; and be faithful stewards of the human, financial, institutional, and moral assets of CCHD. The diocesan Office for Social Concerns is seeking proposals that work for institutional or systemic change to break the cycle of poverty in our diocese and to defend human dignity. For a grant applications or additional information, email or contact Erin Cordle at 614-241-2540.  Click here for the CCHD grant application.

Local CCHD Grant Budget Sheet, PDF |  Excel Spreadsheet
Catholic Social Teaching Themes Handout, click here.

2009 The Truth About CCHD Funding and other frequently asked questions, click here.

Jobs, Housing, Education, Economic Development . . .

. . . the essentials of successful communities. Yet many struggling communities throughout our country lack these essentials. Poverty and social injustices continue to rob men, women, and children of their God-given dignity. CCHD-funded projects help poor and low-income individuals work together to rebuild their communities across our diocese. The CCHD philosophy emphasizes empowerment of and participation by the poor. By helping the poor to participate in the decisions and actions that affect their lives, CCHD empowers them to move beyond poverty. CCHD funds projects in our diocese that help people help themselves out of poverty.

Values at the Heart of CCHD

  • Option for the poor;
  • Participation / self-help;
  • Institutional change;
  • Empowerment / leadership development;
  • Solidarity / building bridges;
  • Movement toward self-sufficiency.

Diocesan Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) Office

The diocesan CCHD office serves as a liaison to the national Catholic Campaign for Human Development office of the U.S. Catholic Bishops. In its role the diocesan office promotes the annual November collection in addition to local and national grant opportunities. It also educates the non-poor to effect in them a conversion of heart, a growth in compassion, and a sensitivity to the needs of the poor.

Diocesan CCHD Board

A diocesan CCHD board reviews and evaluates applications submitted for local grants.

Criteria and Guidelines for CCHD Application

  • All projects must benefit a poverty group and/or victims of injustice.
  • Projects that should be funded by money available from the private or public sectors (excluding church funds) will not be considered unless applicants document that they are unable to obtain funding from these sources. However, proposals which call for "seed money" or "matching money" will be considered, if documented.
  • Successful CCHD projects must demonstrate a commitment to attacking poverty through institutional change (i.e., modification of existing laws or policies, the establishment of alternative structures, or redistribution of decision-making powers). Direct service projects do not qualify.
  • The project activities for which funding is requested must conform to the moral teachings of the Catholic Church.
  • Extra consideration will be given to applicable projects outside Franklin County that fall within the diocesan boundaries.

To obtain an application, please contact the diocesan Office for Social Concerns at (614) 241-2540.

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