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CCHD is currently not accepting letters of inquiry or applications for its Strategic National Grant Program.
The Strategic National Grant Program serves as a core fund of CCHD. It is discretionary, and responds to timely opportunities relevant to the priorities of the USCCB to promote human life and dignity, advance justice and address the root causes of poverty.
Strategic National Grants are meant to serve as a catalyst for organizations working to promote justice and economic development on a significantly larger scale than the community-based organizations that typically receive support from CCHD. Awards will be for an amount between $250,000 and $500,000 and may be renewed for a period not to exceed five years, for a total not to exceed $2.5 million.
Applicants should demonstrate a commitment to pursuing significant goals related to the root causes of poverty or promoting economic development on a statewide, regional or national basis. These grants are intended for campaign-style initiatives of significant scale, with focused time-specific goals.
Grants are not meant to supply ordinary financial support.
Proposals will be requested upon favorable consideration of a Letter of Inquiry.
Letters of Inquiry should not exceed 4 pages. They should include a description of the applicant organization and mission, as well as a project description, including a summary of main objectives and proposed strategies, total amount of support sought, and the proposed project duration. A list of confirmed partners, including Catholic institutions, should also be included. Other supporting materials should not be included.
Letters of inquiry should be addressed to CCHD, attention: Strategic National Grants Program.
CCHD will normally review Letters of Inquiry every four weeks. If you have not received a response after that time, please assume that your Letter of Inquiry is not being considered.
Applicants must be Catholic institutions or registered 501(c)3 organizations.
Applicants should exhibit exemplary commitment to the development of low-income leadership and power; demonstrated commitment to addressing injustice and the root-causes of poverty; and capacity and determination to build solidarity across cultural, economic and ecumenical lines.
Applicant organizations may in no way pursue activities or belong to coalitions that hold positions that violate Catholic moral teaching, including the promotion of gay marriage or abortion.
Consistent with CCHD's mission and identity, the Strategic National Grant Program does not fund initiatives or organizations primarily concerned with direct service.
Proposals should clearly exhibit potential to advance the priorities of the USCCB in promoting human life and dignity.
Proposals should privilege and demonstrate a commitment to:
The national strategic emphases determined by CCHD align with the priorities of the USCCB. They prioritize issues that advance the life and dignity of the human person, and currently include: criminal justice reform, immigration reform, economic justice, environmental justice, preserving a Circle of Protection around the poor and vulnerable, racial justice, and equitable economic development.
Significant positive consideration will be given to those applications that encourage greater participation of the Catholic community in the work of justice, especially:
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