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NOTICE: The Catholic Communication Campaign (CCC) awards grants once each year, usually in October. Dates for the 2019 grant cycle have yet to be announced. The CCC only accepts proposals through an online process. The online application will be available mid-year.
The CCC's funds are raised through a national diocesan collection taken up in most U.S. parishes in May. One-half of each diocese's CCC collection proceeds are retained by the diocese to support communications projects and goals of the local Church. The remaining half of each diocese's CCC collection supports domestic Catholic communications projects that are national in scope.
CCC grants are available for domestic communications projects that have a strong potential to achieve high visibility and have national impact. The CCC also offers grants for Catholic communications projects in developing areas of the world where the Church is young and growing.
Certain requests are not within the mandate of the Catholic Communication Campaign:
The Catholic Communication Campaign employs a two-stage process for its grants. In stage one, applicants are asked to submit a 100-word summary of the project for which they are seeking a grant. Staff screens those summaries to determine if the projects are within the scope of the CCC's mission and meet our criteria. Applicants whose projects are determined to be eligible are then invited to submit a full application.
Applications are submitted through our grants portal. Applicants must set up an account in the portal in order to submit their applications and supporting documentation. All applicants must submit a budget for their proposed project.
Proposals are screened by staff and subject matter experts. The reviewers notes and full proposals are provided to the Catholic Communication Campaign Subcommittee which is made up of USCCB members. The subcommittee then meets to discuss proposals and decide on grants.
An organization may submit only one request for CCC funding per calendar year. This applies to both domestic and developing nations applicants.CCC grantees must sign grant agreements that designate how funds will be allocated. In most cases, progress reports are required before a second and any subsequent payments are made. Grantees must be willing to provide credit to the CCC in their projects. When possible, grantees are asked to provide photos or other material that the CCC can use in its promotion of the national appeal.
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