The pre-application is reviewed by CCHD national grants staff. With input from diocesan directors, they decide whether an applicant meets the basic requirements to be invited to submit a full proposal, or will be declined at this stage.
The full proposals require applicants to thoroughly explain both the structure and activity of their organization, including past efforts and proposed efforts. Applicants are again required to attest that their organization is not involved in promoting activities contrary to Catholic teaching. Specifically, the proposal application for both community development and economic development applicants asks:
“Organizations that receive CCHD funds must not participate in or promote activities that contradict the moral and social teachings of the Catholic Church. Organizations that support or promote, for example, capital punishment, abortion, euthanasia, racism, war, discrimination, or same-sex marriage are not eligible for CCHD funding. Do the activities of your organization conform to the moral and social teachings of the Catholic Church?”
The CCHD community development application restates the requirement that applicant organizations be strictly non-partisan (economic development initiatives would not engage in political activity). Applicants are also required to describe any voter registration activities:
“Please indicate if your organization is planning to engage in voter registration and/or voter education or “get out the vote” activities during the proposed grant year. If so, provide a brief description of those activities. Please note, while CCHD encourages activities that promote civic engagement, organizations that participate in partisan activities and/or take stances which promote in any way (including voter guides and other written material) legislation, propositions, or ballot initiatives that contradict the moral or social teaching of the Catholic Church are ineligible for CCHD funding.”