Catholic Diocese of Dallas

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Catholic Campaign for Human Development

The 2016 Collection will be held November 19-20th!

Thank you for your participation in this collection: Your generous support will give our brothers and sisters living in poverty the support necessary to make lasting changes and break the poverty cycle.

About CCHD

The Catholic Campaign for Human Development, or CCHD, is the United States Council for Catholic Bishop’s domestic anti-poverty program.  Money collected in support of this program will assist grassroots programs working with our brothers and sisters living in poverty to help themselves break the poverty cycle as well as raise awareness for Catholic Social Teaching.

After each collection, 75% of the funds are sent to the National Office to help the nationally funded groups while 25% remains in the diocese to help locally funded groups and promote Catholic Social Teaching in our diocese.  CCHD strives to offer the hand up, not the hand out.

Second Collection resources for parishes may be found on the USCCB’s website.

National Grants

Community Development Grants:  Organizations led by people living in poverty with the intent to change structures and policies by fighting for justice

Economic Development Grants:  Organizations and businesses that provide jobs and develop assets for low income people while encouraging people living in poverty to hold leadership roles

Strategic National Grants: Organizations that promote justice or economic development in a much more significant way, pursuing goals on a statewide, regional or national basis

To apply for National Grants, please see criteria on USCCB’s WebsiteThen contact or .  CCHD will stop accepting pre-applications for national grants on November 1, 2016.

Local Grants

Local grants are also available to assist in ending the poverty cycle and to educate on the effects of living in poverty and Catholic Social Teaching in amounts ranging from $1,000 -$5,000.

To qualify for a local grant, an organization must have 503(c)1 status, be non-partisan, not contradict the moral teachings of the Roman Catholic Church, and be within the Diocese of Dallas.  Priority will be given to organizations that give a decision making voice to those living in poverty and benefiting from the program.

Direct service applicants may not be considered.

Applications are due by January 1, 2017.

Submit CCHD Local Grant Application

Current CCHD Funded Groups

Texas Tenants Union, or TTU, was nationally funded by CCHD for the 2015 grant year.  TTU strives to educate tenants of their rights and assist in helping them to work to improve the quality of their own lives and their communities.

Bonton Farms is a locally funded group which strives to end a food desert in the South Dallas area called Bonton. It provides fresh vegetables, honey, and eggs to people in desperate need of fresh produce who would have to travel 30 miles to the nearest food. 

Dallas Area interfaith, is a locally funded group for the 2015-16 grant session. They are a multi-cultural, multi-religious organization that strives to advocate for those on the margins, and assist them in forming community organizations to effect change.

SkillQUEST strives to motivate adults at 200% the poverty level to obtain training in high group sectors leading to careers with benefits so as to break the cycle of poverty. It provides training needed by students to obtain living wage jobs. 

Dallas Leadership Foundation helps to serve over 2,700 individuals each year as they re-enter society with a prison record. They work to break the cycle by beginning with a pre-release program to overcome substance abuse, and develop parenting skills, money management, job skills, through mentoring.