Catholic Campaign for Human Development grants are available for applicable programs in Cayuga, Ontario, Seneca, Wayne and Yates counties.
Founded by the U.S. bishops in 1970, the CCHD works to eliminate poverty and injustice in America by funding small self-help programs initiated and led by poor people, regardless of their religious affiliation. By funding these programs, CCHD empowers the poor and marginalized to make decisions, seek solutions to local problems and find ways to improve their lives and neighborhoods.
Projects eligible for CCHD funding should address the root causes of poverty, such as racism, unemployment, and lack of education or economic opportunities regardless of religious affiliation. Projects that have received grants in the past have created sustainable jobs, preserved affordable housing, improved neighborhoods, enhanced opportunities for youths and helped the poor find a dignified way out of poverty.
Funding for local CCHD grants is raised through an annual collection in local Catholic parishes. Completed grant applications must be received by Aug. 8 to be eligible for funding.
For more information or for an application, contact Ruth Putnam Marchetti at 585-328-3228, ext. 1366.