Catholic Campaign for Human Development

The Catholic Campaign for Human Development is the domestic anti-poverty, social justice program of the U.S. Catholic Bishops. Its mission is to address the root causes of poverty in America through the promotion and support of community-controlled self-help organizations.

Founded in 1969, CCHD follows the pastoral strategy of empowerment of the poor through a methodology of participation and education for justice, leading towards solidarity between poor and non-poor. This is a stance impelled by the Church’s biblical tradition, modern Catholic Social Teaching, and the pervasive presence of poverty in the United States. This ministry of justice is rooted in our baptism and faith commitment.

CCHD Annual Collection: November

The Catholic Campaign for Human Development Annual Collection is always held the weekend before Thanksgiving. This collection, taken up in the Sacramento Diocese and in all dioceses throughout the country, provides the funds for CCHD grants.

CCHD Grants

Community Development Grant 

CCHD Community Development grants, supports efforts that demonstrate a commitment to the dignity of the human person, range from $25,000 to $75,000. CCHD funded groups are led by people who live in poverty and work to address its root causes by nurturing solidarity between the poor and non-poor, as well as facilitating the participation of people in the affected population.  As part of such efforts, low-income people gain the ability to identify barriers, brainstorm solutions, and take action to change problematic structures and systems in their communities. 

Economic Development Grant

CCHD Economic Development grants fund initiatives that significantly include the voice of the poor and marginalized in developing new businesses that offer good jobs and/or develop assets that will be owned and enjoyed by local communities. These grants range from $25,000 - $75,000. Proposals are to be consistent with CCHD mission (overcoming root causes of poverty) and reflect CCHD foundations (Catholic teaching, participation, non-partisanship, etc.) 

Your non-profit may be eligible for a grant this year from the Catholic Campaign for Human Development. To learn more about the types of grants and what the requirements are please click here

2021-2022 CCHD Grants in the Diocese of Sacramento 

California Center for Cooperative Development 

Sacramento Area Congregations Together 

St. Joseph Community Land Trust 

Sacramento Valley Organizing Committee


Diocesan bishops, in collaboration with the national CCHD staff, appoint directors to manage the full range of CCHD's activities at the local level. These responsibilities include reviewing and evaluating national and local funding applications, monitoring funded programs, supporting seedling organizations and providing educational resources. 

Local CCHD Office:   

Laura Rios, CCHD Diocesan Coordinator


National CCHD Office: 

Sean Wendlinder, Grant Specialist for West Region

202 - 541 - 3212 

Catholic Campaign for Human Development

3211 Fourth Street. NE

Washington DC 20017

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