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As part of the Review and Renewal of the Catholic Campaign for Human Development, the Bishops authorized a new way to carry out CCHD's mission "to bring good news to the poor, liberty to captives and new sight to the blind".
In the Review and Renewal, CCHD committed itself to:
"… establish[ing] CCHD Strategic National Grants, setting aside a portion of CCHD resources for strategic grants focused on particular needs, issues or priorities. The amount and priorities will be determined by the Bishops' Subcommittee on the Catholic Campaign for Human Development. In keeping with CCHD's mission, applications will focus on strategies for fighting the root causes of poverty in the United States. In keeping with the idea of a "strategic" program and CCHD's Catholic identity, applications will receive higher consideration if they:
"iii. These grants are not local, but can be regional or national. A group of dioceses can work together to develop a proposal. Proposals are to be consistent with CCHD mission (overcoming root causes of poverty) and reflect CCHD foundations (Catholic teaching, participation, non-partisanship, etc.). These grants are focused on particular situations or issues where broader, strategic, innovative and focused action is needed. The elements and criteria for this new initiative will be developed in 2011 and applications will be encouraged beginning in 2012."
In the last year, the USCCB Subcommittee on the Catholic Campaign for Human Development has sought to carry out the commitment by reviewing its purpose, refining criteria, discussing potential for priority funding and setting parameters and guidelines.
Each year the CCHD Subcommittee will set aside a portion of CCHD's resources from the annual collection, other gifts and resources to support the national strategic grant program.
The grants will reflect efforts to advance established USCCB/CCHD priorities.
The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has among its priorities:
CCHD supports those goals by advancing:
C. Types of Grants
There will be two kinds of strategic national grants:
Each grant will include outcomes that are defined, measurable, assess impact and are replicable (i.e. lessons can be shared with others).
E. Strategic Scope and Focus
Grants will focus on aspects of poverty that have been neglected, misunderstood or have regional and/or national dimensions in order to make significant impact on reducing poverty. These grants should anticipate, look forward and bring new energy or urgency to factors which contribute to poverty on a substantial scale.
Each grant will be for an amount between $250,000.00 and 500,000.00 and is eligible for annual renewal for a period not to exceed five years for a total not to exceed $2.5 million.
CCHD staff and consultants will solicit and review grant proposals and interview prospective grantees. A docket of candidates will be presented to the CCHD Subcommittee for approval. Upon approval, the successful grantees will be notified and grant agreement will be negotiated.
For the first round of national strategic grants the Subcommittee has chosen to focus on the crucial links and impacts connecting family life and structure and poverty. Specifically, the Subcommittee wishes to address how poverty impacts families and how family factors contribute to poverty.
There is an unfortunate, unnecessary and unhelpful polarization in discussions about poverty. Some focus primarily on economic factors—unemployment, low wages, lack of opportunity, discrimination, etc. Others focus primarily on family factors—marriage, education, absence of fathers, teenage pregnancy, etc.
The Catholic Church's experience and the realities of life and low-income communities reflect the fact that both economic and family factors contribute to poverty and both factors need to be addresses to overcome poverty.
CCHD is looking for organizations, ideas, proposals, and activities that address and overcome the gulf between economic and family factors.
B. Priority and Strategy
CCHD wishes to address factors that increase poverty among families, including:
A. Grantee Requirement
For consideration for a Strategic National Grant, organizations must:
C. Financial Stability
Applicants should demonstrate a clear vision for the development of financial capacity. This may include membership dues, grassroots fundraising, foundation, corporate support, and/or other fundraising strategies. They must demonstrate means and plans to leverage CCHD grant funding.
Proposals accepted on a rolling basis. To be considered during the June 2013 evaluation period, proposals must be received by March 31, 2013.
Please send letters of inquiry about the Strategic National Grant and proposals to:
Ralph McCloud, Director
Catholic Campaign for Human Development
3211 4th Street, NE
Washington, DC 20017
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