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The Strategic National
Grant Program is a core fund of CCHD. It is discretionary,
and responds to timely opportunities relevant to the
priorities of the USCCB to promote human life and dignity, advance justice and
address the root causes of poverty. Strategic National Grants serve as a catalyst for organizations working to promote
justice and economic development on a
significantly larger scale than the community-based organizations that
typically receive support from CCHD. Awardees demonstrate a commitment
to pursuing significant goals related to the root causes of poverty or
promoting economic development on a statewide, regional or national
CCHD has awarded support to Hope Border Institute, an innovative initiative which will bring together local CCHD funded groups, dioceses and Catholic institutions in order to promote a culture of life, economic justice, justice for immigrants and environmental justice along the Mexico-US border. HBI will work to develop the voice of local residents to advance an agenda for change rooted in Catholic social teaching.
The National Community Land Trust Network is an organization of community land trusts, which provide permanently affordable homeownership to low-income families and communities. CCHD has awarded the Network a grant to support the growth of its network in order to break the cycle of poverty for more families across the country.
The PICO National Network has been awarded support to expand its Parish Immigration Project. The Parish Immigration Project provides training and support to leaders and pastors in dioceses across the country to put Catholic teaching on immigration into practice. PICO is undertaking these efforts in partnership with the USCCB’s Justice for Immigrants Campaign.
Catholic Community Services of Western Washington, Catholic Charities Spokane and Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Yakima have been awarded a grant to support a statewide “Life & Justice Initiative”. The Initiative includes the development of a support network for expecting mothers and their families, and a leadership development and advocacy network among Black and African as well as farmworker communities.
Obria Medical Clinics has been awarded support to address the pressure on families due to lack of access to adequate healthcare. Through trainings for families and providing basic needs to low income-communities in California, Birth Choice is working to organize families to create community networks that provide needed healthcare for under-served communities.
The California Catholic Conference has been awarded support to establish and promote a Restorative Justice Network throughout the state of California. The grant will enable a supportive network and training for local leaders and community organizers in restorative justice principles, research on the impacts of the criminal justice system in California, and the creation of replicable faith-based community-based models for the integration of ex-prisoners.
Democracy at Work Institute has been awarded a grant to support and scale the sustainable development of worker-owned
cooperatives in low-income communities across the United States. The cooperatives
supported by Democracy at Work promote worker-ownership and democratic control,
where workers genuinely determine their own destiny. Worker-owners have a voice
over key decisions in the workplace, setting the downtrodden free from the
mercy of employers whose main concern is making a profit, often at the expense
of their employees.
Direct Action Research Training
(DART) has been awarded support to catalyze restorative justice in Florida,
where high incarceration rates and sentencing guidelines disproportionally
affect the poor. DART is working to strengthen the voice among Florida parishes
and allied Catholic partners to increase the use of restorative strategies and
other successful practices to divert adults and juveniles from the criminal
justice system, and to address re-entry issues.
The Society of St. Vincent de Paul
has been awarded support to work for the re-integration of ex-prisoners into communities by
engaging local SSVP conferences, CCHD-supported organizations and local Catholic communities.
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