CREST HILL – The Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) is attempting to address the problem of poverty by providing grants to self-help programs initiated and led by poor people.
These groups help create sustainable jobs, preserve affordable housing, improve neighborhoods, and enhance opportunities for people so they can find a dignified way out of poverty. CCHD is funded by Catholics who generously give in a once-a-year collection at their parishes.
The Catholic Diocese of Joliet has CCHD grants available for qualified low-income grass roots organizations. Eligible groups must be working for empowerment of the poor, education for justice, and/or solidarity between poor and non-poor in the community.
Organizations that receive CCHD funds must not participate in or promote activities that contradict the moral and social teachings of the Catholic Church.
More information about the grants and about groups funded in previous years can be obtained from www.dioceseofjoliet.org/cchd.
Applications will be accepted from groups in DuPage, Ford, Grundy, Iroquois, Kankakee, Kendall, and Will counties through March 1, 2017. Grants will be awarded regardless of race or religious affiliation.
Applications can be obtained online at the above website or can contact Steve Jackson at 815-221-6253 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.