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2016-2017 Grants


The Coalition on Homelessness brings together homeless folks, front-line service providers, and their allies to build a San Francisco that everyone can call home. We are working every day to expand access to housing in one of the richest cities in the country, protect the rights of the poorest people on our streets, and to address the root causes of homelessness and poverty.


NanoFarms USA is a network of individual workers’ cooperatives that provide organic gardening services to private landowners and grow organic produce for local sale. NanoFarms USA operates from the grounds of St. Patrick Seminary.


CLAM is a nonprofit organization created to acquire and hold land for the benefit of the community and its future generations. Our mission is to provide stable and permanently affordable homes in an environmentally responsible way in the communities surrounding Tomales Bay. As a community land trust, CLAM holds land and housing in trust for the community in perpetuity while creating housing that working people can afford.


Faith in Action is a grassroots coalition of congregations and schools working to create innovative solutions to the economic and racial injustices facing residents on the San Francisco Peninsula. We engage families, youth and seniors in public life to create a safe, healthy, and thriving communities for everyone. Together with other PICO affiliates around the state and country, Faith in Action is creating a new vision that unites people who believe in justice across neighborhood, race, class, family structure and religion.

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When the Catholic bishops of the United States established the Catholic Campaign for Human Development in 1970, they mandated the Campaign fund "such projects as voter registration, community organizations, community-run schools, minority-owned cooperatives and credit unions, capital for industrial development and job training programs, and setting up of rural cooperatives." Today, CCHD can point to hundreds of CCHD-funded organizations which have grown to extend great influence in their communities for the common good. CCHD is committed to supporting organizations led by low-income individuals as they work to break the cycle of poverty and improve their communities.

Annual CCHD contributions to support community organizations are made possible by Catholics throughout the United States who contribute to CCHD each year. To qualify for CCHD funds, applicant organizations must not promote, in any way, activities that work against Catholic values. CCHD's grants to local anti-poverty efforts are screened, awarded and monitored in close partnership with local Catholic dioceses. CCHD grants to groups in a local community require the explicit approval of the bishop of that diocese.

CCHD has three grant programs:

Community Development Grant Program

CCHD Community development grant amounts range between $25,000 and $75,000. Community Development grants support efforts that demonstrate a commitment to the dignity of the human person. CCHD-funded groups are led by people living in poverty and work to address the root causes of poverty by nurturing solidarity between the poor and non-poor and facilitating the participation of people living in poverty in decisions that perpetuate poverty in their lives. 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 Program

CCHD Economic Development grant amounts range between $25,000 and $75,000. CCHD supports economic development 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.

Strategic National Grant Program

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 1)propose innovative and promising strategies for helping the poor help themselves; 2) clearly embody one or more of the USCCB priorities (human life and dignity, strengthening marriage and the family, cultural diversity, etc.); 3) focus on neglected dimensions of overcoming poverty (e.g. responsible fatherhood, family life, etc.); 4) anticipate coming problems (e.g. the recent foreclosure crisis); or 5) focus on urgent national strategic emphases established by CCHD.

These grants are not local, but can be regional or national. A group of dioceses may 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.

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