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 promotion and support of community-controlled, self-help organizations and through transformative justice education.

Your Gift Helps…

CCHD is supported solely by private donations. The program owes its success to Catholic parishioners whose contributions to the annual parish appeal have made meeting CCHD'sobjectives possible over the years. Most funds come from the once-a-yearCCHDcollection, scheduled each year on the Sunday before Thanksgiving.

Who Do We Fund?

During its 30-year history, CCHD has funded more than 3,500 self-help projects developed by grassroots groups of poor persons across the United States. Each yearCCHDdistributes national grants to more than 250 projects based in local communities. In addition, hundreds of smaller projects are funded through the 25 percent share of the CCHD collection retained by dioceses. The projects' successes and the relationships developed have significantly changed the lives of the poor in our country and in the Diocese of Galveston-Houston.

How to Apply for a Grant

Local Grant Application

funds two categories of projects: organizing and economic development.

In organizing projects, people work together to address the needs of their community. Poor and marginalized people are empowered by joining together to make decisions, seeking solutions to local problems and finding ways to improve their lives and neighborhoods. These projects assist individuals to develop as community leaders and to mobilize the community's resources.

Economic development projects assist poor and low- income people to develop new businesses and create new jobs. Projects provide the potential for low-income people to share greater ownership of assets and participate in decision-making.

Summary of criteria and guidelines forCCHDfunding:

  • Projects must benefit a poverty group, with at least 50 percent of those benefiting from the project coming from the low-income community.

  • Members of the poverty group must have a dominant voice in the project.

  • CCHD-funded projects must conform to the moral teachings of the Catholic Church.

  • Projects should innovatively address the basic causes of poverty and effect institutional change.

  • Projects should generally contribute to a more integrated and mutually understanding society.


When the U.S. bishops created the Catholic Campaign for Human Development, they understood the need to integrate support for community organizations with education about poverty and injustice.

They believed that CCHD would "lead the People of God to a new knowledge of today's problems" and that it would promote "a greater spirit of solidarity among those who are successful, those who have acquired some share of the nation's goods, and those still trapped in poverty."

The bishops said the Campaign's educational goal was to "impress the facts about poverty on the non-poor and to effect in them a conversion of heart."

The Catholic Campaign for Human Development accomplishes this goal through Target, a program of intensive justice education for parishes in our diocese, and through Journey to Justice, an education program that brings together Catholic parishioners and funded group representatives in a shared retreat experience.

Publications and Parish Resources

Browse the CCHD catalog of promotional resources and justice education materials at