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


The CCHD Process

The Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston, the Catholic Campaign for Human Development seeks to:

  • Educate parishioners about poverty in the Houston Metropolitan area and the U.S. to equip them to work for change.
  • Fund groups in the Archdiocese who are working to end poverty.  Funding comes from the donations parishioners make to the CCHD collection which takes place at parishes the weekend before Thanksgiving each year. Learn more about "Truth about CCHD".  

CCHD operates out of the office of the Secretariat for Social Concerns. The CCHD committee, participate in the evaluation of grant applications and visit Grantees to monitor projects.


Local CCHD Grant Information

CCHD Grant Guidelines

Summary of criteria and guidelines for CCHD funding:

  • 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.

CCHD Grant Application

Local CCHD Mid-Year Report

Local CCHD Grant Final Report


2020-2021 CCHD Awards

secondary-imageJustice Forward (Harris County Drug Court Foundation)

Justice Forward breaks the cycle of incarceration and funds essential programs for individuals in the Harris County Specialty Courts to help them become independent and productive members of our community.


FJWC_LOGO_web_0 (1).pngFe y Justicia Worker Center

The Corporation's mission is to provide a safe space for low-wage workers to gather and learn about their rights in the workplace, a network for various social services, file complaints with government agencies, meet with attorneys, and connect with community allies.  The Corporation also organizes low-wage workers to improve conditions on the job and mobilizes workers and the general and religious communities on issues and campaigns to improve wages, benefits, and working conditions for low-wage workers.


NRCDC LOGO4Neighborhood Recovery Community Development Corporation

NRCDC’s mission is to revitalize defined target areas in Houston, to encourage economic development and investment, to effectively provide and encourage the development of housing for persons of low and moderate-income, and to work with other private and public entities


SJC Banner Logo-01.jpgSan Jose Clinic

San Jose Clinic's mission is to provide quality healthcare and education to those with limited access to such services in an environment which respects the dignity of each person.



National CCHD Grant Information

To learn more about CCHD National Grant information, please click here.


Catholic Campaign for Human Development Resouces

CCHD Newsletter - "Helping People Help Themselves"

CCHD Economic Development Brochure 

CCHD Brochure 

Handout: "What is CCHD?"

CCHD Review and Renewal Process

CCHD Collection Resources

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