2017-2018 CCHD Pre-Application - Economic Development


This is the Catholic Campaign for Human Development’s (CCHD’s) pre-application for the Economic Development grants program in the Archdiocese of Chicago. The pre-application is the necessary first step for an organization that wants to be considered for a local grant in the Archdiocese of Chicago and is NOT currently a CCHD grantee.

To better understand CCHD’s grant programs and the online application process, we strongly encourage you to read all of the grant resources available online and the Guide for CCHD Grant Applicants. The Guide for CCHD Grant Applicants outlines CCHD’s principles and goals, eligibility criteria for each type of grant and definitions for various terms used in the application. The Guide also offers tools for applicants to define their eligibility and readiness to apply for CCHD grant support.

Because the application process is competitive and lengthy, we intend that the pre-application will, first, help interested organizations gain an understanding of CCHD mission and criteria and help them determine whether or not their work is a good match for CCHD funding; and second, help CCHD determine if an applicant’s proposal is in line with CCHD criteria, priorities, and whether the group should be invited to submit a full application. Pre-applications received and reviewed will be considered for a grant in June of the following year.

The pre-application may be submitted between September 1 and November 1 (11:59 PM CST). CCHD will review all pre-applications and notify organizations via email of our determination. CCHD recommends submitting your pre-application well in advance of the November 1 deadline to help with our processing and to give applicants more time if invited to submit a full application.

In the event that you are invited to submit a full application, you will receive an email no later than November 22 to complete a local application. Local applications are due December 15.


In applying for a grant from the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) in the Archdiocese of Chicago, it is helpful to know and understand the mission and principles which guide CCHD and its funding decisions. In this brief “Foreword”, CCHD’s foundations and values are summarized.

Foundations of CCHD: CCHD was established in 1969 by the U.S Catholic Bishops as a response to the Gospel of Jesus Christ and an expression of the Social Doctrine of the Catholic Church. CCHD was founded to help economically distressed communities help themselves to address poverty and its causes by investing in their development so they can participate in the decisions that affect their families and communities.

CCHD’s Gospel Mission: CCHD continues the mission of Jesus and His Church “to bring good new to the poor, liberty to captives, new sight to the blind and set the downtrodden free…” (Luke 4:18)

Catholic Identity: CCHD is a work of the Catholic Church in the United States. CCHD draws its directions, policies and practices from the Catholic Social and Moral Teaching and prohibits funding groups that violate fundamental Catholic teaching. In all its work, CCHD seeks to carry out the following central themes of Catholic Social Teaching:

Respect for Human Life and Dignity: CCHD works to protect and enhance the life and dignity of all from the first moment of conception to the moment of natural death and every moment on the spectrum of life in between, especially focusing on the lives and dignity of those living in economically distressed communities, the vulnerable or suffering economic or other injustices.

Priority for the Poor: CCHD practices the Church’s priority for the poor, helping low-income and vulnerable people improve their lives and communities by their own actions.

Participation: CCHD works from the bottom up, emphasizing self-help, participation and decision making by those living in economically distressed communities to address their own situations.

Subsidiarity: CCHD focuses on local communities seeking to give voice to those closest to problems of poverty, as these communities address economic injustice working with local, state or national institutions to address the causes of poverty.

Solidarity: CCHD is a sign of solidarity, standing with and for those who are poor, seeking to strengthen communities and helping to build bridges between those who are economically disadvantaged and those who are not.

Strengthen Family & Build Community: CCHD works to support and strengthen the fundamental social institutions of marriage and family and other mediating structures, including parishes, neighborhoods, community organizations, economic development groups and worker and other associations.

Pursuing Justice: CCHD supports self-help efforts to bring about positive institutional changes that address root causes of poverty, carrying out Pope Benedict XVI’s teachings that “justice is inseparable from charity, and intrinsic to it. Justice is the primary way of charity…” and his call to pursue the common good through “the institutional path…of charity.” (Caritas in Veritate, 6-7)

Faithful Stewardship: CCHD seeks to make effective and faithful use of resources-financial, institutional and human- to advance CCHD’s mission in accountable and transparent ways.


Print and read the revised Guide for CCHD Grant Applications before beginning this application. The Guide for CCHD Grant Applicants outlines: CCHD’s principles and goals, eligibility criteria, and definitions for various terms used in the Application. The Guide also offers tools for applicants to evaluate their eligibility and their readiness to apply for CCHD grant support.

Fill out all fields as completely as possible, answering ALL questions in a particular field. You must answer all questions by providing information with respect to your organization only; do not answer questions relying on activities, members, finances, etc. of related or affiliated organizations

Pay close attention to formatting instructions, word limits, and required fields. Failure to complete all required fields are grounds for request declinations. All sections must be completed.