Background: CRS Rice Bowl is the official Lenten program of Catholic Relief Services. It was created in 1975 with the goal of entering into solidarity with our brothers and sisters overseas through prayer, fasting, learning, and giving. Many parishes in the Archdiocese of Chicago participate in CRS Rice Bowl and through their generosity and support, help to fund CRS in their global initiatives. 75% of CRS Rice Bowl donations support CRS development projects throughout the world; while 25% of CRS Rice Bowl fund local programs and initiatives that animate the values of CRS here in the Archdiocese of Chicago.
Criteria & Guidelines:We primarily fund parishes and organizations that emulate the mission and vision of Catholic Relief Services on a local level. In addition to the international emergency aid that CRS provides, CRS has numerous initiatives to support vulnerable communities overseas, including projects focused on restorative justice, agricultural development, micro-lending, Fair Trade enterprises and initiatives, direct service assistance, hunger prevention initiatives, refugee relief, maternal health, and other related areas.
- Grant period: one (1) year
- Eligibility: Up to 5 years. After 5 years of funding, organizations are asked to take a one-year break to allow for more organizations and parishes to receive funding.
- Project location: Cook and Lake Counties
Agricultural Development: Community Gardens, Community-Owned Farmer's Markets
Fair Trade: Advocacy/Outreach, Small Businesses
Direct Service Assistance: Food Pantries, Soup Kitchens, Homeless Shelters
Hunger Education and Advocacy
Others Areas (please specific below)
CRS cannot fund groups that knowingly participate in coalitions that have as part of their organizational purpose or coalition agenda or actions that contradict fundamental Catholic Moral or Social Teaching.
CRS cannot fund groups that engage in prohibited political campaign intervention on behalf of or opposition to any candidate for political office within the meaning of section 501(c)(3) of the Code. Grantee can engage in genuinely non-partisan voter registration, education and advocacy but agrees not to participate in politically partisan activities which are prohibited.
• 501(c)(3) Determination Letter from IRS (or proof of filing Form 1023)—if available• Form 990• Budget Form (download online)• Leadership/board member profiles (download online)• Any brochures, articles, and annual reports of the project, if available• Several (at least 5) high-resolution photos of the project