Catholic Campaign for Human Development - CCHD

The Catholic Campaign for Human Development is the anti-poverty program of the U.S. Catholic Bishops, working to carry out the mission of Jesus Christ "... to bring good news to the poor ...  release to captives ...  sight to the blind, and let the oppressed go free." (Luke 4:18)  CCHD believes that change is most likely when:

  • Those who are directly affected by unjust systems and structures have the best insight into knowing how to change them is central to CCHD; and when
  • CCHD offers a hand up, not a hand out. CCHD works to break the cycle of poverty by helping low-income people participate in decisions that affect their lives, families and communities.

Faith and Justice Internship with the Belleville Diocese

The Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) is the domestic, anti-poverty social justice program of the U.S. Catholic Bishops.  This year, CCHD is offering a local paid internship for Catholics in our diocese to help promote the important work of CCHD and to offer experience working with and on behalf of those in poverty.  The internship will provide practical work in carrying out the mandate of CCHD, opportunities to develop relationships with community leaders, reflection on Catholic social teaching, and opportunities for sharing the experience with other CCHD interns. The internship is paid at an hourly rate of $12/hour and requires 17-19 hours a week from September through April. Adult Catholics of all ages are encouraged to apply, especially those with an interest in Catholic social justice.   

Here is the link for the CCHD intern employment application


Please send your resume and application by March 15 to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or contact 618-624-2838 with any questions. 

Click Here for document Application (79 KB)

NATIONAL Annual CCHD grants to break cycles of poverty: -

Annual national CCHD contributions to support community organizations are made 

possible by Catholics throughout the United States.  Projects supported include: 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." The national CCHD has three grant programs which are explained at:  Grants up to $75,000 are issued.

LOCAL Annual CCHD grants to break cycles of poverty:

The Bishop’s local Diocese of Belleville “arm” of CCHD efforts and grant funding opportunities is a committee of Poverty Services of Catholic Charities of Southern Illinois.  Local CCHD grants are made possible thru local Diocese of Belleville donations as well as a portion of the national CCHD collections are returned to the local Diocese.  Maximum grants are $5,000 and the grants are announced in the fall of each year on and on

To qualify for CCHD funds:

  • Applicant organizations must be initiatives to break cycles of poverty; and
  • 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; and
  • CCHD grants to groups in a local community require the explicit approval of the bishop of that diocese.


CCHD Local Grants

All Catholic parishes, schools, diocesan departments, agencies and institutions are invited to apply for funding for local initiatives that address poverty in southern Illinois from the Catholic Campaign for Human Development. PLEASE NOTE:  Initiatives for which funding is requested MUST break local cycles of poverty that impede gainful employment, i.e., programs or projects that address issues such as: reading impairment, substance abuse, employment transportation, employment mentoring, appropriate employment clothing, mental or physical health issues or qualified, reliable, affordable childcare expenses to enable a parent to work. Unfortunately grant awards cannot be given to just provide food, shelter and clothing to survive the day.  However a qualifying grant idea that has been effective in this regard is to condition a recipient’s future food, shelter or clothing given out on the recipient documenting getting help to address a substance abuse condition, or a health condition or reading impairment. New initiatives by local non-profit, faith-based organizations that were not awarded CCHD grants in the past will receive more consideration for funding. 

Applicants that received CCHD grant funding last year must submit a report explaining how the funds were used with their current application.  The maximum grant award is $5,000 per proposal.  Application deadline is September 30,  2016.    Applications are available on the Poverty Services website: http:/ or the Catholic Charities of Southern Illinois website:   


  • Cheryl Sommer This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 618-624-2838
  • Michael Schuette This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 618-920-8448
  • Kathy Mulvin  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 618-204-8044