I am here to endorse the CATHOLIC CAMPAIGN FOR HUMAN DEVELOPMENT (CCHD), one of the major projects of the Catholic Church, helping people to take responsibility for their lives and giving them a way out of poverty. By helping CCHD, we can help them help themselves.”

  — The Most Reverend Michael C. Barber, S.J., Bishop of Oakland

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 funding of community-controlled self-help organizations. promotion and support of community-controlled self-help organizations.

The U.S bishops established CCHD in 1969 as a response to Pope Paul VI’s encyclical “Populorum Progessio” (The Progress of People). It supports a process of participation and education for justice, leading to solidarity among people of all economic levels.

The bishops initiated an annual nation-wide parish collection to raise funds for organizations that empower those who are poor and on the margins of society to address the social and economic inequities that negatively impact their lives.

CCHD Videos 2021

Please take a moment to view these videos in which some of the East Bay CCHD grant recipients tell their stories of empowerment and transformation.

CCHD ANNUAL COLLECTION: November 19-20, 2022

The CCHD Annual Collection is held the weekend before Thanksgiving in the East Bay and all dioceses in the United States. The donations raised through the collection provide CCHD grants to community organizing and economic development that empower low-income people to improve the quality of their lives and to change social systems that perpetuate inequality. 


Checks, payable to Catholic Charites of East Bay with CCHD in the memo line,

mailed to: 

Catholic Campaign for Human Development
433 Jefferson Street
Oakland, CA 94607


CCHD Grant Recipients — 2022

In 2022 CCHD allocated funds to nine non-profit organizations in Alameda and Contra Costa counties. Two received national grants ($25,000-$75,000) and seven received local grants ($5,000-$10,000).

 Genesis ($40,000) working in Oakland and east Alameda County, unites multiracial, income-diverse communities to promote effective, equitable solutions to regional problems including public transportation, affordable housing, and services for those who are disabled. A current campaign advocates for affordable housing in the Tri-Valley so that essential workers can live where they are employed.

Planting Justice ($50,000) constructs vegetable gardens and operates a large, organic nursery that provides skills training and living wage jobs to formerly incarcerated and low-income residents in East Oakland. CCHD funds will support the development of an aquaponics farm and training center near the nursery, providing 32 new living wage jobs and giving residents access to healthy food.

Ashland Community Association ($10,000) is building a network of residents in unincorporated mid-Alameda County who organize for economic and social improvements in their low-income communities. Together they identify barriers to financial stability and advocate with public officials to achieve needed changes and bring aid, like COVID-19 relief, to their area.

Monument Impact ($10,000) is a Latinx-led organization addressing the institutional barriers to economic and social advancement for low-income immigrants and people of color in Central and East Contra Costa County. CCHD funds will support their Day Labor program in Antioch and Concord which includes a job bank, workers’ rights training, ESL classes and leadership training for housing advocacy.

My Eden Voice ($10,000) is a grass-roots organization of individuals and families, mostly immigrants and people of color, in the unincorporated area between San Leandro and Hayward advocating for renter protection policies, the need for parks and open space in areas with high health disparities, and fair civic representation for Alameda County services and resources. 

Padres Guerreros ($10,000) organizes Latinx parents of children with disabilities in the unincorporated communities of Alameda County to advocate for the educational needs of their children. Limited school resources for special needs students, parents’ struggles to navigate complicated school systems, and language barriers often keep families from receiving needed services.

Radio B’alam – Mayan Voices ($5,000) is an Oakland-based Internet radio station streaming educational and community-building programs to Mam-speaking Guatemalan immigrants in the East Bay. Their goal is to provide the Mam community with accurate information on such topics as cultural sexism, workers’ rights, health care access, how to report a hate crime, and how to advocate for positive change.

St. Mary’s Center ($5,000) provides a variety of services to low-income seniors and young children in West Oakland. Its Leadership Academy trains seniors to advocate for policy changes that will create and sustain housing for people who are unhoused or at risk of losing their housing. 

Urban Peace Movement ($10,000) builds low-income youth leaders in Oakland to help transform the social conditions that drive violence and mass incarceration in their communities. A current focus is advocating for changes in Alameda County’s approach to juvenile justice. 


          2021 CCHD Grant Recipients (PDF)

          2020 CCHD Grant Recipients (PDF)

          2019 CCHD Grant Recipients (PDF)


Please read this article on The Catholic Voice to learn more about 2022 recipients: 

The Catholic Voice _CCHD article

How to Apply for a CCHD Grant

To qualify for a grant, a non-profit organization must focus on structural change that achieves greater socio-economic equality for marginalized individuals and communities (community development grant.)

Funding is also given to groups that enable those of low-income to improve their lives economically, such as by starting a business (economic development grant). 

Funded organizations must provide skills and leadership training for their low-income members and give them active participation in the organization’s decision-making. 

To receive funds, an organization must agree to refrain from activities that violate Church teachings.

National Grants

The cycle for the large national CCHD Grants ($25,000 – $75,000) begins Sept. 1 with the pre-application period. Any organization that did not receive a grant the previous year must submit a pre-application online by Nov. 1. The pre-application link is found at the top of the national CCHD website: Catholic Campaign for Human Development | USCCB.

Pre-applicants will be notified by the end of November if they qualify to complete the full application, due Jan 15. The review process takes several months and includes a site visit by the CCHD Local Committee. Grant recommendations are approved by the local bishop and grants are awarded by early July. 

Information about the national CCHD grant process and calendar is available at: CCHD Grant Process and Timeline | USCCB.

Local Grants  

Information about applying for a local grant will be available in May 2023. 

Local grant documents for 2022 are as follows:


LG Guidelines 2022.docx

LG Comm Develop Application 2022.docx

LG Economic Develop Applic 2022.docx

LG Application Checklist 2022.docx

Resources for CCHD Parish Collection 2022 


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Marc McKimmey                                                                                                           

CCHD Diocesan Coordinator                                               

(510) 768-3176

Catholic Campaign for Human Development
433 Jefferson Street
Oakland, CA 94607                                                       


To learn more about the national work of CCHD, visit


CCHD National Website
Poverty USA
Pobreza en los EE.UU
Educational Resources