Catholic Campaign for Human Development

The Catholic Campaign for Human Development is the domestic 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)

Building a Strong Catholic Foundation

CCHD has a complementary mission of educating on poverty and its causes. This strategy of education for justice and helping people who are poor speak and act for themselves reflects the mandate of the Scriptures and the principles of Catholic social teaching.

Funds for CCHD’s work come from a national collection, held each September in all parishes in the Archdiocese of Seattle. With your support, we can join Catholics across America to break the cycle of poverty.


CCHD Local Grants

The Catholic Campaign for Human Development local grant application packet is available each spring. The Annual Campaigns Office accepts grant applications from organizations that support the efforts of people with low incomes to change the social, political and economic conditions which cause and perpetuate poverty in Western Washington. A preference is given to organizations controlled by low-income people. The 2023 Local Grant program is currently open.

CCHD National Grants

"The projects assisted by the Campaign have helped to create a more human and just social order, and they enable many people to achieve an increased measure of self-reliance."  — Pope John Paul II

The following are current recipients of national grants from the Catholic Campaign for Human Development. These funded projects operate in Western Washington. CCHD is committed to supporting groups of low-income individuals as they work to break the cycle of poverty and improve their communities. By helping those on the margins in our society to participate in the decisions and actions that affect their lives, CCHD empowers them to move beyond poverty.

An added benefit of receiving grants is the education that occurs in our parishes when connections are made with the funded organizations. CCHD is a unique effort in our Church, linking Catholic social teaching and organizing at local levels.

CCHD Collection and General Resources

Subcommittee on the CCHD

The Catholic Campaign for Human Development is overseen by a subcommittee of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). The USCCB is an assembly of the hierarchy of bishops who jointly exercise pastoral functions on behalf of the Christian faithful of the United States and the U.S. Virgin Islands.