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placeholder July 13, 2015   •   VOL. 53, NO. 13   •   Oakland, CA
Deadline looms for local grants from CCHD

East Bay nonprofit groups involved in community organizing and/or economic development with low-income residents are invited to apply for grants from the Catholic Campaign for Human Development. The deadline to apply for the grants of up to $5,000, which will be awarded in October, is Aug. 3.

Qualifying organizations must show that low-income people are engaged in the organization's decision-making process and that the funded project will empower them to work toward changing conditions that negatively impact their lives.

Groups do not need to be Catholic to apply. Because this grant program is an initiative of the Catholic Church, the project may not be involved in activities that are contrary to the teachings of the Church. The local grants are funded from an annual collection taken in all parishes in the Diocese of Oakland in November.

Among the groups that received local grants in 2014 are Kmhmú-Laotian Pastoral Center, Diocese of Oakland, $2,500 to fund a young adult leadership program; Latino Ministry, Diocese of Oakland, $2,500 to fund workshops on organizing, violence prevention and communication; United Seniors of Oakland and Alameda County, $500 to fund Senior Project for Institutional Change; and Youth Spirit Artworks, $10,000 to assist young people who produce commercial studio art and murals.

Additionally, technical grants were made to Community Resources for Independent Living and the South Hayward Parish.

The application packet is available online at www.cchdeastbay.org. An application may also be requested by email from Marc McKimmey, CCHD diocesan coordinator, at mmckimmey@cceb.org. Completed applications may be submitted by email or U.S. mail.

A workshop detailing CCHD criteria and the application process will be at 10:30 a.m. July 14 at Catholic Charities, 433 Jefferson St., Oakland, 94607. For information and to RSVP for the workshop, contact McKimmey at 510-768-3176, or mmckimmey@cceb.org.

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