Applications for Rice Bowl grant due Sept. 12
Organizations that feed the hungry in Alameda and Contra Costa counties — including parish-based conferences of the St. Vincent de Paul Society — are being invited to submit proposals to receive grants through CRS Rice Bowl.
While 75 percent of funds from the collection, usually taken up on Holy Thursday, go to projects worldwide to alleviate hunger, 25 percent of the funds remain in the diocese.
Last December, 41 organizations received grants ranging from $500 to $1,200.
Past recipients should expect to receive a letter the week of July 11. Completed applications are due Sept. 12. Recipients will be notified by Oct. 31, and the checks will be distributed in December.
Grant requests of up to $1,000 will be considered. Priority for Rice Bowl funds will be given to programs that are supported primarily by community-based funding, such as from churches and small individual donations.
In addition to soup kitchens and food pantries, organizations that address the root causes of hunger are eligible. Organizations' activities must be consistent with Catholic moral and social teaching and with 501(c)3 rules regarding partisan political activity.
For further information, go to www.cceb.org/about-us/catholic-relief-services. To request an application by mail or email, contact Marc McKimmey, CRS diocesan coordinator, email@example.com or 510-768-3176.
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