A client receives groceries from the Mount Carmel Guild food pantry, Trenton.
A client receives groceries from the Mount Carmel Guild food pantry, Trenton.

The Catholic Campaign for Human Development-Diocese of Trenton is currently accepting grant applications from Catholic agencies and parish social service outreach programs located in Burlington, Mercer, Monmouth and Ocean Counties. Grants are usually awarded in the amounts ranging from $2,000 to $10,000, and priority will be given to new initiatives that enhance or provide a foundation of self-sufficiency for those persons served by the program.  The organizations applying for the grant should have a mission that focuses on social services with an emphasis on basic human needs such as food, clothing, shelter and employment.

Interested organizations or parishes must submit the completed application with all requested information by Oct. 4.  Applications received after the due date or completed incorrectly will not be considered. Grants will be reviewed and awarded by Brenda L. Rascher, diocesan executive director for Catholic Social Services and acting diocesan director for CCHD-DOT, along with a grant review committee. Grant recipients must be willing to publicize how the grant was used and grant monies must be used within a year of reception.

The 2021 CCHD awardees will be announced in early November, funded by the 2020 collection.

For more information and to access the grant application form, visit: https://dioceseoftrenton.org/catholic-campaign-for-human-development