CCHD Economic Development Eligibility Quiz 2009
This is the Catholic Campaign for Human Development’s Eligibility Quiz for an Implementation
Grant under our economic development grants program. The eligibility quiz is the necessary first
step for an organization that wants to be considered for a national CCHD grant and is not
currently a CCHD grantee. It is designed to help organizations understand CCHD’s grantmaking
criteria and guidelines and determine if they are eligible for consideration of a CCHD economic
CCHD knows that organizational resources are valuable and too often scarce. We intend that the
eligibility quiz will help interested organizations gain an understanding of our mission and then
discern whether their efforts meet the absolute minimum requirements necessary to be eligible
for funding consideration. Some organizations will take the eligibility quiz and find themselves
ineligible. CCHD hopes the quiz will save these organizations the larger investment of resources
required to complete the longer and more rigorous online grant application.
Organizations that decide to request a CCHD application must send the completed eligibility
quiz as an e-mail attachment to CCHD at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please make sure you include
the following in the subject line of your email: “Eligibility Quiz, City, State and
Eligibility quizzes may be submitted between September 1 and November 1. The cut-off date for
our annual funding cycle is November 1—a quiz received by that date will be considered for a
grant awarded the following June. CCHD recommends submitting your eligibility quiz well in
advance of the November 1 deadline, to help with our processing, and to give eligible applicants
more time with the next step in application.
CCHD will review all quizzes and notify organizations via e-mail as to our determination on
eligibility. Submissions that are found to be eligible will receive access to our online application
no later than November 15. Online applications are due December 15 for organizations that are
not currently CCHD grantees.
CCHD grants staff is available year round to answer questions about our grant programs and
application process. Contact information for the national grant staff by state can be found on our
Web site: www.usccb.org/cchd/fieldreps.shtml.
To better understand CCHD’s grant programs and the online application process, we strongly
encourage you to read the Guide for CCHD Applicants, also found on our Web site at
Economic Development Quiz – Contact Information and Summary
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Name the primary diocese in which your organization will be active. If you choose to list additional dioceses, you
must make direct contact with the CCHD Diocesan Directors of those dioceses to ensure they are familiar with your work.
Refer to the Understanding the Diocesan Structure section of the Guide for CCHD Applicants to determine which
diocese(s) your organization is active in.
Briefly state the organization’s mission and the most important goals for the proposed grant year. Include a one-sentence
summary of the proposed use of CCHD funds. (Limit 75 words)
Criteria Descriptions and Questions
Each of the CCHD criteria is numbered below, with quiz questions in italics below each criterion.
Each question includes an instruction about the type of answer CCHD requires. Some questions
require either a “Yes” or “No,” a number, or a date, in the box to the right. Others require a narrative
answer in the box below the question.
1. Organizations thar receive CCHD funds must not participate in or promote activities that contradict the moral and social
teachings of the Catholic Church. For example, organizations that support or promote same-sex marriage, discrimination,
racism, capital punishment, abortion, or euthanasia are not eligible for CCHD funding.
Do your organization’s activities conform to the moral and social teachings of the Catholic Church? Y/N
2. The applicant organization must be fully non-partisan. For example, while holding candidate forums is acceptable,
groups that endorse one candidate over another are not eligible for funding.
Does your organization participate in any political campaigns on behalf of or in opposition to a candidate for
elective public office?
Does your organization endorse or support a political party? Y/N
3. The application must focus on an Economic Development Institution (EDI) that will create income and/or assets that are
owned by low-income people and communities.
Refer to the CCHD Web site at www.usccb.org/cchd/grants/edpfunded.shtml and describe the type of EDI that your
organization is proposing. Be certain to indicate whether the EDI is already established, or will be started with CCHD
support. (Limit 75 words)
State the number of jobs, their wage levels, and benefits, that will be created.
In a brief paragraph, describe the assets that will be owned by individuals or families.
In a brief paragraph, describe the asset that will be owned by the larger community.
4. At least one-half of the intended beneficiaries from the EDI must be low-income.
How many people do you anticipate will directly benefit from your EDI? (Provide a number)
What percentage of those benefiting from the EDI are likely to be low-income? (Provide a percentage)
5. Members of the poverty-oriented group must have a strong voice in the organization. At least one-third of those who
plan, implement, and make policy for the applicant organization (usually the Board of Directors) must be persons who are
involuntarily poor. (CCHD considers clergy, VISTA volunteers, students, etc., voluntarily poor.)
What percentage of your governing board—those who plan, implement, and make policy (including budgets),
and hire/fire lead staff—are involuntarily poor? (Provide a percentage)
If your organization answers 33% or greater to the previous question, skip down to criterion #6.
If the answer is less than 33% and your organization has specific plans to meet criterion #5, you may still be considered
for application. In that case, your quiz submission must also fully address the following three questions:
(Limit 75 words each)
Why do involuntarily poor persons not have a strong voice in planning, implementing, policy-making, and hiring/firing of
lead staff at this time?
How are involuntarily poor persons involved in determining their need for the organization’s activities and/or programs?
What time schedule is planned for involuntarily poor persons to attain at least 33% of board seats?
6. All Implementation Grant applications must include a complete plan for the EDI that fully
documents the first three questions (a through c) listed below.
a. Does your EDI plan include an assessment and analysis of pertinent community needs,
resources, and regional economic conditions that establish the EDI’s strategic direction(s)?
b. Does your EDI plan include a clear, comprehensive, and detailed strategy to develop and operate the EDI
over the next three to five years? That strategy must include
Program description(s) with goals, objectives, and the anticipated outcomes for job creation and/or asset
An EDI ownership structure that results in asset ownership within the low-income community
A multi-year financial strategy for the start-up and ongoing viability of the EDI.
c. Does your EDI plan include a commitment and strategy for ongoing leadership development on the EDI
Board of Directors, at least one-third of whose membership is low-income people?
What is the date of your EDI plan?
If your organization has been involved in developing an EDI before, briefly describe that EDI and the role your
organization had in its development. (Limit 75 words)
7. Matching funds—in addition to any in-kind contributions—must be committed to the EDI at a level at least equal to the
request for CCHD funds.
How many dollars are committed to the EDI for use during the current calendar year? ($ AMOUNT) $
How many dollars are committed to the EDI for subsequent calendar years? ($ AMOUNT) $
8. All applicant organizations must read and indicate their consent to the following agreement as a part of their eligibility
Those submitting online grant or refund applications, submitting responses to the CCHD “eligibility quiz” or otherwise
interacting with CCHD and/or USCCB by way of providing information above, understand and agree that these
applications and submissions are all made in the District of Columbia. It is further understood and agreed that all grants,
awards, refunds or business decisions regarding these issues, are made in the District of Columbia. Further, it is
understood and agreed that any and all claims arising from these grant or refund applications, the CCHD “eligibility quiz”,
or otherwise relating to the provision of information above, will be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws
of the District of Columbia.
It is further understood and agreed that the sole jurisdiction and venue for any litigation arising out of or relating to any
such applications, grants, refunds, participation in the “eligibility quiz” or the provision of information above, will be in an
otherwise appropriate federal or local court located in the District of Columbia.
In the event that any portion of this Agreement is held unenforceable, that unenforceable portion will be construed in
accordance with applicable District of Columbia law so as to, as nearly as possible, reflect the expressed original
intentions of the parties, and the remainder of the provisions will remain in full force and effect.
By submitting the above application for a grant or refund, submitting responses to the “eligibility quiz” or otherwise
providing information, the submitter or provider agrees to all of the above conditions.
Our organization consents to the above Agreement. Y/N
CCHD Eligibility Quizzes are accepted between September 1 and November 1.
Once you have completed the quiz and reviewed it in its entirety, email it to
Your organization will receive a determination, via e-mail, as to your eligibility.
If eligible, you will receive access to the online application via an Internet link.