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NCRLC Education/Outreach for CCHD:

“Addressing Rural Poverty and Human Development” 

at 2012 Rural Ministry Conference



On March 5, 2012, rural pastors and rural ministry advocates from throughout the midwest gathered in Dubuque, Iowa for an ecumenical conference hosted by the Wartburg Theology Seminary to explore the challenges and opportunities for those working in small towns and rural parishes.  


Jim Ennis presented a repeating workshop – “Addressing Rural Poverty and Human Development” highlighting NCRLC’s work with the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD). National Catholic Rural Life Conference is working with CCHD to increase the number of successful CCHD grant applications from rural communities to address poverty. CCHD was created 40 years ago by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops to provide funding to groups of low income people to empower them to address the causes of poverty in their communities. CCHD has provided nearly 8,000 grants to community groups who seek justice and lasting change for people in poverty.


Jim highlighted research conducted by NCRLC in. He also discussed outreach and consulting efforts in 19 dioceses in 2011. NCRLC provided education and consulting services to 25 groups in 12 dioceses including project screening, writing and publicizing CCHD success stories from rural areas, and one-to-one technical assistance. Six community groups submitted pre-applications and five groups submitted final applications. Grant awards will be announced in June. Visit the CCHD section of this website for more information on our education and consulting services.

NCRLC and CCHD in the News:
"Catholic conference working to address rural poverty" - newsletter - Catholic United Financial, Aug. 2011 
"Groups can find help applying for CCHD grants to address poverty" - archived web story, The Catholic Messenger, Davenport, IA, Aug. 10, 2011


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