Founded 2013

The Daniel Rudd Fund (DRF) for Black Catholic Activities was established by the National Black Catholic Congress (NBCC) Board of Trustees on November 8, 2013 in Baltimore, Maryland. It is a result of donations to the Congress to promote the ministry of African American Catholics. The Fund financially supports organizations who promote the NBCC Pastoral Plan. Applicants must be rooted in ministry with African American Catholics and familiar with the history and mission of the National Black Catholic Congress and the Pastoral Plan. All programs must develop one of the ten priorities of the NBCC Pastoral Plan.


What DRF Grants can be used for:

  • Materials and equipment that are specifically for the program.
  • Rentals related to the program and venue.
  • Postage and marketing for the event.


What DRF Grants cannot be used for:

  • Office supplies and materials that are necessary for the organization to do business.
  • Salaries for individuals that work directly for the organization applying for the grant.
  • Basically, any expenses related to the day to day operation of the organization are not covered. Any expenses, other than stipends, that are specific to the program can use DRF monies.

Presented by: Rev. Stephen D. Thorne

DID YOU MISS THIS WEBINAR?
Understanding the Daniel Rudd Fund Application Process

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To view a sample Grant Agreement, please download the pdf below:

The Daniel Rudd Fund​​ 

In 2014:
      41 Organizations applied for grants, 12 Initiatives received 

      grants totaling $95,000

In 2015:
      66 Applied, 39 were approved and received grants totaling $95,000.

In 2016:
      48 Applied, 26 received grants totaling $65,000.
In 2018:

​      53 Applied, 38 received grants totaling $90,000.
In 2019:
      40 Applied, 29 received grants totaling $78,550.
In 2020:
      39 Applied, 22 received grants totaling $100,755.

Types of programs DRF Grants
​are supporting:

                          Victory Youth Center in Washington, DC
​                                 applied for funding to launch the "Merrick
                                 Center" to provide support to young males.


The Merrick Center Mentors Program provides outreach to neighborhood males in 3rd-8th grade. These young men are missing a positive and supportive relationship with an adult to help guide them through their adolescent years. As a result, many lack direction, goals for the future, and have behavioral problems at school and in the community. Working  closely with St. Thomas More Catholic School as well as public and charter schools, at-risk children and youth are identified and invited to  come to the Merrick Center after school and engage in structured, age-appropriate interventions and activities.

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NBCC 2017 Pastoral Plan of Action

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To make the application process easier, please view the application checklist below and download the
​NBCC 2017 Pastoral Plan of Action document. 

​Correspondence with the Daniel Rudd Fund Grant Administrator
should be through 2021drf@gmail.com

The Daniel Rudd Fund Grant Cyle is Now Open.

Cycle closes on Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2021 at 5:00 PM EDT


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Introduction by: Ms. Pearlette Springer, Former DRF Grant Recipient
Ms. Pearlette Springer currently serves as the Coordinator of Black Catholic Ministry for the Archdiocese of Indianapolis in Indiana.

The National Black Catholic Congress®

The Daniel Rudd Fund (DRF)


​Established by the National Black Catholic Congress (NBCC) in 2013 as a result of donations to the Congress to promote the ministry of Black Catholics, the Fund financially supports organizations that promote the NBCC Pastoral Plan and leadership among African American Catholics. The goal is to assist new and existing organizations that need financial help to further promote the Gospel in their parishes, schools and communities.


In its initial year, 2014, the Fund granted $95,000 to 12 organizations; the following year (2015) resulted in 27 awarded grants equaling $95,000. During the 2016 Grant Cycle, 40 grants were awarded equaling $62,500. See the "Fun Fact Sheet" at right for additional award years.

The grant process is conducted entirely on-line.
You must be able to provide information about your organization: founding date, the committee chairs or officers; history; mission; and information about the program for which you are applying for funding, such as scope and budget. Only applications submitted through the online grant system prior to this date and time will be considered for funding.


A new Pastoral Plan of Action was created during Congress 12 in 2017. One of the criteria we base our decisions on is how well your program fits the Pastoral Plan, so applying organizations should verify that their program aligns with the Pastoral Plan.


REQUEST YOUR LETTER OF RECOMMENDATION NOW

If you are considering submitting an application for funding, now is the time to reach out to one of the following for your Letter of Recommendation. Why? Because the DRF Application is due when most folks are vacationing, it is best to secure your Letter of Support now:

  • Diocesan/Auxiliary Bishop
  • Diocesan Chancellor, Vicar General, or Episcopal Vicar for the Clergy
  • Director of your Diocesan Office of Black or Multicultural Ministries
  • Director of a National Catholic Organization
  • President of a College or University
  • Religious/Provincial Superior – head of a national or local chapter of a religious community
  • Superintendent of Catholic Schools within your diocese

WATCH THE DRF WEBINAR RECORDING

Click the link to the recorded DRF Webinar. Father Stephen Thorne will walk you through the process of applying for a grant.

Some advice from former DRF Grant Reviewers:

​​​Father Thorne is a priest of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia who has served in parish ministry, administration and education for over 20 years.  He has earned academic degrees in philosophy, theology and education.  From 2004-2011, he was the Director of the Office for Black Catholics for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.   He is a consultant for the Sub-Committee for African American Catholics for the United States Conference for Catholic Bishops and has participated in all of the National Black Catholic Congresses since 1987. Presently, he is a doctoral student at Bowie State University and chairs the Archbishop’s Commission for Racial Healing

for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.

Workshop Way Preschool in

Powhatan, Virginia provides young

children in rural Virginia

​access to early education.


The grant money provided from the  Daniel

Rudd Fund assists with transportation to and from

school for financially challenged families, and this is a major obstacle to enrollment in this rural community. ​​

The Archdiocese of New Orleans 
in Louisiana 
used a DRF grant to fund it's
program, Catholic Schools Network.


Primarily, the Rudd Fund Grant was used to support

the development of a Black Catholic Culture curriculum

that would be used across the board. Many of the teachers

and administrators have little to no experience with Black Catholic culture. Thus, the teachers must first be trained, and then they will be better prepared to hand on the faith from a Black Catholic perspective.

Application Checklist

Before you begin your application, make sure you have the following information available.


Part 1: Contact Information
    - Organization Name
    - Address, Phone
    - Contact Person
    - Board /Committee Members

Part 2: Program Idea
Describe your program.  How does it relate to the Pastoral Plan?

Part 3: Budget
An itemized budget must be uploaded with the application. (Click here for budget template). 


IMPORTANT: Income and expenses should be equal to show a balanced budget.

Note:
The Daniel Rudd Fund is to be used only for programs, not salaries, general office supplies, etc.


Part 4: Impact Statement
List 3 points which describe how your program will spread the Catholic Faith in the African American community. 

Part 5: Scope
Is the program local or national, how so?


Part 6: Letter of Recommendation
An endorsement letter must be submitted on official letterhead from one of the following:

  • Diocesan/Auxiliary Bishop
  • Diocesan Chancellor, Vicar General, or Episcopal Vicar for the Clergy
  • Director of your Diocesan Office of Black or Multicultural Ministries
  • Director of a National Catholic Organization
  • President of a College or University
  • Religious/Provincial Superior – head of a national or local chapter of a religious community
  • Superintendent of Catholic Schools within your diocese