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

​Correspondence with the Daniel Rudd Fund Grant Administrator
should be through

Types of programs DRF Grants
​are supporting:

Daniel Rudd Fund Fact Sheet

                          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.

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

In 2014:
      41 Organizations applied for grants
      12 Initiatives received grants, which totaled $95,000

In 2015:
      66 Applied, 39 were approved and received a total of $95,000
      in grants.

In 2016:
      48 Applications were submitted, 26 received grants, which 
​      totaled $65,000.

In 2018:

​      53 Applications were submitted, 38 received grants, which              totaled $90,000.

In 2019:
      40 Applications were submitted, 29 received grants, which
      totaled $78,550.

In 2020:
      39 Applications were submitted, 22 received grants, which 
      totaled $100,755.

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, equipment, stipends 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 that are specific to the program can use DRF monies.

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" below 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. 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.

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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
A budget template will be completed and will include the following information (See sample budget below):
      A. Income:
       - Amount Requested: $
       - Other sources of Income: $
       - Total Amount for the Program: $ (add both lines above)

      B. Expenses
       - Program Expenses
         (please explain): $ (add all expenses for total)

IMPORTANT: A. Income and B. Expenses should be equal to show a balanced budget.

Important Note:
The Daniel Rudd Fund
is to be used only for
programs, not salaries,
​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 Support
An endorsement from a Catholic Bishop, Religious Superior, Catholic Lay Leader of a National Organization

Pastoral Plan of Action

Downloadable PDF File

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 tuition and transportation to

and from school for financially challenged families, and these are the major obstacles to enrollment  in this rural community.

The Daniel Rudd Fund​​ 

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.

PLEASE NOTE: The Daniel Rudd Fund (DRF) was instituted to provide start-up capital to organizations for programs that benefit Black Catholics; therefore, the DRF will only accept applications from organizations for a maximum of three grant cycles.

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