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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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Types of programs DRF Grants
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:
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:
What DRF Grants cannot be used for:
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 throughout the nation; the following year (2015) resulted in 27 awarded grants equaling $95,000. During the 2016 Grant Cycle, 40 grants were awarded totalling $62,500.
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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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):
- Amount Requested: $
- Other sources of Income: $
- Total Amount for the Program: $ (add both lines above)
- Program Expenses
(please explain): $ (add all expenses for total)
IMPORTANT: A. Income and B. Expenses should be equal to show a balanced budget.
The Daniel Rudd Fund
is to be used only for
programs, not salaries,
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
41 Organizations applied for grants
12 Initiatives received grants, which totaled $95,000
66 Applied, 39 were approved for review
39 Applications categorized and given to the 2015 Reviewers
48 Applications were submitted
42 were approved for review, 26 received grants, which
53 Applications were submitted
47 were approved for review, 38 received grants, which totaled $90,000.
40 Applications were submitted
34 were approved for review, 29 received grants, which totaled $78,550.
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.