The Daniel Rudd Fund (DRF) provides grants to organizations involved in ministry to Black Catholics. The goal of this grant is to financially assist new and existing programs that promote the Gospel within parishes, schools and communities.
THE DRF IS NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR PROGRAMS IN THESE CATEGORIES:
Parish Capital Improvements needed for health and safety reasons. *IMPORTANT NOTE: Letter of Support must be written by the Bishop of the corresponding diocese.
Tuition Assistance to youth attending or applying to attend Catholic schools that are experiencing declining enrollment. *IMPORTANT NOTE: Letter of Support must be written by the Superintendent of Catholic Schools of the corresponding diocese, or the Religious Superior of the Community sponsoring a private or independent school.
Youth programs submitted by Catholic organizations and dioceses that re-engage Black Catholic youth in the Church. This can include after-school leadership opportunities, sports and recreational programs, culturally-rich programs, anti-violence programs, etc., centered on Black Catholic youth to promote positive self-identity. *IMPORTANT NOTE:Letter of Support should be from a Diocesan/Auxiliary Bishop; Diocesan Chancellor, Vicar General, or Episcopal Vicar for 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; or, Superintendent of Catholic Schools within your diocese.
Materials, equipment, specific to a program or ministry
Expenses specific to the program or ministry itself
Rentals related to a program and venue
Postage and marketing for an event
DRF grants cannot be used for:
Daily office supplies and related materials
Expenses (such as utilities) related to the day-to-day operation of an organization
Salaries for individuals in the organization
Salaries for individuals or stipends for presenters
The Daniel Rudd Fund Impact
In 2019, 40 Applications were submitted and 29 received grants, which totaled $78,550. In 2020, 39 Applications were submitted and 22 received grants, which totaled $100,755. In 2021, 23 grants were awarded for a total of $71,495.
The 2022 DRF Grant Cycle application phase has closed, and we received 61 grant applications with requests for funding totaling close to $1 million.
One of our previous DRF grant recipients was Workshop Way Preschool in Powhatan, Virginia. They provide young children in rural Virginia access to early education. The grant money provided assists with tuition and transportation to and from school, a major obstacle to enrollment for financially challenged families in this rural community.
How To Apply
The grant process is conducted entirely online.
Review the NBCC Pastoral Plan and the timeline below.
Use the checklist below to prepare your information.
Log onto the DRF Dashboard and create a new account. Use the tutorials available to become familiar with the online application process.
You must submit a letter of support from the appropriate source at the time you submit your application.
Only applications submitted within the next application cycle will be considered for funding.
Since the Daniel Rudd Fund is intended to provide start-up capital, we will only award grants to organizations for a maximum of three grant cycles.
October 2022 – Applications sent to independent reviewers for recommendations
November 2022 – NBCC trustees approve recommendations. Award letters mailed with agreements. When signed agreements are returned and received by the NBCC office, grant checks are mailed.
Have the following information and materials ready.
1. Contact Information
Main contact person
Names of board or committee members
2. Program Description
Describe the following about your organization or program: its history, its mission and how it aligns with the NBCC Pastoral Plan.
Provide the following information for the budget template:
Amount Requested: $
Other sources of Income: $
Total Amount for the Program: $ (add both lines above)
Program Expenses (please explain): $ (add all expenses for total)
Please note: Income and expenses should be equal to show a balanced budget.
4. Impact Statement
How do you visualize that your program will spread the Catholic Faith in the Black Catholic community? Give three examples.
Explain whether the program is local or national.
6. Letter of Support
Provide an endorsement from a Diocesan/Auxiliary Bishop; Diocesan Chancellor, Vicar General, or Episcopal Vicar for 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; or, Superintendent of Catholic Schools within your diocese
Daniel A. Rudd (1854-1933) was the founder of the National Black Catholic Congress. As a lifelong Catholic, he established successful newspapers and worked tirelessly to promote the welfare of African Americans in the United States. He saw in the Church the home of freedom and unity for all people, and a force for challenging the injustices of society.