The Christian Sharing Fund (CSF) was established in 1968 by Archbishop Leo C. Bryne in response to the requests of Catholic lay people, priests of the archdiocese, and the people throughout the urban and rural communities of the 12-county archdiocesan area. CSF is an activity of the Catholic Charities Office for Social Justice on behalf of the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis.
Funds for CSF grants come from two sources: the one-fourth local share of the annual parish collection for the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD)
and money contributed by Catholic parishes and individuals. All grant recommendations are made annually by the Catholic Campaign for Human Development Local Advisory Board, composed of parish representatives and community representatives. The Archbishop gives final approval for grants. CCHD Printable Brochure
Details of process, criteria and funding policies can be found here.
For organizations interested in funding, the pre-application is currently available by clicking here
CSF Pre-Application and Full Application Timeline
December 15: Deadline for Pre-applications
January 15: Pre-applicants notified
March 1: Deadline for Full Proposals
April: Site Visits by CSF Board Members
May: Grant Recommendations and Approvals
July: First Half Installment
Note: A project is eligible for up to three (3) years of funding. Grants are awarded on an annual basis and there is no guarantee that a project will be subsequently refunded. A project must satisfy all the criteria and guidelines simultaneously and, due to limited financial resources, eligibility does not guarantee funding.
Christian Sharing Fund (Local) Grants:
All Parks Alliance for Change (APAC)
is the statewide organization for Minnesota's 180,000 manufactured (mobile) home park residents who lease or rent the land where their home is located. As the only organization of its kind in the state, APAC is critical to providing an effective voice for manufactured home owners to express their needs and concerns in their parks and in the larger community. APAC works to improve the quality of life in park neighborhoods, protect the rights of residents, and preserve these vital units of affordable housing. Activities include resident education, leadership development, community organizing, community preservation, tenant advocacy, public policy work, and promotion of racial justice. La Asamblea de Derechos Civiles (La Asamblea)
is a statewide, faith based organization which organizes immigrants to build power for changes in the immigration system and the underlying political and economic structures behind it. The mission of La Asamblea is to build leadership in the community and act to change the politics affecting the destiny of immigrants by taking the gospel call for justice into the public arena. The organization’s platform calls for a path to citizenship, workers’ rights, access to higher education, civic participation and media justice. Elpis Enterprises (Elpis)
provides job training, work experience and job placement for homeless or precariously-housed young people ages 16-23. Through several social enterprises, youth build skills, build experience and build relationships in the community. Young people develop as individuals and potential employees by working in real enterprises gaining the skills, knowledge, and confidence necessary to overcome homelessness and become contributing members of our community.