Christian Sharing Fund (CSF)



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. 

Current Grants

Hope Community, Inc.: is a community development organization in one of the most economically challenged neighborhoods in Minneapolis. They strive to listen to the community and strengthen the neighborhoods ability to create lasting change. The Sustainable Progress for Engaging Active Citizens program has trained seventy-five community leaders. The Growing Healthy Food and Strong Communities program has engaged new members of the community who will explore what the neighborhood needs to build a stronger and healthier future.

La Asamblea de Derechos Civiles: is a statewide, faith-based organization which organizes immigrants to build power to change the immigration system and the underlying political and economic structures that support it. La Asamblea focuses on several key issues facing Minnesotan immigrants: immigration policy, access to higher education, workers rights, and civic engagement. They have been a leader in the community during the current immigration debate, holding a 40 day prayer vigil that ended on June 1stand calling upon Congress to pass just immigration reform.

Office for Social Justice -CSF


Catholic Charities 

Office for Social Justice

60 Plato Boulevard East #230
(Drake Bank Bldg)
Saint Paul, MN 55107

Catholic Charities of St. Paul & Minneapolis 1200 2nd Ave. South, Minneapolis, MN 55403  Tel: 612.204.8500
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