CHALLENGE DETAILS

The CCUSA Innovation Challenge seeks to inspire member agencies (and their community partners) within the Catholic Charities network to propose a fresh solution toward alleviating, reducing or eliminating poverty. The proposals must address a specific area of poverty and must be achievable, measurable, replicable, sustainable and scalable.

Eligibility: The Challenge is open to new programs and ideas. To be eligible, the applicant must be a Catholic Charities member agency, a community partnership in which a Catholic Charities member agency is the lead or a partnership of two or more Catholic Charities member agencies.

 

Submissions will be grouped into three categories –small, medium or large—based on the number of full time employees (FTE). Please note: If 2 or more agencies submit jointly, the FTEs of the largest agency will determine the group.

TIMELINE

The deadline for submission of the completed application is Friday, January 31, 2020, at 11:59 p.m. ET.

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February

February 1 – March 20, 2020

Judges will review and score entries. Select finalists.

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March

Spring Gathering
March 30 – April 1, 2020

Finalists announced.

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October

CCUSA Annual Gathering
October 2020, Cleveland, Ohio

Finalist teams will present during CCUSA Annual Gathering. Awards announced.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the CCUSA Innovation Challenge?

The purpose of the CCUSA Innovation Challenge (Challenge) is to encourage member agencies to develop and implement innovative solutions that have the potential to alleviate, reduce or eliminate poverty. The Challenge celebrates the long history of innovative, transformative poverty programs within the Catholic Charities ministry and encourages precedent-setting initiatives.

Where can information about the Challenge be found?

https://www.ccusainnovates.org

Who can apply for the Challenge?

The Challenge is open to new programs and ideas. To be eligible, the applicant must be a Catholic Charities member agency, a community partnership in which a Catholic Charities member agency is the lead or a partnership of two or more Catholic Charities member agencies. Application details, including scoring and evaluation process, may be found here.

How many proposals can an agency submit?

Only one Challenge submission per member agency will be accepted.

What is the prize?

There will be three (3) groups (small, medium, large) as stated in the guidelines.

One agency’s proposal from each group will receive a prize of $333,333 to be used to capitalize the initiative. By submitting a proposal, agencies acknowledge and agree that if the proposal is selected, 100% of the award must be used for the initiative described in the proposal.

What are the important dates/deadlines?

January 31, 2020, at 11:59 pm ET:
The deadline for submission of the completed application.

February 1 – March 29, 2020:
Judges will review and score entries. Select finalists.

Spring Gathering, March 30-April 1, 2020:
3 finalist agencies from each of three groups will be notified during the Spring Gathering.

CCUSA Annual Gathering, October 2020, Cleveland, Ohio:
Those funded will be announced on final day of CCUSA Annual Gathering.

Additional questions?

Email: CCUSAInnovates@CatholicCharitiesUSA.org