Self Development of People

Self-Development of People (SDOP) enters into partnerships with community groups of low-income people that want to change their lives and communities. We receive and review grant applications year round. Apply now!

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Presbyterian Committee on the Self-Development of People is a ministry that affirms God’s concern for humankind.  We are Presbyterians and ecumenical partners dissatisfied with poverty and oppression, united in faith and action through sharing, confronting, and enabling by participating in the empowerment of economically poor, oppressed, and disadvantaged people, seeking to change the structures that perpetuate poverty, oppression and injustice.

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What is it?

SDOP comes and walks besides you. You come up with the idea of how to help your community. SDOP comes and walks besides you and empowers you to do it. We don't do the work or come up with the idea. That is you. You know your community. You know the needs. We are here to listen. 

Who can apply?

Projects considered must:

  • Be presented, owned, and controlled by the group of economically poor people who will benefit directly from it.

  • Address long-term correction of conditions that keep people bound by poverty and oppression.This will utilize some combination of the SDOP core strategies to promote justice, build solidarity, advance human dignity and advocate for economic equity.

  • Be sensitive to the environment while accomplishing its goal(s) and objectives.

  • Not advocate violence as a means of accomplishing its goal(s) and objectives

How to apply!

Everything you need to apply can be found on the national SDOP website here:

National SDOP Grant Website

Useful Links and Documents