JOLIET — The Catholic Diocese of Joliet is announcing anti-poverty grants to help people who are unemployed or don’t earn enough to care for themselves and families.

Diocesan officials say the Catholic Campaign for Human Development is attempting to weaken poverty with grants to self-help groups and programs started and directed by low-income residents.

Groups eligible are those working to create sustainable jobs, maintain affordable housing, improve neighborhoods and run self-improvement programs.

Recipients must be working in the areas of poverty, education or connecting poor and non-poor communities. The groups must not participate in or promote ideas which contradict the moral teachings of the church.

Applications will be accepted through March 1 from groups in DuPage, Ford, Grundy, Iroquois, Kankakee, Kendall and Will counties.

More information is available at the diocesan website .