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May 2006Vol. 7, No. 4Government Grants for Faith- and Community-Based Organizations

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services offers several resources to assist faith- and community-based organizations in navigating the system of Federal grants. Training and technical assistance on the grant process, including the SAMHSA Grant-Writing Manual, are available on the SAMHSA website.

In connection with this effort, SAMHSA periodically offers regional workshops on writing grants. A listing of available resources and information about the workshops can be found on the website:

The Department of Justice also offers funding resources and training for faith- and community-based organizations. The Accessing Resources for Community and Faith-based Organizations (ARC) initiative is a training and technical assistance program funded by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, Office of Justice Programs, and operated by the National Training and Technical Assistance Center. A Federal funding toolkit, links to Federal funding sources, and more are available on their website: