- November 2002
- Vol. 3, No. 9
HHS Awards $30 Million from the Compassion Capital Fund
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Tommy Thompson announced in early October the grants from the Compassion Capital Fund "to help faith- and community-based organizations get a fair and equal opportunity to compete for HHS funds." The awards include $24.8 million, divided among 21 intermediary organizations, to provide technical assistance to help faith- and community-based organizations effectively access funding sources, operate and manage their programs, develop and train staff, expand the reach of their programs into the community, and replicate promising programs. The ultimate outcome of the funding is to develop and evaluate innovative practices and promising approaches to providing services so that other organizations can benefit from the unique approaches taken by faith-based organizations.
HHS is also awarding four grants totaling more than $850,000 to support research regarding how faith- and community-based organizations provide social services, the role they play in communities, and how they impact the lives of the people they serve.
Dare Mighty Things in Vienna, Virginia, received funding to establish a national resource center and clearinghouse for information related to technical assistance and training resources for faith- and community-based organizations. This resource center will ensure that the grantees funded under the Compassion Capital Fund are adequately equipped with the information and training they need to assist grassroots organizations.
The complete list of grantees and their respective awards can be found on the HHS website of the Center for Faith-Based and Community Initiatives at http://www.hhs.gov/fbci/.