The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) today (May 11, 2009) announced the availability of grants worth $50 million to strengthen nonprofit and faith-based organizations that aid families and communities who are struggling in the economic downturn.
The funds provided under the Strengthening Communities Fund (SCF) were authorized through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). The SCF funding will be distributed through two programs.
- The Nonprofit Capacity Building program will make one-time, two-year awards of up to $1 million to lead organizations that will use the funds to support other faith-based or secular nonprofit organizations.
- The State, Local and Tribal Government Capacity Building program will make one-time, two-year awards of up to $250,000 to state, city, county and Indian/Native American tribal governments. Governments will use these grants to strengthen nonprofit organizations and increase the nonprofits’ involvement in projects that help turn our economy around.
Grantees for both programs must provide at least 20 percent of the total approved cost of the project from non-federal funds. This match may be met by cash or in-kind contributions.
HHS’ Administration for Children and Families’ Office of Community Services will administer the SCF programs. Applicants interested in applying for funds should visit http://www.acf.hhs.gov/grants/recovery.html.