U.S. Department of Health and Human Services,
Office of the Press Secretary
June 5, 2002
The Compassion Capital Fund
and the Faith- and Community-Based Initiative
The Compassion Capital Fund (CCF) is a $30
million fund that Congress appropriated to the Department of Health and Human
Services in January 2002. The CCF represents the first appropriated federal
funds that are specifically targeted to assist the grassroots organizations that
are the focus of President Bush's faith-based and community initiative.
The CCF will be used to expand the role that
faith-based and community groups play in providing social services to those in
need. The CCF reflects the administration's recognition that faith-based and
community organizations are uniquely situated to partner with the government in
serving poor and low-come individuals and families, particularly those with the
greatest needs such as families in poverty, prisoners reentering the community
and their families, children of prisoners, homeless families, and at-risk youth.
Information on the availability of CCF grants
will be published in the June 7, 2002, Federal Register, and grant awards will
be made this fall. More information about the President's initiative and the HHS
Center for Faith-Based and Community Initiatives is available at http://www.hhs.gov/faith/.
ACTIVITIES SUPPORTED BY THE CCF
The CCF will be used to support four activities:
Technical Assistance to Intermediary
Nearly $25 million will be awarded to 15-25
"intermediary organizations," which will in turn help smaller
organizations operate and manage their programs effectively, access funding
from varied sources, develop and train staff, expand the types and reach of
social services programs in their communities, and replicate promising
In addition to providing technical assistance,
these intermediary groups will issue sub-awards directly to qualified faith-
and community-based organizations to expand or replicate promising or best
practices in targeted areas. Priority for sub-awards will be given to
organizations that focus on homelessness, hunger, at-risk children,
transition from welfare to work, and those in need of intensive
rehabilitation such as addicts or prisoners.
To encourage organizations to work in
partnership with the federal government, intermediary organizations will be
expected to provide at least 50 percent of the amount of federal funds
requested (i.e., one-third of the proposed total budget).
CCF funds may not be used to support religious
practices such as religious instruction, worship or prayer.
Intermediary organizations will be selected to
receive funding based on a competitive review process. HHS is seeking
applications from a diverse range of organizations able to assist a diverse
group of faith-based and community organizations that represent different
organizational or religious affiliations. Awards will be announced before
the end of September 2002.
Compassion Capital National Resource Center
Approximately $2 million will be used to
establish the CCF National Resource Center.
The National Resource Center will work
directly with the intermediary organizations to ensure that faith- and
community-based organizations receive effective and appropriate technical
assistance, and it will develop a comprehensive plan to oversee and
coordinate the work of intermediary organizations that receive federal
The National Resource Center will also develop
tools that will be useful and accessible to all interested faith-based and
community groups, regardless of whether they are working with a funded
intermediary. For example, the National Resource Center will develop and
maintain a Web site that addresses a wide array of topics useful to
faith-based and community organizations, such as "best practices"
to meet the needs of individuals and families, and evaluation and assessment
of program outcomes and effectiveness. It will also develop manuals on
specific topics that will assist faith-based and community organizations.
Research Regarding Best Practices and Services
of Intermediary Organizations
Approximately $1.6 million will be used to
support research on the services and best practices of intermediary
organizations and the faith-based and community organizations they serve.
Field-Initiated Research Grants
Approximately $1 million will be awarded to
five to eight organizations to support short-term research projects that
will contribute to the knowledge base regarding roles and promising
approaches by diverse types of faith- and community-based organizations that
focus on homelessness, hunger, at-risk children, the transition from welfare
to work, and intensive services for those most in need such as addicts and
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