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Faith-Based and Community Initiatives

President George W. Bush's Faith-Based and Community Initiative represents a fresh start and bold new approach to government's role in helping those in need. Too often the government has ignored or impeded the efforts of faith-based and community organizations. Their compassionate efforts to improve their communities have been needlessly and improperly inhibited by bureaucratic red tape and restrictions placed on funding.

The White House Office and the Centers for the Faith-Based and Community Initiative -- located in seven Federal agencies -- are working to support the essential work of these important organizations. Their goal is to make sure that grassroots leaders can compete on an equal footing for federal dollars, receive greater private support, and face fewer bureaucratic barriers.

The Office focuses its efforts on the following populations:

At-risk youth
Elders in need
Families moving from welfare to work

Browse through Federal programs serving these and other populations in our grants catalog.

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Use the links below to learn about the President's commitment to America's armies of compassion and how you can get involved.

Guidance Guidance to Faith-Based and Community Organizations on Partnering with the Federal Government
This document contains valuable information on frequently asked questions about the federal grant system, do's and don'ts for faith-based organizations, and more.
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Grants Find federal grant opportunities suitable for faith-based and community organizations, organized by type of service. Details

Conferences FBCI is currently holding a series of White House conferences on the President's initiative. The next conference will be held in San Diego on February 18, 2003, with additional conferences in other cities to follow. Interested faith-based and community groups that want to learn more about President Bush's initiative should be sure to attend. Details



President Bush Implements Key Elements of his Faith-Based Initiative
Follow this link to read, view, or listen to President Bush's recent speech to faith-based and community leaders.

Progress for the President's Compassion Agenda
Read about recent Presidential action to further the faith-based and community initiative agenda.

Grant Opportunities
Find federal grant opportunities suitable for faith-based and community organizations, organized by type of service.

Legislation The President has called on Congress to pass important legislation that increases charitable giving and strengthens faith-based and other neighborhood-serving groups to help them better assist Americans in need.

Centers Learn about the Centers for Faith-Based and Community Initiatives in the U.S. Departments of Justice, Labor, Health and Human Services, Housing and Urban Development, and Education. Details