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White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives
 
 President George W. Bush discusses the progress and accomplishments of the Faith-Based and Community Initiatives in Washington, D.C., Tuesday, June 1, 2004.
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
Ex-offenders
Homeless
Hungry
Substance abusers
Those with HIV/AIDS
Welfare-to-work families


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

Download an overview of President Bush's Faith-Based and Community Initiative here.

 

What's New

St. Louis Conference
Sign up now for the next regional conference in St. Louis, MO on Tuesday, Sept. 14th. For more information, click here.

State Liaisons
21 States have Liaisons or Offices for Faith-Based and Community Initiatives. For more information, click here.

Regulatory Changes
The Administration has eliminated regulatory and policy barriers that have kept faith-based organizations from partnering with the Federal government to help Americans in need. It has also worked to put into place regulations to ensure that faith-based organizations are able to compete on an equal footing for Federal funding within constitutional guidelines, without impairing the religious character of such organizations and without diminishing the religious freedom of beneficiaries. Details

Data Collection
OFBCI collected data on competitive non-formula grant awards to faith-based organizations in a select group of programs at the Departments of Housing and Urban Development, Health and Human Services, Education, Justice and Labor. To review the results, click here.

Progress
Read about recent Presidential action to further the Faith-Based and Community Initiative. Details

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.
English Section-by-Section format
English entire document (PDF)
Spanish version

Religious Hiring Rights Booklet
The White House released a guidebook fully describing the Administration's belief that faith-based groups have a Constitutionally-protected right to maintain their religious identity through hiring -- even when Federal funds are involved. Details

Grants
Grants Catalog
Find Federal grant opportunities suitable for faith-based and community organizations in our grants catalog called "Federal Funds for Organizations That Help Those in Need". Details

Developing Quality Grant Proposals
Develop a quality grant proposal with the help of this guide. Details

DUNS Number
All Federal grant applicants are required to have a Dun and Bradstreet (D&B) Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number. Details

Available Funding
FBCOs can apply now for several Federal grants. For more information, click here.

Technical Assistance
Learn about training and technical assistance opportunities that help faith-based and community organizations improve their grant-writing, expand their capacity, become effective partners, and more. Details

Conferences
St. Louis Regional Conference
FBCI is hosting a series of regional conferences on President Bush's Initiative in cities across the country. More than 15,000 faith-based and community leaders have already attended. The conferences are free but pre-registration is required. The next White House conference will take place on Tuesday, September 14, 2004, in St. Louis, MO. Interested faith-based and community groups that want to learn more about the President's Initiative should attend. Details

Regional Conference
FBCI is hosting a series of regional conferences on President Bush's Initiative in cities across the country. Nearly 14,500 faith-based and community leaders have already attended. The conferences are free but pre-registration is required. For more information, click here .

Conference Videos
Watch videos of recent FBCI regional conference speakers. Details

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, Education, Agriculture; and the U.S. Agency for International Development. Details

Featured Programs
Compassion Capital Fund
The President's Compassion Capital Fund (CCF) helps faith-based and community organizations increase their effectiveness and enhance their ability to provide social services to serve those most in need. Since 2002, CCF has awarded 81 grants totaling more than $55 million that have helped strengthen the capacity of over 600 small faith-based and community organizations. CCF administers two grant programs: the Demonstration Program and the Targeted Capacity Building Program. click here.

Access to Recovery
The President's Access to Recovery program will give individuals seeking drug treatment expanded access to effective providers through a new voucher program. As a part of this program, the Department of Health and Human Services is making $100 million available in FY 2004 to up to 15 States to extend drug treatment to 50,000 more Americans, allowing them a choice of providers including faith-based organizations. The President has proposed to double this funding level in FY 2005. click here.

Mentoring Children of Prisoners
Last year, President Bush proposed an initiative to mentor children of prisoners. Faith-based and community organizations that work with these children in a variety of settings are eligible to apply for these funds. Congress appropriated the President's full request of $50 million for this mentoring program in FY 2004. The President has requested $50 million in FY 2005. click here.

Prisoner Re-Entry Initiative
In January 2004, President Bush proposed a four-year, $300 million initiative to reduce recidivism and help returning inmates contribute to their communities. This year, more than 600,000 inmates will be released from prison, and studies show that approximately two-thirds will likely be rearrested within three years of release. The initiative will harness the resources and experience of faith-based and community organizations in providing newly released prisoners with job training and placement services, transitional housing, and voluntary mentoring support. click here.


The U.S. House and Senate both passed the Charity Aid, Recovery, and Empowerment (CARE) Act with overwhelming bipartisan margins. The President continues to urge Congressional action on the CARE Act, which would create tax incentives for individual and corporate charitable giving. Details

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

OFBCI Publications
OFBCI offers several free publications as resources for FBCOs. Details