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For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
June 5, 2002

The Compassion Capital Fund and the Faith- and Community-Based Initiative

Overview: 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


The CCF will be used to support four activities:

Technical Assistance to Intermediary Organizations

Compassion Capital National Resource Center

Research Regarding Best Practices and Services of Intermediary Organizations

Field-Initiated Research Grants


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