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CCF IM #7 Archived Project Summaries

2004 Demonstration Program

Published: August 2, 2012
Compassion Capital Fund (CCF)
Guidance, Policies, Procedures, Information Memorandums (IM)

2004 Demonstration Grants


Cherokee Nation

Award Amount, Year 1: $724,080
Award Year: 2004 

Organization Description:
The Cherokee Nation is the second largest Indian tribe in the United States with more than 200,000 tribal members. Almost 70,000 Cherokees reside in the 9,000 square mile area of the Cherokee Nation which is a tribal jurisdiction area (TJSA) that includes fourteen counties in northeastern Oklahoma.

Project Description:
The Cherokee Nation will provide a three year continuation program of training and technical assistance to help thirty churches and Cherokee community organizations (in the first year) to expand services, adopt model projects, and apply for grants.

Geographic Scope of Project:
The tribal jurisdictional area (TJSA) consisting of 14 counties in NE Oklahoma.

Subaward Plan:
The Cherokee Nation will issue 20 subawards: A total of $256,000 will be given in sub-awards to 20 organizations annually. Sub-awards will be made to organizations with strong service history, particularly in prioritized areas of need which include: alcohol and drug abuse, diabetes prevention, prisoner re-entry, marriage and family counseling, and elderly services. Organizations selected will have basic management/ book keeping skills, and/or those that are engaged in training to develop and practice financial management.

Project Objectives:
Specific project objectives include:

  1. Provide organizational development, grant writing, and other training and technical assistance to a minimum of 30 church and community organizations a year;
  2. Provide individualized technical assistance to 30 organizations resulting in development of personnel and finance policies tailored to each organizations;
  3. Train and assist 10 organizations in establishing nonprofit status;
  4. Deliver and certify skills acquisition at levels one, two, and three competency for a minimum of 25 organizations for each level;
  5. Measure gains in organizational capacity through a program evaluation.


Project Strategies:

  • Use existing tribal staff and cross train between expert accountants, grant writers, planners, model program providers, other experts, and tribal field staff who have regular contact with organizations and citizens in the field;
  • Provide both workshops and individual, on-site technical assistance to community groups and churches while training community workers to conduct follow up after the end of the grant period;
  • Set up a Web site with continually updated information, sample grant sections, grant opportunities and other information on securing and administering grants;
  • Purchase a computer, basic software, anti-virus program and a printer for each organization.


Contact Information:
Community Services Group
P.O. Box 948
Tahlequah, Oklahoma 74465

Developing Resources for Education in America, Inc., (DREAM)

Award Amount, Year 1: $440,893
Award Year: 2004

Organization Description:
Founded in 1981, Developing Resources for Education in America, Inc., (DREAM) is one of the nation’s premier leaders in substance abuse prevention. DREAM’s mission is to promote healthy life-styles and quality of life through education. DREAM, located in Jackson, Mississippi, provides cutting edge substance abuse prevention training, and programs and services to various faith-based and community organizations (FBCOs) statewide and nationally.

Project Description:
DREAM and its three project partners will implement the Technical Resources Assistance & Networking Services for Faith-based & Community Organizations in Rural Mississippi (TRANSFORM) Project. The TRANSFORM Project will build the organizational capacity of FBCOs in Mississippi by providing intensive training and technical assistance in non-profit capacity-building strategies. These strategies are based on the Mississippi Center for Nonprofit's Standards of Excellence, which are modeled after nationally recognized nonprofit management standards. The TRANSFORM Project will enhance the organizational capacity of new and established FBCOs by enhancing their ability to provide social services, expanding their organizations, diversifying their funding sources, and assisting them in creating collaborations to better serve those most in need in Mississippi.

Geographic Scope of Project:
The State of Mississippi

Partnering Organizations:

  • The Mississippi Center for Nonprofits
  • The Center for Ministry housed at Millsaps College
  • The Foundation for the Mid South's Center for Pastoral Excellence


Subaward Plan:
TRANSFORM will conduct a competitive sub-awards process to identify 20 FBCOs to receive funding. A total of $112,723 will be provided in sub-awards. $5,600 per year will be available to selected organizations for up to three years. Any FBCO with a current annual operating budget of $250,000 or less and that currently provides services in one or more of four CCF priority areas (senior citizens; at-risk youth; welfare to work families; and addicts) is eligible to apply for a sub-award at the TRANSFORM Institute.

Project Objectives:

  1. Provide 10 days of introductory outreach training to a minimum of 500 faith-based and community organizations;
  2. Operate a comprehensive TRANSFORM Institute to provide a total of 1,200 hours of comprehensive nonprofit management training and technical assistance for 20 FBCOs;
  3. Make strategic sub-awards of $112,723 per year to 20 FBCOs.


Project Strategies:

  • Training and outreach conferences-including outreach to a minimum of 500 FBCOs to invite them to attend 1 of 5 two-day introductory capacity-building training and technical workshops offered statewide; ongoing nonprofit management workshops and conferences; peer-to-peer networking; technology assessments; and MCN membership.
  • Intensive and sustained training and technical assistance activities-the TRANSFORM Institute will provide 30 hours of intensive TA to 20 sub-awardees based on MCN's Standards of Excellence.
  • Capacity-building grants-20 TRANSFORM Institute participants will be eligible to apply for sub-awards up to $5,600.


Contact Information:
310 Airport Road
Jackson, Mississippi 39208



Empower New Haven, Inc. (ENH)

Award Amount, Year 1: $437,077
Award Year: 2004

Organization Description:
Empower New Haven, Inc. (ENH) is the organizational authority for the New Haven, Connecticut Round II Federal Employment Zone. Empower New Haven is a federally-funded entity with the express purpose of facilitating or creating processes and practices that provide sustainable, measurable improvements in the economic status and quality of life of individuals, families, and businesses within the Empowerment Zone communities.

Project Description:
Empower New Haven, Inc. will establish and operate the New Haven Non-Profit Academy, a technical assistance training and sub-award project for capacity building of non-profit, faith-based and community organizations (FBCOs) serving the New Haven, CT, Empowerment Zone (EZ) and addressing issues such as: homelessness, at-risk youth, prisoner reentry, substance abuse, workforce housing, unemployment, and the elderly and disabled. The mission of the New Haven Non-Profit Academy is to increase the capacity and effectiveness of non-profits serving EZ communities through the provision of one-on-one technical assistance, class-based training, and mini-grants.

Geographic Scope of Project:
Communities within the New Haven Empowerment Zone.

Partnering Organizations:

  • The Community Foundation of Greater New Haven
  • The United Way of Greater New Haven


Subaward Plan:
Twenty participants will be chosen for the Academy through an open RFP process. Applicants will be asked to submit a formal application which will be rated by a Selection Committee which will be responsible for choosing the twenty program participants. Upon the completion of the New Haven Non-Profit Academy classes, the participants will be asked to submit work plan proposals for capacity-building grants of up to $30,000 for large organizations and up to $5,000 for small nonprofits, community organizations and faith-based groups for a total of $350,000 in sub-award grants per year.

Project Objectives:
Specific project objectives include:

  1. Serve 20 non-profits and resident groups that currently serve or seek to serve EZ residents;
  2. Aid participants in diversifying their funding sources and in developing a sustainable fundraising plan for their organizations;
  3. Aid participants in increasing the productivity and effectiveness of their organization's staff and board of directors;
  4. Develop opportunities for networking and building collaborations among New Haven institutions;
  5. Aid community resident groups and faith-based organizations in attaining non-profit status;
  6. Produce tangible improvements in the capacity and effectiveness of participant organizations.


Project Strategies:
Provide a combination of comprehensive capacity building classes/training/information sessions (i.e., fiscal operations, strategic planning, and board development), technical assistance, and a mini-grant award program for continued capacity building through the New Haven Non-Profit Academy. Participants will attend a series of 14 workshops. Workshops will be held twice a month. In addition, the participants will receive individual technical assistance. The Academy will culminate in the awarding of mini-grants of up to $5,000 for small non-profits and community groups and up to $30,000 for larger organizations for continued capacity building.

Contact Information:
59 Elm Street
Suite 410
New Haven, CT 06510



Governor's Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives (GOFBCI)

Award Amount, Year 1: $750,000
Award Year: 2004 

Organization Description:
The Ohio Governor's Office of Faith- Based and Community Initiatives (GOFBCI) works to make it easier for faith-based and community organizations (FBCOs) to compete for public funding, encourage effective partnerships among and between public agencies and faith-based and community organizations, and measure the impact of these partnerships to assist citizens in need.

Project Description:
The GOFBCI along with four intermediary partners will provide comprehensive technical assistance to FBCOs in Ohio through the Ohio Compassion Capital Project. The Project service components include statewide training events, on-going technical assistance, a moderated listserv, and a Web portal. In addition, the project will provide $250,000 in sub-awards for capacity-building activities for FBCOs.

Geographic Scope of Project:
The State of Ohio

Partnering Organizations:

  • Ohio Community Action Training Organization
  • Economic and Community Development Institute
  • Community Care Network
  • Freestone Foodbank


Subaward Plan:
Sub-awards will support capacity-building activities for FBCOs that have not received federal public monies and are directly impacting one of the seven priority social service areas.

Project Objectives:

  1. Develop a "Best Practices" capacity- building curriculum available to FBCOs through training events, Web-site access, one-on-one mentoring and telephone technical assistance;
  2. Increase the understanding of basic organizational development in at least 400 agencies in the various modules developed;
  3. Provide financial assistance for at least 25 agencies across the state through sub-awards;
  4. Provide long-term coaching and mentoring to 25 - 50 agencies receiving sub-awards to assist FBCOs with capacity-building projects proposed by the sub-award application.


Project Strategies:
Design and implement a Web portal, curriculum development, and various training and technical assistance methodologies to improve FBCOs' capacity building.

Contact Information:
77 South High Street
30th Floor
Columbus, Ohio 43215



High Country Consulting, LLC (dba) Faith Initiatives of Wyoming

Award Amount, Year 1: $371,941
Award Year: 2004

Organization Description:
Founded in 2002, Faith Initiatives of Wyoming (FIW) is a statewide intermediary organization currently serving more than 1300 faith-based and community organizations (FBCOs). A subsidiary of High Country Consulting, LLC, FIW develops, strengthens, and supports awareness, understanding, and cooperation among faith-based organizations and assists them in meeting the needs of their local communities and the people of the State of Wyoming.

Project Description:
Faith Initiatives of Wyoming will build capacity, improve efficiency, expand services, create collaboration, and broaden the funding base of faith-based and community organizations in the State of Wyoming.

Geographic Scope of Project:
The State of Wyoming

Partnering organizations:

  • Catholic Dioceses of Wyoming
  • Wyoming Association of Churches
  • Wyoming Community Foundation
  • Wyoming Department of Family Services Office of Faith-based and Community Initiatives


Subaward Plan:
FIW will provide $92,985 in subawards to faith-based and community organizations. The type and number of sub-awards will be made based on four factors: the four targeted social service priority areas (at-risk youth, prisoner re-entry, elderly, and strengthening families), the complexity of the problem and associated service options, the population targeted to serve, and the number of recipients or individuals directly benefiting from services.

Project objectives:

  1. Enhance and expand capacity within Wyoming's FBCOs through technical assistance and general capacity-building training;
  2. Enhance and expand capacity of Wyoming's FBCOs to provide a wide range of services to Wyoming residents in the four priority areas;
  3. Build community collaboration and partnership with and among FBCOs and the public, nonprofit, and private sectors;
  4. Enhance and expand Wyoming's FBCOs through the mentoring model, utilizing three qualified regional representatives and peer mentors or coaches from the Wyoming Association of Churches participating faith organizations.


Project Strategies:

  • General Capacity Building- Conduct a series of technical assistance workshops/seminars aimed at developing a strong organizational foundation within Wyoming's FBCOs;
  • Target Capacity-Building-Work with FBCOs to build service capacity in the priority social service areas and to provide best practices training with two of the four project partners;
  • Ongoing Technical Assistance- Provide ongoing technical assistance to FBCOs that have participated in any previous technical trainings and those that have successfully completed and have been awarded funding through the sub-award program.


Contact Information:
P.O. Box 884
Cheyenne, Wyoming 82003
307-634-7878 ext. 20



Indiana Youth Institute

Award Amount, Year 1: $649,013
Award Year: 2004

Organization Description:
The Indiana Youth Institute (IYI) is a leading source of information and tools for nonprofit Indiana youth organizations. Founded in 1988, IYI also reaches educators, policymakers, government officials, and others who can impact the lives of Indiana's children and promote healthy youth development in Indiana communities.

Project Description:
Through the CCF project, IYI aims to improve the healthy development of Indiana youth by strengthening the capacity of small faith-based and community organizations (FBCOs). IYI will offer free intensive technical assistance, sub-awards, and free training for 18 sub-grantees combined with a broad array of capacity-building services offered to all Indiana youth and family serving organizations.

Geographic Scope of Project:
The State of Indiana

Partnering Organizations:

  • Liaison Network
  • Indiana University's Center on Philanthropy Fund Raising School
  • Center for Evaluation and Education Policy


Subaward Plan:
IYI will provide $360,000 in subawards in the range of $15,000 to $25,000. IYI will select 18 subgrantees —two from each of the nine Indiana Congressional Districts. Organizations eligible for sub-awards are ones that have programming that addresses CCF priority areas and fits with IYI's mission to promote the healthy development of youth. The funds may be used for any capacitybuilding purpose that will further the sustainability of the sub-grantee's social service efforts.

Project Objectives:

  1. Expand participation of smaller FBCOs in addressing such CCF priority areas such as atrisk youth, homeless families, children of prisoners, juvenile offenders reentering the community, and juvenile addicts;
  2. Enhance the quality of their programs;
  3. Increase fund raising and management competency of these organizations;
  4. Evaluate/refine the Indiana CCF program to replicate it nationally as a best-practice model.


Project Strategies:

  • Request for Proposals- Thousands of FBCOs will be invited to apply for approximately 120 hours of free capacity- building assistance and subawards.
  • Nine Bidders' Conferences-The conferences, covering each of Indiana's nine Congressional Districts, will offer grantseekers information on the CCF grant initiative.
  • Selection of 18 Sub-Grantees- Preference in the sub-grantee selection will go to those small FBCOs that address priority social service needs but have never received a federal grant. A total of $360,000 will be awarded in the first year.
  • Assignment of a Coach-A coach will provide up to 120 hours of professional technical assistance, coordinate other kinds of assistance, and act as the primary point person for the organization.
  • Delivery of Technical Assistance-Coordinated by the coach for each sub-awardee, assistance will cover strategic, capacity-building issues.
  • Free Two-Day Workshop: "Fundraising for Small Nonprofits"-The workshop will be offered to sub-grantees and any FBCOs serving youth and families in Indiana, to be held in 8 locations around the state.
  • Ongoing Future Support for Grantees-The continuing support and technical assistance will be provided through existing IYI programs.
  • Evaluation-Project and sub-award evaluation will be conducted by the Center for Evaluation and Education Policy.


Contact Information:
603 E. Washington Street
Suite 800
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204



Institute for Contemporary Studies (Bay Area Inner City Leadership Alliance—BAICLA)

Award Amount, Year 1: $366,179
Award Year: 2004

Organization Description:
The Institute for Contemporary Studies (ICS), founded in 1974, is a nonprofit, nonpartisan policy research institute. The Bay Area Inner City Leadership Alliance (BAICLA), an independent subsidiary of the Institute for Contemporary Studies, Inc., will conduct the CCF project. BAICLA was founded in 2001 as a leadership and program development organization. A user-cooperative of small faith-based and community organizations (FBCOs), it was designed to help these organizations compete for grants and provide higher levels of service. BAICLA is a self-governing intermediary organization.

Project Description:
Through the CCF project, the Bay Area Inner City Leadership Alliance will build the leadership and program capacities of small FBCOs in four San Francisco/Bay Area low-income communities by delivering technical assistance through an expanding, linked system of hubs and satellites. Hub organizations are FBCOs that provide specified courses and technical assistance, maintain a minimum of two Certified Marriage Educators, and hold monthly planning meetings with satellites. Satellite organizations are FBCOs that have been selected through the sub-grant competition and have specified capacities.

Geographic Scope of Project:
Oakland, Alameda County, San Francisco, San Francisco County, and Contra Costa County.

Partnering Organizations:

  • G.R.E.E.N. (Gather Resources to Educate and Empower) Foundation
  • Lighthouse Ministries
  • New Hope Recovery
  • California Healthy Marriages Coalition


Subaward Plan:
A total of $91,545 will be awarded in sub-grants to FBCOs that are most committed to becoming satellite organizations for the four BAICLA programs focusing on marriage and family strengthening ($71,000 in sub-awards), and four additional programs focusing on mentoring ex-offenders and their families ($20,545 in sub-awards). The goal at the end of the threeyear period of the grant is to have ten satellite FBCO networks operating at each of their hubs.

Project Objectives:

  1. Demonstrate in three San Francisco-Bay Area low-income communities that a user cooperative of small FBCOs operating through a hub-and-satellite organizational structure can build capacity and sustain enhanced service delivery.
  2. Increase awareness and provide technical assistance to other communities in California interested in building area-wide user cooperatives to build their capacity.


Project Strategies:

  • Deliver capacity-building and technical assistance through an expanding, linked system of hubs and satellites. In year one, BAICLA will work with their own hubs, building their capacity by adding satellites through competitive grants in Oakland and San Francisco;
  • Target four issues that are key to ensuring the effectiveness of inner-city organizations: providing leadership that has a clear strategy and vision; building organizational capacities of fiscal and administrative management; educating members on their mission; and developing an action strategy for realizing goals and building and sustaining collaboration and evaluation;
  • Focus on three critical service issues: strengthening marriages and families, mentoring ex-offenders, and mentoring children and families of ex-offenders.


Contact Information:
3100 Harrison Street
Oakland, CA 94611


Metropolitan Council of Jewish Poverty

Award Amount, Year 1: $525,645
Award Year: 2004 

Organization Description:
The Metropolitan Council of Jewish Poverty (Met Council) is a not-for-profit organization representing and coordinating the efforts of 25 grass roots Jewish Community Councils in the New York City area. It is the primary advocate for the needs of poor Jews, reaching out to the isolated Jewish poor and elderly, and increasing public recognition of the extent and nature of poverty among Jews through legislative and social advocacy.

Project Description:
The Metropolitan Council of Jewish Poverty Technical Assistance Growth Fund (TAGF) is designed to support a diverse range of faith-based and community organizations (FBCOs) by maximizing their ability to increase effectiveness, enhance provision of social services, and expand organizational infrastructure, diversify funding sources, and create collaborations to better serve those most in need within their communities. Five core services that employ increasing levels of support and assistance will be put into practice: outreach, technical assistance trainings, individual consultations or a Customized Organizational Plan of Execution (COPE), structural support services, and sub-awards.

Geographic Scope of Project:
The five boroughs of New York City-the Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, and Staten Island

Subaward Plan:
The goal of the sub-awards is to help FBCOs create new programs or expand existing ones. Sub-awards will be granted to small FBCOs that historically have not had access to federal funding. There will be two funding cycles per year. Met Council will make awards to approximately 16-20 organizations with individual awards ranging from $2000 to $15,000 for a total grant amount of $155,000.

Project Objectives:

  1. Provide outreach to 160 new organizations by distributing 2,000 pieces of literature and holding a minimum of 10 community outreach presentations.
  2. Provide technical assistance by enrolling a minimum of 60 agencies and providing 704 hours of group training.
  3. Provide Customized Organizational Plans of Execution (COPE) for all 60 agencies participating in the technical assistance training.
  4. Provide structural support by enrolling 12 agencies and assisting agencies in eventually managing their own structural support activities.
  5. Provide sub-awards to 16-20 agencies for a total of $155,000 in sub-awards.


Project Strategies:

  • Offer three distinct training clusters, each with a series of courses focusing on different areas of organizational management which will fortify FBCOs that provide services for the homeless, elders in need, at-risk youth, and couples aiming to build and sustain healthy marriages;
  • Provide technical assistance managers to work with participants to develop a COPE, a clear action plan toward building capacity;
  • Provide intensive personalized structural support services, involving a mutual agreement for Met Council to manage back office support for the small, newer organizations that have not developed the infrastructure needed to manage those activities on their own.


Contact Information:
80 Maiden Lane
21st Floor
New York, New York 10038


Mission West Virginia, Inc.

Award Amount, Year 1: $359,240
Award Year: 2004 

Organization Description:
Mission West Virginia is a non-profit organization that collaborates with public and private entities, particularly faith communities, equipping them to utilize existing resources to form new partnerships, encouraging innovative social change, and building stronger communities in West Virginia. Established in 1997, Mission West Virginia has been recognized throughout the State for innovative and effective intermediary services on behalf of the disadvantaged and disenfranchised.

Project Description:
Created in partnership with the West Virginia Council of Churches and the United Way of Central West Virginia, Mission West Virginia's Wellspring Center will work to build the capacity of faith-based and community organizations (FBCOs) to access resources that foster sustainability and to better serve those in need. These populations in need include (but are not limited to): families in poverty, prisoners reentering local communities, children of prisoners, addicts, families in transition from welfare to work, individuals with low levels of literacy, at-risk youth, and children in foster care.

Geographic Scope of Project:
19 Selected Counties of West Virginia.

Subaward Plan:
Sub-awards will be granted to a diverse set of FBCOs that seek to increase their capacity to serve those in need. Mission West Virginia anticipates awarding $90,000 to approximately 22 organizations in three grant tiers: 10 awards of $2000; 10 awards of $5,000; and 2 awards of $10,000. Organizations eligible for sub-awards include FBCOs that have not received past federal funding, have budgets below $500,000, and are located in the targeted project area.

Project Objectives:

  1. Increase the effectiveness of FBCOs to provide social services;
  2. Assist FBCOs to expand their organizations through the use of computer technology;
  3. Increase the ability of FBCOs to create collaborations to better serve those in need;
  4. Build the capacity of FBCOs to access resources that foster sustainability.
  5. Encourage the organizations to work together in a network;
  6. Evaluate the results of the program and present findings as a model for other locales.


Project Strategies:

  • The project strategy includes the following six-phase plan:
  • Announce the resources of the Wellspring Center;
  • Collect data on FBCOs in the service area and centralize a database;
  • Analyze data results, refine and implement the training and technical assistance strategy to enhance FBCOs capacity;
  • Issue sub-awards in three tiers;
  • Provide long-term, on-going technical assistance to the sub-awardees;
  • Evaluate project and sub-awardees.


Contact Information:
2 Smiley Drive
St. Albans, West Virginia 25177


New Detroit, Inc.

Award Amount, Year 1: $536,705
Award Year: 2004 

Organization Description:
New Detroit is a coalition of leaders representing business, labor, media, foundations, community-based and civil rights organizations, and educational, health, and religious institutions. Formed in response to civil unrest in 1967, New Detroit's mission is to work as the coalition of Detroit area leadership addressing the issue of race relations by positively impacting issues and policies that ensure economic and social equity. New Detroit has been one of the principal incubators of small faith-based and community organizations (FBCOs) since its inception.

Project Description:
New Detroit currently operates a capacity-building program, Strengthening Community Organizations to Promote Effectiveness (SCOPE), for youthserving organizations in the cities of Detroit, Highland Park and Hamtramck. The purpose of the Compassion Capital Fund (CCF) project is to expand New Detroit's outreach to faith based and community organizations (FBCOs) in southeastern Michigan specifically the cities of Pontiac and Mt. Clemens. In addition, the CCF project will allow us to broaden our reach to organizations providing social services other than youth.

The reason for including these cities is that according to 2000 Census data, each of these cities has been negatively affected by above-average rates of unemployment. They have below-average educational levels, significant levels of poverty as well as an overwhelming dependence on faith-based and community organizations for services such as supplemental food programs, counseling services, alcohol and drug addiction rehabilitation, and children's activities and tutorials.

The principal outcomes of the project are to have organizations increase their effectiveness, enhance their ability to provide social services, expand their organizations, diversify their funding, create collaborations to better serve those in need, and foster their viability as front-line service providers.

Geographic Scope of Project:
The Cities of Detroit, Highland Park, Hamtramck, Pontiac, and Mt. Clemens.

Partnering Organizations:

  • Archdiocese of Detroit
  • City Connect Detroit
  • Community Legal Resources
  • Detroit Executive Service Corp
  • Faith Community United
  • Massie and Associates
  • NPower Michigan
  • The Council of Baptist Pastors of Detroit and Vicinity
  • Wings of Faith


Subaward Plan:
Through a competitive application process sub-awards will be available to 20 organizations in the amounts of $5,000, $10,000, and $15,000 for a total of $175,000.

Project Objectives:

  1. Identify and invite at least 100 FBCOs that address priority social service needs to participate in the bidders' conferences;
  2. Increase the knowledge and understanding of 20 organizations' leaders in the key areas of leadership development, strategy formulation and management, and organizational systems development through training and technical assistance;
  3. Provide supplemental capacity building priority activities for up to 20 FBCOs;
  4. Provide sub-awards totaling $175,000 to support 20 organizations;
  5. Work as a collaborative partner with City Connect Detroit to conduct coaching sessions for up to 30 organizations.


Project Strategies:

  • Provide two project paths for interested organizations: technical assistance and sub-awards. The eligibility criteria for both paths are: an annual budget under $500,000, 1.0 FTE staff (paid or volunteer), and providing services in one or more of the five targeted cities with services in the CCF priority social service areas.
  • Based on a competitive application process, select a maximum of 30 organizations-10 for the technical assistance path and 20 for the sub-award path.


Contact Information:
3011 West Grand Boulevard,
Suite 1200
Detroit, Michigan 48202
313-664-2071 (fax)



New Futures for Youth, Inc.

Award Amount, Year 1: $324,000
Award Year: 2004

Organization Description:
New Futures for Youth (NFY) was established in 1988 as a collaborative of public and private, community and institutional representatives committed to improved outcomes for youth. Based in Little Rock, Arkansas, New Futures conducts research on issues affecting youth and families and provides training and technical assistance to individuals and organizations. New Futures also facilitates joint planning by community-based organizations, agencies, and institutions regarding strategies for addressing youth issues and implementing youth services.

Project Description:
New Futures' Little Rock Compassion Capital Fund Demonstration Program will utilize sub-awards and a technical assistance approach to enhance the operating efficiency and expand and diversify faith-based and community organizations' resource potential by focusing on capacity building in the following areas: organizational infrastructure, human capital, and program quality to ensure organizations strengthen the neighborhoods they serve.

Geographic Scope of Project:
Targeted areas of Little Rock, Arkansas.

Partnering Organizations:

  • The City of Little Rock


Subaward Plan:
A total amount of $100,000 will be available for sub-awards through the Little Rock Compassion Capital Fund Demonstration Program. Ten to twelve awards for up to $10,000 each will be made to faith-based and community organizations (FBCOs) that are taking steps toward providing organized services and programs to people in the demonstration area. Also eligible will be FBCOs that already provide some services or programs that address the needs of at-risk youth, the homeless, substance abusers, prisoners re-entering the community, or high-risk families. Those organizations that are small, new or offer new services or programs will be given priority consideration.

Project Objectives:

  1. Improved organizational infrastructure of FBCOs;
  2. Increased human capital through skills development of FBCOs' staff;
  3. Enhanced program quality;
  4. Increased service coordination and resource sharing among FBCOs.


Project Strategies:

  • Utilize a three-part approach to improve the overall effectiveness of individual FBCOs;
  • Prepare small organizations to cooperate with each other and with other agencies and institutions for service coordination and resource sharing;
  • Provide capacity-building technical assistance through staff dedicated to intensive work with specific FBCOs;
  • Engage a total of 10-12 FBCOs in the Demonstration Program each year of the three-year initiative.


Contact Information:
103 East 7th Street, Suite 931
Little Rock, Arkansas 72201



North Hills Community Outreach

Award Amount, Year 1: $234,000
Award Year: 2004 

Organization Description:
North Hills Community Outreach (NHCO) is an interfaith nonprofit organization that addresses the spiritual, emotional, physical and material needs of people in crisis, hardship, and poverty. NHCO provides information and education, makes referrals and facilitates access to resources to bring immediate help in a manner designed to preserve the dignity of individuals and families and to demonstrate the love of God.

Project Description:
North Hills Community Outreach will serve as an intermediary organization to deliver technical assistance and sub-awards to small faith-based and community organizations (FBCOs) in Allegheny County, PA. NHCO will provide technical assistance to ten small grassroots organizations in their efforts to improve in three broad core competency areas: board development, staff and program development, and resources development. NHCO also will provide sub-awards to some of the organizations selected to receive technical assistance to further assist their efforts.

Geographic Scope of Project:
Allegheny County, Pennsylvania

Partnering Organizations:

  • The Nonprofit Leadership Institute of Duquesne University
  • KEYGroup


Subaward Plan:
Some of the ten organizations selected to receive technical assistance will also receive a sub-award to further carry forward their capacity- building endeavors. Sub-grantees will receive $2,000 to $10,000 each to further sustainability of their social service efforts and build on technical assistance received. To be eligible to participate, organizations must have a budget of under $500,000 and fewer than 20 paid staff. In addition, they will not have received direct federal funds anytime during their history. Priority for selection will be given to organizations addressing homelessness, frail seniors, at-risk youth, and low-income families including those transitioning from welfare to work.

Project Objectives:
Based on individualized organizational assessments, each participating FBCO will learn how to accomplish at least three competencybased objectives in each of the three core competency areas:

  1. Board development;
  2. Staff and Program Development;
  3. Resource development.


Project Strategies:

  • Deliver technical assistance to 10 small FBCOs to assist them in their efforts to improve in the three core competency areas.
  • Provide technical assistance that consists of individualized assessments, detailed written TA plans, one-on-one mentoring, small group consultations, instructions and group facilitations, and peer networking;
  • Provide at least 1,400 hours of technical assistance;
  • Provide $58,500 in sub-grants.


Contact Information:
1975 Ferguson Road
Allison Park, Pennsylvania 15101-3235



University Of Texas At Brownsville/Texas Southmost College

Award Amount, Year 1: $586,229
Award Year: 2004 

Organization Description:
The University of Texas at Brownsville/Texas Southmost College (UTB/TSC) is a partnership between a four-year university and a twoyear junior college, creating the first "community university" in Texas. Responding to community needs, UTB/TSC created the Center for Civic Engagement in 1999 to engage faculty and students in community service learning experiences to help build capacity in various faith-based and community organizations (FBCOs) and neighborhoods. Since 2001, the Center has been actively engaged in working with FBCOs by delivering on-going service learning projects grouped around wellness, literacy, and microbusiness Web services to Buena Vida barrio residents and business owners.

Project Description:
The Center will create a new, sustainable social service network called the Buena Vida F.I.T.ness (Families in Transition) Network to help Buena Vida families transition from welfare to work. The F.I.T.ness Network will be a partnership with FBCOs and a new, resident-led F.I.T.ness Network Council. The Center will provide capacity-building technical assistance, sub-awards and on-going strategic leadership to the F.I.T.ness Network to deliver sustainable Web services to provide skills and knowledge to barrio families wanting to improve their personal lives and transition from welfare to work.

Geographic Scope of Project:
Buena Vida ("Good Life") barrio in Brownsville, Texas-includes 2954 residents and 837 families

Partnering Organizations:

  • United Way of Southern Cameron County


Subaward Plan:
Designed to help smaller FBCOs build organizational capacity to deliver the Web services to the residents of Buena Vida barrio, sub-awards will total $470,000 over three years. Sub-awards will be made on a competitive basis to newer FBCOs that have annual budgets of less than $250,000 and that desire to create new or expand existing bi-lingual wellness, education, or business training and outreach in the Buena Vida barrio. Each sub-award may be renewable for up to three years. During the three years, approximately 20 subawards will be made in ranges of $5,000 to $50,000. In the first year, the Center will make 5 sub-awards, 7 in the second year, and 8 in the third year.

Project Objectives:

  • Deliver capacity-building training services to 100 FBCOs;
  • Award $470,000 in sub-grants to FBCOs;
  • Create the F.I.T.ness Network with 60% of the sub-grantees delivering on-going, sustainable Web services to residents;
  • Form the F.I.T.ness Council as a sustainable and independent partner, providing strategic leadership to the F.I.T.ness Network;
  • Have a minimum of 75% of barrio residents using the Web services with 25% reporting improved lives and progress in transition from welfare to work.


Project Strategies:
The grant consists of four strategic components creating the Buena Vida F.I.T.ness Network:

  • Civic engagement/service learning;
  • Faculty and scholarship of engagement;
  • Faith-based and community organizations;
  • A new Buena Vida neighborhood council composed of residents to provide strategic leadership.


Contact Information:
The UTB/TSC Center
for Civic Engagement
1301 E. Madison St.
Brownsville, Texas 78520


Wichita State University: Self-Help Network

Award Amount, Year 1: $526,766
Award Year: 2004

Organization Description:
Wichita State University's Self Help Network (SHN), which will administer the CCF grant, is a nationally recognized Center for Community Support and Research at the Department of Psychology at the University. With 20 years of experience, SHN has assisted, supported, and researched self-help groups, grassroots organizations, and nonprofit organizations in creating and sustaining positive change.

Project Description:
The Self-Help Network will administer the Compassion Kansas initiative to build and enhance the capacity of Kansas faith-based and community organizations (FBCOs) to better serve Kansans in need. Compassion Kansas will assist these organizations to increase their effectiveness and enhance their ability to provide social services through direct technical assistance, professional training, and sub-awards.

Geographic Scope of Project:
The State of Kansas

Partnering Organizations:

  • United Methodist Health Ministry Fund
  • Kansas Health Foundation


Subaward Plan:
The Compassion Kansas sub-award process will provide approximately 18 sub-awards, totaling $135,000.00 in the first year. Eligible FBCOs must be small social service agencies in the State of Kansas that serve (or plan to serve) the homeless, elders in need, at-risk youth, families in transition from welfare to work, those in need of intensive rehabilitation such as addicts or prisoners, and organizations that focus on marriage enhancement. Priority will be given to organizations that have not historically received federal funding.

Project Objectives:

  1. Enhancing and expanding the knowledge base of Kansas FBCOs;
  2. Providing technical assistance, professional training, and sub-awards to 18 Kansas FBCOs;
  3. Encouraging and facilitating replication of appropriate models and best practices with FBCOs;
  4. Assisting FBCOs in seeking additional funding sources to sustain their new successful practices;
  5. Determining the extent to which the Compassion Kansas initiative achieved its intended outcomes.


Project Strategies:

  • Identify FBCOs' needs and strengths;
  • Increase FBCOs' capacity and ensure sustained change;
  • Provide multiple opportunities to increase FBCOs' knowledge and skills, connect with one another, diversify their funding, and develop their services;
  • Issue sub-awards, through a fair and competitive application process, to increase FBCOs' organizational effectiveness.


Contact Information:
Department of Psychology
Wichita State University
1845 Fairmount, Box 34
Wichita, KS 67260-0034