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CSBG Data T/TA Project Summaries FY 2010

State Exemplary Practices Projects Supported by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009

Published: July 5, 2012
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FY 2010 CSBG T/TA Project Summaries

 

FY 2010
Community Services Block Grant Training and Technical Assistance Program
 State Exemplary Practices Projects
Supported by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009

Office of Community Services
Administration for Children and Families

California/Nevada Community Action Partnership (Cal/Neva)

Amount
$150,000

Grant Recipient

California/Nevada Community Action Partnership
225 30th Street, Suite 200
Sacramento, CA  95816-3359
Telephone: (916) 443-1721

Project Director

Mr. Tim Reese, Executive Director
Organizational Description

The California/Nevada Community Action Partnership (Cal/Neva) is the member Association of California and Nevada Community Action Agencies (CAAs) and other non-profit organizations that together serve over four million low-income individuals each year.  Cal/Neva holds training sessions in a variety of areas to help its membership build capacity and a professional workforce.

Use(s) of Administration for Children and Families (ACF) Program Funds

Through the California Community Economic Development Exemplary Practices Project (CCEDEPP), Cal/Neva and the California Community Economic Development Association will identify a sustainable and replicable community economic development “best practices model.”  The CCEDEPP will define “best practices” based on input from CAAs and community economic development practitioners and create exemplary standards for four categories of projects: real estate development, business development, lending and services.  The new standards will be tested on existing projects considered exemplary and on the entire inventory of completed and proposed projects. 

Expected Outcomes

Cal/Neva and the California Community Economic Development Association will incorporate the new exemplary standards into training and technical assistance materials and will recommend a process for periodic updating of the standards.  The final products will be a set of assessment standards and a series of exemplary practice case studies.  This project will build capacity and provide Community Action Agencies with a tool to evaluate potential economic development projects before committing resources; design projects that meet the highest community standards; and provide the best returns to the communities and individuals they serve.



FY 2010
Community Services Block Grant Training and Technical Assistance Program
 State Exemplary Practices Projects
Supported by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009

Office of Community Services
Administration for Children and Families

Connecticut Association for Community Action (CAFCA)

 

Amount
$150,000

Grant Recipient
Connecticut Association for Community Action
144 Clinton Street
New Britain, CT  06053-3512
Telephone: (860) 832-9438

Project Director

Ms. Elizabeth H. Bohmier, Director of Development and Programs

Organizational Description

The Connecticut Association for Community Action (CAFCA) provides training, capacity-building and service delivery coordination to its 12 member Community Action Agencies (CAAs).  In 2009, CAFCA’s member agencies served over 380,000 low-income individuals in Connecticut.

Use(s) of Administration for Children and Families (ACF) Program Funds

CAFCA will identify and document exemplary practices models of benefits outreach and enrollment coordination programs.  The Association will: enhance benefits outreach and enrollment coordination at our 12 CAA members by providing training and technical assistance and Statewide coordination activities, especially around the use of the on-line benefits calculator and develop a staff training curriculum on State and Federal benefits programs.  CAFCA will target outreach materials to participants in the Connecticut Energy Assistance Program and through partnerships with the State’s fuel suppliers.  The Association will track benefits outreach and coordination activities throughout the State including the development and implementation of the benefits calculator and share this information locally and nationally.

Expected Outcomes

The goal of the Benefits Calculator is to alert low-income and working poor individuals to the existence of income-support programs that can significantly improve their ability to become and remain self-sufficient.  CAFCA’s training and technical assistance curriculum is expected to result in better service delivery and increased utilization of program benefits by eligible individuals.  The Association will track the outcomes of Statewide enrollment activities; secure participant feedback; produce a Benefits Outreach and Enrollment Report; and share research findings with the national Community Action network.



FY 2010
Community Services Block Grant Training and Technical Assistance Program
 State Exemplary Practices Projects
Supported by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009

Office of Community Services
Administration for Children and Families

Maine Community Action Association (MCAA)

Amount
$150,000

Grant Recipient

Maine Community Action Association
66 Winthrop Street, Suite 1
Augusta, ME  04330
Telephone: (207) 622-0203
 

Project Director

Ms. Victoria Hoyle, Program and Resource Development Manager

Organizational Description

The Maine Community Action Association (MCAA) represents 10 Community Action Agencies (CAAs) that provide services to low-income people across Maine.  The association is dedicated to supporting and advocating for CAAs which help empower low-income people to lift themselves and their families out of poverty.

Use(s) of Administration for Children and Families (ACF) Program Funds

With the project, “First Call to Last Call,” MCAA will analyze effective service delivery models associated with Benefits Enrollment and highlight two distinct programs.  “On Call,” by Western Maine Community Action is a once and done service delivery system.  A client learns his eligibility for all program services with his first call to “On Call.”  Unlike “On Call,” which is the first call a client makes, the Individualized Case Management Program (ICM) is the last call a client makes.  Penquis Community Action developed ICM to assist those with challenging unmet needs or issues, such as homelessness, health disparities, or restraining orders.

Expected Outcomes

MCAA will conduct a cost benefit analysis on the return on investment from “On Call” and “ICM’s Last Call” to measure the degree to which participants move toward self-sufficiency and agencies achieve their Community Services Block Grant goals.  MCAA will create a Benefits Enrollment Manual that explains how each project may be replicated.  The manual will be introduced Statewide through the Northern New England CAP Conference and nationally through the National Community Action Partnership annual meeting.



FY 2010
Community Services Block Grant Training and Technical Assistance Program
 State Exemplary Practices Projects
Supported by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009

Office of Community Services
Administration for Children and Families

Massachusetts Association for Community Action (MASSCAP)

 

Amount
$146,696

Grant Recipient

Massachusetts Association for Community Action
105 Chauncy Street, 3rd Floor
Boston, MA  02111
Telephone: (617) 357-6086
 

Project Director

Mr. Joseph Diamond, Executive Director

Organizational Description

The Massachusetts Association for Community Action (MASSCAP) works with and on behalf of 24 member Community Action Agencies (CAAs) to provide support to low-income families and provide access to opportunities that will lead to self-sufficiency.  MASSCAP has experience in successfully forming and leading research and evaluation projects.

Use(s) of Administration for Children and Families (ACF) Program Funds

MASSCAP will conduct a formal review to identify the “Community Action Access Points (CAAPS)” business model as an exemplary practice in coordination of benefits enrollment activities that can be replicated across the national Community Action Agency network.  Three Massachusetts CAAs will field-test implementation of the CAAPS business model and an oversight team will analyze results of the CAAPS project to identify factors essential for success.  Primary partners in this project include: Community Teamwork, Inc., Montachusetts Opportunity Council, Quincy Community Action Programs, Inc., and the Massachusetts Community Services Block Grant Office.

Expected Outcomes

As a result of this project, five additional Massachusetts CAAs will adopt the CAAPS business model to create a seamless system of service delivery and improve the long-term outcomes for individuals receiving assistance.  MASSCAP will develop and publish a CAAPS Replication and Sustainability Guide and Training Plan for expansion across the Massachusetts CAA network.  The Association will design a CAAPS Workshop for training at national, State, regional and local CAA events.  Six CAAPS training sessions will be conducted in Massachusetts and three sessions will be conducted at CAAs in other States.



FY 2010
Community Services Block Grant Training and Technical Assistance Program
 State Exemplary Practices Projects
Supported by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009

Office of Community Services
Administration for Children and Families

Michigan Community Action Agency Association (MCAAA)

 

Amount
$150,000

Grant Recipient

Michigan Community Action Agency Association
2173 Commons Parkway
Okemos, MI 48864
Telephone: (517) 321-7500
 

Project Director

Ms. Pamela Ferris, Resource Director

Organizational Description

Michigan Community Action Agency Association (MCAAA) is a membership organization for 30 Community Action Agencies (CAAs) which provide multiple human service programs in all 83 counties throughout the State of Michigan.  For more than 30 years, the members of MCAAA have served as advocates for low-income individual and families.

Use(s) of Administration for Children and Families (ACF) Program Funds

MCAAA’s project is a Statewide CAA Database, a web-based software interface system.  The “interface solution” will be a combination of licensed software and a custom interface engine between the base software system and multiple Federal, State and private systems.  MCAAA will investigate options regarding the use of a centrally maintained application and data server or locally maintained server.  MCAAA will host the web-based software, provide training to its 30 member CAAs, and conduct a targeted assessment of program implementation and effectiveness.

Expected Outcomes

MCAAA expects to integrate multiple data technologies into a cohesive computing system that increases client service capability.  Benefits of the proposed “interface solution” will allow for: single entry of client data to determine basic program eligibility; single interface to multiple systems; consolidation, improved speed, and accuracy of client, agency and State reports; interfaces with separate fiscal systems; improved security; and improved client service capability.



FY 2010
Community Services Block Grant Training and Technical Assistance Program
State Exemplary Practices Projects
Supported by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009

Office of Community Services
Administration for Children and Families

Minnesota Community Action Partnership (MinnCAP)

Amount
$150,000

Grant Recipient

Minnesota Community Action Partnership
100 Empire Drive, Suite 202
St. Paul, MN  55103
Telephone: (651) 472-3992
 

Project Director

Mr. Arnie Anderson, Executive Director

 Organizational Description

Established in 1969, Minnesota Community Action Partnership (MinnCAP), brings nearly forty years of experience in the provision of training, technical assistance and support to the Community Services Network.  MinnCAP represents 28 Community Action Agencies (CAAs) which form the last, local line of defense for families in need.  In 2010, Minnesota's CAAs constitute, in aggregate, a very large enterprise having more than 3,000 employees, administering funds in excess of $400,000,000 and serving more than 300,000 people.

Use(s) of Administration for Children and Families (ACF) Program Funds

MinnCAP will analyze, enhance and disseminate as exemplary practice models, “Visions,” Minnesota’s Statewide information management system, and its related Community Action Management Information System (CAMIS).  In addition, the Association proposes to use a national advisory panel approach to conduct a national analysis of the Community Services network’s best practices in “Information Management Systems.”  An Agency-wide Information Management Systems (AIMS) Advisory Panel will identify core organizational capacity functions critical to successfully implement agency-wide data systems and business processes in CAAs.  MinnCAP will prepare a summary of software usage nationwide by Spring 2011, and an analysis of software that supports agency wide business processes by Spring/Summer 2011 and a summary of discussions regarding core organizational capacities to acquire, implement and manage enterprise systems.

Expected Outcomes

It is a daunting undertaking to plan, purchase, implement and manage agency-wide information management systems for CAAs.  The lead time required to realize the opportunities afforded by current technologies will be dramatically compressed as a result of the knowledge made widely available by these proposed initiatives.  MinnCAP will present research results at the August 2011 Minnesota training conference.  The Association will develop and present four webinars to disseminate the AIMS Panel’s concepts and findings.  In addition, the AIMS Panel will lead roundtable discussions and report at the State and national conferences in 2011.


 

FY 2010
Community Services Block Grant Training and Technical Assistance Program
 State Exemplary Practices Projects
Supported by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009

Office of Community Services
Administration for Children and Families

Missouri Association for Community Action, Inc. (MACA)

Amount

$150,000

Grant Recipient

Missouri Association for Community Action, Inc.
2014 William Street
Jefferson City, MO  65109
Telephone: (573) 634-2969
 

Project Director

Ms. Emily Altheuser, Project Manager

Organizational Description

The Missouri Association for Community Action (MACA) is a Statewide association supporting 19 Community Action Agencies (CAAs).  MACA provides leadership training and technical support to CAAs and advocates for services that help communities reduce poverty.

Use(s) of Administration for Children and Families (ACF) Program Funds

The Missouri Association for Community Action (MACA) will identify exemplary practices in job creation and green jobs through its Missouri Renewable Energy Project (MREP).  The MREP is a collaborative effort between 17 of Missouri’s 19 CAAs, the State Community Services Block Grant agency, and the Association.  MACA will work with an energy design company, as the project consultant, to identify feasible green job enterprises in the local communities.  To guide the overall project, the Association established a Statewide energy advisory committee made up of energy industry experts.  To guide the project at the local level, MACA established local advisory committees for the 17 local CAAs.  MACA will complete an analytical review of the exemplary practice model.

Expected Outcomes

The outcome of the Missouri Renewable Energy Project is to develop business plans and templates to create green/renewable job opportunities that are responsive to locally identified community needs and enhance current community services programs.  The business plans are in the areas of: energy auditing/retrofit; deconstruction and architectural salvage; and sustainable agriculture.  Through case studies and other means of documentation, research from this project will provide practical information for others wanting to replicate and/or fund these projects.


 

FY 2010
Community Services Block Grant Training and Technical Assistance Program
 State Exemplary Practices Projects
Supported by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009

Office of Community Services
Administration for Children and Families

New York State Community Action Association, Inc. (NYSCAA)

 

Amount

$150,000

Grant Recipient

New York State Community Action Association
2 Charles Boulevard
Guilderland, NY  12084
Telephone: (518) 690-0491
 

Project Director

Ms. Denise L. Harlow, Chief Executive Officer

Organizational Description

New York State has 52 Community Action Agencies, all of which are members of the New York State Community Action Association (NYSCAA).  The NYSCAA provides a range of training and technical assistance services for its members, including: networking, advocacy and public education on poverty issues.

Use(s) of Administration for Children and Families (ACF) Program Funds

The New York State Community Action Association (NYSCAA) will identify exemplary implementation, dissemination and sustainability projects in the two areas of: (a) job creation and green jobs, and (b) community economic development.  NYSCAA’s project, “Identifying and Documenting Excellence in Action (IDEA),” will develop a survey instrument, a scoring methodology, and criteria to assess potential exemplary practice models.  The IDEA project will research and document the characteristics of Community Action Agencies that are implementing exemplary practice models and factors which affect model replication.  Dr. Mansoor Kazi, Research Associate, Professor and Director of the Program Evaluation Center at the University at Buffalo’s School of Social Work, will partner with NYSCAA in developing field-tested program reliability scales.

Expected Outcomes

The NYSCAA will publish an IDEA Project Report which will catalogue and improve the information available on exemplary practices in jobs creation, green jobs and community economic development programs within New York’s Community Action Agencies.  NYSCAA will share the IDEA Project Report with all 52 New York Community Action Agencies and at least 25 Community Action Associations, as well as with State and national partners.  NYSCAA will develop a set of recommendations to the Office of Community Services regarding exemplary model assessment strategies and training and technical assistance needs identified through the IDEA project.


 

FY 2010
Community Services Block Grant Training and Technical Assistance Program
State Exemplary Practices Projects
Supported by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009

Office of Community Services
Administration for Children and Families

Nevada Community Action Association (NCAA)

Amount

$150,000

Grant Recipient

Nevada Community Action Association
1090 East Eighth Street
Reno, NV  89510-0167
Telephone: (775) 786-6023
 

Project Director

Ms. Michele Montoya, Executive Director

Organizational Description

Formed in 1999, the Nevada Community Action Association (NCAA) is the member Association of all Community Action Agencies (CAAs) in the State of Nevada.  NCAA provides training and technical assistance designed to assist agencies in their efforts to combat poverty in Nevada.

Use(s) of Administration for Children and Families (ACF) Program Funds

The NCAA will work with Turning Point Incorporated, a nationally recognized firm specializing in project evaluation and research, to identify and document the tactics utilized by top performing workforce agencies in the State of Nevada so that they may be implemented by others and disseminated by the NCAA and the Office of Community Services.  The NCAA will document through evidenced-based research, the successful activities that train workers, create new jobs, including jobs in the green workforce sector, and that help low income individuals obtain these jobs.

Expected Outcomes
The outcomes for the project are as follows:
  • Documentation of the effectiveness of Employment/GreenJobs Indicators in the State of Nevada.  Agencies will then have evidenced based data in order to justify future program model enhancements, program model modifications and resource development, ultimately improving education and job placement for low income individuals. 
  • Agencies will report improved long term employment program management and employment outcomes by participating in this project and through implementing exemplary practice models identified by the study. 

Dissemination of a Nevada Exemplary Practices Manual which will document the exemplary practice models for employment programs, providing the NCAA, the State of Nevada CSBG Office and OCS with data driven information on which to base future training and technical assistance and funding needs of the Community Action Network.



FY 2010
Community Services Block Grant Training and Technical Assistance Program
 State Exemplary Practices Projects
Supported by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009

Office of Community Services
Administration for Children and Families

Ohio Community Action Training Organization (OCATO)

Amount

$150,000

Grant Recipient

Ohio Community Action Training Organization
50 West Broad Street, Suite 1616
Columbus, OH  43215
Telephone: (614) 224-8500

Project Director

Mr. Philip E. Cole, Executive Director

Organizational Description

The Ohio Community Action Training Organization (OCATO) was created to provide training and educational resources to support and build the capacity of the 52 locally controlled, private, nonprofit Community Action Agencies (CAAs) in Ohio.

Use(s) of Administration for Children and Families (ACF) Program Funds

OCATO proposes to identify, assess and document exemplary models of 15 community economic development programs that have resulted in meaningful and measurable change for those impacted by poverty.  The Ohio State University’s John Glenn School of Public Affairs will be one of three academic partners for the implementation of this project.  The primary goals of the economic development project are to: 1) identify 15 exemplary economic development programs currently implemented by CAAs in Ohio; 2) assess the implementation, dissemination and sustainability characteristics of the programs; 3) establish a baseline measure for elements that make the programs “exemplary;” and 4) document the programs in a format that identifies information necessary for replication and sustainability.

Expected Outcomes

OCATO will work with its project partners to develop an “Exemplary Practices Manual,” which will be available through the organization’s web portal.  By identifying effective community economic development programs, documenting them and sharing information, it is expected that CAAs will be able to replicate programs that attract economic opportunity to their communities.

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FY 2010
Community Services Block Grant Training and Technical Assistance Program
 State Exemplary Practices Projects
Supported by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009

Office of Community Services
Administration for Children and Families

South Carolina Association of Community Action Partnerships (SCACAP)

Amount

$150,000

Grant Recipient

South Carolina Association of Community Action Partnerships
2700 Middleburg Drive, Suite 213
Columbia, SC  29204-2416
Telephone: (803) 771-9404
 

Project Director

Ms. Jessica McMoore, Executive Director

Organizational Description

The South Carolina Association of Community Action Partnerships (SCACAP) is a non-profit organization that aims to develop and support programs to promote self-sufficiency and improve the quality of life for the low-income community.  SCACAP serves as the State nucleus for meetings, resources, data collection, impact studies, advocacy, training/technical assistance, and other vital services to 14 local Community Action Agencies (CAAs) and 26 Head Start Programs in 46 counties in the State Community Services Network.

Use(s) of Administration for Children and Families (ACF) Program Funds

SCACAP proposes to identify and document exemplary practice models that focus on implementation, dissemination and sustainability projects for: 1) job creation and green jobs; 2) benefits enrollment; and 3) community economic development.  SCACAP will establish three Work Groups, to identify the most successful practice models in each of the three fields.  The Association will assess the training needs of its 14 CAAs, maintain a website featuring “exemplary practices,” conduct outreach and education and facilitate two conferences on the subject.  At the completion of the project, SCACAP will evaluate and produce a report on “Exemplary Programs in South Carolina Community Action.”

Expected Outcomes

SCACAP will disseminate the Exemplary Practices Publication to increase the body of knowledge available to the State CAA Network; establish a stronger, unified and coordinated effort that is responsive to identified needs; and use as a strategic plan  in the Job Creation/Green Jobs, Economic Development and Benefits Coordination areas.



FY 2010
Community Services Block Grant Training and Technical Assistance Program
State Exemplary Practices Projects
Supported by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009

Office of Community Services
Administration for Children and Families

Virginia Community Action Partnership (VACAP)

Amount

$150,000

Grant Recipient

Virginia Community Action Partnership
707 East Franklin Street, Suite B
Richmond, VA  23219
Telephone: (804) 644-0417
 

Project Director

Mr. James Schuyler, Executive Director

Organizational Description

Virginia Community Action Partnership (VACAP) is the Statewide membership association for 32 private and public Community Action Agencies (CAAs).  VACAP’s members share a common vision of building self-sufficiency for strong families and communities throughout Virginia.

Use(s) of Administration for Children and Families (ACF) Program Funds

Virginia Community Partnership’s (VACAP) “Share and Aware Project” will: (1) create an up-to-date inventory of community economic development projects in Virginia and nearby States; (2) analyze the significant characteristics of exemplary economic development models; and (3) assess barriers to implementing economic development projects.  VACAP will design one tier of training and technical assistance for novices to economic development and a second tier of advanced training which will incorporate program models and lessons learned from successful CAA economic development projects in Virginia, Maryland and Pennsylvania.  VACAP’s “Share and Aware Project” has the support of the National Community Action Partnership, Virginia Community Development Corporation, Local Initiatives Support Corporations (LISC), Rural LISC, and Support to Eliminate Poverty (STEP, Inc.).

Expected Outcomes

VACAP will invite representatives from all 32 CAAs to complete Community Economic Development: Basic Training.  In partnership with “Think Outside,” VACAP will develop a three-day pilot program, “Leadership Training in Community Development,” to prepare leaders to think strategically, anticipate change, and be a catalyst for organizational and community renewal.  Sessions will be held at the Adventure Sports Center International (ASCI) in Garrett County, Maryland.  The Association’s Virtual CAP web site will publicize project information. VACAP will collaborate with its national partners on project development and implementation.


 

FY 2010
Community Services Block Grant Training and Technical Assistance Program
 State Exemplary Practices Projects
Supported by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009

Office of Community Services
Administration for Children and Families

Central Vermont Community Action Council, Inc. (CVCAC)

Amount

$121,735

Grant Recipient

Central Vermont Community Action Council, Inc.
195 U.S. Route 302 - Berlin
Barre, VT  05641-2267
Telephone: (802) 479-1053
 

Project Director

Ms. Mary Niebling, Director, Community Economic Development

Organizational Description

Central Vermont Community Action Council, Inc. (CVCAC) serves 15,000 low-income individuals, families and seniors in 8,000 households annually in three rural counties.  Since 1965, CVCAC has built a reputation for leadership in community economic development programs that assist low-income Vermonters to achieve economic sufficiency.

Use(s) of Administration for Children and Families (ACF) Program Funds

CVCAC proposes to identify exemplary practices models in community economic development program services, specifically in the areas of (1) individual asset-building, (2) micro-enterprise development, and (3) women’s business development.  CVCAC will partner with the Center for Rural Studies, a non-profit research organization based at the University of Vermont, to share expertise in research and evaluation methodology and data analysis.  Research outcomes will address: how community economic development programs are implemented and sustained; factors that influence successful implementation or discontinuation of practices; how program success is defined and measured; and strategies programs use to meet the unique needs of diverse communities.

Expected Outcomes


Community Services Block Grant service providers will have a catalog of exemplary practice case studies to identify field-tested, research-validated community economic development activities.  CVCAC will share research findings with the Vermont CAA Network to inform current training and technical assistance efforts and to improve Statewide community economic development practices. 



FY 2010
Community Services Block Grant Training and Technical Assistance Program
National Risk Mitigation and Quality Improvement
Training and Technical Assistance (T/TA) Center


Office of Community Services
Administration for Children and Families

Community Action Partnership (CAP)

Amount
$2,100,000

Grant Recipient

Community Action Partnership
1140 Connecticut Avenue, N.W.
Suite 1210
Washington, D.C.  20036
Telephone: (202) 449-9775        
 

Project Director

Ms. Lil Dupree, Director of Training and Technical Assistance

Organizational Description

Community Action Partnership (CAP) is a nonprofit, national membership organization representing the interests of the 1,100 Community Action Agencies (CAAs) across the country that work to help low-income Americans achieve economic security.  CAP has as its mission to strengthen, promote, represent and serve its network of member agencies to assure that the issues of the poor are effectively heard and addressed.

Use(s) of Administration for Children and Families (ACF) Program Funds

The National Risk Mitigation and Quality Improvement T/TA Center is a three-year project designed to provide State CSBG Lead Agencies and CSBG-eligible entities T/TA assistance information, resources, and referrals that emphasize three major areas, including Risk Mitigation, Quality Improvement Support, and Capacity Development.  CAP will use the funds to facilitate the core functions of the Center and support the development and coordination of a comprehensive National Needs Assessment that identifies the T/TA needs of the Community Action network; a vetted Resource Bank of expert national, regional, State, and local consultants; a comprehensive Online Library of curricula, tools, guides, and other resource materials; and coordinating Workshops and Training Events.

Expected Outcomes

Outcomes expected include the creation of a National T/TA Center that includes exemplary practices and policies focused on Risk Mitigation, Quality Improvement Support, and Capacity Development; tools, guides and resources designed to enhance the ability of CSBG-eligible entities and State CSBG Lead Agencies to identify and respond to risk mitigation issues and threats to organizational sustainability; a formal T/TA request and tracking system; updated National Performance Indicators for reporting outcomes of CSBG-eligible entities; and an increase in the use of innovative, effective, and legally sound risk mitigation, quality improvement, and capacity development policies and operational procedures that support efforts to help ensure accountability and sustainability.


 

FY 2010
Community Services Block Grant Training and Technical Assistance Program
Strengthening the Capacity and Ability of CSBG-Eligible Entities to Address Legal Issues

Office of Community Services
Administration for Children and Families

Community Action Program Legal Services, Inc. (CAPLAW)

Amount
$300,000

Grant Recipient

Community Action Program Legal Services, Inc.
178 Tremont Street
Boston, MA  02111
Telephone: (617) 357-6915
 

Project Director

Ms. Anita Lichtblau, Executive Director and General Counsel

Organizational Description

Community Action Program Legal Services (CAPLAW) is a non-profit membership corporation.  Based in Boston, CAPLAW is managed by a board of directors composed of current and former Community Action Agency (CAA) executive directors from across the country.  CAPLAW’s mission is to provide legal education and assistance that enables Community Action Agencies to enhance their capacity to operate legally sound organizations.

Use(s) of Administration for Children and Families (ACF) Program Funds

During this two-year project, CAPLAW proposes to develop a coordinated training and technical assistance (T/TA) strategy that addresses the legal issues and needs faced by CSBG-eligible entities and other members of the CSBG network.  CAPLAW will provide individualized legal consultations; publish updates and analyses of legal requirements; make use of the nationwide CAA attorney network; report on exemplary legal practices; develop a web-accessible CAA Legal Issues Guidebook; and create online training modules on exemplary legal practices with model policies, toolkits and self-assessment tools. 

Expected Outcomes

The project will result in a coordinated T/TA Strategy that assures three nationwide program and management improvements for local CAAs, State CSBG offices, and national, regional and CAA associations:

  1. organizational stabilization and support for CSBG-eligible entities experiencing significant fiscal, organizational or legal challenges;
  2. capacity-building to enhance understanding of statutory and regulatory requirements and to ensure legally sound program management; and
  3. promotion of exemplary legal practices and policies for CSBG-eligible entities.


FY 2010
Community Services Block Grant Training and Technical Assistance Program
National Training for Financial Management and Administrative Governance

Office of Community Services
Administration for Children and Families

Meliora Partners, Inc.

Amount

$500,000

Grant Recipient

125 West Merle Hibbs Boulevard, #424
Marshalltown, IA  50158
Telephone: (641) 751-1022
 

Project Director

Mr. Owen Heiserman, Project Director

Organizational Description

Meliora Partners is a team of financial and management specialists that has provided nationwide training and technical assistance (T/TA) services to CSBG-eligible entities and State CSBG offices since 1999.  Meliora’s work has been partially funded through Peer-to-Peer Crisis Prevention and Aversion T/TA grants from the Office of Community Services (OCS).  Meliora also operated the National Community Action Management Academy training program for four years with OCS grants.  Formerly the National Services Division of Mid-Iowa Community Action, Inc. (MICA), Meliora was incorporated as its own nonprofit in January, 2007.

Use(s) of Administration for Children and Families (ACF) Program Funds

During this two-year project, Meliora Partners, Inc. will: (1) establish a protocol to define and rank exemplary practices and policies in financial management and in administrative governance; (2) publish rankings of exemplary practicesand policiesrecommended by CSBG-eligible entities, State CSBG Lead Agencies and State Community Action Agency Associations; (3) create and disseminate risk assessments that help CSBG-eligible entities and State CSBG Lead Agencies to identify and respond more effectively to financial and governance vulnerabilities; (4) institute uniform procedures for documenting and evaluating the effectiveness of risk assessments and exemplary practices and policies; and (5) establish mechanisms for ongoing identification, documentation, evaluation, and dissemination of effective financial management and administrative governance exemplary practices and policies.

Expected Outcomes

CSBG-eligible entities will increase their capacity to identify and resolve financial management and administrative governance risks before they cause problems.  Meliora will create tools that reduce the time State CSBG Lead Agencies require to resolve identified grantee deficiencies.  Meliora will create and disseminate tools for risk assessment and exemplary practices and policies adoption, including training in their use; and establish collaborative processes within the Community Action Agency (CAA) network to channel the flow of T/TA information throughout the network.  Products of this project will be posted to the VirtualCAP website under the categories of “Financial Management” and “Governance.”  By the eighth quarter (i.e. July through September 2012), one or more business models will be available for continuing to make these financial management and administrative governance resources available to the CAA network.


 

FY 2010
Community Services Block Grant Training and Technical Assistance Program
National Training for Financial Management and Administrative Governance

Office of Community Services
Administration for Children and Families

Community Action Program Legal Services, Inc. (CAPLAW)

 

Amount

$250,000

Grant Recipient

Community Action Program Legal Services, Inc.
178 Tremont Street
Boston, MA  02111
Telephone: (617) 357-6915        
 

Project Director

Ms. Anita Lichtblau, Executive Director and General Counsel

Organizational Description

Community Action Program Legal Services (CAPLAW) is a non-profit membership corporation.  Based in Boston, CAPLAW is managed by a board of directors composed of current and former Community Action Agency (CAA) executive directors from across the country.  CAPLAW’s mission is to provide legal education and assistance that enables Community Action Agencies to enhance their capacity to operate legally sound organizations.

Use(s) of Administration for Children and Families (ACF) Program Funds

During this two-year project, CAPLAW will create a national training and technical assistance (T/TA) strategy to help Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) recipients build their fiscal, administrative, and governance capacities in order to more effectively operate their organizations and carry out their mission to bring individuals and families from poverty to self-sufficiency.  CAPLAW’s T/TA strategy will focus on four areas: 1) organizational stabilization and support for CAAs experiencing significant fiscal or organizational challenges; 2) capacity-building to ensure ongoing high quality program management among eligible entities; 3) promotion of exemplary financial management and administrative governance practices and policies; and 4) knowledge management and sustainability guidance, activities, and resources to assist CAAs.  CAPLAW will pilot a replicable Financial Leadership Program where participants will learn how to analyze their organization's financial health from the perspective of the whole entity, rather than program-by-program, and to better match their financial resources with their mission and the needs of their community.

Expected Outcomes

CAPLAW will develop an overall strategy for providing training and technical assistance to CAAs and contribute to a resource base, developed by CSBG T/TA partners, of qualified financial and administrative experts to provide intensive technical assistance.  CAPLAW will also develop a series of training sessions on fiscal and administrative governance issues, create online training materials posted on the CAPLAW website, and provide individual consultations on these issues.  CAPLAW will work closely with other CSBG T/TA providers to coordinate activities and share resources.  The Financial Leadership pilot will lead to a replicable model of a more integrated approach to financial management and planning.



FY 2010
Community Services Block Grant Training and Technical Assistance Program
State Performance Management Clearinghouse (SPMC)

Office of Community Services
Administration for Children and Families

National Association for State Community Services Programs (NASCSP)

Amount

$1,050,000

Grant Recipient

National Association for State Community Services Programs
444 North Capitol Street, N.W.
Suite 846
Washington, D.C.  20001
Telephone: (202) 624-5866        
 

Program Director

Ms. Tabitha Beck, Acting Director of Research

Organizational Description

The National Association for State Community Services Programs (NASCSP) is the national membership association for State Administrators of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) program.  NASCSP supports the leadership role of States in preventing and reducing poverty and empowering low-income families to become self-sufficient. 

Use(s) of Administration for Children and Families (ACF) Program Funds

The State Performance Management Clearinghouse (SPMC) is a three-year project focused on the National Training and Technical Assistance (T/TA) Strategy for Promoting Exemplary Practices and Risk Mitigation established by the Office of Community Services (OCS) to strengthen accountability within the CSBG program.  The SPMC will create a central gateway and repository of information, resources, and support for States and CSBG-eligible entities to inform their decision making and strengthen accountability and performance within CSBG.  NASCSP will also conduct a comprehensive needs assessment and analysis of T/TA resources for States and CSBG-eligible entities in five areas: 1) employment-related services; 2) asset development; 3) administrative, program and financial operations; 4) community economic development; and 5) risk mitigation and assessment.  NASCSP will hire a CSBG T/TA Coordinator to work directly with States to assess their needs and create a plan that meets the requirements of the CSBG Act, State law and State plans.  A National Steering Committee will guide the SPMC and include members from OCS, State CSBG Lead Agencies, State Community Action Agency Associations, CSBG-eligible entities, the Results-Oriented Management and Accountability Peer-to-Peer Project, and other CSBG national partners.

Expected Outcomes

NASCSP will meet the T/TA needs of the CSBG Network on a nationwide basis by improving access to quality information and resources, while also creating an enhanced infrastructure to help OCS address its long-term strategy for promoting exemplary practices and risk mitigation.  The Clearinghouse will create a resource website for the five focus areas, as well as a system that allows States to ask for and receive customized T/TA services and referrals.  It will address the need for procedures that increase the organizational stability of CSBG recipients by identifying, categorizing, and tracking potential risks pertaining to the management of CSBG-eligible entities.  The Clearinghouse is expected to result in improved coordination and investments of Federal, State and local T/TA dollars.



FY 2010
Community Services Block Grant Training and Technical Assistance Program
Supplement to FY 2009 Program:
Strengthening the Capacity and Ability of CSBG Eligible Entities to Address Legal Issues
Supported by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009

Office of Community Services
Administration for Children and Families

Community Action Program Legal Services, Inc. (CAPLAW)

Amount

$219,445

Grant Recipient

Community Action Program Legal Services, Inc.
178 Tremont Street
Boston, MA  02111
Telephone: (617) 357-6915
 

Project Director

Ms. Anita Lichtblau, Executive Director and General Counsel

Organizational Description

Community Action Program Legal Services (CAPLAW) is a non-profit membership corporation.  Based in Boston.  CAPLAW is managed by a board of directors composed of current and former Community Action Agency (CAA) executive directors from across the country.  CAPLAW’s mission is to provide legal education and assistance that enables Community Action Agencies to enhance their capacity to operate legally sound organizations.

Use(s) of Administration for Children and Families (ACF) Program Funds

During this one-year supplement to their existing project, CAPLAW will provide training and technical assistance on legal and attendant financial issues faced by CAAs arising out of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 .  This award will enhance CAPLAW’s ability to: (1) serve as the lead organization in and implement the Work Plan for a CSBG policy guidance workgroup convened by the Office of Community Services (OCS); and (2) provide legal and financial resources and training to the CSBG network that is specifically targeted at strengthening CAA governance and accountability.  CAPLAW will fulfill the first objective by analyzing CSBG policy issues, providing input on those issues to OCS and the States, publicizing and providing training to the CSBG network on any resulting policy guidance issued by OCS, and providing practical tools to assist CAAs in dealing with challenging CSBG compliance issues.  CAPLAW will meet the second objective by developing and distributing a series of toolkits on governance and financial management challenges faced by CAAs, offering distance learning opportunities for CAAs on how to address some of these challenges, and providing enhanced consulting services to CAAs on financial management issues.

Expected Outcomes

Community Action Agencies will improve their ability to handle governance and financial management challenges such as: conflicts of interest; whistleblower protection; succession planning; hiring; supervising and evaluating the finance director; selecting and overseeing the auditor; and ensuring that the board understands the organization’s financial position and is able to effectively oversee the organization’s finances.  CAPLAW expects this project will result in a more consistent application of CSBG Act requirements and an increased compliance with those requirements at all levels of the CSBG network. 



FY 2010
Community Services Block Grant Training and Technical Assistance Program
Supplement to FY 2009 Program:
Data Collection, Analysis, and Dissemination for the CSBG Program
Supported by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009

Office of Community Services
Administration for Children and Families

National Association for State Community Services Programs (NASCSP)
Amount

$250,000

Grant Recipient

National Association for State Community Services Programs
444 North Capitol Street, N.W.
Suite 846
Washington, D.C.  20001
Telephone: (202) 624-5866        
 

Project Director

Ms. Tabitha Beck, Acting Director of Research

Organizational Description

The National Association for State Community Services Programs (NASCSP) is the national membership association for State Administrators of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) program.  NASCSP supports the leadership role of States in preventing and reducing poverty and empowering low-income families to become self-sufficient. 

Use(s) of Administration for Children and Families (ACF) Program Funds

During this one-year supplement to their existing project, NASCSP will (1) assess the CSBG Network’s current benefits enrollment and coordination activities; (2) assess the CSBG Network’s asset development activities; and (3) identify and disseminate exemplary practices in both benefits enrollment and asset development.

Expected Outcomes

Exemplary practices in the areas of asset development and benefits enrollment and coordination activities will be disseminated via national presentations, national webinars, and reports.  NASCSP will provide training and technical assistance to the CSBG Network so that the next several years will show a measurable increase in its asset development activities as reported through the “Economic Asset Utilization” National Performance Indicators of Results Oriented Management and Accountability (ROMA).  A foundation will be established for the assessment of benefits enrollment and coordination activities within the network.  The CSBG network will show a measurable increase in benefits enrollment and coordination activities over the next several years.


 

FY 2010
Community Services Block Grant Training and Technical Assistance Program
Supplement to FY 2009 Program:

National Training for Financial Management and Administrative Governance
 Supplement Supported by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009

Office of Community Services
Administration for Children and Families

Community Action Partnership (CAP)

Amount

$250,000

Grant Recipient

Community Action Partnership
1140 Connecticut Avenue, N.W.
Suite 1210
Washington, D.C.  20036
Telephone: (202) 449-9775        
 

Project Director

Ms. Lil Dupree, Director of Training and Technical Assistance

Organizational Description

Community Action Partnership (CAP) is a nonprofit, national membership organization representing the interests of the 1,100 Community Action Agencies (CAAs) across the country that work to help low-income Americans achieve economic security.  CAP’s mission is to strengthen, promote, represent, and serve its network of member agencies to assure that the issues of the poor are effectively heard and addressed.   

Use(s) of Administration for Children and Families (ACF) Program Funds

During this one-year supplement to their existing project, CAP will collect, develop and deliver training and technical assistance (T/TA) to Community Action Agencies (CAAs) and other CSBG-eligible entities through an interactive website providing 24-hour and 7 days a week access to case studies, curricula, interactive tool kits and video addressing exemplary practices in job creation and careers in energy efficient and environmentally beneficial fields.  The Partnership’s Annual Conferences will provide a venue to showcase the project’s products.

Expected Outcomes

At least 20 projects in job creation and careers in energy efficient and environmentally beneficial fields will be initiated through this grant.  The Partnership will examine the practices of successful projects, codify and catalogue action steps and best practices and disseminate the resulting materials and training throughout the CSBG network.  The Partnership will provide extensive training and peer assistance for CSBG-eligible entities willing to undertake or expand their job creation activities.  This proposal builds on past efforts and will leverage future Federal investment by collecting information and best practices from projects developed across agencies and funding streams, and distributing them widely for replication.

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