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State Letter #09-21

Strengthening Communities Fund: American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009: HHS-2009-ACF-OHS-SI-0091

Published: June 12, 2009
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State Letter
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american recovery act

TO: STATE REFUGEE COORDINATORS
NATIONAL VOLUNTARY AGENCIES
OTHER INTERESTED PARTIES

FROM: David H. Siegel
Acting Director
Office of Refugee Resettlement

SUBJECT: Strengthening Communities Fund
American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009
HHS-2009-ACF-OHS-SI-0091

The purpose of this letter is to inform you about a recent posting of an HHS funding opportunity that may be of interest to the refugee community and those who provide services to them.  A grant announcement is being made available through the Office of Community Services (OCS) in the Administration for Children and Families. The focus of the announcement, called the Strengthening Communities Fund (SCF), is to build the capacity of nonprofit organizations, whether secular or faith based, to address the broad economic recovery issues present in their communities, including helping low-income individuals secure and retain employment, earn higher wages, obtain better-quality jobs, and gain greater access to state and Federal benefits and tax credits, including ARRA benefits. 

Grant Programs:

SCF is made up of two separate grant programs.

  • Nonprofit Capacity Building Program:  The SCF Nonprofit Capacity Building program will make one-time awards up to $1 million to experienced lead organizations to provide nonprofit organizations -- or project partners -- with capacity building training, technical assistance, and competitive financial assistance.  A minimum of 55% of the Federal funds awarded must be provided to project partners through a competitive process.  The grant period for this award is 24 months. 
  • State, Local, and Tribal Government Capacity Building Program:  The SCF State, Local, and Tribal Government Capacity Building program will make one-time awards up to $250,000 to State, city, county, and Indian/Native American Tribal government offices (e.g., offices responsible for outreach to faith-based and community organizations or those interested in initiating such an effort), or their designees, to build the capacity of nonprofit faith-based and community organizations to better serve those in need and to increase nonprofit organizations' involvement in the economic recovery.  Grantees will use program funds to provide free capacity building services to nonprofit organizations and to build their own capacity to provide such services to nonprofits.  The grant period for this award is 24 months. 

If you have questions regarding any of the information contained in this State Letter, please contact Thom Campbell by email at: SCF@acf.hhs.gov.