Grant: $250,000 - Department of Health and Human Services - Sep. 30, 2009
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Award Description: Build and sustain the capacities of neighborhood and faith-based nonprofit organizations in the most distressed urban communities across Connecticut to help low- and moderate-income (LMI) individuals claim millions of Federal dollars in income supports and tax credits for which they are eligible, increased by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA),and access to better paying jobs, especially in health care. CC will train and coach nonprofit organizations through a four-pronged program: 1) distance-learning website called FaithWorks E-Learning Website, which will provide self-paced educational materials counselor assisted eligibility and screening tool); 2) FaithWorks Institute, a 7-day intensive combined with ongoing one-on-one coaching, geared to building and integrating sustainable skills; 3) customized technical assistance for organizations based on a pre assessment of capacity building needs; and 4) two conferences offering trainings in the five capacity building areas as well as facilitating collaboration with nonprofit, government, and private-sector partners to sustain outreach by attracting new funding. Results or Benefits Expected CC?s FaithWorks program will educate these small faith-based and community organizations (many with budgets under $500,000) about existing job development and economic recovery strategies, provide them with opportunities to build collaborative relationships with the larger organizations in the state, and help them improve their capacity to be sustainable organizations. Specific objectives to be achieved are: Build the capability of the Conference of Churches to enhance their leadership of Connecticut?s faith based and neighborhood organizations: 1) By developing an E-Learning Website which also provides linkages to other valuable resources. 2) Improving marketing materials Build the capability of Connecticut?s faith based and neighborhood organizations in 4 ways: 1) Provide technical assistance and tailored training in strategic leadership and capacity building to 30 Project Partners (that is, selected faith-based and neighborhood organizations) so that they can more effectively participate in the economic recovery of Connecticut; 2) Provide more in depth classroom leadership and capacity building training through the FaithWorks Institute (All Project Partners expected to participate); 3) Provide all Project Partners training on 2-1-1 Navigator, a web based benefit screening tool developed by United Way of Connecticut; 4) Align priorities of faith-based and neighborhood organizations with those of the larger community through two training and networking conferences during the grant period (Total of 240 attendees; Project Partners to attend the conferences). Measurable Outcomes/Results FaithWorks E-Learning Website will become a viable source for improving the capability of faith-based and neighborhood organizations as evidenced by 250 nonprofits in the state using the on line educational capability by the end of the grant period 30 Project Partners will achieve measurable outcomes: 1) More engaged in collaborative job development initiatives, with a better understanding of Connecticut?s economic development strategy; 2) Able to access information about government benefits; 3) Knowledgeable about current and emerging job and career opportunities in the health care sector; 4) Able to increase their referrals to appropriate resources for income assistance and job related programs; 5) More self sufficient and effective through achieving sustainable improvements in at least 3 of the mandated 5 organizational capacities (organizational development, program development, collaboration and community engagement, leadership development, and evaluation); 6) Better equipped to provide to their clients in a culturally competent manner access to State and Federal benefits and tax credits; access to job skills.
Project Description: In the planning stages
Jobs Summary: In Planning Stages - Volunteer Coordinator being hired to recruit, select, and train volunteers as technical assistant coaches for the project. This is a full time position. Also the Conference will hire a management consultant responsible for aligning the pre and post assessment tools with the goals and objectives of the project and performing the overall program evaluation. (Total jobs reported: 1)
Project Status: Not Started
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