Faith-Based and Community Initiatives
NEW! BJA partnered with DOJ’s Center for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships to develop Faith and Communities in Action: A Resource Guide for Increasing Partnership Opportunities to Prevent Crime and Violence. The guide is designed to provide useful information to faith and community-based organizations working on building capacity, improving partnerships, and effectively applying for and managing grants.
On December 12, 2002, President George W. Bush signed Executive Order 13279 calling for equal treatment of faith-based and community groups that apply for federal funding. This order was aimed at providing faith-based and community groups with opportunities to receive federal funds without compromising their beliefs or autonomy.
As it pertains to grants, the Executive Order states that religious organizations will be treated on an equal basis with secular organizations in all grant determinations and administration. No person or organization eligible to apply under a federal grant program may be discriminated against on the basis of religion, religious name, or religious composition of its board, staff, or volunteers. Further, grant recipients will not be discriminated against because they are primarily religious, and they will not be required either to remove religious provisions in their chartering documents or to remove religious names, icons, or symbols from their buildings. In addition, the ultimate beneficiaries of programs administered by any grantee may not be subject to religious coercion or discriminated against on the basis of their religion.
Many BJA programs offer faith-based and community organizations opportunities for funding through grants, subgrants, service contracts, or technical assistance services.
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A range of technical assistance is available through BJA's National Training and Technical Assistance Center (NTTAC). Assistance is available in a variety of areas, including crime prevention, information sharing, substance abuse, and mental health. For more information, contact Elaine Snyder, BJA Technical Assistance Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit BJA's Training & Technical Assistance page.
Building Neighborhood Capacity Program (BNCP) Fact Sheet
, BJA-Sponsored, February 2014. This fact sheet highlights BNCP efforts which serve to help neighborhoods develop community capacity – the knowledge, skills, relationships, interactions and organizational resources - that enables residents, civic leaders, the public and private sectors and local organizations to create comprehensive neighborhood revitalization plans.
Diversity Series: Religions, Cultures, and Communities
, (NCJ 212664), Bureau of Justice Assistance, 2006. Explores some of the many religions and cultures with which law enforcement officials come into contact. Each video clip offers tips on working with people of different faiths and backgrounds, including suggestions for inoffensive law enforcement techniques.
Faith and Communities in Action: A Resource Guide for Increasing Partnership Opportunities to Prevent Crime and Violence
, (NCJ 241293),Bureau of Justice Assistance and the Center for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships, March 2013. This guide is designed to provide useful information to faith and community-based organizations working on building capacity, improving partnerships, and effectively applying for and managing grants.
Reentry Partnerships: A Guide for States & Faith-Based and Community Organizations
, (NCJ 224916), Bureau of Justice Assistance, 2008.
This guide presents goals and recommendations which offer strategies for States to build networks with faith-based and community organizations, simplify pathways to funding support, recognize and understand distinct organizational cultures, tailor responses to the populations who will be served by reentry services, and ensure accountability that will help sustain and improve reentry initiatives.
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