Recovery Feature Stories
Nonprofit Organizations: A Unique Role in our National Recovery
The nonprofit sector – comprised of health, education, civic, scientific, and charitable organizations – employs over 9 million Americans. Millions more benefit from the job training, education, and health care services these organizations provide.
Using Grants.gov to find and apply for
Recovery Act opportunities, nonprofit organizations like the ones featured here can contribute to the economic recovery in their communities and across the nation.
A grant for $310,725 from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) will allow the Squirrel Hill Health Center (SHHC) to improve its efficiency through the purchase of a mobile medical unit from a local, family-owned business. With the help of this clinic-on-wheels, doctors at SHHC will be able to reach isolated patients throughout the Pittsburgh area, including older residents living in senior housing, adults being treated for serious and persistent mental illness, and children and families who are unable to access medical care.
"The ARRA funds will help our community on multiple levels," said Susan Friedberg Kalson, Chief Executive Officer at SHHC. "First, we will be employing a local company, using American made materials to build a new vehicle. But over the long run, the mobile unit will enable SHHC to expand capacity in an efficient and cost effective manner."
Awarded through the Department of Health and Human Services, the grant to Squirrel Hill Health Center is part of over $3 billion in Recovery funding designated for the expansion, improvement, and renovation of community health centers. The Squirrel Hill Health Center, which has served Pittsburgh patients since 2006, applied for this funding using Grants.gov.
"We expect to reach hundreds of additional patients without adding space to our fixed site – and expect the majority of those new patients to be people for whom getting to the doctor’s office is an insurmountable barrier to care," Ms. Kalson added. "By bringing the doctor to them, we expect to improve the quality of lives for the most vulnerable of our neighbors, putting our resources as well as our dollars back into our own community."
A $1 million grant from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) will help Urban Strategies, Inc. foster self-sufficiency and support safe neighborhoods in New Orleans. As part of its work revitalizing the Harmony Oaks community in New Orleans, Urban Strategies will implement a capacity-building program for local nonprofits to promote economic recovery and help low-income families secure and retain jobs.
Urban Strategies is the lead partner on the human capital development efforts in transforming Harmony Oaks-formerly known as C.J. Peete public housing facility-into a vibrant mixed-income community. Currently under construction, Harmony Oaks will include high-quality mixed-income rental units, home ownership units, and an advanced Campus of Learners comprised of a K-4 charter school, a health suite, and a recreation facility.
"This grant will be used as a social investment for New Orleans residents," said Sandra M. Moore, president of Urban Strategies. "These Recovery Act funds are crucial to helping families and children as they struggle to break free from the cycle of poverty and turn the neighborhood in which they live into a thriving, socially and economically integrated new community like Harmony Oaks."
This $1 million grant was awarded through the Strengthening Communities Fund (SCF) at the Department of Health and Human Services. The SCF, created by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, has awarded a total of $46 million to 84 grantees in order to build the ability of faith-based and secular nonprofit organizations to address the broad economic recovery issues present in their communities and help low-income individuals find and keep employment, earn higher wages, and achieve self-sufficiency. The Strengthening Communities Fund was announced here on Grants.gov.
Aided by Recovery Grant, Big Brothers Big Sisters helps Colorado children reach their full potential
A $500,000 grant from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) administered by the Department of Justice will allow Big Brothers Big Sisters of Colorado to continue helping youth improve their academic performance, avoid delinquent behavior, and stay in school and on the path to graduation. With this grant, Big Brothers Big Sisters will help children reach their full potential through one-to-one volunteer mentoring relationships in Aurora, Colorado. A nonprofit organization, Big Brothers Big Sisters applied for this grant using Grants.gov.
While Big Brothers Big Sisters planned to increase youth programming in Aurora before the economic downtown, the recession originally prevented the expansion. This funding, however, allows Big Brothers Big Sisters to preserve one full-time equivalent position, create one full-time equivalent position, and continue its mission in partnership with the Aurora Public Schools, Police Department and Office of Youth Development.
This grant was awarded through the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) at the Department of Justice’s Office of Justice Programs. OJJDP has awarded more than $12 million to 26 nonprofit organizations in order to fund, expand, and improve mentoring programs that reduce juvenile delinquency, youth violence, gang participation, and school dropout rates.
"Big Brothers Big Sisters is committed to working closely with Aurora Public Schools to create lasting, positive and impactful programming," said Jeff Finnin, the Chair of the Aurora-Montbello Community Resource Board. "With support from OJJDP, Big Brothers Big Sisters will be able to make a significant difference in the lives of Aurora’s children and the city itself."
Catholic Charities of Kansas City-St. Joseph was awarded a $1 million grant from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) to continue its long tradition of educating local nonprofit leaders in Missouri. With the Recovery funds, Catholic Charities will provide an expansive training program for forty nonprofit organizations that focus on helping low-income individuals secure and retain employment, earn higher wages, obtain better-quality jobs, and meet the demands of the contemporary labor market.
Judy Thompson, Associate Director of Catholic Charities of Kansas City- St. Joseph, said that "the reach of this grant money will be multiplied forty times over through the work that each of the forty chosen organizations will be able to do in the communities of Kansas City and Northwest Missouri." Ms Thompson added that "Catholic Charities is charting a path of economic security for those seeking help. It is an extraordinary reflection of our mission at its best: helping others help themselves with dignity and respect."
This $1 million grant was awarded through the Strengthening Communities Fund (SCF) at the Department of Health and Human Services. One innovative component of the Catholic Charities’ SCF project, Concepts for Effective Services (CES), ensures that each organization that Catholic Charities trains will sponsor one young volunteer who is interested in learning about nonprofit management. This will help catalyze the next generation of nonprofit leadership.
The Strengthening Communities Fund was originally announced here on Grants.gov.