November 2009 – Dare Mighty Things has been awarded the contract to serve as the National Resource Center (NRC) for President Obama’s Strengthening Communities Fund(SCF), a Recovery Act-funded initiative. SCF has two programs — the State, Local, and Tribal Government Capacity Building Program and the Nonprofit Capacity Building Program – both of which will be served by the NRC. The contract is worth $1.2 million over the next two years.
The purpose of the State, Local, and Tribal Government Capacity Building Program is to build the capacity of government offices that provide outreach to faith-based and community-based organizations, and to assist nonprofit organizations in addressing the broad economic recovery issues present in their communities. The focus of the Nonprofit Capacity Building Program is to build the capacity of funded projects’ nonprofit partners in order to address the broad economic recovery issues present in their communities. They both include 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.
DMT will provide in-person and web-based training services and products to grantees funded under the both SCF programs, and they will also provide consulting and technical services to Administration for Children and Families Office of Community Services as they implement the program.
David Van Patten, president of Dare Mighty Things, said, “This is a very important win for us, as it helps us bridge from the Bush administration to the Obama administration. We are happy to know that our work is going to be valued in the new administration.”