April 16, 2009

Gillibrand Releases Guide to Help Faith-Based and Community Organizations Access Federal Grants

Meets With Clergy in Harlem to Discuss Community Development

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today unveiled a new guidebook to help faith-based and community organizations access federal grant money. Through Senator Gillibrand's guidebook, faith-based and community organizations can access critical information to help them navigate the grant application process including an overview of the grant programs, contact information, and important deadlines. By utilizing federal grants, organizations throughout New York can provide additional services to communities.

A copy of Senator Gillibrand's guidebook for faith-based and community organizations can be downloaded here http://gillibrand.senate.gov/imo/media/doc/FBCOGrantsGuide.pdf and accessed from Senator Gillibrand's Web site: http://gillibrand.senate.gov.

"In these tough economic times, we must make sure New York gets its fair share of federal dollars," Senator Gillibrand said. "By giving our faith-based and community organizations the resources they need to access federal grants, we'll strengthen our economic growth efforts, create jobs, deliver health care services to families, and increase mentoring programs for our children. These federal dollars will support critical services for our families and strengthen our communities."

Senator Gillibrand met today with Assemblyman Keith Wright and leaders of New York's faith community, including Rev. Gregory Robeson Smith, Senior Pastor of the Mother African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church in Harlem, Rev. Dr. Charles Curtis, Senior Pastor of the Mt. Olivet Baptist Church in Harlem, Rev. Dr. A.R. Bernard, Senior Pastor of the Cultural Christian Center in Brooklyn, as well as Elder Harold L. Rutherford, Presiding Elder of the African Methodist Episcopal Church in Harlem, and other New York clergy-members. Senator Gillibrand heard from the leaders about their concerns and ideas for improving life in the communities they serve. They discussed ways to work together to strengthen and revitalize communities, create jobs and create opportunity for families.

A broad range of federal grants are available to faith-based and community organizations to deliver services to families and communities, including local economic development projects, health care and HIV preventative services for low-income families, mentoring programs and child support services for New York kids, research into effective youth opportunity programs, treatment for substance abuse, and mental health services for veterans returning from combat.

The guidebook is the latest in a series to provide community organizations, state and local governments, schools and law enforcement agencies with the resources they need to access federal funding to prevent cuts to services, save and create jobs, improve education and create opportunity to improve the lives of all New Yorkers. Previously Senator Gillibrand released guidebooks to help local communities access funding for law enforcement through the COPS program and funding for economic development through the ARRA.

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