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Welcome to the Center for Faith-Based and Community Initiative's (CFBNP) Portal to Success! This page is your one-stop webpage on resourses for nonprofit organizations interested in building capacity and/or partnering with HUD. Below you will find information on how to write competitive grant applications, the consolidation planning process, HUD funding programs, and many other useful resources to help you to better serve your community.

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 -   Do you need help in writing a grant proposal?
 -   Do you need information on HUD Competitive Funding Streams?
 -   Do you understand the Consolidated Planning Process?
 -   Government Program Guides, Handbooks, & Resources
 -   Looking for private grantmakers?
 -   Are you interested in becoming a registered nonprofit organization and/or receiving a DUNS number?
 -   Do you need to improve your organizational management?
 -   Interested in building your community?

Do you need help in writing a grant proposal?

 -   Grant Writing Training Presentation - This presentation provides a brief overview of HUD's The Art and Science of Grant Writing Training.
 -   Locate a HUD Grant Writing Training Near You - Use this page to locate a free two-day training offered by HUD's Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships in your area.
 -   Common grant applications provided by the Foundation Center
 -   Tools for grant seekers at The Grantsmanship Center
 -   Federal funding grant writing tutorial - Although this tool provided by the EPA is geared toward environmental organizations, it is widely useful for any group seeking Federal funding.
 -   How to write a Federal grant proposal - This tool is provided by the Catalogue of Federal Domestic Assistance.
 -   Developing Quality Grant Proposals - This tool is provided by the White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships.

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Do you need information on HUD Competitive Funding Streams?

 -   HUD 2008 SuperNOFA (Notice of Funding Availability)
 -   Federal Funds for Organizations That Help Those in Need - Provided by the White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, this guide offers an overview of Federal grant programs to address a wide range of human needs that may be of interest to nonprofit organizations; including housing and community development.
 -   HUD's Homelessness Programs - Use this site to learn more about HUD's targeted homelessness programs, including the Continuum of Care.
 -   Housing Opportunities for Person with HIV/AIDS (HOPWA) - This pages provides information about the HOPWA program which provides housing options for individuals living with HIV/AIDS.
 -   Supportive Housing for the Elderly - This page provides more information about the Section 202 Supportive Housing for the Elderly Program.
 -   Supportive Housing for Persons with Disabilities - This page provides more information about the Section 811 Supportive housing for Persons with Disabilities Program.
 -   Housing Counseling - This page provides information on HUD's Housing Counseling Program and how to become a HUD-Approved Housing Counseling Agency.
 -   Resident Opportunities and Self-Sufficiency (ROSS) - This page provides information on the ROSS program and how it links public housing residents with supportive services and assistance in economic self-sufficiency.
 -   Rural Housing and Economic Development (RHED) - This page provides information on the RHED program which provides for capacity-building at the state and local level for rural housing and economic development and support for innovative housing and economic development activities in rural areas.
 -   Fair Housing Initiatives Program (FHIP) - This page provides information about the FHIP program which helps victims of housing discrimination.
 -   Service Coordinators - This page provides information on the Service Coordinator Program which provides funding for employment of Service Coordinators in insured and assisted housing developments that are designed for the elderly and persons with disabilities.
 -   Self-Help Homeownership Program (SHOP) - This page provides information on the SHOP program which provides funds for organizations to purchase home sites and develop or improve the infrastructure needed to set the stage for sweat equity and volunteer-based homeownership programs for low-income families and individuals.

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Do you understand the Consolidated Planning Process?

 -   Consolidated Planning Process and HUD Block Grant Funding Training - Use this presentation to learn more about how organizations can become involved in the local consolidated planning process and how HUD block grant funding is allocated at the local level.

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Government Program Guides, Handbooks, & Resources

 -   5 Steps to Becoming a HUD-Approved Housing Counseling Agency - Use this guide to learn how your faith-based or community organization can become a HUD-Approved Housing Counseling Agency and help promote responsible lending practices and help renters and homeowners avoid predatory lending practices and foreclosure. This guide also answers frequently asked questions for nonprofits interested in housing counseling.
 -   10 Things Your Faith Community Can Do To Encourage Homeownership - Use this guide to discover what you and your community of faith can do to help more people in your neighborhood become homeowners.
 -   Unlocking Doors Initiative: Keys to Successful City Hall Partnerships - Learn about the Unlocking Doors Initiative and how cities across the country are working with faith-based and community organizations to meet affordable housing needs.
 -   HUD's Continuum of Care Training Guide - Learn about HUD's comprehensive approach to preventing and treating homelessness and how it works.
 -   Strategies for Reducing Chronic Street Homelessness - This guide provides examples of how communities are partnering to effectively engage chronic homelessness.
 -   HUD's Community Development Block Grant Guide - Learn about HUD's flexible and popular program for building communities.
 -   Guidance to Faith-Based and Community Organizations on Partnering with the Federal Government - This guide, provided by the White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, provides information on the Federal grants process, the do’s and dont’s of partnering with the Federal Government, and information on Equal Treatment Regulations.
 -   Faith-Based Organizations and Their Local Workforce Development System - From the Department of Labor's Center for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships, this very useful toolkit helps faith-based organizations understand how they can join forces with their local workforce development system in helping people find good jobs.
 -   Community-Based Organizations and Their Local Workforce Development System - From the Department of Labor's Center for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships, this very useful toolkit helps community-based organizations understand how they can join forces with their local workforce development system in helping people find good jobs.
 -   The Charitable Choice Handbook for Ministry Leaders - Written by Amy Sherman, Hudson Institute, this manual helps faith-based organizations understand the Charitable Choice provision that exists in several Federal programs.
 -   Mentoring Ex-Prisoners: A Guide for Prisoner Reentry Programs - This guide is provided by the U.S. Department of Labor.

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Looking for private grantmakers?

 -   Grantmakers Locator provided by the Foundation Center
 -   Community Foundation Locator provided by Council on Foundations

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Are you interested in becoming a registered nonprofit organization and/or receiving a DUNS number?

 -   How to become a nonprofit 501(c)3 provided by the IRS
 -   Get Ready, Get Set - A guide on starting a nonprofit organization from the Center for Nonprofit Management.
 -   Getting a DUNS Number - This page, provided by the White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, offers information on how to obtain a DUNS number.

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Do you need to improve your organizational management?

Board Management

 -   Board Café - This page provides tips and tools on nonprofit board management from CompassPoint Nonprofit Services.
 -   BoardSource - This page provides tips and tools on nonprofit board management from the National Center for Nonprofit boards.

Strategic Planning

 -   The Center for Effective Philanthropy - Articles, publications, and tools to help bring strategic thinking to philanthropy and nonprofit activities.

Organizational Assessment

 -   Organizational Self-Assessment Tool - From the Peter F. Drucker Foundation

General Resources

 -   Nonprofit management resources - From the Peter F. Drucker Foundation
 -   Nonprofit management resources - From The Nonprofit Genie
 -   Successful Strategies for Recruiting, Training, and Utilizing Volunteers - This guide is provided by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
 -   Maximizing Program Services Through Private Sector Partnerships and Relationships - This guide is provided by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

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Interested in building your community?

 -   Economic Development Reference Guide - From the International Economic Development Council, this is a good source for tools and resources related to a range of urban economic development issues.
 -   Neighbor Works - This organization is a national nonprofit created by Congress to provide financial support, technical assistance, and training for community-based revitalization efforts. The site offers great resources on program strategizing, community development publications, and training certification.
 -   Publications & Video catalogue - From NeighborWorks® America, this contains a range of helpful resources pertaining to the full range of neighborhood and community economic development issues.
 -   Asset Based Community Development Institute - From the leaders in asset-based thought and development at Northwestern University
 
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