An Assessment of the Strengthening Communities Fund Capacity-Building Program
An important component of the Strengthening Communities Fund (SCF) authorized under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) was to help faith-based and community organizations (FBCOs) build partnerships and collaborations with other stakeholders. This brief highlights the experiences of SCF grantees and the FBCOs that received their assistance and discusses lessons learned in promoting partnerships and collaborations in local communities. For example, partnerships need to be nurtured and promoted. Technology and social media can sometimes connect FBCOs. It is unclear, however, if the progress made in promoting partnerships under SCF can be sustained now that SCF has ended.