Faith-Based & Community Initiative
The Virginia Faith-Based & Community Initiative (FBCI) serves as the clearing house and gateway for organizations interested in collaboration with government to address community needs. The FBCI promotes partnerships between public agencies and community and faith-based groups to meet local needs.
Additionally, the FBCI provides training and technical assistance to help community-based organizations build their capacity to provide effective services and expands the state's pool of effective service providers.
The FBCI began with the passing of House Joint Resolution 289 by the Virginia General Assembly in 1999. In 2002, the General Assembly expanded the responsibilities of the Virginia Department of Social Services (VDSS) to include the facilitation of collaborations and partnerships among public agencies and faith-based and community organizations.
Virginia's Faith-Based and Community Initiative has resulted in:
Amendment of the Virginia Procurement statute to clearly state that faith-based organizations are eligible to compete for available funding
Increased involvement of faith-based and community organizations in statewide emergency response and disaster relief efforts
A number of regional conferences for local, state and federal agencies, businesses, community service providers and faith-based organizations that provided training and developed strategies to address identified community needs
Establishment of a toll-free phone line for ongoing technical assistance to these groups
For more information, call (800) 638-3839.