OneStar eNews: January 2010
New Funding Opportunity for Faith-Based and Community Organizations
OneStar Foundation: Texas Center for Social Impact is pleased to launch the first of two requests for proposals (RFPs) through the Renewing Our Communities Account. Funded through House Bill 492, these RFPs are intended to encourage partnerships, reduce barriers and foster better communication among faith-based and community organizations (FBCOs), local governments and partners in the nonprofit sector.
Applications will be accepted online through the OneStar Web site until Friday, February 19, 2010, at 11:59 p.m. CST. A webinar/conference call to answer questions about the RFP will be held on Tuesday, February 2, 2010, at 10 a.m. CST. Go to http://www.telspan.com/express and enter code 156193 to access the webinar. Dial (800) 944-8766 and enter code 35642# to participate in the call.
Information such as eligibility and selection criteria can be found in the RFP through our Web site. An additional RFP focusing on local governments and FBCOs will be posted on our Web site in early February 2010.
Apply for the ROCA Advisory Committee
Leaders of Texas’ faith-based and community organizations are invited to apply for the Renewing our Communities Account (ROCA) Advisory Committee. The application deadline is Thursday, February 18, 2010.
The Advisory Committee will be comprised of representatives from faith-based and community organizations that represent Texas’ geographic, religious and cultural diversity. The committee will make recommendations to the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) Executive Commissioner regarding the powers and duties with respect to the Renewing Our Communities Account established by House Bill 492 during the 2009 legislative session.
For more information on applying to the ROCA Advisory Committee, visit the HHSC Web site.
AmeriCorps*NCCC Teams Coming to Texas
AmeriCorps*NCCC (National Civilian Community Corps) is an AmeriCorps program that brings teams of members together to respond to regional challenges and needs, such as disaster response. Members receive training on first aid, CPR, public safety, firefighting and other topics related to the projects to which they are assigned.
This spring, three AmeriCorps*NCCC teams will be coming to Texas from the AmeriCorps*NCCC campus in Denver:
- Boys & Girls Club of Brazoria County. AmeriCorps*NCCC members will work daily in local schools to support the Boys & Girls Club’s tutoring programs.
- Fuller Center. The AmeriCorps*NCCC team will be involved of all aspects of rebuilding homes, bringing several homes to their completion.
- One Mission: Galveston. The AmeriCorps*NCCC team will assist in running project sites and overseeing volunteers as houses damaged by Hurricane Ike are repaired.
Organizations can request the assistance of AmeriCorps*NCCC teams to come to their community and serve on a project. Projects are usually six to eight weeks in length. Organizations interested in requesting an AmeriCorps*NCCC team for a project should visit the Corporation for National Community Service’s AmeriCorps*NCCC Web site to learn more about the types of projects and how to begin the application process.
If you are interested in joining AmeriCorps*NCCC or you know someone who is interested, visit the Corporation for National Community Service’s AmeriCorps*NCCC Web site for more information.
The Task Force for Strengthening Nonprofit Capacity, a direct result of the passage of House Bill 492 during the 81st Legislative Session, will be hosting public hearings in Austin, Dallas and Houston this spring. The Task Force is comprised of members from state agencies, foundations, nonprofit organizations and academia and has a critical role in helping strengthen nonprofit organization’s capacity and partnering with state agencies.
These hearings enable the Task Force to hear recommendations from the public on strengthening the capacity of the nonprofit sector and improving sector partnerships with state government agencies. Representatives from Texas nonprofit organizations are welcome and encouraged to attend. Testimony provided at the hearings will be used to develop recommendations to the Texas Legislature.
- Public Hearing #1: Monday, March 15, 2010. Public Hearing Room, Brown Heatly Building, 4900 North Lamar Boulevard, Austin.
- Public Hearing #2: Monday, March 29, 2010. Community Resource Center, United Way of Greater Houston, 50 Waugh Drive, Houston.
- Public Hearing #3: Wednesday, March 31, 2010. Center for Community Cooperation, 2900 Live Oak Street. Dallas.
Kick-off of Impact Texas Initiative
This week, the first cohort of the Impact Texas Initiative kicked off in Austin. Leaders from 33 nonprofits from across Texas participated in the Management Development portion of the program. OneStar looks forward to working with these organizations through the Impact Texas Initiative, and to sharing their progress with our nonprofit sector colleagues.
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