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Center for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships

“We know that ultimately our strength is grounded in our people -- individuals out there, striving, working, making things happen. It depends on community, a rich and generous sense of community…turning back rising inequality and expanding opportunity requires parents taking responsibility for their kids, kids taking responsibility to work hard.  It requires religious leaders who mobilize their congregations to rebuild neighborhoods block by block, requires civic organizations that can help train the unemployed, link them with businesses for the jobs of the future.  It requires companies and CEOs to set an example by providing decent wages, and salaries, and benefits for their workers, and a shot for somebody who is down on his or her luck.  We know that’s our strength -- our people, our communities, our businesses.”

President Barack Obama
December 4, 2013


Welcome to the U.S. Department of Commerce's Center for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships, one of the 13 federal agency offices under the White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships. The Center works to promote impactful partnerships between businesses and community- and faith-based organizations focused on job creation and economic growth.

The Center also aims to provide resources, information and training opportunities - offered through Commerce’s 12 bureaus - to community- and faith-based organizations. This includes community-specific data, entrepreneurship trainings, business development opportunities, access to innovation centers, technical assistance and community development grant opportunities, among other things.

The Center does not make funding decisions, which are made through procedures established by each departmental grant program, typically involving a competitive process. All applicants compete on an equal basis for department funds.

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Contact Information

Josh Dickson, Director
Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships
U.S. Department of Commerce
1401 Constitution Avenue, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20230

Office: 202-482-3928
Mobile: 202-230-0490

E-mail: JDickson[at]doc[dot]gov 
Telephone: 202-482-2770 

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