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Status Report on the Nonprofit Capacity Building Program

by Brenda Peluso

The full Senate Appropriations Committee met Friday and voted to accept the markup from the Subcommittee, which means that a direct appropriation of $2 million will likely be made for the funding of the Nonprofit Capacity Building Program (NCBP).  NCBP is a provision of the Serve America Act that will provide grants on a competitive basis to intermediaries, like MANP, to provide small to medium-sized nonprofits with training and technical assistance to help them better meet mission.

The Maine Association of Nonprofits has worked for years with its national partner, the National Council of Nonprofits and many other State Associations to push for a federal program dedicated to the ongoing development of the nonprofit sector.  The Nonprofit Capacity Building Program was incorporated into the Serve America Act (HR 1388) by the Baucus-Grassley Amendment and was signed into law by President Obama on April 21, 2009.

Unfortunately, the funding of  the NCBP was not included in the President’s budget and as of this writing, only $2 million of the originally authorized $5 million has been restored.

After the August Recess, sometime between all of the health care reform negotiations, we expect a floor amendment will be proposed to increase the funding for this program up to the very moderate $5 million that was authorized in the bi-partisan Serve America Act.  At that point, we may ask for your help in letting your congress people know how important training and technical assistance can be in helping you meet your mission in these times of increasing regulation, need and decreasing resources.

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