A Bush-era victory in culture wars: faith-based initiatives - CSMonitor.com: If faith-based contracting ever caught momentum, it didn't last long. Between 2003 and 2006, the number of grants awarded to faith-based organizations by five main cabinet agencies increased by 41 percent. But by 2007 the overall total of congregations that were providing social services and receiving government funding was no larger than in 1998. Most religious organizations – especially neighborhood churches who were supposed to be among those most encouraged by faith-based initiatives – have realized they lack the necessary capacity, or in some cases, the interest, to apply for grants and meet government standards.
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