Contact: Gabrielle Maxey
June 12, 2014 - The Strengthening Communities Initiative has awarded its 2014 Capacity
Building and Small Grants to support community-based projects that address economic
development, education, health, housing, transportation and safety issues.
Strengthening Communities is an initiative of the School of Urban Affairs and Public Policy and the Institute for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership at the University of Memphis, the Community Foundation of Greater Memphis, United Way of the Mid-South and the Learning by Giving Foundation.
Small Grants of $2,500 are awarded to nonprofit organizations for a one-time community
development project. Recipients include: Family Ties Christian Program, serving at-risk students in the Raleigh-Millington community, for the Exercise Your
Brain 365Literacy Project; the Junior League of Memphis for the assessment of G.R.O.W (Giving, Readiness, Opportunity and Wellness), a program
developed to improve education in Binghamton; Latino Memphis, to hire a mentor to help advise students in the Abriendo Puertas program on available
technical and career center programs; and the Vollintine Evergreen Community Association, to maintain and expand an after-school program for neighborhood youth.
Capacity Building Grants of $18,000 are awarded to teams, each consisting of a nonprofit
community organization and U of M faculty and students, for community-based projects. Recipients
include: Le Bonheur Community Health and Well-Being for its Memphis and Shelby County Healthy Homes Partnership (HHP), with faculty partner
Amy Campbell, associate professor and director of the Health Law Institute in the
Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law; the Normal Station Neighborhood Association for the Madison-Eckles Family Cemetery Restoration and Participatory Community Greenspace
Design project, with faculty partner Michael Chisamore, associate professor of architecture;
and United Housing Inc. for the NeighborScape Demonstration Garden, with faculty partner Jenna Thompson,
assistant professor of architecture.
For more information, visit www.memphis.edu/scgrants.