Every year, the Strengthening Communities Initiative (SCI) awards Capacity Building
and Small Grants to grow and develop community organizations, enhance student skills
and knowledge, and further the engaged scholarship goals of the faculty.
SCI provides funding to support the development and implementation of innovative neighborhood-based
projects that address the following issues:
In addition, priority points will be given to the following types of projects:
Projects that support the success of every individual from cradle to career, including
projects related to Strive, STEM, youth development, and education reform and support
Projects that address environmental or sustainability issues, including projects related
to food security, water security, and access to green space
Types of Grants
Two types of grants are awarded: Small Grants and Capacity Building Grants.
Small Grants are awarded to nonprofit organizations for a one-time community development project,
preferably to support initial work that will lead to a future Capacity Building Grant.
Capacity Building Grants are awarded to teams, each of which consists of a nonprofit community organization
and University of Memphis faculty and students, for neighborhood-based projects in
order to increase community capacity as part of the University’s Engaged Scholarship
Interest Meetings for 2014 SCI Grants
All applicants must attend at least one of the following Interest Meetings. Interest meetings will include an overview of the RFP and will give attendees a chance
to ask questions.
Thursday, October 17, 2013, from 8:30 - 10:00am, in the University Center, Room 342 (Shelby Room), on the University
of Memphis campus
Thursday, November 7, 2013, from 5:30 - 7:00pm, at the Community Foundation of Greater Memphis, 1900 Union Avenue,
Memphis, Tennessee 38104
Thursday, December 5, 2013, from 3:00 - 4:30pm, in the University Center, Room 338 (Iris Room), on the University
of Memphis campus
Applicants for the Capacity Building Grant needing a partner (faculty or community
organization) should attend either the October or November meeting, both of which will include a matchmaking opportunity at the end. (Small Grant Applicants
do not need a partner.)
If you are applying for a Capacity Building Grant and you already have a partner,
both partners (the faculty member and a representative from the community organization)
must attend at least one meeting, although not necessarily the same meeting.
Parking:You can find the campus map here. Please park in the Zach Curlin Parking Garage (under “p” for Parking Garage). Validated
parking vouchers will be available at the meeting.
Grant Cycle Timeline
October: RFPs posted on the University of Memphis website
October – December: Interest meetings (typically 3) held for potential applicants
January: Applications due at the end of the month
February and March: Proposals reviewed by University of Memphis students, a group
of community and University volunteers, and the Executive Committee
April: Grant recipients announced by the end of April
August: Funding distributed
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The Strengthening Communities Initiative is funded by:
Please check back in September 2014 for Interest Meeting dates for the next grant