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Strengthening Communities Grants

WHAT IS STRENGTHENING COMMUNITIES?

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. 

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, and the United Way of the Mid-South.

Project Topics

SCI provides funding to support the development and implementation of innovative neighborhood-based projects that address the following issues: 

  • Economic Development
  • Education
  • Health
  • Housing
  • Transportation
  • Safety

In addition, priority will be given to projects that clearly identify and impact a defined geographic area; for example a neighborhood, street, housing complex, or work site. However, projects that do not have a geographic focus but instead target a group of people who share a common interest and represent a significantly underserved population will also be considered.

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, consisting of nonprofits, community-based organizations, and/or grassroots groups and University of Memphis faculty and students, for projects that are framed by engaged scholarship.

2014 Interest Meeting Dates
(2015 Grant Cycle)

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, September 4, 2014, from 8:30 - 10:00am, in the University Center, Room 342 (Shelby Room), on the University of Memphis campus
  • Thursday, October 9, 2014, from 5:30 - 7:00pm, at the Community Foundation of Greater Memphis, 1900 Union Avenue, Memphis, Tennessee 38104 
  • Thursday, November 13, 2014, from 3:00 - 4:30pm, in the University Center, Room 340 (Memphis Room), on the University of Memphis campus

Applicants for the Capacity Building Grant needing a partner (faculty or community organization) will have new partner networking opportunities at all meetings.(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.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR A STRENGTHENING COMMUNITIES INTEREST MEETING

Parking: You can find the campus map here. Please park in the Zach Curlin Parking Garage (under ā€œpā€ for Parking Garage). Validated parking vouchers will be available at the meeting. 

Grant Cycle Timeline 

September: RFPs posted on the University of Memphis website

September ā€“ November: 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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grassroots guide postcard

 

 

The Strengthening Communities Initiative is funded by:

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2014 Interest Meeting Dates
(2015 Grant Cycle)

Thursday, September 4, 2014
8:30 ā€“ 10:00 a.m.
University Center, Room 342 (Shelby Room), on the University of Memphis campus

Thursday, October 9, 2014
5:30 - 7:00 p.m.
Community Foundation of Greater Memphis, 1900 Union Avenue, Memphis, Tennessee 38104

Thursday, November 13, 2014
3:00 - 4:30 p.m.
University Center, Room 340 (Memphis Room), on the University of Memphis campus

**Click Here to Register for a Meeting**


Online Engagement

Institute for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership (IPNL)

Strengthening Communities Initiative

School of Urban Affairs and Public Policy (SUAPP)

Community Foundation of Greater Memphis

United Way of the MidSouth

 


Strengthening Communities Initiative
121 McCord Hall
University of Memphis
Memphis, TN 38152
strengthencommunities@memphis.edu
901.678.2614

 

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