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 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($2,500) 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($18,500) 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.