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About SCI

This program establishes a national model for strengthening communities by pairing university faculty with community organizations to implement geographically-based projects. 

Community organizations in west Tennessee, eastern Arkansas, and north Mississippi are eligible. SCI supports projects that address three key goals:

  • Organizational Capacity Building: SCI supports projects that strengthen and enable the community partner organization to build its structures, systems, people, and skills so that it can achieve greater performance and impact. 

  • Geographically-based Projects: SCI supports projects that clearly identify and impact a defined geographic community; 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.

  • Engaged Scholarship & Student Involvement: SCI supports projects that demonstrate evidence of engaged scholarship and student involvement as a significant component of their project. Engaged scholarship involves faculty members and students in academic projects in a sustained manner with community groups; connects university outreach with community organizational goals; and furthers productive relationships between the university and the community.

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The Strengthening Communities grant awards are generously funded by The Community Foundation of Greater Memphis (CFGM), the United Way of the Mid-South (UWMS)and the University of Memphis Engaged Scholarship Faculty Committee. The program is administered by the School for Urban Affairs and Public Policy at the University of Memphis.

2014 Interest Meeting Dates
(2015 Grant Cycle)

Thursday, September 4, 2014
8:30 – 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

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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

Engaged Scholarship Faculty Committee

Strengthening Communities Initiative
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