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

Community organizations in Crittendon, Desoto, Fayette, Lauderdale, Shelby, Tate, Tipton and Tunica counties are eligible.

  • Faculty & student teams assist the projects with content specific expertise.  Community organizations choose the projects based on resident participation.

  • The characteristics of the neighborhoods represented range greatly, although all are focused on addressing issues typical of urban redeveloping communities.

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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 Research Foundation (UMRF).

The Program is administered by the School for Urban Affairs and Public Policy at the University of Memphis.



Thank you for your interest in the Strengthening Communities Initiative.

We will announce dates for the 2013 Interest Meetings (for the 2014 grant cycle) in September, 2013.

For reference, click here for the 2013 Capacity Building Grant RFP and here for the 2013 Small Grants RFP.


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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


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