University administration, faculty, staff and students work to cultivate relationships
which link the mission to external communities, as well as broaden the university’s
role as an advocate and partner for economic and community development in Memphis
and the Mid-South region.
Read the Strategic Plan Partnership Goals.
The University participates in collaborative partnerships across Memphis and the Mid-South
region, including but not limited to:
- Community Nonprofit Organizations
- Economic Development with Business and Industry Leaders
- Government Leaders
- Health Institutions
- Memphis and Shelby County Schools
Strengthening Partners and Communities
Strengthening collaborations with area organizations and businesses accelerates economic,
health, and community development across Memphis. It also ensures for future innovation
and growth for our region.
The Strengthening Communities Initiative, managed by the School of Urban Affairs and Public Policy, is one of the best examples
of the University's commitment to these goals.
Since 2008, this grant-making collaboration with the Community Foundation of Greater
Memphis and the United Way of the Mid-South has funded neighborhood based organizations
and projects across the region. See project highlights here.
Community organizations in Crittendon, Desoto, Fayette, Lauderdale, Shelby, Tate,
Tipton and Tunica counties are eligible to apply. Faculty and student teams assist
the organizations' projects with content specific expertise. Small grants of $2,500
are available for the nonprofit organizations alone while larger $18,000 grants are
available to partnerships between the organizations and University faculty.
The characteristics of the neighborhoods represented range greatly, although all are
focused on addressing issues typical of urban redeveloping communities. Projects are
chosen by the organizations based on resident participation.
Grants are given to projects from six categories: economic development, education, health, housing, safety and transportation. All funded projects must be neighborhood based and community led.
"A fantastic model of collaboration: thinking partners who aren't echo chambers." -Margaret Heffernan