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Strengthening Communities Initiative Awards 2014 Grants

Contact: Gabrielle Maxey
901-678-2843
gmaxey@memphis.edu

June 12, 2014 - The Strengthening Communities Initiative has awarded its 2014 Capacity Building and Small Grants to support community-based projects that address economic development, education, health, housing, transportation and safety issues. 

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, United Way of the Mid-South and the Learning by Giving Foundation.

Small Grants of $2,500 are awarded to nonprofit organizations for a one-time community

development project. Recipients include: Family Ties Christian Program, serving at-risk students in the Raleigh-Millington community, for the Exercise Your Brain 365Literacy Project; the Junior League of Memphis for the assessment of G.R.O.W (Giving, Readiness, Opportunity and Wellness), a program developed to improve education in Binghamton; Latino Memphis, to hire a mentor to help advise students in the Abriendo Puertas program on available technical and career center programs; and the Vollintine Evergreen Community Association, to maintain and expand an after-school program for neighborhood youth.

Capacity Building Grants of $18,000 are awarded to teams, each consisting of a nonprofit community organization and U of M faculty and students, for community-based projects. Recipients include: Le Bonheur Community Health and Well-Being for its Memphis and Shelby County Healthy Homes Partnership (HHP), with faculty partner Amy Campbell, associate professor and director of the Health Law Institute in the Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law; the Normal Station Neighborhood Association for the Madison-Eckles Family Cemetery Restoration and Participatory Community Greenspace Design project, with faculty partner Michael Chisamore, associate professor of architecture; and United Housing Inc. for the NeighborScape Demonstration Garden, with faculty partner Jenna Thompson, assistant professor of architecture.

For more information, visit www.memphis.edu/scgrants.

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