This program establishes a national model for strengthening communities by pairing
university faculty with community organizations to implement geographically-based
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
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.
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 Committee. 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
For reference, click here for the 2013 Capacity Building Grant RFP and here for the 2013 Small Grants RFP.