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How To Apply for a Strengthening Communities Grant

2015 Strengthening Communities Grant Cycle


Application Process 

Step 1: Attend Interest Meeting

Applicants are REQUIRED to attend at least one of the Interest Meetings (listed below) prior to applying for a Strengthening Communities grant. Interest meeting offerings are as follows:

  • Thursday, September 4, 2014: 8:30 - 10:00am, in the University Center, Room 342 (Shelby Room), on the University of Memphis campus (Parking validation available at meeting).
  • Thursday, October 9, 2014: 5:30 - 7:00pm, at the Community Foundation of Greater Memphis, 1900 Union Avenue, Memphis, Tennessee 38104.
  • Thursday, November 13, 2014: 3:00 - 4:30pm, in the University Center, Room 340 (Memphis Room), on the University of Memphis campus (Parking validation available at meeting).

A representative from both the nonprofit community organization and the UM faculty team are required to attend at least one of the Interest Meetings listed above. All meetings will provide new partner networking opportunities for community organizations and faculty partners.

****Click Here to Register for Interest Meetings****

Step 2: Application Submission

Proposals must be submitted through our online system by noon on Friday, January 30, 2015

Funding decisions will be made by the Strengthening Communities Grant Review Committee. All applicants will be notified of the Committee’s final funding decisions via email by Thursday, April 30, 2015, and grant funds will be awarded approximately August 1, 2015.


Types of Grants

The Strengthening Communities Initiative offers two types of grants: Small Grants and Capacity Building grants. 
  • Small grants of up to $2,500 are awarded to nonprofits for a one-time community development project, preferably to support initial work that will lead to a future capacity-building grant. Click here for the 2014 Small Grant RFP and here for the budget template. The 2015 Small Grant Application will be posted in November. However, you can review the 2014 application here for reference.

  • Capacity-building grants  can be requested for up to $18,500 for an 18-month period. Community-based nonprofits must partner with a tenure-track faculty member in order to apply for these grants. Click here for the 2014 Capacity Building RFP and here for the budget template. The 2015 Capacity Building Application will be posted in November. However, you can review the 2014 application here for reference.

Finding a Partner

Each Strengthening Communities capacity building grant involves a partnership between a community nonprofit organization and a University of Memphis faculty member.
We welcome the attendance of nonprofit and faculty member teams that are already in place at our interest meetings, but we also encourage interested non-profit organization representatives and interested faculty members to attend so they may have a chance to meet other interested applicants. All meetings will provide new partner networking opportunities for community organizations and faculty partners.

The School of Urban Affairs and Public Policy and the Institute for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership will try to assist interested non-profit organizations and faculty members with finding potential teammates for their projects.  



2015 GRANT DOCUMENTS & INFORMATION

Please remember, applicants are REQUIRED to attend at least one Interest Meeting prior to applying for a grant.  


2015 SMALL GRANTS

$2,500 grant for nonprofit organizations

Small Grant RFP Guidelines

"Save and Continue" will work as long as you return to the application on the same Internet browser and computer you started the application on. Prior to beginning the Online Application, use the Application Template as a reference so that you are prepared to enter your information online and gather the documents listed in the Checklist of Attachments. 

Small Grant Application Template (Word Version)  

Checklist of Attachments for Small Grant Application

Small Grant Budget Template

Online Small Grant Application (You must attend an Interest Meeting prior to beginning the Online Application.)


2015 CAPACITY BUILDING GRANTS

$18,500 grant for UM faculty/community partnerships

Capacity Building Grant RFP Guidelines

"Save and Continue" will work as long as you return to the application on the same Internet browser and computer you started the application on. Prior to beginning the Online Application, use the Application Template as a reference so that you are prepared to enter your information online and gather the documents listed in the Checklist of Attachments. 

Capacity Building Grant Application Template (Word Version)

Checklist of Attachments for Capacity Building Grant Application

Capacity Building Grant Budget Template

Endorsement Form

Online Capacity Building Grant Application (You must attend an Interest Meeting prior to beginning the Online Application.)


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PROPOSAL TIPS:

Helpful Tips for Proposals

  • Additional information for those submitting grant applications.

Additional Web Resources 

  • Resources that will assist in the grant writing process.

University Resources 

 

 

 

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