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How To Apply for a Strengthening Communities Grant

The Process and Timeline

The process begins each fall with required interest meetings (applicants must attend at least one).  The typical Strengthening Communities grant cycle timeline is as follows:

September: RFPs posted on the University of Memphis' Strengthening Communities website

September – November: Interest meetings (typically 3) held for potential applicants

January: Applications due at the end of the month

February and March: Proposals reviewed by University of Memphis students, a group of community and University volunteers, and the Executive Committee 

April: Grant recipients announced by the end of the April 

August: Funding distributed


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 2014 Small Grant Application will be posted in November. However, you can review the 2013 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 2014 Capacity Building Application will be posted in November. However, you can review the 2013  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.

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.  
CLICK HERE FOR FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
REGARDING FINDING A PARTNER 

Application Timeline

The application process begins with interest meetings, which will take place each fall.  Each applicant must attend at least one of these meetings, where they will receive detailed application information, have a chance to ask questions, and meet other interested applicants. 
 
All applications will be reviewed by the Strengthening Communities Grant Review Committee and awards are announced by May 1.


2014 GRANT DOCUMENTS & INFORMATION

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


2014 SMALL GRANTS

$2,500 grant for nonprofit organizations

Small Grant RFP Guidelines

Once you begin the Online Application, you will not be able to save your answers and return later. Therefore, prior to beginning the Online Application, you should complete the Application Template and gather the documents listed in the Checklist of Attachments. You may copy and paste your answers from the Application Template into the Online Application. 

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.)


2014 CAPACITY BUILDING GRANTS

$18,500 grant for UM faculty/community partnerships

Capacity Building Grant RFP Guidelines

Once you begin the Online Application, you will not be able to save your answers and return later. Therefore, prior to beginning the Online Application, you should complete the Application Template and gather the documents listed in the Checklist of Attachments. You may copy and paste your answers from the Application Template into the Online Application.

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.)


FIND A PARTNER:

FAQ


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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