Community Partnerships Grants
Frequently Asked Questions
Who is eligible to apply?
University of Pennsylvania faculty (standing and non-standing), staff, departments, programs, and centers are eligible to apply in collaboration with community arts and civic non-profits and organizers.
What do the grants support?
- Community Partnerships Grants are intended to support collaborations between Penn faculty, staff, programs, departments, and centers, and community arts and civic non-profits and organizers—to cultivate meaningful partnerships between Penn and its surrounding communities. Projects should be community-centered, and the applicants should clearly explain what communities they plan to engage, how, and what they intend the impact to be.
- The timeline for use of grant funds can be flexible, but 2022–2023 grants cycle awards will not be disbursed until early summer 2023. Therefore, 2022–2023 grants cycle awards are intended to support activities taking place during or after summer 2023.
- Examples of previously supported projects can be reviewed on our website.
How much can I apply for?
Community Partnerships Grant applicants may request up to $15,000, a significant portion of which should go directly to the community partner(s) and/or to the communities being served. If the community partner prefers to not receive or manage grant award funds and wishes for this to be managed by their Penn partner instead, then this can be explained in the application.
What do I need to know to apply?
- The deadline to submit a Grants Inquiry Form for Sachs Program Community Partnerships Grants in the 2022–2023 grants cycle is December 2, 2022.
- A link to the full online application (via SlideRoom) will be shared by email with each submitted inquiry.
- Completed applications will be due at midnight on February 1, 2023.
- Application review meetings are required for Community Partnerships Grant applications. Meetings can be conducted online (via Zoom) or with a site visit. Appointments will be available between October 11 and December 13, 2022, with online meetings scheduled on Tuesdays from 12 noon–4pm. If Tuesday afternoons do not work for you, or if you would prefer to schedule a site visit, we will do our best to find a more suitable time for you and your community partners.
Can I submit a draft application for review?
- If you would like to submit a draft of your application for review, you may send a copy as a Microsoft Word or simple text document to Sachs Program associate Tamara Suber at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Draft applications submitted for review must be received before midnight on January 6, 2023.
- Draft applications should respond directly to the questions contained in the full online application. A link to the online application (via SlideRoom) will be sent to the email address provided with submission of the Grants Inquiry Form.
Grants Inquiry Form
You must submit a Grants Inquiry Form to receive a link to the full online application. A link to the online application (via SlideRoom) will be sent to the email address provided with submission of the Grants Inquiry Form.
The last day to submit a Grants Inquiry Form is December 2, 2022.
Eligibility and Criteria for Applications
- Applicants must seek approval by their department, program, or center, to apply for a Sachs Community Partnerships Grant. The sponsoring department, program, or center must agree to manage any grant funds awarded if an application is successful.
- Penn faculty applicants must apply in collaboration with at least one community arts or civic nonprofit organization or organizer.
- The proposed project should be community-centered, and applicants should clearly describe the communities they plan to engage, how that engagement will be realized, and what they intend the impact to be.
- A significant portion of the grant award should go directly to the community partner(s) and/or the communities being served.
- If the community partner prefers to not receive or manage grant award funds and wishes for this to be managed by their Penn partner instead, then this can be explained in the application.
- Sachs Program grants are not intended for ongoing support. Priority may be given to applicants or projects that have not been supported by The Sachs Program previously. If a project has been supported by The Sachs Program or another Penn entity previously, the applicant must make a compelling case for why there remains a need for support.
- Sachs Program funding is competitive and is not guaranteed.
- Applicants with an open Sachs Program grant may apply for support for another project, but only if they have clear plans to finish the first project before the second one begins.
- To be eligible for consideration, an application must be an appropriate fit for the category in which it’s submitted. If an application is not an appropriate fit for its category or does not align with Sachs Program priorities for grantmaking, The Sachs Program reserves the right to withdraw submitted applications.
- If you are applying for support for equipment or software or other resources that may already be available to you through the University of Pennsylvania, a strong case must be made for why these purchases are necessary for the success of your project.
- If you have any questions about the eligibility of your proposal, please contact Sachs Program associate Tamara Suber at email@example.com.
Community Partnerships Grant applications are evaluated by a group of committee members, which may include former grantees, faculty, staff, students, alumni, and community members. All deliberations will be guided by Sachs Program grantmaking priorities and criteria.
Award decisions for the 2022–2023 grants cycle will be made in April 2023.
- At least one representative from the community partner(s) and the Penn faculty applicant should participate in the initial grant application review meeting.
- A Sachs Program review of an application does not guarantee funding.
- The Sachs Program has limited resources and will therefore not be able to fund all requests.
- The Sachs Program aims to support projects that meet criteria established for each grant category and align with our priorities for grantmaking. Should a proposal or application not meet the criteria and/or not align with our priorities, Sachs Program staff may recommend that a previously submitted application is withdrawn.
- The Sachs Program supports a creative, culturally diverse, and pluralistic Penn community. We are committed to supporting individuals and groups from all races, ethnicities, gender identities, sexual orientations, religions, disabilities, and socioeconomic backgrounds.