Community Partnerships Grants
Who is eligible to apply?
University of Pennsylvania Departments, Programs, and Centers may apply in collaboration with community groups, organizations, or organizers whose work is driven by artistic or civic engagement.
What is the timeline for this grant opportunity?
Interested individuals must meet with Sachs Program staff online (Zoom) prior to applying. We strongly encourage representatives from Penn and from the collaborating community partners to participate (and to be involved in the planning of the project). To schedule a meeting, please complete the form below no later than December 8, 2021. Applications will be due on February 4, 2022. Applicants will be granted access to the application link after scheduling a meeting with the Sachs Program staff.
What do the grants support?
Community Partnerships Grants are intended to support collaborations between Penn programs, departments and centers, and community arts and civic organizations: to cultivate meaningful partnerships between Penn and its surrounding communities and to encourage non-hierarchical artistic and intellectual exchange. The timeline for using the grant funds can be flexible, based on the needs of the applying partners.
How much can you apply for?
Applicants may request up to $15,000, a portion of which must go directly to the community partner(s).
To apply for a Community Partnership Grant, start by submitting your contact information and a brief description of your idea(s):
Sachs Program staff will follow up by email to schedule a meeting to discuss your interest in applying. Applicants will be granted access to the application link after scheduling a meeting with the Sachs Program staff. Applications will be due February 4, 2022.
The Sachs Program is happy to review and provide feedback on drafts submitted by January 3, 2022.
Applications for Community Partnership Grants 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 the Sachs Program’s priorities and criteria.
Decisions will be made in April 2022.
Sachs Program staff will do their best to meet with all individuals and groups interested in submitting an application.
The Sachs Program has limited resources and will therefore not be able to fund all requests.
Matching funding is strongly encouraged for project-based proposals, when possible, but is not required.
The Sachs Program aims to support projects that meet the criteria and which best 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 an applicant withdraws from the pool.
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.