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. 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.
Community Partnerships Grants are now closed for the 2022–2023 grants cycle.
We are not accepting applications for Sachs Program Community Partnerships Grants at this time. The deadline to submit a completed Community Partnerships Grant application in the 2022–2023 grants cycle was February 1, 2023. Up to date information about Community Partnerships Grants will be shared in advance of the 2023–2024 grants cycle.
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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 Community Partnerships Grant applications in the 2022–2023 grants cycle will be made in April 2023.