Community-University Partnership Grant Program

Kids in lunch line getting food.The Community-University Partnership Grant Program (fall funding cycle) funds innovative community and academic partnerships related to food, nutrition and health. Projects supported through this program employ participatory action research, or other creative strategies for addressing community-identified problems by bringing together University and community partners. Both academic and community knowledge systems are honored in these partnerships. Partnerships seek to benefit communities by producing information that will enable a community to improve its overall health. This grant program seeks projects that clearly incorporate both community and university involvement and leadership at all stages, produce outcomes that are useful to and may lead to positive health impacts for the participating community, and that clearly incorporate rigorous evaluation. Projects that are interdisciplinary and innovative in approach, have a high potential health impact, and include utilization of new collaborations or new strategies are viewed favorably.

***Download the Fall 2020 Community-University RFP***


Fall 2020 Community-University Grant Program Timeline

• Request for LOIs/proposals released: Wednesday, September 2nd, 2020

LOI due: Wednesday, October 7th, 2020

Invitations to submit full proposals: Wednesday, October 14th, 2020

Full proposal due: Wednesday, November 18th, 2020 (Cover sheet template can be found here)

Awards announced: Friday, December 18th, 2020

Funding commences (subject to change*): Monday, January 4th, 2021

Project end date (subject to change**): Tuesday, January 4th, 2022

Final report due: Tuesday, February 15th, 2022

* Based on grantee award acceptance date
** Based on actual project start date

MOU/MOA Development Tools for Community-University Partnerships

  • The Community Impact Statement: A tool for creating healthy partnerships Provided by: Susan Gust, Community Development Consultant and Catherine Jordan, Director, Children, Youth and Families Consortium, University of Minnesota | **For consultation in using this tool and in developing your partnerhip's MOU/MOA document, feel free to email Susan Gust.
  • Grant applicants might find this tool useful to refer to when considering a list of topics or sections that could be included in an MOU (Susan Gust, Catherine Jordan)
  • More resources for developing memorradum of agreement (MOA) or memorandum of understanding (MOU) documents for community-university partnerships.
  • Sample MOU template for Community-University partnerships