Funding for Community Members, Organizations

Community members and organizations interested in developing ideas and partnerships to address health in Minnesota communities now have access to two funding programs through CTSI's Community Engagement to Advance Research and Community Health.

These programs aim to enable communities to pursue collaboration with University of Minnesota researchers and research to actively engage with communities CTSI serves. 

Community Health Connections

Intended to identify community needs and generate ideas and opportunities to promote collaborative efforts to improve community health. Funding is available to support community organizations in collaborative processes to identify community needs, opportunities, and ideas. One-time funds up to $,2000 are available to support community groups organizing around a broad range of health concerns or questions. Download the Application to learn more.

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The 'U' is for You: Supporting Community Engagement with the UMN

Intended to foster community/university research engagement and mutual learning to address community-identified needs for capacity building in areas such as project set-up, relationship building, research ethics, and community research roles. Funding is available to support initiatives that bring community organizations, groups, and individuals together with University researchers, faculty and staff to share and discuss information about any aspect of health research among participants from the community and university.

Those who plan to develop a proposal are encouraged to contact the CEARCH team in advance to learn whether similar efforts to address the same or related topic are already underway. One application will be awarded up to $5,000 each quarter. Download the Application to learn more.

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Application deadlines

Applications for both programs are accepted on a continuous basis and are due the first of each quarter.

Review process

Applications are reviewed within 45 days of submission by the CEARCH Management Council, a group of more than 20 stakeholders from the U of M, healthcare systems, and local community organizations.