Community Health Connections Grant
Identify community needs and generate opportunities to improve community health with support from our grant program.
Intended to help identify community needs and generate ideas, build partnerships, and create opportunities to promote community-driven, collaborative efforts to improve community health. The aim of this award is to build or sustain relationships between a community and the University or across communities on community-driven topics.
Who can apply
- Minnesota-based community organizations, such as non-profits, local public health, community clinics, neighborhood associations, tribal governments..
- University of Minnesota researchers partnering with community organizations, or seeking community partners (Assistant, Associate or Full Professor, Post-Doctoral Associate/Fellow, or a PhD Research Associate from any campus)
We can help identify potential project partners, and funds can be used to support initial meetings with them.
Other eligibility criteria
- Funding is not designed to support delivery of ongoing program services.
- A university and/or community partner can only be principal investigator (PI) on one CEARCH application at a time or one awarded during a given grant period.
- Prospective applicants cannot apply for more than one CEARCH grant at once for the same research activities on a given project. Instead, CEARCH welcomes applicants to apply for multiple grants sequentially to build upon a research agenda or project.
- Funding cannot be used to directly support graduate student thesis research per se, although graduate students are often major participants in projects receiving support.
Funds support activities related to planning for community-directed research or examining health issues and goals of interest to the community. For example:
- Presentations and discussions about health research on topics of interest to the community.
- Developing research or evaluation agendas for community health.
- Fostering relationships between community and University researchers.
Funds may not be used to support ongoing service or program delivery.
Past projects have included:
- Community meetings and engagement to determine priorities for a health impact assessment.
- Collecting and sharing environmental health data in a community newspaper.
- Gathering community input on housing needs for families experiencing domestic violence.
Process and expectations
You can apply at any time.
Applications are reviewed and awarded on a quarterly basis. To ensure your application is considered at the next quarterly review, apply by 11:59 pm on:
- Spring quarter: Thursday, April 29, 2021
- Summer quarter: Thursday, Jul 29, 2021
- Fall quarter: Thursday, Oct 28, 2021
- Winter quarter: Thursday, Jan 27, 2022
Review and notification process
Proposals will be reviewed by a committee of the Community Engagement to Advance Research and Community Health (CEARCH) Management Council, a group of more than 20 stakeholders from the U of M, healthcare systems, and local community organizations.
Preference will be given to proposals demonstrating meaningful community involvement in planning. It is anticipated that one application will be funded each quarter.
Applicants will be notified of funding decisions within 45 days of the quarterly submission deadlines.
Award recipients are expected to submit a project report upon completing their projects describing:
- Project activities
- Feedback from participants
- Next steps
A final report form will be sent to project leads at the end of the project's funding period.
The CEARCH Management Council will use this information to determine and report on how well these awards help to meet community identified needs and foster University engagement with communities.
Yue Wu, MM, Music Therapist, MacPhail Center for Music
Project title: Co-design Tele-music Therapy Services with Stakeholders and University Researchers
Lori Endsley, Center for Orphan Drug Research, University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy
Project title: Rare Disease Day Patient Advocacy Group Breakfast & Networking Session
Community Partner: Chloe's Fight Rare Disease Foundation
Joseph Gaugler, Minnesota Brain Aging Research Consortium (M-BARC), University of Minnesota School of Public Health
Project title: Dementia Healthcare Advisory Board
Community Partner: Minnesota Brain Aging Research Consortium
Tetyana Shippee, Division of Health Policy and Management, University of Minnesota
Community Partner: Sabathani Community Center; NE Seniors for Better Living; Merrick Community Services Senior Group; Minnesota Leadership Council on Aging
James Verhoye, Minesota Department of Corrections (MCF-Shakopee)
Project title: Increasing the literacy of women incarcerated at the Minnesota Correctional Facility-Shakopee (MCF-Shakopee) through a targeted and collaborative educational approach
Community Partner: Minnesota Department of Health
UMN Partner: Rebecca Schlafer, Department of Pediatrics
Cynthia Fashaw, National Alliance on Mental Illness Minnesota (NAMI MN) Multicultural Young Adult
Project title: Destigmatizing mental health in cultural communities: Providing information and education to support mental wellness and increase help-seeking and accessing of mental health services
Purpose: To identify community needs and generate ideas and opportunities to promote collaborative efforts to improve community health
Community Partner: Comunidades Latinas Unidas en Servico (CLUES)
UMN Partners: Asian Student Union (ASU), Asian American Organizing Project (AAOP)
Requesting a University of Minnesota partner from the School of Public Health
Sara Wahl, Southwest Crisis Center (SWCC)
Project title: Assessing the housing needs of individuals and families in southwest Minnesota experiencing domestic and sexual violence and involving stakeholders in directed conversations and listening sessions related to housing needs and potential areas of collaboration
Community Partners: Southwest Minnesota Housing Partnership, Continuum of Care
Requesting a University of Minnesota partner to collaborate on research methodologies and evaluation
Patricia Ohmans, Frogtown Green/Health Advocates
Project title: Analysis and community-based dissemination of Frogtown area environmental health data
Partners: Frogtown District Planning Council, Greening Frogtown, neighborhood newspaper, St. Paul Parks Department, NeighborWorks Home Partners, and Hmongtown Marketplace
With additional University of Minnesota resources from: Humphrey Center for Public Affairs, Fernando Burga, Assistant Professor, and Center for Urban and Regional Affairs (CURA)
Kamala Puram, AshaUSA
Project title: AshaUSA Health Day: Promoting healthy behaviors in South Asian communities
Partners: Project SAHAT – Minnesota South Asian Health Assessment Tool Report, conducted jointly with CAREI, CURA, and SEWA-AIFW
With additional University of Minnesota resources from: Center for Applied Research and Educational Improvement (CAREI), and Center for Urban and Regional Affairs (CURA)
Darius Gray, ReConnect Rondo organizing director
Melvin Giles, Kim Club, and Lilli Post Johnson
Project title: Rondo Land Bridge HIA
Partners: Saint Paul-Ramsey County Public Health, and Minnesota Department of Health
With additional University of Minnesota resources from: Humphrey Center for Public Affairs, Fernando Burga, Assistant Professor, and David Wilsey, Director, MDP Program
Fartun Weli, Isuroon executive director
Project title: Cervical cancer education and screening in the Somali community
Partners: Program in Health Disparities Research and Midwest Consortium for Drug Discovery and Development
With additional University of Minnesota resources from: Ever Mkonyi, graduate student, and the Medical School's Program in Health Disparities Research