Partnership Grants Program

Overview

The Center for Community Engagement offers quarterly partnership grant funding to support projects that strengthen partnerships between San Francisco Bay Area communities UCSF partners to address health and healthcare inequities. All grants are intended to fund partnership projects and programs where community-based organizations and UCSF affiliates work together.

This program represents an investment in university-community partnerships.  Grant monies will be awarded to projects that focus on promoting health parity and equity through service learning. Service learning is defined in Creating Community-Responsive Physicians: Concepts and Models for Service-Learning in Medical Education as a structured learning experience that combines community service with explicit learning objectives, preparation, and reflection (Seifer, et al., 2000). Learners engaged in service-learning are expected not only to provide direct community service but also to learn about the context in which the service is provided, the connection between the service and their academic coursework and their roles as citizens. Learners can be affiliated with UCSF or the community.

Grant Opportunities

Our current grant opportunities for the 2019 Academic Calendar include quarterly service learning grants administered through the CCE in the amount of $2500. The cycle is winter, 2019 thru winter, 2020. A call for proposals will become available for applicants the quarter prior, on the first day of instruction with one month to submit. Click here to download the application guidelines. All grant applications will be reviewed and scored by the Service Learning Working Group, a subset of members from our CCE Council.

The Winter 2019 applications cycle has ended. Awardees will be notified no later than Friday, December 14, 2018. For questions, please contact James Rouse Iniguez

Who Can Apply?

To qualify for a grant, all projects must be conducted by partnerships that include at least one eligible community organization and at least one eligible UCSF academic partner as defined below. If you do not have a community or academic partner, please be in contact with the CCE prior to submission for assistance with linkages. Please note, linkage to community partners is not guaranteed through this method.

Eligible community partners are government agencies (such as the San Francisco Department of Public Health, the San Francisco Unified School District as well as individual schools), and non-profits, having 501(c) 3 (504) or 170(c) 1 tax-exempt IRS status including:

  • Health, social service, and other community –based organizations;
  • Faith-based organizations;
  • Primary and secondary schools; and,
  • Voluntary associations, civic and citizen groups

Eligible UCSF academic partners include:

  • Faculty
  • Learners/trainees: students, residents, post docs, fellows
  • Clinical and professional staff, especially those engaged in professional development programs (Diversity Training, Leadership Forum, et al.)

Partnerships may include partners from multiple departments; inter-professional (collaboration between Schools of Dentistry, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy and the Graduate Division) projects are encouraged to apply.  Previous applicants and awardees are encouraged to apply.  Learner participation must be in conjunction with at least one faculty member.

Funding Restrictions

Funds may not be used for:

  • Capital expenditures;
  • Debt reduction;
  • Entertainment; (excluding modest meeting related expenses, such as light refreshments)
  • Indirect expenses that cannot be directly tied to the project;
  • Lobbying;
  • Projects conducted outside of the 9 Bay Area Counties; and,
  • Reimbursement solely for patient care or clinical service delivery.  These services may be reimbursed if they are a direct and necessary component of the broader project.

Informational Video

Applicants are invited to view our informational video. The video describes the grants program, our understanding of service learning, and provides basic community-engaged research (CEnR) best practices for success. This informational video is not mandatory but is strongly encouraged. Please contact CCE staff for more information, or return to our website for updates as the quarter progresses.