Partnership Grants Program


The Center for Community Engagement offers partnership grant funding to support projects that strengthen partnerships between San Francisco Bay Area communities (including Fresno) and 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 as of 2020 are limited to Summer Explore, and a student stipend in the amount of $3500 is offered. Students from the School of Medicine, the School of Nursing, the School of Pharmacy, the School of Dentistry, and Graduate Division are eligible to apply. All grant applications will be reviewed and scored by the Service Learning Working Group, a subset of members from our CCE Council, and the full CCE Council makes funding decisions.

The Summer Explore applications are available early February and due early March every year. For questions, please contact us.

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 (excluding Fresno); 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.