Funding Available: Community-Campus Partnership Offers Small Grants for Work in Economically Distressed Communities

The Community-Campus Partnership (CCP) seeks proposals for projects that align with local priorities in Caswell and/or Lenoir counties. Projects must build local capacity, skills, or knowledge to address current and future challenges in the areas of community and economic development, education, infrastructure, or public health; and/or improve the livability and viability of local communities.

Small grants from $500 to $20,000 are available to full-time faculty, staff, or students of UNC-Chapel Hill. The funds will support applied research, assistantships, internships, workshops, consulting, course expenses, and other costs associated with qualifying projects. An application and guidelines are available at

The Community-Campus Partnership is a campus-wide initiative to test whether multi-disciplinary teams of faculty, students, and staff from Carolina can form effective partnerships with economically distressed (Tier I) communities in North Carolina. Tier I communities face complex challenges involving public health, education, economic development, leadership capacity, and the environment, among others. In response, CCP brings together community-based organizations and teams of UNC-Chapel Hill faculty, students, and staff, to help meet these challenges in a comprehensive way. CCP provides community-based organizations with easy access to a wide range of university resources. CCP seeks to be a dynamic learning laboratory for improving communities through meaningful engagement between communities and university partners.

To learn more about funding opportunities available through CCP, visit, or contact Kendra Cotton, project director of the Community-Campus Partnership, at 919.843.7736 or

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