Community & Friends

Community-Engaged Pathways & Partnerships Grant


Community-Engaged Pathways and Partnerships (P2):

A Grant Program for Academic Departments, Units, and Networks

Hosted by the Institute for Community & Economic Engagement &

the Office of Research and Engagement

Questions? contact Emily Janke,



The purpose of the Community-Engaged Pathways and Partnerships (P2) grant program is to support teams of faculty, staff, and community partners who seek to build the capacity of their members and structures so that community-engaged initiatives move from individual efforts to collective action and commitments. This three-year program provides funding and support for teams to bring together previously under-connected faculty, staff, and community partners, as well as programs, courses, and/or initiatives for the purpose of increasing the reach, scope, impact, and sustainability of community-engaged scholarship. We seek proposals from teams that represent and work on behalf of academic departments, units, or interdisciplinary networks. This program will support teams to listen deeply, to engage in dialogue, and to build reciprocal partnerships – each of which is necessary to plan, establish, implement, and evaluate the success of community-engaged pathways and partnerships.

Program Objectives

The objectives of P2 are to provide departments, units, and interdisciplinary networks with the time, encouragement, and resources necessary to envision and develop strategies and partnerships that deepen their collective understanding of and commitments to partnerships with communities through community-engaged scholarship. Scholarship is broadly defined to include research, creative activities, inquiry, and teaching. The program will:

  1. align community-identified priorities and strengths with the priorities and strengths of UNCG’s scholarship;
  2. leverage the inspiration, energy, and scholarship of individual faculty to expand scholarly-based projects that build communities of colleagues who support and foster one another’s community-engaged scholarship;
  3. provide resources and support to teams to engage in relationship building, strategic visioning, and professional development; and
  4. institutionalize pathways for fostering organizational and cultural practices conducive to community-engaged scholarship.

Funding and Eligibility

$16,000 possible* over three years AY.

  • Yr 1 (2017/18) $6,000
  • Yr 2 (2018/19) $6,000
  • Yr 3 (2019/20) $4,000

* Funding for Yr 2 and Yr 3 are contingent on progress towards goals in the year previous but is non-competitive.

This grant program expects to fund a new cohort each year. The first cohort will start November 30, 2017.

This funding allows teams to serve academic departments, units, and networks by leading a working group to design a visioning and planning process to identify department/unit/network strengths and priorities, as they align with (a) individual faculty members’ teaching and research/creative activity agendas, (b) student learning outcomes, and (c) community-identified priorities and strengths. Funding might be used to support various activities, including but not limited to travel to learn about other models; host guest speakers; support course development; or provide a course release for faculty.

Because this funding is aimed at threading together the work of multiple partners, funding requires the development of a team. A team generally consists of the following: a department/unit/network chair (to demonstrate commitment of department, unit or network to the initiative), two-three faculty members, and a non-profit/public sector community partner with which members of the department have already worked or would like to work. Strong applications may also include staff, students, and alumni.


For more information about this grant program, view the full RFP.

To apply, submit the application cover and signature page and supporting documents in one pdf file by email to; include Pathways and Partnerships in the subject line. The application should include:

  • Application cover and signature page
  • No more than four single spaced pages responding to the application requirements
  • A one page timeline
  • A one page budget
  • CVs for each faculty member (three pages max per)

See the 2018 Community-Engaged Pathways and Partnerships (P2) Grant Teams!