Apply for a Grant


Grant proposals are due by 10:00 p.m. (PST) on Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014.

Please note that late and/or incomplete applications will not be reviewed. Applications will be reviewed as submitted.
USC Good Neighbors staff  will be available to provide assistance until 5 p.m. PST on Wednesday, February 19, 2014.


Any benefits-eligible USC employee, group of employees, unit, department, school or combination thereof is eligible to apply for a USC Good Neighbors grant. To be considered for funding, proposed programs must incorporate genuine university-community partnerships and support one or more of USC’s university-community initiatives.

University-Community Partnerships

Each year, USC Good Neighbors seeks to fund programs that involve a reciprocal partnership with at least one community-based, tax-exempt organization that operates within the USC Good Neighbors service areas.

Health Sciences Campus Neighborhood: The area bounded by North Broadway to the north, Cesar Chavez Avenue to the south, Indiana Street to the east and Daly Street/Santa Ana (5) Freeway to the west
Map HSC service area

University Park Campus Neighborhood: The area bounded by Santa Monica/10 Freeway to the north, Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard to the south, Harbor/110 Freeway to the east, Western Avenue to the west
Map UPC service area

University-Community Initiatives

Programs must be directed toward meeting one or more of USC’s university-community initiatives aimed at strengthening the neighborhoods surrounding the University Park and Health Sciences campuses.

  • Improving the quality of K-12 education, and the quality of life for children and their families, with special consideration for: Providing specific metrics to measure improvement in student achievement (e.g., increase in reading/writing/math proficiency level, improvements in test scores, application of learned concepts)
  • Improving health outcomes, particularly in the area of obesity and diabetes, and providing specific metrics for measuring improvement (e.g., weight loss, changes in behaviors, changes in perceptions)
  • Improving community safety through community policing or other initiatives, with special consideration to proposals that address community safety through peace building, peacemaking, dispute resolution, mediation and similar means
  • Promoting economic development, including entrepreneurial stimulation, neighborhood beautification and employability enhancement for local residents
  • Supporting job creation, encompassing training and small business development and including but not limited to a focus on workforce training, entrepreneurship development, accessing capital and securing job contracts

Additional Criteria

Additional criteria used for selecting grant recipients and determining awards are at the discretion of the grant review committee. Such determinations are not subject to review by any other party.

How to Apply

The USC partner in the university-community collaboration is responsible for preparing and submitting the USC Good Neighbors proposal through the Common Grant Application website.

First time applicants, please register here.

Returning applicants with an existing account, please login here.

Online Application Tutorial

(Coming soon!)

Application Information Webinar

We are offering a Webinar that will provide step-by-step instructions and the opportunity to ask questions on how to use the new online grant proposal system on Tuesday, January 21, 2014 from 12 noon to 1:00 pm.

Register for the webinar now by clicking here.

Returning applicants with an existing account, please login here.

Information Sessions

HSC: Wednesday, January 8, 2014, 10:00-11:00 am, Hastings Auditorium (HMR 100)
UPC: Thursday, January 16, 2014, 2:00 to 3:00 pm, Leavey Library Auditorium (LVL AUD)

RSVP to reserve your seat at one of these workshops by sending an email to:

USC Good Neighbors Office Hours

USC Community House, 2801 South Hoover Street, on Tuesdays from January 14 through February 11, 2014.

Please call 213-743-4514 or email to schedule an appointment.

Elements of a Successful Proposal

Successful proposals for USC Good Neighbors funding will include:

  • Clearly stated objectives and goals
  • Evidence of a genuine partnership between USC and the community
  • Evidence of community input into the planning process
  • Provisions for impact and visibility, including target population and number affected
  • An implementation plan
  • A plan for assessment of impact and evaluation of results
  • A plan for the future, including how the project will continue after USC Good Neighbors funding has expired
  • Proof that the community-based partner is a corporation in good standing with tax-exempt status
  • Evidence of use of USC Good Neighbors dollars to leverage other funding
  • Application and Budget Worksheets

Grant Review Process

The USC Good Neighbors grant review committee, composed of faculty and staff from both the University Park and Health Sciences campuses, evaluates all applications with respect to community impact, cost-effectiveness, volunteer involvement and measurable progress toward meeting one or more of USC’s university-community initiatives. As part of its evaluation process, the grant review committee may elect to interview USC partners whose proposals have advanced to the final round. 2014-15 grantees will be notified in June 2014. The grant period is one year: July 1, 2014-June 30, 2015.