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Good Neighbors Grant Program
The USC Good Neighbors Grant Program awards one-year grants to programs that focus their efforts on USC’s university-community initiatives in education, health, public safety, and economic development. Since 1995, 740 USC Good Neighbors grants totaling $18.4 million have been awarded to university-community partnerships that have a visible, positive impact on the neighborhoods surrounding USC’s University Park and Health Sciences campuses. Good Neighbors is supported by USC staff and faculty contributions with 100% going to community organizations.

Deadline
Grant proposals for the 2018-2019 cycle are due on Friday, February 9, 2018.

Please register or begin your 2018 grant application at the following Common Grant Application links:

Register as a first-time user

Log in as a returning user

Eligibility
Any full-time USC employee, group of employees, unit, department, school, recognized USC student organization 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. Grants are eligible for renewal on a competitive basis. Programs that serve the local communities surrounding the university’s University Park and Health Sciences campuses will be considered. Funding decisions are at the discretion of the Good Neighbors Grant Review Committee.

University-Community Partnerships
Each application requires a minimum of two partners (one nonprofit and one USC unit, employee or student organization) and a fiscal agent:

The community partner is a community-based, tax-exempt organization providing services within the neighborhoods surrounding the University Park and Health Sciences campuses (e.g. nonprofit community center, K-12 school, nonprofit technology center). The community partner may serve as the fiscal agent.

The USC Partner is a full-time employee of USC, group of employees, unit, department, school, recognized USC student organization, or combination thereof who is eligible to apply for a USC Good Neighbors Grant.

University-Community Initiatives
The focus of USC Good Neighbors Grants is to support collaborative efforts that address community needs in the neighborhoods surrounding the University Park and/or Health Sciences campuses. To be considered for funding, proposed programs must be directed toward meeting one or more of USC’s university-community initiatives:

  • Improve the quality of K-12 education, and the quality of life for children and their families
    • Special consideration for proposals 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)
  • Improve health outcomes, particularly in the area of obesity and diabetes, and provide specific metrics for measuring improvement (e.g. exercise and nutrition programs, educational programs)
  • Improve community safety through community policing or other initiatives
    • Special consideration for proposals that address community safety through peace building, peacemaking, dispute resolution, mediation, and similar means
  • Promote economic development, including entrepreneurial stimulation, neighborhood beautification, and employability enhancement for local residents
    • Special consideration for proposals 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.

Information Sessions
Applicants may attend an in-person overview of the funding priorities, grant application process, and eligibility requirements for the 2018-19 grant cycle:

  • Tuesday, January 9, 2018 from 3:00 – 4:30 PM in Doheny Memorial Library Room 240 (University Park Campus)
  • Wednesday, January 10, 2018 from 11:15 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. Hoffman Medical Research Center (HMR) first floor Hastings Auditorium Room 100 (Health Sciences Campus)
  • Thursday, January 11, 2018 from 10:00 – 11:30 AM in Doheny Memorial Library Room 240 (University Park Campus)

Please register for one of the grant information sessions.