Apply for a Grant
Grant proposals were due by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 22, 2013.
Any benefits-eligible USC employee, group of employees, unit, department, school or combination thereof is eligible to apply for a USC Neighborhood Outreach 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.
Each USC Neighborhood Outreach-funded program must involve a reciprocal partnership with at least one community-based, tax-exempt organization that operates within the USC Neighborhood Outreach boundaries:
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
Health Sciences Campus Neighborhood Map
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
University Park Campus Neighborhood Map
Programs also 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 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 Neighborhood Outreach proposal through the Common Grant Application website
Online Application Tutorial
Watch a video showing step-by-step instructions on how to use the new online grant application system.
Application Information Webinar
We are offering a Webinar that will provide step-by-step instructions on how to use the new online grant proposal system on Thursday, January 17, 2013 at 12 noon to 1:00 pm
HSC: Thursday, January 10, 2013, 10:00-11:00 am, Hastings Auditorium (HMR 100)
UPC: Wednesday, January 23, 2013, 3:00 to 4:00 pm, Doheny Friends of the Library Lecture Hall (DML 240)
RSVP to save your space at one of these workshops by sending an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
USC Neighborhood Outreach Office Hours
Time and location TBA
Elements of a Successful Proposal
Successful proposals for USC Neighborhood Outreach 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 Neighborhood Outreach funding has expired
- Proof that the community-based partner is a corporation in good standing with tax-exempt status
- Evidence of use of USC Neighborhood Outreach dollars to leverage other funding
- Application and Budget Worksheets
Grant Review Process
The USC Neighborhood Outreach 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. 2013-14 grantees will be notified mid-May.