Course Development Grants:

Program in Nonprofits, Universities, Communities, and Schools

The W.K. Kellogg Foundation Building Bridges Initiative has provided the Center for Community Partnerships with a four-year grant to develop the Program in Nonprofits, Universities, Communities, and Schools (PNUCS).

The grant will allow faculty to develop new and substantially restructured undergraduate- and graduate-level courses that engage students in problem-solving activities in conjunction with nonprofit organizations located across West and Southwest Philadelphia neighborhoods.

PNUCS themes are nonprofit administration, institutional asset mapping, and youth leadership. A significant feature of PNUCS-related courses should combine theory and practice and include opportunities for faculty and students to provide technical assistance support to nonprofit agencies of varying size and character.

PNUCS has funds available for faculty members to apply for summer course development grants. Grants will be for no more than $3,000 per project. The grant can be used to provide graduate and undergraduate support, course implementation, course support, and/or summer salary (including employee benefits).

Criteria for selection include:

  1. Academic excellence
  2. Integration of research, teaching, and service
  3. Partnership with schools, community groups, service agencies, etc.
  4. Focus on Philadelphia, especially PNUCS service area that covers West and Southwest Philadelphia neighborhoods
  5. Evidence as to how the course activity will involve participation or interaction with the community as well as contribute to improving the community
  6. Evidence as to how the course activity will involve participating students in research initiatives
  7. Potential for sustainability


The proposal should include the following:

    1. Cover Letter
    2. Cover Page
    2.1 Name, title, department/school, mailing address, office phone number, and e-mail address
    2.2 Title of the proposal
    2.3 Amount requested
    3. 100-word abstract of the proposal that provides a description of how the course will engage Penn students and external groups in real-world problem solving activities
    4. A one-page biographical sketch of the applicant
    5. A two to four page mini-proposal that has specific goals and objectives
    6. Amount of the request and budget

An original and five copies of the proposal should be submitted to the Center for Community Partnerships, 133 S. 36th Street, Suite 519, Philadelphia, PA 19104-3246. The application deadline is Friday, April 2, 1999.

--Ira Harkavy, Associate Vice President and Director, Center for Community Partnerships

--Michael Reisch, Professor of Social Work

--Mark A. Barnes, Director, PNUCS

Almanac, Vol. 45, No. 20, February 16, 1999