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Engage San Francisco
Community Engagement Grants Program

Request for Proposals

Deadline Monday, June 30, 2014


Faculty, staff, students and community partners are invited to apply for Engage San Francisco Community Engagement grants for up to $4000. This is a team application process, as one of the primary criteria is responding to a community-identified need. There must be at least one one USF-affiliated applicant and one applicant from an organization providing services to Western Addition residents.  

For more details on Engage San Francisco, please visit the webpage.

Students doing research must have a faculty advisor in addition to a community partner. We will make every effort to have grants awarded to a variety of schools and colleges at USF (School of Education, School of Law, School of Management; School of Nursing and Health Professions, and College of Arts and Sciences).

Applications will be evaluated according to the following criteria:

  • Well-defined project or research product that responds to a community-identified need. For research projects, we have a strong preference for community-based research/ participatory action research.
  • Incorporation of the values of Engage San Francisco, which are based in best practices for community-campus partnerships. (See the drop down menu on this page for details.) 
  • Alignment with Strategies and Outcomes of Engage San Francisco. (See the drop down menu on this page for details.) 
  • Applicant team’s prior community engagement experience (we have a strong preference for experience working with the Western Addition).
  • Quality and clarity of the project description.
  • Viability of timeline and plan for sustainability. (How will this program or project continue to have impact beyond this year?)
  • Detailed activities undertaken to support proposal. Reasonably detailed budget.
  • Support from a community partner who serves Western Addition residents. We request that community partners send an email or letter to the Engage San Francisco Initiative ( indicating how the research or project will meet their needs if they are not the primary applicant.
  • If you would like a copy of the grant application questions in Word, so you can write your answers and then cut and paste, click here.



Improving Health and Safety in the School Environment- School of Nursing and Health Professions

The McCarthy Center supported revision and expansion of the Fall 2013 service-learning course “Improving Health and Safety in the School Environment” with a grant to promote the creation of partnerships with schools serving Western Addition youth, increase community capacity with regard to health and wellness, and build USF students' skills and applied nursing knowledge.  This course provides the opportunity to prepare nursing students for an active role in assessment of real and potential risks for illness or injury in a multi-cultural primary school setting. The course is designed to develop skills needed to partner with school administrators, teachers, and families to assess needs and implement health promotion activities that are mutually determined and aimed at supporting the physical and psychosocial health of elementary school students.

Community-Based Research project- School of Education

An Associate Professor in USF’s School of Education received support for her ongoing study of dual immersion and multi-lingual programs. The study hopes to illuminate some of the complex issues that surface when communities of different socio-economic, linguistic and racial backgrounds come together to occupy the same educational spaces. Specifically, the ways that race, power, and privilege intersect in the placement of youth within either a dual immersion school or bilingual program in a multi-ethnic Northern California city.  Her methodology utilized best practices of Community-based Participatory Research.

Human Services Network (HSN) Human Service Provider Survey and Report- Arts and Sciences

The McCarthy Center partnered with HSN to design, administer, and analyze a survey of San Francisco's nonprofit health and human service organizations. The research was designed to update a 2001 study of the sector. To make informed decisions of how best to meet clients' diverse needs, policy makers needed a comprehensive picture of both the breadth of services provided by nonprofits, and the true nature, costs, challenges, and contributions of those organizations. The study quantifies information on client demographics, cumulative budgets, sources and amount of outside funds leveraged by nonprofits, office space owned and rented, jobs created, employee benefits offered and more. The results permitted us to conduct an analysis of the sector's critical issues, challenges and needs. This information is a vital tool for education and advocacy on issues that affect the quality and effectiveness of services for City residents.



Proposal Title  
Name of Lead Applicant  
Name of Co-Applicant  
Name Co-Applicant  
USF Program Assistant (if relevant)  
USF Contact CWID  


APPLICATION QUESTIONS (note there isn't a word count limit, but we suggest no more than about 250 words per box):

1) What community-identified need will you address with this community engagement grant?


2) What is your timeline for this project?

3) What activities will you undertake and how do they link with Engage San Francisco strategies and outcomes?

4) What is your prior community engagement experience?

5) What is your plan for continuing these activities in the future? What is your plan for your next phase of this project? What is your estimated date of completion?

6) Describe how the co-applicants know each other (if applicable, how have you worked together in the past) and how you will handle communication and clarification of expectations for this project.

Note: All grant recipients will be asked to submit a report describing their project outcomes.

Please submit letter(s) of support from community partners and a budget outlining how you will use the grant funds to Budget should outline anticipated costs (stipends, supplies, marketing, travel, etc.) and any in-kind contributions or other sources of income that will inform the sustainability of the project. Payments in the form of stipends, student salaries, etc. are subject to the restrictions of USF Business and Finance policies and procedures.