Communities Working for Health Equity Mini-Grant

Community engagement has always been one of the top priorities of the Center for Health Equity (CHE) at the University of Pittsburgh, Graduate School of Public Health. This mini-grant application addresses the Center’s commitment to help build community capacity by offering financial assistance to a small non-profit community-based organization working on a health equity or health disparity problem.  

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) says, “health equity entails special efforts to improve the health of those who have experienced social or economic disadvantage.”  They emphasize efforts that address health care and the social and economic conditions that have an impact on health.  The concept of “equity” encompasses fairness and justice; it means that all people can attain their full health potential.  

The DHHS defines a health disparity or inequity as “a particular type of health difference that is closely linked with social or economic disadvantage.  Health disparities adversely affect groups of people who have experienced greater social or economic obstacles to health based on their racial or ethnic group, religion, socioeconomic status, gender, mental health, cognitive, sensory, or physical disability, sexual orientation, geography, or other characteristics historically linked to discrimination or exclusion.”

The Following Guidelines Apply to this Mini-Grant Application

Who Should Apply  

* Only small nonprofit community‐based organizations.  For the purpose of this min-grant, those organizations with an annual operating budget of less than $250,000 may apply.  No applications from individuals will be accepted.   
* With the application, please submit a copy of Form W‐9 as proof of your organization’s nonprofit status. If your organization is in the process of obtaining nonprofit status, you can partner with another organization to serve as your fiscal agent. You must submit a signed statement of agreement between your organizations.
* Organizations cannot apply for two consecutive years of funding. For example, if an organization receives a mini‐grant in one year, it must wait the following year, and can reapply for funding in the third year.

Application Process

* Applications must address a health equity or health disparity problem in Western Pennsylvania, preferably Allegheny County.  
* Complete all required sections of the application—incomplete applications will be  returned and not considered.  
* For questions regarding the mini-grant application process, please contact Lora Ann Bray, CHE Manager at

Selection Criteria

* A committee consisting of members of the Center's Community Research Advisory Board (CRAB) and community partners will review and score each application based on:
o Extent of health equity or health disparity problem on populations experiencing the problem (provide relevant data)
o Clarity and completeness of project description, include

*statement of the problem
* objectives
* timeline
* expected outcomes
o Statement detailing proposed use of funds
o Potential impact of project to advance the cause of health equity

Funding Amount

* Two mini-grants in the amount of $500.00 each will be awarded to two small nonprofit organizations 

Important Dates

* Applications are due no later than 5pm EST on XXXX.
* Notification of awards will be made on XXXX.    
* Funds will be disbursed in XXXX.  
* All projects/initiatives must be completed by XXXX.   

Expectation of Award

* Within 4 weeks of  project completion and no later than XXXX, grantee must submit a final one-page written report that includes:
o Description of project, accomplishments, and outcomes
o How funds helped your organization

* Grantee must give a brief presentation about their project at a CHE CRAB meeting.

* By accepting the mini-grant, grantee permits CHE to use their name and grant details on the CHE web site and facebook page, in annual reports, and promotional materials without further compensation.