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Supported and funded by the Center and the Clinical & Translational Science Institute of URMC, the Mini-Grants are one-time grants up to $1,000, awarded on a quarterly basis and limited to one community project each year per partnership. This competitive grant program began in February 2009 in response to faculty and staff surveys focused on addressing barriers to pursuing community health partnerships. It has provided URMC-Community Partnerships with additional funding to address concerns such as transportation, childcare, meeting space rental and refreshments, and more.

The next deadline for applications is November 8, 2019. For more information on the application process, see our Request for Applications (editable Word version). For more information, please call (585) 224-3050.

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2019 Mini-Grant Recipients

Wyatte C. Hall, May 2019 recipient, Research Assistant Professor in URMC's OBGYN department 

Exploring the Early Intervention Experiences of Parents with Deaf Infants to Inform the Ongoing Development of a Community-Based Deaf Mentors Program”

The objective of this grant is to partner with parents who have deaf infants and are participating in the Early Childhood Program (ECP) at the Rochester School for the Deaf (RSD). In collaboration with the ECP director, Karen Windhorn, the team aims to document ECP parents’ recent and ongoing experiences with the Early Hearing Detection and Intervention System (EHDI). 

Rudy Rivera, February 2019 recipient, Father Tracey Advocacy Center

“Story Lines from the Front Lines”

The objective of this project is to better understand the life experiences of people who are struggling with opioid addiction. The team will be conducting in-depth, ethnographic interviews with 15 to 25 people in order to empathetically understand the emotional and psycho-social barriers to entering rehab. They will recruit participants from among those who are in contact with in the Father Tracy Advocacy Center (FTAC) located in the El Camino neighborhood at 777 North Clinton Ave. Participants will be incentivized with a $25 gift card. The team intends to build a mutually beneficial and sustainable partnership between University of Rochester researchers, it’s students, FTAC and North Clinton Ave. residents.