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Community Conversations Research Competition

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Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance Number: 94.026
Corporation for National and Community Service
Letter of Intent (Optional): Mar 26, 2018
Application: Apr 10, 2018

The Community Conversations Research Competition provides funding for institutions of higher education that work with and in local communities to use a participatory research approach to:

  1. Actively engage residents and other local stakeholders in a research process
  2. Identify a local issue of concern to the community
  3. Understand what may facilitate or hinder participation to address the issue
  4. Create a collaborative action plan to increase civic engagement and build relationships to tackle the community-identified issue

Funding priorities include:

  • Communities that are already working collaboratively to tackle a locally identified issue
  • Communities that have experienced a natural or man-made disaster and are in a recovery phase
  • Communities that are experiencing a social crisis, such as persistent poverty, rising unemployment, or increasing opioid use

CNCS intends to award grants that have a meaningful representation of:

  • Geographic diversity
  • Rural communities
  • Community colleges and public and nonprofit institutions of higher education

The overall goal of the program is to strengthen national service efforts, which will increase positive economic, social, and health outcomes in communities.


Eligible applicants are public or other nonprofit institutions of higher education.

Geographic coverage
Amount of funding

Award ceiling: $100,000 per year
Award floor: $50,000 per year
Project period: 2 years
Estimated number of awards: 5
Estimated total program funding: $500,000

Application process

The full announcement is available through

Applicants are strongly encouraged, but not required, to submit a notification of intent to apply through the online system by March 26, 2018.

Submit applications through the CNCS eGrants portal.

Applicant conference call recording:
Replay number: 800.365.2419

Tagged as
Community and economic development · Community engagement and volunteerism · Illicit drug use · Needs assessment methods and resources · Networking and collaboration · Planning and strategy methods and resources · Poverty · Prescription drug abuse · Research methods and resources

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