Center for Small Towns Community-Based Project Grants

The project proposal process provides an opportunity for organizations to connect with the Center for Small Towns to help plan a community-based project, hire a University of Minnesota Morris student to assist with project implementation, or request assistance with a project that requires more advanced expertise. Proposals for fall 2017, spring 2018, and summer 2018 projects are currently be accepted; the proposal deadline is July 14, 2017. 

Online application:
There are many ways in which the Center for Small Towns can assist. Some communities have a project plan developed and are simply in need of the capacity-building efforts of an undergraduate intern. Other communities know that they would like to have student assistance, but could also use CST staff assistance in finalizing the project plan. And still other communities need more advanced subject area knowledge and/or technical support provided by CST programming staff or University faculty in order to achieve project goals.
The Connecting Students and Communities program–offered jointly by the Center for Small Towns and the UMN Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships (Central and Southwest regions)–has two goals: first, to assist communities and organizations with self-identified issues and projects and second, to create opportunities for UMM undergraduate students to engage with and contribute to small communities. The Central and Southwest Partnerships fund projects that meet region and focus area criteria.
Your responses to the following prompts will help us determine how we can best assist your organization and community. If you would like to preview the application questions, click here to download (note: your responses to the first few questions will change which questions you need to answer later in the survey).  If you have any questions or to request assistance with your application, contact: Kelly Asche- (320)589-6453 or

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