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Community Grant

Community Partner Grants

Drexel University’s Lindy Center for Civic Engagement is excited to announce the theme for 2016 Community Partner Mini Grant: Non-Profit Capacity Building. The Community Partner Mini Grant funding is designed to provide assistance to non-profits who seek to build sustainable, mutually beneficial partnerships with the Lindy Center.   Our goal is to provide a pathway to better align Drexel resources and supports that will enhance the work of our community partners.  The Community Partner Mini Grant award will total $5,000, which includes funding to support capacity building services in-kind (up to $2,500) AND a cash award of no more than $2,500.

To apply, click here.  

For more information about the Community Partner Mini Grant, please contact Kelly Sheard at

2015 Focus Area: Student Engagement

ArtWell: ArtWell was founded in 2000 to respond to chronic community violence in Philadelphia by introducing a preventive, educational, arts-oriented approach to reach underserved youth facing discrimination, poverty, violence, and the everyday challenges of growing up.  They have worked in James Rhoads Elementary School in West Philadelphia over the past 5 years, and received funding to implement We the Poets, a program that uses poetry and spoken word to strengthen literacy and communication skills, enhance self-awareness, and deepen understanding across cultures.

The DREAM Program: DREAM champions youth in project-based housing by providing deeply committed college student mentors, local and regional adventures, summer enrichment, support for post-secondary success, and an unwavering commitment to dreaming big. The program received funding to open a 4th DREAM site in the city, partnering a team of Drexel University undergraduates with an affordable housing site in West Philadelphia’s Mantua community.

The Enterprise Center: The Enterprise Center Community Development Corporation (TEC-CDC) requested $2,500 in funding to support a new project, Food Science for Local Startups, in partnership with the Drexel Food Science Program. Through this partnership, Drexel FoodLab students aimed to provide technical advising to 10 small businesses operating out of the TEC-CDC’s Dorrance H. Hamilton Center for Culinary Enterprises (CCE), giving students real world research and client experience, and supporting the growth and development of some of West Philadelphia’s most exciting small culinary businesses.

Klein JCC/RSVP Philadelphia: The Klein JCC is a nonprofit organization that provides social, educational, and cultural programs, to more than 35,000 seniors, children and families living in the Greater Philadelphia area. The Cook for a Friend program recruits volunteers to cook, package and deliver nutritious meals to homebound seniors throughout the city.  Klein JCC/RSVP Philadelphia received funding to allow Cook for a Friend to develop and expand our corps of student volunteers to more than I 00 people who are dedicated to fighting to eliminate food insecurity among our seniors in West Philadelphia.

2014 Focus Area: Access

2013 Focus Area: Collaboration and Community

2012 Focus Area: Summer Youth Programming