The Community Connection Grants (CCG)  are supported by the University of Arizona Foundation and the Office of the Senior Vice President for Research.

Source of funds and purpose: Funded by donors to the University of Arizona Foundation who chose to leave a legacy in the form of endowed funds to benefit the University of Arizona (UA), the CCG program consists of awards up to $10,000 made on a competitive basis for exemplary, innovative projects that connect the University to the community.

Past Awardees

Applicant Workshop

A CCG program workshop was offered on November 5, 2012 from 9:00AM - 11:00AM in the Vine Annex located at 1125 N. Vine. Please see the links below for the presentation and video recording of the presentation if you were unable to attend.  

Workshop Power Point Slides

Workshop Video Recording

Funding criteria and eligibility

Projects can be new or existing and any UA faculty or staff member, who plays a key role in the proposed UA-led project, is eligible to apply. Emphasis will be on outreach efforts that benefit the community, with "community" defined as a people with common interests, such as Tucson children, patients with a particular disorder, a specific arts interest group, or an interdisciplinary group of scholars and community members exploring a topic. 

Successful programs are expected to be:

  • exemplary and among the best the University has to offer
  • innovative, bringing forward a promising new idea or approach
  • create connections between the campus and the world beyond

Funding amount and timeline: Approximately $40,000 will be available overall. Applicants will learn the results of their proposals in late spring. Typically funding will be available from July 1st of the same year through June 30th of the following year.    

Deadline: Applications need to be submitted by 5:00 p.m. on January 11, 2013. 

Review: Applications will undergo review by combined panels of peers and community members. Top-ranked applications will subsequently be reviewied by the UA Foundation  Grants and Awards Committee. The Board of Trustees will vote on the final selections.

Chances of award and benefits of applying: Awards are highly competitive and approximately 10% of the submitted proposals are funded in a given year.  Many excellent proposals are declined simply because funds are limited. The CCG process is designed to provide a “trial run” through a private foundation grants process.  The application process provides:

  • A training workshop available to applicants
  • Tips and resources on charitable grantseeking
  • Peer and community-member review, with feedback solicited from reviewers to share with applicants
  • Possible networking opportunities with other applicants
  • An opportunity to bring campus, development team, and community members attention to your project 

Questions?  Please contact our office at 621-3512 or send an e-mail to garciac1@email.arizona.edu.