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CHER Chicago 2019- 2020 Community Dissemination & Discussion Seed Grant

Announcement for the 2019- 2020 Community Dissemination & Discussion Seed Grant

The Center for Health Equity Research Chicago (CHER Chicago), based at the University of Illinois Cancer Center and the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health, and in collaboration with The University of Chicago, invites proposal submissions for the 2019-2020 CHER Chicago Community Dissemination & Discussion Seed Grant.

A total of $25,000 is available to fund the Seed Grants, with 2-3 grants awarded per year to Chicago-based community organizations meeting eligibility requirements. Grants will range between $5,000 and $10,000. Grants must be utilized between the time of grant initiation and June 30, 2020.

Structural violence is a term that describes the multiple characteristics of social, economic and political systems that expose vulnerable communities to physical, socioeconomic, behavioral, or psychosocial risks leading to increased morbidity and mortality.

The objectives of this grant are to:

    • build community awareness around structural violence,
    • identify how your community is affected by structural violence,
    • develop creative community-based solutions to inform the elimination of structural violence.

Full RFP Information (includes budget and other necessary forms required for submission).

Eligible applicants should:

  • Be a 501 (c)(3) organization, including community and faith-based organizations, advocacy groups, coalitions, neighborhood associations, or service providers
  • Be located in the city of Chicagoland

Priority will be given to but not limited to organizations/applicants who:

  • Serve the Westside of Chicago | Serve communities, or those who reside in those communities, identified in the West Side United initiative (https://westsideunited.org/): Austin, East Garfield Park, Humboldt Park, Lower West Side, Near West Side, North Lawndale, South Lawndale, West Garfield Park, and West Town
  • Align with Healthy Chicago 2.0 | The project should align with strategic priorities of Healthy Chicago 2.0, which is the Chicago Department of Public Health’s blueprint for reducing health inequities and improving health of Chicagoans (see here, page 2).
  • Impact underserved communities | While structural violence is cross-cutting through lives of community members, per the guidance of the CHER Chicago Advisory Board and community partners, we will give preference for topics addressing the following: Undocumented and deportable communities, First Nations peoples, the LGBTQIA* communities, those suffering from opioid addictions, those directly impacted by homicide/ gun violence, and disabled communities. Please ensure to address what structural violence means for your community.

Completed applications must be submitted by Thursday, March 7, 2018 at 11:59PM CDT. Questions? Contact Dr. Wendy Bostwick at wbostw1@uic.edu, CC: cherchicago@uic.edu 

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