CRP Research Grant & Mini Grant Program

Center for Rural Pennsylvania

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Grant amount: Up to US $15,000

Next deadline: Aug 26, 2019 (Full proposal)

Later deadlines: Apr 22, 2020 (Letter of inquiry)

Applicant type: College / University Faculty

Funding uses: Research

Location of project: Pennsylvania

Location of residency: Counties in Pennsylvania: Allegheny County, Berks County, Butler County, Cambria County, Centre County Expand all

University restriction: Pennsylvania State University Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania California University of Pennsylvania Cheyney University of Pennsylvania Clarion University East Stroudsburg State University Edinboro University of Pennsylvania Indiana University of Pennsylvania Kutztown University of Pennsylvania Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania Mansfield University of Pennsylvania Millersville University of Pennsylvania Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania Slippery Rock University West Chester University of Pennsylvania University of Pittsburgh University of Pittsburgh at Bradford University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown

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Overview:

Mission Statement

The Center for Rural Pennsylvania is a bipartisan, bicameral legislative agency that serves as a resource for rural policy within the Pennsylvania General Assembly.

The Center works with the legislature, educators, state and federal executive branch agencies, and national, statewide, regional and local organizations to maximize resources and strategies that can better serve Pennsylvania's nearly 3.5 million rural residents.

The Center promotes and sustains the vitality of Pennsylvania's rural and small communities by:

  • Sponsoring research projects to identify policy options for legislative and executive branch consideration and action;
  • Collecting data on trends and conditions to understand the diversity of rural Pennsylvania;
  • Publishing information and research results to inform and educate audiences about the diverse people and communities of rural Pennsylvania; and
  • Participating in local, state and national forums on rural issues to present and learn from best practices.

Request for Proposals

The Center for Rural Pennsylvania is a bipartisan, bicameral legislative agency that serves as a resource for rural policy research within the Pennsylvania General Assembly. The Center’s mission is to promote and sustain the vitality of the state’s rural and small communities by:

  • Administering grants to conduct research on matters relating to rural conditions;
  • Maintaining and disseminating a broad base of information on rural trends and conditions;
  • Publishing research and project results; and
  • Sponsoring regional and statewide forums on rural issues.

As part of the Center’s yearly Research Grant Program, the Board of Directors approves topics for research projects. All projects must show a clear relationship to one or more of the Center’s mandated research areas, which are:

  • Rural people and communities;
  • Economic development;
  • Local government finance and administration;
  • Community services;
  • Natural resources and the environment;
  • Rural values and social change;
  • Educational outreach;
  • Agriculture; and
  • Health and welfare concerns.

Research Grant Program

One-year grants are awarded to conduct applied policy research or to identify local strategies that can result in legislative or program policy considerations or recommendations. For the 2020 grant cycle, the maximum allowable grant award is $50,000 per project.

Targeted Topics

This year the Board of Directors has approved 10 targeted topics. The list of topics is below. See the full RFP for complete details on each topic. 

  • Coroner/Medical Examiner Services in Pennsylvania 
  • Examination of the Substance Abuse Treatment Workforce in Rural Pennsylvania
  • Small Town Police Chiefs
  • Analysis of Municipal Land Use Planning Tools in Rural and Urban Pennsylvania
  • Access to Mental Health Care in Rural Pennsylvania
  • An Aging Population: Participants in Today’s Rural Economy
  • Access to Maternity and Obstetric Services in Rural Pennsylvania
  • Rural Youth Survey
  • Case Study of Arts-Based Economic Development in Rural Communities
  • Assessment of Food Animal Veterinary Medicine Services in Pennsylvania

Open Topics

Other reasonable and beneficial projects that address one or more of the Center’s mandated research areas (see above) will be considered by the Center under the Open Topics category.

In addition to the targeted topics, other reasonable and potentially beneficial projects will be considered by the Center for Rural Pennsylvania under the Open Topics category. Proposed projects for this category must show a clear relationship to one or more of the Center’s mandated research areas listed above. Application procedures for proposed open topic projects must follow the Letter of Intent guidelines listed above. Open topic projects must define specific key outcomes and specific policy implications that will benefit communities in rural Pennsylvania.

CRP Mini Grant Program

Mini Grants are awarded to projects that focus on basic data collection and analysis, time-sensitive issues, and/or the preparation of reference materials. Projects supported as Mini Grants are a maximum of nine months in duration and are eligible for a maximum of $15,000 in Center support.

Targeted Topics

This year the Board of Directors has approved eight Mini Grant targeted topics. The list of topics is below. See the full RFP for complete details on each topic. 

  • Analysis of the 2017 Census of Agriculture Data
  • Population Decline: A How-To Guide for Community Leaders
  • Profile of Rural Women
  • Analysis of the Legal Issues Surrounding Cemeteries, Burial Places and Human Remains in Pennsylvania
  • Assessment of Pennsylvania’s Student Assistance Program
  • Sustainability of Pennsylvania’s Wildlife Conservation System
  • Analysis of Public School Transportation
  • Analysis of Suicide Trends and Prevention Programs

Open Topics

Open topics will also be accepted for Mini Grants.

Open topics will also be accepted for the Mini Grant Program. Proposed Mini Grant topics for this category should focus on basic data collection and analysis, time-sensitive issues and/or the preparation of reference materials. Mini Grant projects are to be a maximum of nine months in duration. Proposed Mini Grant projects must show a clear relationship to one or more of the Center’s mandated research areas listed above. Application procedures for proposed open Mini Grant projects must follow the Letter of Intent guidelines listed above.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.

Eligibility:

  • The Center’s enabling legislation allows the Center to award grants to qualified faculty members of Pennsylvania State University, the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) universities, and the regional campuses of the University of Pittsburgh.
  • A qualified faculty member must serve as the project director.

Preferences:

  • The Center does not require a cash match from applicants for the grant programs. However, investment by other partners clearly represents support and belief in a proposed project so the commitment of matching cash or in-kind funding can offer a competitive advantage to an applicant.
  • Partnerships with other academic institutions, community organizations, and public and private agencies are encouraged.