Outreach & Engagement Mini-Grants

Outreach & Engagement Mini-Grants

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Community Engaged Activities funding opportunity  for College of Pharmacy faculty and staff 

As you consider how to move forward existing or new outreach and engagement projects or programs, please consider a mini-grant to support your work in building and sustaining community partnerships.

The Community Engagement Committee has developed a process for awarding mini-grants to support pilot projects, experimentation and expansion of outreach and engagement opportunities.

  • Community engaged projects/events that occur as part of academic activities, service or activities that support and enhance community-engaged teaching, practice or research.

  • Types of projects/events may include health promotion, disease prevention, prevention screening and addressing social determinants of health, etc.

  • Project/event goals relate to development and enhancement of relationships with community agencies/partners and contribute to the health and well-being of the community.

  • Activities must involve at least one COP faculty or staff.

  • Projects/events must include at least one community partner.

  • This is not intended to fund personnel or professional development activities.

  • This is not intended to fund required projects or research related to coursework. 

  • Funding is contingent on availability of funds. Funding is allocated for the year from the Office of Outreach and Engagement and available on a first-come, first-served basis on the fiscal year of July 1 – June 30.

  • Requests will be considered up to $1,000, but expect most awards to be around $500.

  • Requests will be approved on a case to case basis and evaluated based on criteria.

  • Applicants will only be funded on projects ONCE a year or up to $1,000, whichever comes first. This timeline resets on July 1 of each year.

  • Faculty/staff members that are not the primary applicant may appear on up to three projects at any one time.

  • Funds may be used for (but not limited to):  

    • Supplies and materials
    • Participant incentives (includes food or gift cards)
    • Participation barrier reduction strategies (e.g., transportation, childcare)
    • Program/registration fees 

  • Submissions for funding requests should be submitted by the 15th of every month.

  • Applicants are encouraged to submit requests at least four weeks before their event in order to allow the purchasing of materials.

  • All requests for must be submitted via this link or the button below.

  • Be prepared to answer questions providing the following information: 

    • Name of project/event
    • Description of project/event including goals and outcomes and measures of success
    • Date/Location of project/event
    • Lead faculty/staff member and identification of team members (students, faculty, staff, community partner(s))
    • Funding amount requested with budget justification
    • Project timeline o Sustainability plan, if applicable
    • Needs being addressed (e.g. social determinants, state health priorities) 

  • If project timeline spans greater than six months, project lead must submit a progress report at the midpoint.

  • Complete Funding Post-Activity Evaluation within one week project completed or after event has taken place.

  • Submit pictures and work with COP Communications on a story 

    • Photo/Video Release form available on College of Pharmacy website

    All applicants must adhere to the minor policy when applicable. This policy can be reviewed here.

  • CLIA Waiver
    All point of care testing must align with the College’s CLIA waiver policy and procedures.

  • Photos
    All applicants must refrain from photographing minors or patients unless a photo release is obtained. A copy of the photo release is available by contacting Communications and Marketing Office.

  • Student Supervision
    All projects must comply with the college’s student supervision policy. This policy can be viewed here

  • Developing partnerships both internal and external to the University

  • Evaluation planning support

  • Student and volunteer recruitment

  • Data collection and entry 


“Community Health Screening Event: An Inter-professional Collaboration with Central Ohio Asian American Community Services”
Olivia Ramey
Zach Woods

“Medication Reconciliation for the Patients at Physicians CareConnection”
Nidhi Kanchan
Gina Grumble

“Pharmacist Provided HIV & Hepatitis C Point of Care Testing (POCT) at Happy Druggist Pharmacy”
Meghanne White
Jen Rodis

“Understanding the Patient Experience with the 340B Program for Uninsured/Underinsured Diabetes Patients”
Ari Lopez
Alexa Sevin

“Connecting Patients and Providers to the new Rising Suns Free Pharmacy”
Rebecca Lahrman

“Impact of student leadership and engagement at free clinics on perceived changes in self-awareness"
Jeremy Wu
Anna Gehres

“Improving Access to and Utilization of Harm Reduction Tools via a “Harm Reduction Tool Kit” for OSU Greek Life Students”
Rosemary Mullaghy
Kelsey Schmuhl

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Contact Dr. Jennifer Rodis at rodis.2@osu.edu or Emily Keeler at keeler.16@osu.edu.