Do you have a great community research project idea? Or would you like to put your research into action? We can help!

The Community Research Unit offers funding to support community-based research and action. The Community Research and Action Fund will help community organizations to:

a) Start a collaborative community-based research project, OR
b) Disseminate research results or put research outcomes into action at the community or organizational level.

Community organizations may apply for up to $3000 for a research or action project. The CRU will distribute $12,000 per year to community organizations through this fund. Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis: please check with the CRU for the next review date. These dates typically occur once a month in the fall and winter semesters.

To be eligible, your project must meet the following criteria:

  • the project will demonstrably benefit a substantive community of people, or serve the common good in a way that is intended to reach beyond the principals involved
  • the project is expected to facilitate a meaningful action or impact (consider both the research process and outcome).
  • the project is compatible with the mission, goals and principles of the CRU
  • the project is required to involve a university partner(s) (i.e. faculty members and/or students)
  • the project application outlines how both university and community partners will contribute to and benefit from the project
  • the project application should outline anticipated challenges

The CRU is happy to assist you in filling out your application, and finding a university partner. We strongly encourage you to contact us before submitting your application.

For More Information

Research & Action Fund Guidelines

Research & Action Fund Sample Budget

To Apply

Community organizations must submit both of the following documents to the CRU:

Application Form

Research & Action Fund Application

Applications and questions can be directed to Acting CRU Coordinator Lynn Gidluck at or 306-585-4084.