UC Bicentennial Community Engagement Grants
About the UC Bicentennial
The University of Cincinnati is the eighteenth oldest public institution in the United States and traces its origins to the founding of the Medical College of Ohio and Cincinnati College in 1819. Reaching this historic milestone puts UC in prestigious company of other pioneering and enduring institutions. Home of the first cooperative education program, the nation’s first teaching hospital, the oral polio vaccine, and the first antihistamine, the university is rooted in innovation, grit, and the tenacity to learn more, to be more, and to do more. Join UC as we mark this historic milestone of our first 200 years that have paved the way for our future, as we show the world that UC will lead urban public universities into a new era of innovation and impact. Visit 200.uc.edu for more information.
Community Engagment Grant Purpose
In honor of its bicentennial celebration in 2019, the University of Cincinnati invested $100,000 into projects through Bicentennial Community Engagement Grants that celebrate and extend UC’s commitment to urban impact in the Cincinnati metropolitan area. This opportunity engages nearly 1,000 first-year undergraduate students in a philanthropy-based service-learning experience to foster shared understanding of local issues and support a vibrant, healthy, and sustainable community.
More information on UC’s service-learning model is available at: http://www.uc.edu/careereducation/experience-based-learning/service-learning.html.
Bicentennial Community Engagement Grant Winners
Congratulations to the 15 non-profit organizations listed below that were selected to receive a Bicentennial Community Engagement Grant!
Breakthrough Cincinnati Expand
Breakthrough Cincinnati (BTC) provides a rigorous four-year, college-preparatory summer learning program for high-need middle school students. BTC inspires and trains college students as the next generation of teachers. BTC has operated in Cincinnati for 26 years and opened a summer program site at the University of Cincinnati in 2016.
Give Like a Mother Expand
Give Like a Mother is a nonprofit, materials assistance program that helps underprivileged children by providing them with clothing for everyday life. Throughout the year, the program accepts gently used clothing and gear from donors in the city. The program also offers nightly meals in their various activities.
God's Favor Mobile Meals Ministry Expand
God's Favor Mobile Meals Ministry is a mobile soup kitchen that prepares and delivers healthy meals to individuals in homeless camps and underserved communities.
Habitat for Humanity of Greater Cincinnati Expand
Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities, and hope in the Cincinnati community. The program believes that housing is important to the quality of life, health, and economic prosperity of the entire community. This comes through improving the health of the community, educating children, and building energy-efficient homes.
Hughes STEM High School Expand
Hughes STEM High School lies in the heart of Cincinnati. It offers extensive use of technology, internships, and summer opportunities for their students. Hughes STEM High School offers a creative focus in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics, with a strong liberal arts foundation. The STEM curriculum is designed to prepare students for school, work, and life in the 21st century.
Interfaith Hospitality Network of Greater Cincinnati (IHNGC) Expand
Interfaith Hospitality Network of Greater Cincinnati (IHNGC) has provided emergency shelter and housing services that keep families experiencing homelessness together while they find a new home. IHNGC partners with more than 1,000 volunteers from 100+ local congregations of various faiths who open up their houses of worship to offer families warm beds and home-cooked meals.
Keep Cincinnati Beautiful Expand
Keep Cincinnati Beautiful is a community nonprofit organization that has been serving the community for 40 years. The program holds educational and environmental initiatives in building a community that fosters pride in the places of living, work, and play for the Cincinnati community. The program aims to create a safe and clean space for Cincinnati neighbors, to enhance the quality of life.
Lockland Schools Expand
Lockland Local Schools lies in the Greater Cincinnati area and strives to be one of Ohio's highest-performing small-school districts in the state. Lockland Local Schools offer challenging educational experiences that maximize students' intellectual, social, and physical potential to develop future leaders.
N.E.R.D.S. Nurturing Educational Readiness & Development from the Start Expand
Nurturing Educational Readiness and Development from the Start (N.E.R.D.S.), is an innovative organization combating the twin problems of student disengagement and low academic achievement by inspiring the inner "nerd" of students through hands-on learning activities.
Sidestreams is a nonprofit organization with the mission to build gardens and create locally grown fresh food projects for communities in need. Sidestreams works on a vacant land throughout Cincinnati to increase fresh food access and to empower others with knowledge of how to grow their own food.
St. Francis Seraph Ministries Expand
The mission of St. Francis Seraph Ministries is to nurture and nourish the urban poor in mind, body, and spirit. As part of their program, 3 core meals are offered on weekdays. Through their values of integrity, innovation, compassion, acceptance, and commitment, St. Francis empowers the urban poor in achieving their full potential.
St. Vincent de Paul – Cincinnati Expand
St. Vincent de Paul provides compassionate care for those in need in the Cincinnati and Hamilton areas by providing immediate assistance with pressing needs such as food, shelter, and utilities. Inspired by gospel values, it aims to build a more just world through personal relationships and service to people in need.
Super Seeds provides alternative resources for school discipline as well as working to bridge the relationship with our youth and law enforcement. In this program, students have the opportunity to explore the legal system in its entirety from intake processes to arraignment court, as well as interviewing judges and inmates.
Sweet Cheeks Diaper Bank Expand
Sweet Cheeks Diaper Bank is a member of the Alliance for Period Supplies, a national organization that helps provide access to period products to those who are in need. The program distributes menstrual products to schools and local social service agencies that are helping families in need through comprehensive programs and services.
UC Early Learning Center Expand
The UC Early Learning Center is one of the premier early learning centers in the area, serving the UC community and the Greater Cincinnati area. The UC Early Learning Center is preschool-based and offers assistance to UC students, faculty, and staff.
Please email Brittany Miller with any questions about the UC Bicentennial Community Engagement Grants.