Getting Started

Applying for Grants

The Community Tool Box outlines the key steps to creating a grant application that's likely to succeed. This could be helpful if you're newer to grants, or if you're looking for a step-by-step guide to work through with a partner.

Guide to Equitable Language in Grant Writing

This one-page infographic is a good reminder of some key considerations when writing about health disparities and health equity using language that accurately describes the context and respects/empowers the population. Perfect to print and post in your work space.

Community Partner Training for Human Subjects Research

To collaborate in research and have access to data, you must be trained in human subjects research ethics and principles. This free, two-hour training from Penn's Community Engagement and Research Core is approved by the Institutional Review Boards (IRBs) of the...

How IRBs Protect Human Research Participants

Every community partner should know about the IRB because, to collaborate in academic research on human subjects, your research activities will need to be approved by the academic institution's IRB, or institutional review board. The IRB review ensures that the...

What is Community Anyway?

This article in the Stanford Social Innovation Review helps define "community" and the many ways to think about what makes communities unique. This is important for "outsiders" engaging in community-based work.

Making Community Partnerships Work: A Toolkit

The March of Dimes Foundation created a comprehensive toolkit to learn about, prepare for, begin, and sustain community-based participatory partnerships. The toolkit is intended "for newcomers and seasoned organizers, community-based groups, public and private...

Asset Mapping

The UCLA Center for Health Policy Research provides an introduction and overview of asset mapping. This step-by-step guide for mapping community assets is a good place to start, but we also suggest you review our other asset mapping resources for more comprehensive...