The purpose of the Wright Center's Community Mini-Grants is to fund small, short-term projects that connect the regional community with the health sciences and clinical research. Grants of up to $5,000 are awarded to local community organizations for small-scale community projects.

With quick turnaround times and smaller grant amounts, mini-grants have a meaningful impact on a broad range of community organizations. The program also offers networking opportunities that enable groups to find and collaborate with like-minded individuals and organizations. Grants cannot be used for ongoing operating costs.

Applications are accepted twice a year in the months of March and August. Mini-grants are contingent on submitted project budgets and determined on a case-by-case basis. Recipients can apply for a mini-grant once per calendar year. A decision on mini-grant applications can be expected within three to six weeks. Contact the project lead listed on this page for more information. 

Past projects

The How Do We Heal series is six short films addressing the mental trauma of COVID-19 on Black and Brown communities. Produced by Richmonder Morgan Avery McCoy Harris, the series was supported by the inaugural mini-grant and features acted vignettes of common experiences, as well as interviews from experts and community members.

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Cite & Submit: UM1TR004360

Publications supported by the Wright Center must cite the CTSA Grant number (UM1TR004360) and comply with the NIH Public Access Policy. We rely on these citations as a critical performance measure when reporting annual productivity to the NIH.