A small grants program to involve communities in research.

Publication Type:

Journal Article


Journal of community health, Volume 35, Issue 3, p.294-301 (2010)


2010, Adolescent, Adult, Advisory Committees, Center-Authored Paper, Child, Community-Based Participatory Research, Consumer Participation, Female, Financing, Organized, Health Education, Healthcare Disparities, Hispanic Americans, Humans, Interviews as Topic, Male, Middle Aged, Neoplasms, Organizational Objectives, PREGNANCY, Program Evaluation, Public Health Sciences Division, Washington, Young Adult


A key tenet of community-based participatory research is that communities be involved in all facets of research, from defining the problem to identifying solutions, to assisting in the research, and to participating in the publication of results. In this study, we instituted a small grants program for community participation. A Request for Applications (RFA) was developed and circulated widely throughout the Valley. The RFA sought proposals to address health disparities in cancer education, prevention, and treatment among Hispanics living in the Valley. Funds available were $2,500.00-3,500.00 for 1 year's worth of work. To help evaluate the progress of the RFA community projects according to the perspectives of the Community Advisory Board (CAB), an open-ended, semi-structured interview was created and administered by a former staff member to CAB members. In 4 years, ten small grants proposed by community members were funded. Funds allocated totaled approximately $25,000. Interviews with CAB members indicated that the RFA program was perceived positively, but there were concerns about sustainability. Our community grants program resulted in the implementation of several novel cancer prevention programs conducted by a variety of community organizations in the Lower Yakima Valley.