Community Partnership Program 

The OHSU Knight Cancer Institute created the Community Partnership Program to support the development of sustainable collaborations with Oregon communities to address community-identified cancer needs. Grants fund projects anywhere along the cancer continuum from prevention through survivorship. Proposals that focus on addressing cancer-related health disparities are highly encouraged.

The Community Partnership Program is designed to grow and change with the evolving needs of Oregon communities. Three tiers of grants are available to meet the differing needs of communities. The hope is to aid organizations in developing their projects over time so they can reapply for larger tier grants as their programs grow.

The OHSU Knight Cancer Institute is committed to working with communities to identify cancer-related needs of most importance to Oregonians. Working together, the result will be robust, sustainable programs that benefit the health of all Oregonians.

Available grant types

Three tiers of grants are available to meet the differing needs of Oregon communities:  

  • Early stage grants of up to $10,000
  • Developmental grants of up to $25,000
  • Program advancement grants of up to $50,000

Learn more about the grant tiers.

Guiding principles

Community Partnership Program awards are designed to:

  • Support Oregon communities in identifying and addressing their most pressing cancer related needs.
  • Enhance collaboration between Oregon communities and OHSU to address cancer statewide.
  • Foster the skills and abilities of communities to ensure their efforts to address cancer in their communities are sustainable long-term.

Addressing cancer-related health disparities

The Community Partnership Program encourages proposals that address cancer-related health disparities. As defined by the National Cancer Institute, cancer-related health disparities are adverse differences among specific population groups in cancer incidence (new cases), cancer prevalence (all existing cases), cancer death (mortality), cancer survivorship, and burden of cancer or related health conditions. By supporting communities who aim to eliminate cancer-related health disparities, the Community Partnership Program can help reduce the disproportionate impact of cancer. Proposals that use evidence-based approaches to address cancer-related health disparities, including disparities related to race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, gender identity, sexual orientation, geographic location and disability are highly encouraged.

What makes this program unique

Grant recipients will be provided with funding and other resources to help support program development, guide projects towards evidence-based practices and assist with evaluation measures. This, combined with the ability to grow the program and reapply for larger tiered grants, creates a unique opportunity for Oregon communities.

Community engagement in program direction

A steering committee made up of both OHSU and community members from throughout the state will make recommendations to the institute for strategic direction of the program.