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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 and early detection to survivorship. Proposals that focus on addressing and/or are working directly with populations facing 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. We aim to support organizations in developing their projects over time so they can reapply for larger tier grants as their programs grow.

Available grant types

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

  • Tier 1 Define Need | Up to $10,000
  • Tier 2 Develop and Pilot | Up to $25,000
  • Tier 3 Evaluate and Sustain | Up to $50,000
Explore the three grant tiers.

Mission and guiding principles

The mission of the Community Partnership Program is to work hand in hand with Oregon communities as allies in the Knight Cancer Institute's efforts to end cancer as we know it.

Through grantmaking, training/technical assistance and networking we aim to:

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

Addressing cancer-related health disparities

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.

Training and Technical Assistance 

Applicants and grantees are offered a range of training and technical assistance resources to support project development, guide projects towards evidence-based practices and assist with evaluation measures.