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CURA programs for government-initiated projects

The following CURA programs provide grants or technical assistance for projects initiated by local, county, or state government agencies in Minnesota. The type of support available varies by program, and each program has its own eligiblity requirements and application procedures.

Program Description
Community Assistantship Program (CAP)

Provides applied research assistance to community organizations, citizen groups, and government agencies in Greater Minnesota.

Community Geographic Information Systems (CGIS)

Provides GIS data access, technical assistance, and educational and training opportunities to neighborhood groups, community organizations, and local government agencies in Minnesota.


Communiversity has been merged with the Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program.

Hennepin-University Partnership (HUP)

An initiative to make the connection between the state’s premier research institution and largest county more strategic, including collaboration on important community-based research, sharing of academic and practitioner expertise, and providing students with field experience.

Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program

Provides research assistance for: community and neighborhood organizations in Minneapolis and St. Paul, and community organizations and government agencies in Twin-Cities metro area.

Resilient Communities Project (RCP)

The Resilient Communities Project builds community-university partnerships for sustainability by working with one city partner per year to facilitate faculty-supervised course-based projects that meet city-identified sustainability needs.