Georgia CTSA's Community Engagement program held its first Community Grant Writing Academy with eight community-based organizations

Inaugural Georgia CTSA Community Engagement Grant Writing Academy

The Georgia Clinical & Translational Science Alliance (Georgia CTSA) Community Engagement Grant Writing Academy (CGWA) is a two-session writing class to provide accepted community-based organizations with the knowledge and skills to write a competitive research grant. The goals are to discuss and describe the components of community engagement research; identify and define a research interest; develop the framework for the methodology, research/evaluation plan, and budget - and write a competitive community-engaged research grant.

To qualify, community‐based organizations (CBO) must have a yearly operating budget of at or below $300,000, must be a be a 501c3, non‐Profit, for‐Profit, or a limited liability company (LLC), and must identify two participants to attend the CGWA.

Eight CGWA awards were granted with up to $5,000 to each awardee.

Congratulations to the 2018 Georgia CTSA Community Grant Writing Academy Awardees – 

An educational and consulting company dedicated to providing quality educational opportunities and experiences for children and adults
A comprehensive clinical practice serving individuals with developmental disabilities who are transitioning from pediatric to adult services
Dichos de la Casa (DBA Organization of Merkata LLC) - Peachtree Corners, GA
A multi-disciplinary organization aiming to substantiate the economic value of multicultural knowledge within the sphere of food, health, and wellness
International Christian Fellowship, Inc. - Atlanta, GA
A faith-based organization offering educational opportunities for cultural, social, and health empowerment services to improve the quality of life for West African immigrants and others including the residents and ministries of the South East Atlanta community
An organization supporting Latino-serving nonprofits with advocacy, technical assistance, program development, and grant making
A community organization focusing on improving quality of life for residents of Peoplestown and surrounding neighborhoods
An organization providing supportive services and educational programs to children of incarcerated parents and their families who are at-risk and impoverished and/or homeless to stop the cycle of incarceration
An organization that partners with citizens, local organizations, communities, and institutions to improve quality of life through access to health, nutrition, education, transportation, shelter, and economic opportunities


The Georgia CTSA is an inter-institutional magnet that concentrates basic, translational, and clinical research investigators, community clinicians, professional societies, and industry collaborators in dynamic clinical and translational research projects. Emory engaged three of its close academic partners – Morehouse School of Medicine, Georgia Tech, and UGA – to form the Georgia CTSA. This partnership, a strategic multi-institutional alliance, offers compelling, unique, and synergistic advantages to research and patients statewide.

Georgia CTSA is one of nearly 60 in a national consortium striving to improve the way biomedical research is conducted across the country. The consortium, funded through the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) and the National Institutes of Health’s Clinical and Translational Science Awards, shares a common vision to translate laboratory discoveries into treatments for patients, engage communities in clinical research efforts, and train the next generation of clinical investigators.

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