The Center for Rural Pennsylvania is a bipartisan, bicameral legislative agency that serves as a resource for rural policy research within the Pennsylvania General Assembly. As part of the Center’s yearly Research Grant Program, the Board of Directors approves topics for research projects. All projects must show a clear relationship to one or more of the Center’s mandated research areas, which are:
- Rural people and communities;
- Economic development;
- Local government finance and administration;
- Community services;
- Natural resources and the environment;
- Rural values and social change;
- Educational outreach;
- Agriculture; and
- Health and welfare concerns.
The Center’s enabling legislation allows the Center to award grants to qualified faculty members
of Pennsylvania State University, the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE)
universities, and the regional campuses of the University of Pittsburgh. A qualified faculty member
must serve as the project director. Partnerships with other academic institutions, community
organizations, and public and private agencies are encouraged.
Research Grant Program
One-year grants are awarded to conduct applied policy research or to identify local strategies that
can result in legislative or program policy considerations or recommendations. For the 2018 grant
cycle, the maximum allowable grant award is $50,000 per project.
Mini Grant Program
Mini Grants are awarded to projects that focus on basic data collection and analysis, time-sensitive
issues, and/or the preparation of reference materials. Projects supported as Mini Grants are a
maximum of nine months in duration and are eligible for a maximum of $15,000 in Center support.