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Build relationships for collective and community-led action

Applications Reopen in 2023

Why Apply

Team of 4 women smiling at a tribal health center

  • Enhanced skills and tools to lead health equity work and be more effective
  • New, diverse, and growing connections to improve health and further systems change
  • $45,000 for community-led project in Edgecombe or Robeson County

How To Apply

  1. Start by building authentic partnerships in the rural communities you serve
  2. Collaborate with communities to identify barriers to health equity and possible solutions
  3. Identify a 4-person team from these partnerships including 2-4 community members from Edgecombe or Robeson County and 2 UNC-Chapel Hill faculty or researchers
  4. Review the Sample Proposal (.pdf) and the Application Questions (.pdf)
  5. Prepare for submitting your application by downloading the Project Narrative Template (.doc) and fill in with:
    • The Problem
    • Planned Approach
    • Anticipated Outcomes
    • Evaluation
    • Sustainability Plans
    • Team Members’ Expertise and Partnerships
    • Budget
  6. Make sure all 4-6 team members can commit to the in-person convenings on January 26-27, May 18-19, September 14-15, and November 30
  7. Submit your team’s application using Qualtrics (applications closed but will reopen in 2023)

Next Steps

  • Receive an email confirmation with your application details to confirm successful submission
  • Team applications will be reviewed and finalists selected by a committee
  • Selected teams will be notified and project funds and leadership development starts in January


One of the WCC community advisors is Veronica Kay Freeman of the Coharie / Waccamaw Siouan Tribe and Transfer Coordinator at Robeson Community College. “I am thankful for WCC because I’ve been exposed to the concept of Relational Leadership,” shared Freeman. “What I have found is that this style of leadership is the most natural choice for me as a community advocate and aspiring leader. It includes the holistic team approach to leading and the idea that the value of leadership is derived from the value of its common members.”