Rural grants available
September 20, 2012 | Water
THE LAURA JANE MUSSER FUND wants to encourage collaborative and participatory efforts among residents in rural communities that will help to strengthen their towns and regions in a number of civic areas including, but not limited to: economic development, business preservation, arts and humanities, public space improvements, and education.
PRIORITY IS PLACED ON PROJECTS THAT:
- Bring together a broad range of community members and institutions
- Provide the opportunity for diverse community members to work together
- Contain measurable short term outcomes within the first 12 to 18 months
- Include community members actively in all phases of the process
- Work toward an outcome of positive change within their community
PROJECTS MUST DEMONSTRATE:
- Support from a diverse cross-section of community members and institutions
- Matching financial and /or in-kind support from the local community
- Significant volunteer participation
- Reasonable plans to complete their project within 18 months or less
LIMITS OF GEOGRAPHY:
- Programs in Colorado, Hawaii, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Wyoming may apply
- The applicant community must have a population of 10,000 or fewer and must be able to demonstrate the rural characteristics of their location
FUNDS WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR:
- Planning (up to $5,000) – These funds may support costs like: consultant or staff time, meeting costs, mailings, secretarial support, refreshments, local travel, childcare, etc. Note – this stage is optional and not a required phase prior to applying for or receiving an implementation grant. If an organization receives a planning grant from the Musser Fund, this in no way implies a commitment on the part of the Musser Fund to provide the organization with any subsequent implementation grant.
- Implementation (up to $25,000) – These funds are available to implement community-based rural projects that originate in, have been planned by, and involve diverse people from the local community. Capital campaigns will not be supported. The projects will result in a tangible outcome within at least the first 18 months.
- Projects will be eligible for either planning or implementation funds, but not both.