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.