Environmental Initiative Program

Laura Jane Musser Fund

Grant amount: Up to US $35,000

Anticipated deadline: Mar 9, 2019

Applicant type: Government Entity Nonprofit

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, Applied Project / Program

Location of project: Colorado, Hawaii, Michigan, Minnesota, Wyoming Expand all

Location of residency: Colorado, Hawaii, Michigan, Minnesota, Wyoming Expand all

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The Laura Jane Musser Fund was established by the estate of Laura Jane Musser of Little Falls, Minnesota to continue the personal philanthropy, which she practiced in her lifetime.

Environmental Initiative Program

The Laura Jane Musser Fund assists public or not-for-profit entities to initiate or implement projects that enhance the ecological integrity of publicly owned open spaces, while encouraging compatible human activities. 

The Fund's goal is to promote public use of open space that improves a community's quality of life and public health, while also ensuring the protection of healthy, viable and sustainable ecosystems by protecting or restoring habitat for a diversity of plant and animal species.

The Musser Fund is likely to make a total of 4 to 6 grants in the Environmental Initiative this year. This is a very competitive granting initiative.

Funds will be available for: 

  • Planning (UP to $8,000)
  • Implementation (Up to $35,000)

Note - The planning stage is optional and not a requirement 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 gran

Proposed projects must demonstrate: 

  • A clear stakeholder involvement and contribution plan
  • A plan for the long term financial and environmental sustainability of the proposed program

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • Who can apply:
    • Nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations
    • Local Units of government
  • Limits of geography:
    • Programs in Colorado, Hawaii, Michigan, Minnesota, Texas (Hidalgo, Cameron, Willacy, and Starr counties only) and Wyoming may apply.
  • The Musser Fund will consider the following types of grants: 
    • New or existing programs or projects
    • Programs in the planning phase, or implementation phase
    • Capital expenses


  • The Musser Fund will not consider the following specific program or project types: 
    • Building or repair parking lots, driveways, or other facilities for auto use.
    • Designing, constructing or repairing buildings located in public open spaces.
    • Farms or botanical gardens. 
    • Projects wholly focused on preserving or improving the health of bodies of water.

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