Rural Initiative Grant Program

Laura Jane Musser Fund


Grant amount: Up to US $25,000

Deadline: Oct 3, 2018

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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Overview:

The Laura Jane Musser Fund wants to encourage collaborative and participatory efforts among citizens 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 the project within 18 months or less

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.
    • But organizations that receive a planning grant may apply for subsequent implementation support after their planning activities are completed.      
  • 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 should result in a tangible outcome within at least the first 18 months.
  • Projects will be eligible for either planning or implementation funds during any one grant period.

What the Program will Cover:

  • New programs or projects within their first three years
  • A planning, and/or implementation phase

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

Eligibility:

  • 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 applicant community must have a population of 10,000 or fewer and must be able to demonstrate rural characteristics of their location.

Ineligibility:

  • What will not be funded:
    • Capital Expenses
    • General Operating Support
    • Ongoing Program Support


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