Foundation / Corporation
Laura Jane Musser Fund
Grants of up to $5,000 and grants of up to $25,000 to Colorado, Hawaii, Michigan, Texas, and Wyoming nonprofit organizations and government agencies for intercultural projects that promote cooperation and mutual understanding between people of different backgrounds. In Texas, grants are restricted to Hidalgo, Cameron, Willacy, and Starr Counties.
The Laura Jane Musser Fund supports collaborative, cross-cultural exchange projects. Projects must be intercultural and demonstrate intercultural exchange, rather than focus on just one culture.
Priority is placed on projects that:
-Include members of various cultural communities working together on projects with common goals
-Build positive relationships across cultural lines
-Engender intercultural harmony, tolerance, understanding, and respect
-Enhance intercultural communication, rather than cultural isolation, while at the same time celebrating and honoring the unique qualities of each culture
Projects must demonstrate:
-Need in the community for the intercultural exchange project
-Grassroots endorsement by participants across cultural lines, as well as their active participation in planning and implementation of the project
-The ability of the organization to address the challenges of working across the cultural barriers identified by the project
-Tangible benefits in the larger community
Funding 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 support after their planning activities are completed.
- Implementation (up to $25,000) - These funds are available to implement collaborative cross-cultural exchange projects. The projects should result in a tangible outcome within at least the first 18 months.
Intercultural Harmony projects can be carried out in a number of areas, including (but not limited to):
Outcomes should include:
-A demonstration of intercultural exchange between cultures
-Increased comfort in interaction between the groups and individual citizens addressed by the project
-Harmonious shared use of public space and community facilities
-Continued cooperation by the participants or communities addressed by the project
What the program will cover:
-New programs or projects within their first three years
-The planning and implementation phase of a project
GrantWatch ID#: 173504
Planning (up to $5,000)
Implementation (up to $25,000)
Only programs in Colorado, Hawaii, Minnesota, Wyoming, and limited counties in Texas may apply. Eligible counties in Texas are located in the Rio Grande River Valley (Cameron, Hidalgo, Starr, and Willacy counties), Deep East Texas (Angelina, Houston, Jasper, Nacogdoches, Newton, Polk, Sabine, San Augustine, San Jacinto, Shelby, Trinity, and Tyler counties), and the Brazos Valley (Brazos, Burleson, Grimes, Leon, Madison, Robertson, and Washington counties).
Who Can Apply:
-Nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations
-Local units of Government
What Will Not Be Funded:
-Capital campaigns or large capital expenses
-General operating expenses
-Ongoing program support
Proposals will be accepted starting September 17, 2018 and must be submitted online by October 17, 2018. Funding decisions will be announced by February 2019.
Funding decisions will be announced by February 2018.
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
Mary Karen Lynn-Klimenko, Grants Program Manager
USA: Colorado; Hawaii; Minnesota; Texas: Cameron, Hidalgo, Starr, and Willacy, Angelina, Houston, Jasper, Nacogdoches, Newton, Polk, Sabine, San Augustine, San Jacinto, Shelby, Trinity, Tyler, Brazos, Burleson, Grimes, Leon, Madison, Robertson, and Washington counties; Wyoming