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Rural Initiative Program

Grants to USA Nonprofits and Agencies in Multiple
States to Strengthen Rural Communities

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Laura Jane Musser Fund

Deadline Date:

11/02/17 5:00 PM CST


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Grants of up to $5,000 and up to $25,000 to Colorado, Hawaii, Michigan, Minnesota, Texas, and Wyoming nonprofit organizations and government agencies to strengthen rural regions and towns. Applications will be considered for a range of civic projects, including, but not limited to, business preservation, economic development, arts and humanities, education, and public space improvements.

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
-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
-Significant volunteer participation

Grants will support new programs or projects within their first three years.

Projects will be eligible for either planning or implementation funds during any one grant period:

-Planning: 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: 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.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 174651

Estimated Size of Grant:

-Planning: Up to $5,000
-Implementation: Up to $25,000

Term of Contract:

Priority is placed on projects that contain measurable short-term outcomes within the first 12 to 18 months.

Proposals must demonstrate reasonable plans to complete the project within 18 months or less.

Implementation projects should result in a tangible outcome within at least the first 18 months.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

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

Who can apply:
-Nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations
-Local units of Government

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

Pre-Application Information:

Projects must demonstrate matching financial and/or in-kind support from the local community.

Proposals will be accepted starting October 2, 2017 and must be submitted online by November 2, 2017. Funding decisions will be announced by February 2018.


Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply Online:

Mary Karen Lynn-Klimenko, Grants Program Manager
(612) 825-2024

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Colorado;   Hawaii;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Texas: Hidalgo, Cameron, Willacy, and Starr Counties;   Wyoming