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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:

10/03/18 11:59 PM CST

Description:

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Grants of up to $5,000 and grants of up to $25,000 to Colorado, Minnesota, Hawaii, Wyoming, and Texas nonprofit organizations and local government agencies to strengthen rural communities. Requests will be considered in areas such as economic development, arts and culture, business preservation, education, and public space improvement.

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.

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

Limits of Geography:
-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).
-The applicant community must have a population of 10,000 or fewer and must be able to demonstrate 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. 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. 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 or implementation phase

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 174651

Estimated Size of Grant:

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

Term of Contract:

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

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

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Who Can Apply:
-Nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations
-Local units of Government 

What Will Not Be Funded:
-Capital campaigns and large capital expenses
-General operating support
-Ongoing program support

The Laura Jane Musser Fund requires all of its grantees to provide evidence, through current policies or acknowledgement, of their anti-discrimination policies or practices.

Pre-Application Information:

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

Proposals will be accepted starting September 4, 2018 and must be submitted online by October 3, 2018.

Grants are accepted up until 11:59 pm CST on the deadline date.

Funding decisions will be announced by February 2019.

FAQ:
http://www.musserfund.org/index.asp?page_seq=34

Contact Information:

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

Apply Online:
https://www.grantinterface.com/Common/LogOn.aspx?urlkey=musserfund

Mary Karen Lynn-Klimenko, Grants Program Manager
(612) 825-2024
admin@musserfund.org

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Geographic Focus:

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