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Rural Initiative Program

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

GrantWatch ID#: 174651
Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Laura Jane Musser Fund

11/02/16 5:00 PM CST

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Grants of up to $25,000 to Colorado, Hawaii, Michigan, Minnesota, and Wyoming nonprofits and local units of government for programs and projects that strengthen rural communities. Emphasis is placed in the areas of economic development, arts and humanities, business preservation, 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
- Include community members actively in all phases of the process
- Work toward an outcome of positive change within their community

Funding will be provided for new programs or projects within their first three years that are either in the planning or implementation phase (as described below).

1. Planning (up to $5,000) - These funds may support costs such as a 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.

2. 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, not both.

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

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

Eligible Applicants:
- Nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations
- Local units of Government

Applicants must be located in Colorado, Hawaii, Michigan, Minnesota, or Wyoming. The applicant community must have a population of 10,000 or fewer and must be able to demonstrate the rural characteristics of their location.

Funding will not be provided for:
- Capital Expenses
- General Operating Support
- Ongoing Program Support

Proposals will be accepted starting October 2, 2016, and must be submitted online by November 2, 2016. Funding decisions will be announced by February 2017.

Please construct your application with the following attachments (see URL below for Full Text for inclusions):
- Proposal Narrative (please limit your narrative to a total of 5 pages)
- Personnel Lists
- Budgets (as listed below)
- Letters of Support
- IRS Status Letter or Local Unit of Government Letter

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Please Note - Funded 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; and
- Significant volunteer participation.

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

To apply, please click here:

Mary Karen Lynn-Klimenko, Grants Program Manager

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USA: Colorado;   Hawaii;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Wyoming

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