Laura Jane Musser Fund
The Fundís Rural Initiative program encourages 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 given to projects that bring together a broad range of community members and institutions, provide opportunities for members of diverse communities to work together, contain measurable short-term outcomes within the first 12 to 18 months, and include community members actively in all phases of the process. Also of interest are projects that work toward an outcome of positive change within their community. Programs in Colorado, Hawaii, Minnesota, New York, and Wyoming are eligible to apply. The Initiative provides planning grants of up to $5,000 and implementation grants of up to $25,000. The applicant community must have a population of 10,000 or fewer and must be able to demonstrate the rural characteristics of its location. Additional information can be found on the Web site.
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