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Environmental Initiative Program

Grants to USA Nonprofits and Agencies in Multiple States
for Environmentally Conscious Uses of Public Space

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Laura Jane Musser Fund

Deadline Date:

03/25/20 11:59 PM CST


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Grants of up to $8,000 and grants of up to $35,000 to nonprofits and agencies in Colorado, Hawaii, New York, Minnesota, Wyoming, and Texas in eligible regions, for projects that support ecologically sensitive public uses of open space. Funding is intended to enhance the community's public health and quality of life. Programs should also ensure the protection of habitats and ecosystems for a diversity of plant and animal species.

Only programs in Colorado, Hawaii, Minnesota, Wyoming, and limited counties in New York and Texas may apply. Eligible counties in New York include: Delaware, Greene, Otsego, Schoharie, Sullivan, and Ulster. 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).

Funds will be available for:
- Planning (Up to $8,000)
- Implementation (Up to $35,000)

Note - The planning stage is optional and not a requirement 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.

Proposed projects must demonstrate:
- A clear stakeholder involvement and contribution plan
- A plan for the long term financial and environmental sustainability of the proposed program

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 178629

Number of Grants:

The Musser Fund is likely to make a total of 5 to 7 grants in the Environmental Initiative this year.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Planning grants: Up to $8,000
Implementation: Up to $35,000

Term of Contract:

The project must be completed within 12 months of the grant award.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Who can apply:
- Nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations
- Local Units of government

The Musser Fund will not consider the following specific program or project types:
- Building or repair parking lots, driveways, or other facilities for auto use.
- Designing, constructing or repairing buildings located in public open spaces.
- Farms or botanical gardens.
- Projects wholly focused on preserving or improving the health of bodies of water.
- Projects requesting funds for the direct acquisition of land.

Pre-Application Information:

Proposals will be available online February 18 through March 25, 2020. Funding decisions will be announced in July of 2020.

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.

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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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USA: Colorado;   Hawaii;   Minnesota;   New York: Delaware, Greene, Otsego, Schoharie, Sullivan, and Ulster;   Texas: Rio Grande River Valley and the Brazos Valley;   Wyoming

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