Community Grant Awards
The Michigan Rural Council is a partner of the Rural Partners of Michigan (RPM) and serves as the administrative entity for the program. RPM offers its Community Grant Award program each year. This program offers grants of up to $800 to organizations engaged in rural community development work. RPM, as part of the Michigan Rural Council, seeks to connect and educate community leaders, provide expertise and advocate for policy and projects that impact rural Michigan.
The grants are awarded twice a year, with applications available in February and September.
Applications now being accepted.
The award application can be found here.
The RFP can be found here.
- This RFP is open to all nonprofit organizations working within or on behalf of rural Michigan.
- Grant funds should be used to directly benefit rural communities.
- A 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, municipality or governmental entity must act as the fiduciary/grantee.
- Awards are limited to one per community per grant period.
- Projects should commence within the next six months
Applications for the Community Grant Award program are encouraged to include more than one entity or organization within a community or a larger geographic region. Extra weight will be given to programs or projects that have not been funded in the past and have gone through an RPM Community Assessment. Projects or programs selected to receive a Community Grant Award will be required to submit a brief final report when grant funds have been expended. As part of the final report grantees will be asked to submit a picture and press release outlining the project. We will notify applicants of awards within three weeks of the submission deadline.
Grants will be awarded bi-annually each year. The Granting Committee, comprised of Board Members of the Rural Partners of Michigan (RPM), will select up to five proposals to be awarded during each of the two cycles throughout the year.
Information regarding previous Community Grant Award recipients is available here.
Direct questions regarding eligibility or the application to Jessica AcMoody, Coordinator of the MRC, at email@example.com or 517.485.3588.