Laura Jane Musser Fund
Arts Initiative Grant Program
In recognition of Laura Jane Musser’s life-long commitment to excellence in the arts, and with awareness that pivotal and life-changing experience can occur for individuals through introduction to and participation in the arts, the Laura Jane Musser Fund hopes to encourage and excite a wider population to appreciate, learn, and participate in the arts.
The Musser Fund hopes to assist nonprofit arts organizations to develop, implement or sustain exceptional artistic opportunities for adults and children in the areas of literary, visual, music and performing arts.
PRIORITY IS PLACED ON ORGANIZATIONS THAT:
- Increase access to the arts through scholarships, hands-on activities, community venues, workshops, discounts and other innovations
- Demonstrate capacity to engage their community in the creation of art
- Demonstrate support from their community (through volunteerism, membership, in-kind, or other types of support)
ORGANIZATIONS THAT MEET ALL OF THE FOLLOWING CRITERIA ARE ELIGIBLE FOR SUPPORT:
- Arts organizations that are physically located in rural communities with populations of less than 20,000
- Nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations
- Organizations that have been in existence for at least one year at the time of application
LIMITS OF GEOGRAPHY:
Arts organizations must be physically located in rural communities (population 20,000 or less) in the following geographic areas:
- Colorado – All counties
- Hawaii – All counties
- Wyoming – All counties
- Michigan – Alcona, Arenac, Berrien, Clare, Chippewa, Crawford, Genesee, Gladwin, Gogebic, Houghton, Ingham, Isabella, Kalamazoo, Keweenaw, Lake, Luce, Mecosta, Missawkee, Montmorency, Muskegon, Oceana, Ogemaw, Osceola, Oscoda, Roscommin, Saginaw, and Van Buren Counties.
- Minnesota – Aitkin, Becker, Cass, Clay, Clearwater, Hubbard, Itasca, Koochiching, Mahnomen, Todd, and Wadena Counties.
WHAT RURAL ARTS FUNDING WILL COVER:
- Grants up to $10,000 per year
- Applications are accepted for one year of funding at a time. It is possible for organizations to apply for and receive funding for up to three consecutive years. Grantees may not reapply for funding for at least one year after three consecutive years of funding.
Grantees that request second and third years of support will be asked to report on their progress toward the goals they articulated in their previous year’s application, especially in the following areas:
- Increasing access to their services
- Increasing their organizational sustainability
- Increasing support from their community
WHAT WILL NOT BE FUNDED:
- Capital Campaigns
- Arts Festivals and Conferences
HOW TO APPLY:
The application process instructions and link are available on the Musser Fund website – www.musserfund.org. Please carefully read all of the proposal packet requirements (as listed on the website) prior to submitting your proposal.
Proposals will be accepted online February 17 through March 17, 2016.
Funding decisions will be announced in July of 2016.
About Laura Jane Musser:
LAURA JANE MUSSER was born June 4, 1916, the child of Drew Musser and Sarah “Sally” Walker Musser. She lived in Little Falls, MN all of her life at the family home, Linden Hill. Upon her death in 1989 at the age of 73, THE LAURA JANE MUSSER FUND came into being to continue on with some of her interests in life, including the arts and helping children, as expressed in the guidelines.