Little Falls/Morrison County

THE LAURA JANE MUSSER FUND wants to help the citizens of Little Falls and Morrison County continue to develop and maintain strong, vibrant, and healthy communities. Musser Fund grants in this area are available through two distinct programs – the General Operating Support Program and the Small Grants Program.  An organization may not apply to both grant programs in one year.

Priority is placed on organizations that:

  • Are working to increase the community's access to their services through scholarships, hands-on activities, community venues, workshops, discounts, and other innovations
  • Are working in measurable ways to increase their sustainability
  • Demonstrate capacity to engage their community in their services
  • Demonstrate support from their community (through volunteerism, membership, in-kind, or other types of support)
  • Focus on one or more of the following areas: Arts, Children, Education, Music

 

ORGANIZATIONS THAT MEET BOTH OF THE FOLLOWING CRITERIA ARE ELIGIBLE FOR SUPPORT :

  • Non-profit, 501(c)(3) Charitable Organizations
  • Organizations located in Morrison County, MN

 


GENERAL Operating Support Program

Grants in this program may be up to $10,000 per year for up to three consecutive years. Grants are provided in order to help increase sustainable, organizational strength and the ability of organizations to meet the needs of their communities.

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. After three consecutive years of funding, grantees are not eligible for further Musser Fund support for at least a one year period. All types of Laura Jane Musser Fund grants count towards this three-year limit. 

Grantees that request second and third years of operating 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 

 


SMALL GRANTS PROGRAM

These grants, up to $7,500, are available to support one-time small projects.

In addition to the priorities outlined above, priority is placed on organizations that: 

  • Demonstrate a clear plan and a clear need for the project or equipment
  • Demonstrate how the project or equipment will:
    • Help to increase the community's access to their services, and/or
    • Help to build organizational sustainability

WHAT WILL NOT BE FUNDED:

  • Capital campaigns
  • Festivals and Conferences
  • Advocacy

 


HOW TO APPLY

Proposals will be available online February 23, 2016-March 23, 2017. Funding decisions will be announced in July of 2017.

Please carefully construct your application with the following information and attachments (see below for descriptions of the online narrative section and required attachments). We suggest you read through the descriptions below PRIOR to beginning your online application.

To Apply: click here.

Online Narrative Section:

  1. Background: Summarize your organizational background and its history in your community.
  2. Participants: Describe, using qualitative and quantitative descriptions, the community members you reach with your programming.
  3. Goals and Activities: Describe the goals of the organization and the activities planned during the grant period. 
  4. Community Access: Describe the ways that your organization works to increase the community's access to your programming.
  5. Sustainability: Describe the activities planned to increase your organization's sustainability.
  6. Community Support: Describe specifically, the outcomes expected for activities planned during the grant period. 
  7. Outcomes: Describe specifically, the outcomes expected for activities planned during the grant period.
  8. For Small Grants Program Requests: Identify and explain the reason for the request for small grant funding, as well as the project goals, activities and timeline.

PROPOSAL ATTACHMENTS:

Personnel Lists:

  • Staff - please include a staff list identifying the organization's leaders and the experience they bring to the organization.
  • Board of Directors - please include a list of the Board of Directors, including their affiliations and their terms.

Budgets: 

  • Please upload your organization's projected budget for the current year. Include expenses and revenue detail, revenue sources, amounts, and what is secured and what is pending.
  • Please upload a final budget (or profit and loss statement) for the most recently completed year. Include budget vs. actual, revenue, expense and source detail.
  • Please upload your organization's balance sheet from the most recent completed year.  If your organization does not create a balance sheet from the most recent completed year. Include budget vs. actual, revenue, expense and source detail.
  • Project Budget - If you are applying for support through the Small Grants Program, please provide a project budget. Please include expense and revenue detail, revenue sources, amounts, and what is secured and what is pending.

Letters of Support: 

  • Please include letters of support from 2-4 key community members (independent individuals and/or representatives of entities in your community) that support your organization’s work in your community. Letters of support from individuals who are being paid by your organization will not be considered. Please make sure the letters are signed and, when appropriate, on letterhead. The Fund is only able to consider letters that are part of the online proposal when it is submitted.

IRS Status

  • Please include a copy of your 501(c)(3) letter from the IRS.

Other:

  • You may also load other information you feel would help in reviewing your proposal