- Application Due 7/01/2024 -

Community volunteerism is the ultimate form of civic engagement. When community members give back to the community where they live and volunteer their time to improve the lives of their neighbors, it demonstrates a genuine commitment to civic progress and community growth. Establishing volunteer and mentor opportunities in communities is essential in stimulating engagement and deepening the connection between residents and the community. (Source: How to Start a Volunteer Program in Your Community -


The Rural and Indigenous Communities mini-grant is designed to help Rural and Indigenous communities develop or enhance volunteer, mentor, and/or civic engagement initiatives. Also, this grant is intended to help Rural and Indigenous communities address and overcome the unique challenges they may face in engaging community members. Projects may enhance initiatives already in place or develop new ones.

For this grant, “rural communities” applies to locations with a census population of less than 10,000, and “indigenous communities” applies to locations connected to federally-recognized Native American tribes.



Guidelines are available here 

Application is available here

Mini-Grant Frequently Asked Questions here   

W9 is available here

Grant period is from August 1st, 2024 - January 31st, 2025




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