- Application Due 9/01/2023 -



The Rural and Indigenous Communities mini-grant is designed to help rural and indigenous communities develop or enhance volunteer, mentor and civic engagement initiatives. Projects may enhance initiatives already in place or develop new ones. 

For this grant, “rural communities” means those locations that have a census population of less than 10,000. “Indigenous communities” means those locations that are connected to federally recognized Native American tribes. 

 Examples of such projects include, but are not limited to:

  • Coalition building or mobilizing residents to take action on community issues
  • Leadership programs that identify, develop, and mobilize new community leaders
  • Supporting youth engagement or volunteerism
  • Community sessions to better understand local government and how to get involved
  • Volunteer and mentor recruitment and retention campaigns
  • Establishing a Citizen Emergency Response Team to respond to natural disasters
  • Conducting a needs assessment/mapping of your community



Guidelines are available here

Application is available here 

Mini-Grant Frequently Asked Questions here   

W9 is available here

Grant period is from October 1st, 2023 - April 30th, 2024




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