February 17 – March 17
2021

THE LAURA JANE MUSSER FUND assists public or not-for-profit entities to initiate or implement projects that enhance the ecological integrity of publicly owned open spaces, while encouraging compatible human activities.

The Fund’s goal is to promote public use of open space that improves a community’s quality of life and public health, while also ensuring the protection of healthy, viable and sustainable ecosystems by protecting or restoring habitat for a diversity of plant and animal species.

The Laura Jane Musser Fund encourages the use of a community-based approach with broad and active local stakeholder participation in both planning and implementation stages of projects concerning the environmental preservation and sustainable use of public open spaces.  It has been our experience that projects designed through this process have a greater chance of acceptance and lasting success.

The Musser Fund is likely to make a total of 5 to 7 grants in the Environmental Initiative this year. This is a very competitive granting initiative.

FUNDS WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR:

Planning (Up to $8,000), or Implementation (Up to $35,000)

Planning Grant Requests: Planning grant applications must demonstrate commitment to a broad-based, active community process for the design and use of local publicly-owned open spaces.

Note – The planning stage is optional and not a required phase prior to applying for or receiving an implementation grant.  If an organization receives a planning grant from the Musser Fund, this in no way implies a commitment on the part of the Musser Fund to provide the organization with any subsequent implementation grant.

Implementation Grant Requests: Implementation grant applications must demonstrate clear evidence of local community active participation and support.

Eligibility: Projects will be eligible for either planning or implementation funds during any one grant period.

PROPOSED PROJECTS MUST DEMONSTRATE:

  • A clear stakeholder involvement and contribution plan
  • A plan for the long term financial and environmental sustainability of the proposed program

THE MUSSER FUND WILL NOT CONSIDER THE FOLLOWING SPECIFIC PROGRAM OR PROJECT TYPES:

  • Building or repair of parking lots, driveways, or other facilities for auto use.
  • Designing, constructing or repairing buildings located in public open spaces.
  • Farms, community gardens, or botanical gardens.
  • Projects wholly focused on preserving or improving the health of bodies of water.
  • Projects requesting funds for land acquisition costs.
  • Advocacy

LIMITS OF GEOGRAPHY:

  • Only programs in Colorado, Hawaii, Minnesota, Wyoming, and limited counties in New York and Texas may apply. Eligible counties in New York include: Delaware, Greene, Otsego, Schoharie, Sullivan, and Ulster. Eligible counties in Texas are located in the Rio Grande River Valley (Cameron, Hidalgo, Starr, and Willacy counties), Deep East Texas (Angelina, Houston, Jasper, Nacogdoches, Newton, Polk, Sabine, San Augustine, San Jacinto, Shelby, Trinity, and Tyler counties), and the Brazos Valley (Brazos, Burleson, Grimes, Leon, Madison, Robertson, and Washington counties).

WHO CAN APPLY:

  • Nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations
  • Local units of government

Decisions will be announced in July 2021.

Learn more or apply here.