Application packages must be postmarked on or before October 13, 2010.
Funding decisions will be announced by February 2011.
The LAURA JANE MUSSER FUND would like to promote mutual understanding and cooperation between groups and citizens of different cultural backgrounds within defined geographical areas through collaborative, cross-cultural projects. Projects must be intercultural, rather than focused on just one culture.
PRIORITY IS PLACED ON PROJECTS THAT:
Include members of various cultural communities working together on projects with common goals
Build positive relationships across cultural lines
Engender intercultural harmony, tolerance, understanding, and respect
Enhance intercultural communication, rather than cultural isolation, while at the same time celebrating and honoring the unique qualities of each culture
PROJECTS MUST DEMONSTRATE:
Need in the community for the intercultural project
Grassroots endorsement by participants across cultural lines, as well as their active participation in planning and implementation of the project
The ability of the organization to address the challenges of working across the cultural barriers identified by the project
Work towards a tangible benefit in the larger community
LIMITS OF GEOGRAPHY: Only programs in Colorado, Hawaii, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Ohio and Wyoming may apply.
PROJECTS ELIGIBLE FOR SUPPORT: Intercultural Harmony projects can be carried out in a number of areas, including (but not limited to):
OUTCOMES SHOULD INCLUDE:
Increased comfort in interaction between the groups and individual citizens addressed by the project
Harmonious shared use of public space and community facilities
Continued cooperation by the participants or communities addressed by the project
WHAT THE PROGRAM WILL COVER:
New programs or projects within their first three years
Either the planning or implementation phase of a project
WHAT WILL NOT BE FUNDED:
General Operating Expenses
Ongoing Program Support
WHO CAN APPLY:
Nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations
Organizations that are forming if they have a documented fiscal agent relationship
Organizations located within one of the eligible states listed above