The grants selection committee carefully reviewed more than two dozen applications, ultimately awarding funding to those that best represented innovative, collaborative projects that seek to improve the lives of people living in rural communities through policy change.
In addition to the panel process, one project was selected in a public vote to secure funding. More than 1,600 votes were cast in the online poll. The winning project was the Rural Arts and Culture Map (described below).
This grant is part of an initiative that is building a national network of rural advocates who share knowledge, strategically focus resources, and access a wider group of stakeholders in order to shape public policy to improve rural America.
Click here to learn more about the Rural Policy Networks, the Rural Assembly, and this grant program.