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Date: Wed, 1 Oct 1997 18:19:17 GMT
Managing Information with Rural America
The W.K. Kellogg Foundation has announced its new technology-oriented
grantmaking initiative, "Managing Information with Rural America"
(MIRA). The goals of the program include helping communities build
their development capacity, crafting a shared development vision, and
encouraging diverse groups of people to work together in new ways.
"Rural communities have reservoirs of great strength, tenacity, and
civic commitment. We want to draw upon these reservoirs... to meet
the tides of change using one of today's primary tools: information
systems and electronic communications."
The program, to operate over 5 years, and comprises three
interdependent grant categories: clusters of community teams, support
organizations and policy organizations. The initiative centers on the
clusters, of which five will be selected per year over the next 3
Community Clusters are composed of six to ten teams forming a
multicount collaboration. The entire collaboration will receive a
pool of funds from which each team can receive mini-grants to pursue a
project of its own design. Deadline is December 30, 1997; $200,000.
"Support Organizations" are community-based organizations in the
locale of the Community Clusters. Support Organizations typically
provide training, technical assistance, leadership development or
civic participation and include groups that work in locating economic
opportunity and access to capital. Deadline is April 15, 1998;
$250,000 within each cluster region.
"Policy Organizations" will work with selected Community Clusters to
understand policy and develop issues pertinent to that region. Policy
Organizations will use technology to serve rural communities and to
promote a two-way exchange of information. First year funding will go
to three or four national organizations, and in subsequent years to
local and regional organizations nearer to the Cluster grantees.
Deadline is November 30, 1997; $150,000 - $250,000.
For more information, contact W.K. Kellogg Foundation, Food
Systems/Rural Development, One Michigan Ave East, Battle Creek, MI
49017-4058; web: www.wkkf.org; telephone: 616- 968-1611; fax:
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