Rural funding opportunity


Rural Leadership Pathways Learning Initiative

2019 Call for Proposals

    Release Date: May 20, 2019 | Application Deadline: Mon, 8 Jul 2019


While people in rural places are supporting leadership development in ways that work for their context, national funders and players often don’t know what those solutions are, aren’t always connected to them, and don’t know how to best support them. In order to better partner with, support and connect rural leaders to advance social and economic opportunity that in turn lead to better health and well-being in their communities, RWJF is seeking a partner to design and implement a Rural Leadership Pathways learning initiative, to elucidate and make meaning of the unique leadership pathways, experiences and contexts in rural communities. Through this initiative, funders and, more broadly, the field of stakeholders interest in helping rural places thrive, will have opportunities to learn what is already working in rural places to develop, strengthen and advance rural leadership; what people are struggling to figure out; what they see as needs and gaps; and what the role of national players and funders could be.

Eligibility and Selection Criteria

  • Applicant organizations must be based in the United States or its territories.
  • Collaborations of multiple partners or consultants are welcome. If applying as a collaboration, only one organization may represent the collaboration and be the lead contact in the application process.

Key Dates

  • May 31 (12:00 – 1:00 p.m. ET)
    Informational webinar (optional)
  • July 8 (5:00 p.m. ET)
    Deadline for receipt of brief proposals
  • Week of July 25
    Notification of finalist
  • August 15 (5:00pm EST)
    Formal application due (if selected)
  • October 15
    Tentative grant start date

Total Awards

There will be one award for up to $500,000 for 12 months.

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