We occasionally secure limited funding for participant scholarships to the Annual Institute through our grant partners, whose generous support provides for the following 2013 scholarship programs.
To determine scholarship funding, consideration is given to geographic distribution, promoting new participation, demonstrated effectiveness with previous development efforts, and other eligibility factors as outlined in the individual program guidelines, accesible through the links below.
If you are interested in assembling a community team, Brushy Fork staff are available to identify contacts and facilitate partnerships in your community. For assistance, please call 859.985.3858.
|Brushy Fork Leadership Curriculum||Community Team (2)||3||$500 per community||$100 per team|
|KY-ARC Flex-E-Grant||Community Team (3)||25||$750 per team||50% of actual costs, limited to $500 max per team|
|ARDPI||Community Team (2)||5||$1050 per team||N/A|
|Berea College Appalachian Fund Scholarships||Individual / Organization||10||$400 per individual||N/A|
|NeighborWorks Rural Initiative||Individual / Organization||10||$400 per individual||N/A|
Other Sources of Funding
If you do not qualify for any of the scholarship funds listed above, there may be other avenues of funding available. Below are some suggestions:
- Seek sponsoring organizations.
Participants are often surprised to find just how many people and organizations within their community are willing to support local development efforts if asked. Past participants have reported supporting funds contributed by their local churches, county leaders, or their Lions or Kiwanis Clubs.
- Partner with individuals who support your cause.
Consider partners within your community who also benefit from the growth and development of your organization. Consider how training might advance shared initiatives or serve the interests of both. Perhaps each partner could fund a portion of the registration costs.
- If you are a member of an organization’s board, ask the organization to provide you with training to improve your input as a board member.
In this case, both parties benefit. Consider this an investment not only in personal leadership development, but also in organizational capacity building.
- Challenge organizations and agencies in your community to support leadership opportunities for local citizens.
In order to strengthen our communities, we must be willing to invest in the development of our citizens. Local organizations have a vested interest in ensuring that their community continues to thrive, and one way of doing so is to support the development of local leadership skills and capacity. Challenge community organizations and agencies to support one team member each year, and commit to employing the skills gained in taking on community projects and moving those efforts forward following the training.
- Ask for funding from special grant initiatives for nonprofit organizations.
Some foundations and other funding agencies offer special grants to support organizational and staff development opportunities for their grantees. One example is the Appalachian Community Fund, which offers Technical Assistance Grants. The technical assistance grants are designed to help train organizations’ boards and staff in building the skills needed to complete their missions. For more information visit the Appalachian Community Fund website.Another example is the Grassroots Exchange Fund, sponsored by the Common Counsel Foundation. The Grassroots Exchange Fund awards grants of $300-$800 to small, community-based groups that want to improve linkages with similar organizations, build collaborative campaigns, and benefit from technical-assistance opportunities. Grants can be used to pay for training, travel, or conference expenses. The application deadline is open. Get more information at Common Counsel Foundation.