$10,000 in Better Together Grants Now Available

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Message boards were installed at the Sunset Terrace ROC in Rockland, Maine to better deliver information to residents.

CONCORD, N.H. – The application period for this year’s round of Better Together Community Grants is open!

Applications are due July 15, with the winners chosen by the ROC Association Directors to be announced on July 26. The project must be completed by Dec. 31.

Grants are available up to $2,000, with a total of $10,000 to give away.

You can find the application on myROCUSA.org under the Grants section of the Community Resources tab. You will need to be logged in order to see the page, otherwise you will see an error message.

Though the Board of Directors has to vote on and approve the project, they are not allowed to help out with the project in a leadership role. At least two members who do not serve on the Board of Directors, and are not related to any of the members on the Board, must coordinate the project.

Any ROC with a current or past Technical Assistance Contract with a ROC USA® Network Certified TA Provider is eligible to apply. Last year’s winners, however, are ineligible for this year’s awards.

The projects are meant to meet safety and health needs of the ROC, as well as bring together neighbors to solidify the already growing feeling of camaraderie. In the past, ROC Leaders have used these grants to fund projects in their communities such as repairing a community center, installing speed bumps, putting in security lighting, setting up fencing. Projects can also include installing playground equipment, signage or landscaping.

In October 2010, the ROC leaders who attended the Community Leadership Institute in Louisville developed a community grants program idea that would both help a fellow ROC as well as engage new leadership in the resident corporation. The ROC USA® Board of Directors has included the grants in the budget since 2010.

Read about the 2018 winners here.

**Update: the initial mailing included an application with an incorrect deadline on it. Applications are due July 15. New applications have been mailed out. If you have filled out and sent in your application already using the one with the wrong dates, you do not need to reapply.**