CONCORD, N.H. — The application deadline for this year’s Better Together Community Grants program is officially two weeks away.
Applications for the program, which provides funding for projects meant to help ROCs thrive, 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.
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.
Read about the 2018 winners here.
The application can be found 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.
Grant funding for ROCs looking to rebrand their community is also available. With a goal of addressing stigma in manufactured home communities and helping ROCs improve their reputation, the ROC Association Directors created a new Re-Branding Grant Program for ROCs. Applications for the one-time grant are due on Aug. 30. Grants are available for up to $1,200, with a total of $10,000 available to give away.
Learn more about the program and how to apply here.