Grant season open for community improvements

The ROC Association is reminding ROCs across the country that the Better Together Grant application period has begun.

There are five $2,000 grants available in 2017, good for projects that meet a compelling community

Photo of construction of a mailbox/bus stop shelter at Lamprey River Cooperative.
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Lamprey River Cooperative, an 18-home ROC in Raymond, N.H., won a Better Together Grant in 2015 to have a combination mailbox /bus stop shelter built for its Members.

need, with priority given to those that meet a health and safety need. Projects must benefit ROCs in a visible way.

The grant project must be coordinated by at least two association members who do not serve on the Board of Directors, and are not related or married to any of the members on the Board of Directors.

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.

Examples of potential winning projects include funds to get started on a community center, furnishings for a newly built or renovated community center, playground equipment, signage or landscaping.

All the requirements are explained on the application forms (available here and here), which were mailed to every ROC last week. Important note: If your ROC did not receive an application, there might be a problem with the mailing address we have on file. Please contact Deb Wyman if you did not receive an application — even if you choose to download the materials – so we can update our files.

The application deadline is June 12, 2017. Winners will be announced June 23 and projects must be completed by the end of 2017.