New Grant Available, applications due this month

CONCORD, N.H. – The deadline for the Re-Branding Grant program applications is only a few weeks away.

Applications are due Aug. 30 and the winners will be announced Sept. 14. After that, awardees will have until the end of 2019 to complete their project. 

The purpose of the grant is to help fund ROCs that want to make concrete changes that contribute to a better brand image, or reputation, for their community. These can include projects like changing the legal name of the cooperative, new signage, new letterhead and collateral materials, or a website redesign or new website (including ROC USA-provided websites).

This is a one-time grant being offered to all ROCs that currently or previously worked with a ROC USA® Network Certified Technical Assistance Provider. The $10,000 pool came from a grant awarded to the ROC Association Directors after they completed the Excellence in Governance program. The course is run by NeighborWorks® America and designed to strengthen the work between the Association Directors and the ROC USA Board.

The application needs to include the logistics of the project, including how it was chosen, who will oversee it and who will prepare a brief report about it afterward.

You can find the application on myROCUSA.org under the Community Resources tab. You will need to be logged in order to see the page, otherwise you will see an error message. If you’re not registered, doing so is free and easy. Just follow the on-screen directions.

Those who were awarded a Better Together Grant in the past are eligible for this special round of funding.

The project can be coordinated by either a Committee or the Board of Directors. An application must be sent to ROC USA after the project is voted on and approved by the Board of Directors, or, if necessary under the by-laws, the Membership.

If you have questions, please email Kim Capen, New England ROC Association Director, at newengland@rocassociation.org.