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About the Creating New Fund Economies Fund

Resourceful Communities’ small-grant program, the Creating New Economies Fund (CNEF), provides direct investment in community-based efforts. Seed money supports a range of projects: eco- and heritage tourism, youth conservation programs, farmers markets, alternative energy production and more. Additional information for applicants follows. Submit questions to smallgrants@conservationfund.org.

A portion of CNEF funds are available to help rural United Methodist Churches (UMCs) strengthen food ministries. UMCs are encouraged to contact a Faith and Food Coordinator, Justine Post (jpost@conservationfund.org) or Jaimie McGirt (jmcgirt@conservationfund.org), or email smallgrants@conservationfund.org to discuss potential projects.


APPPLICATION FORMS

GENERAL APPLICATION

APPLICATION FOR RURAL UNITED METHODIST CHURCH

Rural United Methodist Church applicants, click here for steps to get your church’s Federal Tax ID Number and a copy of the Group Ruling Letter from the IRS.

Download an Excel format budget template here.


For Creating New Economies Fund (CNEF) Applicants

  • Click here to view important dates for the 2019 Creating New Economies Fund grant cycle.
  • Click here to view Frequently Asked Questions about the 2019 Creating New Economies Fund grant cycle.
  • Click here to view the Creating New Economies Fund list of grantees.

For Creating New Economies Fund Grantees


 

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

 

How to Start a Community Garden

  • Click here for some key questions to ask before digging in.

 Triple Bottom Line

  • Need help understanding the triple bottom line, a requirement for all funded projects? Check out the video below and learn more by clicking here.

PROJECT BUDGETS AND Working with a Fiscal Agent

  • If your organization is not a nonprofit and you are working with a fiscal agent:
    • Click here to learn more about fiscal agents.
    • Click here to download a sample Memorandum of Understanding.
    • Please be sure to include non-cash support or in-kind support for your project.  Learn more here.
    • Questions about cashing checks?  Download this helpful guide.

Guide for Limited-Resources Farmers

  • Click here to view the Resource Guide for Limited Resource Farmers. It includes a variety of information on training, funding, networking and more.