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RCACF launches SPARC grant program

Monday, May 21st, 2018



The Russell County Area Community Foundation (RCACF) is pleased to announce the availability of a new grant program called SPARC – The Strategic Partnership for the Advancement of Russell County.

This is RCACF’s largest grant program to date, awarding $75,000 to $175,000 over a multi-year period toward a project that promotes significant economic development, community collaboration, and has long-term, measured impact.

The new program is funded by the generosity of the Russell County Area Community Foundation for the broad benefit of Russell County. RCACF was established in 2001 to create a permanent source of philanthropy to address current and future community needs through grant making and partnerships. Over the years, the Community Foundation and its generous donors have directed $2.5 million to meaningful causes and issues – from the arts and childhood education to historical preservation and park development. The Foundation is the largest local provider of grants and scholarships in Russell County.

Nonprofit organizations, government entities and others interested in applying for the new SPARC grant are invited to attend an information workshop on Monday, June 11, 6:00 pm at the Masonic Hall in Russell. Participants will learn about the application process, including key deadlines. Experts from Russell County Economic Development & CVB and the Dane G. Hansen Foundation will be on hand to talk about economic development, how to measure your program’s impact, and the benefits of organizations working together.

The SPARC application process is multi-tiered, beginning with a letter of inquiry due September 1. Finalists will be announced mid-September and the grant awarded February 2019. The SPARC application process is online at and goes live after the workshop.

To reserve your place at the SPARC workshop, please contact Angie Muller, RCACF Executive Director, at 785-445-3611 or email