The Laura Jane Musser Fund - Environmental Initiative Program

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The Laura Jane Musser Fund was established by the estate of Laura Jane Musser of Little Falls, Minnesota to continue the personal philanthropy, which she practiced in her lifetime.

The Fund assists public or not-for-profit entities to initiate or implement projects that enhance the ecological integrity of publicly owned open spaces, while encouraging compatible human activities.

The Fund's goal is to promote public use of open space that improves a community's quality of life and public health, while also ensuring the protection of healthy, viable and sustainable ecosystems by protecting or restoring habitat for a diversity of plant and animal species.

Grants of up to $35,000 may be made for some programs. The Musser Fund is likely to make a total of 4 to 6 grants in the Environmental Initiative this year.

Organizations seeking funding must demonstrate:

  • Stakeholder involvement
  • A plan for the long term financial and environmental sustainability of the proposed program
  • The Musser Fund will consider the following types of grants:

  • New or existing programs or projects
  • Programs in the planning phase, or implementation phase
  • Capital expenses
  • Limits of geography:

  • Programs in Colorado, Hawaii, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Wyoming may apply
  • To apply: submit an online proposal at by the application deadline. The online propsoal process will include:
    1. Your Login (you will be asked to create a unique login for your organization)
    2. Your Profile (your contact information)
    3. Your Organization (information about the organization applying for a grant)
    4. Your Request (this is where you enter your proposal info, including required document uploads)

    Applications due annually in March

    For more information, or to begin the application process, visit

    Topic Areas: 
    Environmental Health
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    Geographic Location: 
    All Minnesota
    Outside Minnesota
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    Contact(s) or order information.: 

    Mary Karen Lynn-Klimenko
    Grants Program Manager
    The Laura Jane Musser Fund