Grants for Small Town & Rural Area Projects

The Small Town & Rural (STaR) Division of the American Planning Association periodically funds small project grants. Any community organization, local not-for-profit, government agency, student group, or individual can apply for STaR seed money to assist with getting your project, program, study, activity, or initiative off the ground. At this time we have one grant opportunity.

Thanks to the generous support of the APA Divisions Council, STaR is gathering case studies for New Ruralism. If you are interested in this research opportunity please contact Chad Nabity, AICP, Past Chair.

What is New Ruralism?

New Ruralism is a concept that rural communities provide more than food for urbanized areas — they provide small-scale, repeatable, models for planning and programs that focus on growth tied to community character and sustainability. In partnership with the Northern New England Chapter and the Divisions Council, STaR is working to bring these concepts to the national planning dialogue. Past work has highlighted job centers, community capacity building, renewable energy usage, and unique economic development strategies.