University of Oregon

Resource Assistance for Rural Environments

Community Application Process

2017-2018 RARE AmeriCorps Community Applications NOW AVAILABLE!

Community Applications are due by April 14, 2017.

The Ford Family Foundation has funding available to support the placement of a RARE AmeriCorps participant in rural communities across the State of Oregon.  These funds are highly competitive.  To determine if your organization is eligible for this funding opportunity, click here.

"RARE AmeriCorps Community" refers to the organization that sponsors a RARE AmeriCorps member. Eligible organizations include public agencies (including city, county, and regional governments); special districts (such as soil and water conservation districts, park and transportation districts); and not-for-profit organizations. Types of organizations include watershed councils, housing authorities, and economic development districts.

RARE AmeriCorps communities are organizations that have identified specific needs in underserved rural areas that can be addressed through the service of a RARE AmeriCorps member. No specific definition for rural fits all RARE AmeriCorps projects; what is most critical is that the project would not be done without the assistance of a RARE AmeriCorps member and that it serve an organization with limited capacity.

RARE AmeriCorps communities will identify a specific person within the organization to serve as supervisor and mentor of the member. Communities must also provide a clear project description and work with the member and RARE AmeriCorps staff to develop a work plan to address the project.

RARE AmeriCorps Program community placements for year 2017-2018 are contingent on availability of program funding.

Join rural communities across the State of Oregon for the RARE Program's 24th year of service!