The RCDI program is designed to improve the economic stability of rural communities, businesses, residents, farmers and ranchers and improve the quality of life in rural America. The $150,000 three-year grant will allow the Anaconda Local Development Corporation to provide technical assistance in areas of strategic planning, grant making, fundraising, endowment building, community collaboration, and leadership development to the Montana Community Foundation and Montana Extension agents. In turn, the Extension agents will provide training to foundations in their counties.
The grant will allow at least 20 Extension agents and 18 community foundations to receive training over a period of three years. As a result of the training, foundations will develop strategic plans that will help them achieve their missions to increase Montana’s endowed community wealth.
Grant Outcomes: Local Community Foundations (LCFs) will have unrestricted grant funds and leadership skills. LCFs will have an increased capacity, communities will be vital; communities will use Transfer of Wealth materials to capture funds to stay in their communities.
How do I get involved as a MSU Extension Agent?
- Your first step is to contact Rae Lynn Hays (, 406-261-9537) to indicate your interest.
- Training for Extension Agents in the first year will include an orientation to what a local community foundation is, why it is important to the community, and what it should be doing. We will also cover Transfer of Wealth issues in Montana and how to disseminate this information in your county. A video will be produced by the Montana Community Foundation and a Discussion Guide will be developed to facilitate community interaction around this important issue. This will be a way for agents to get involved at the community development level, and spread the word about what local communities can do to build local endowments and keep important local funding in the community.
- Training in the first year will also include the basics of strategic planning. This grant supports the creation, revision, and implementation of strategic plans for local community foundations across Montana. MSU Community Development wants to partner with you as Extension agents, to facilitate the strategic planning process for LCFs.
- We have spoken directly with some of you who are interested in participating in this grant. We believe that any agent who is interested in participating should join the process. We will be offering the training in two locations to make it easier to attend. Please contact with any questions.
What will be expected of me as a MSU Extension Agent?
- As part of this grant, each participating Local Community Foundation will need to attend trainings, revise or create a strategic plan, and host a Transfer of Wealth event in their community.
- Extension Agents will be able to assist the process through attending relevant trainings, assisting in the facilitation of strategic planning, and hosting Transfer of Wealth events. You may also volunteer to assist with curriculum writing, if this is an area of expertise for you.
- When your local community foundation is hosting an event, attending a training, or working on a strategic plan, we will invite you to participate with the LCF.
Please feel free to contact us with any questions you may have. We are planning the Year One Agent Training in two locations (Glendive and Bozeman) during the month of May 2013. Stay tuned for additional details.
MSU Extension Agents Training Materials