Funding available for local communities to implement solar eclipse activities


A new initiative launched by the Indiana University Center for Rural Engagement will help rural Indiana communities host arts and cultural events and activities related to the 2024 solar eclipse.

Organizations in communities with populations less than 50,000 can apply for micro-grants up to $2,000 to support the implementation of eclipse activities.

Regional Opportunity Initiatives is acting as the fiscal agent for the grant program and will provide technical assistance to facilitate the eclipse micro-grant program.

The path of totality of the April 8 solar eclipse will cover a segment of the U.S. and Mexico, including a large part of Indiana, in complete darkness for up to 4 minutes as the moon shadows the sun.

The next time Indiana will fall in the path of totality of a solar eclipse will be 2099.

The Simons Foundation is focusing support on areas of the country that have fewer traditional science engagement opportunities than major metropolitan cities through partnerships with science museums, art organizations, cultural centers and local downtown districts.

The Center for Rural Engagement invites community organizations to submit ideas for eclipse-related events and activities leading up to April 8 that include visual, public or performing arts; placemaking and design; film and cultural heritage.

The micro-grant application will open this summer at For information about the initiative, contact Hannah Jones at [email protected].

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