Land recovery strategists, cultural centers, farmworkers organizations, and health centers are among 26 organizations newly added to the W.W. Kellogg Foundation's Rural People, Rural Policy (RPRP) initiative.
The initiative unites groups working in small communities and concentrates their efforts on policy. The RPRP goal is to bring about structural change with lasting benefits across the rural U.S. Each member group receives $100,000 over five years for participating.
"Rather than focusing on alleviating symptoms, such as inadequate school funding, economic decline, and thin infrastructure," Kellogg's RPRP site explains, "the systems change approach seeks to address the underlying behavior, interactions, and decisions that cause the symptoms or keep the symptoms from being addressed."
RPRP funds groups in seven networks, four of them regional. Among the regional groups newly added to the effort are Southwest Center for Economic Integrity, Tucson, AZ; Mississippi Action for Community Education, Inc., Greenville, MS; Partnership of African American Churches, Institute, WV; and Miner County Community Revitalization, Howard, SD. Here are all 26 groups.