Community resources

Community resources

The Center for Rural Engagement is seeking applicants to be the next Sustaining Hoosier Community.

Take the right steps to develop your proposal


Download the materials you will need to complete a proposal for your community.


Review the request for proposals with community members who might be interested in building an application and partnering on SHC projects.


Activate your community by organizing a diverse coordinating committee and engaging many outside the committee.


Connect with SHC staff by emailing, requesting a community workshop, and asking questions.


Build the application with appropriate materials and collect completed project proposal forms from community leaders.


Submit the completed application to as one file by the deadline: November 17, 2018.


Aspiring Sustaining Hoosier Communities are not expected to spend financial resources on the program—a sustained investment of passion, expertise, and time is all that is required from the community and its leaders. Logistics such as transportation, meeting space, hospitality, assessment, and media relations will all be coordinated by Sustaining Hoosier Communities staff, who are committed to fostering a transformative partnership.

Orange County, IN

This year, SHC courses are collaborating with Orange County—population 19,605. The county has four incorporated towns, including Paoli (the county seat), Orleans, French Lick, and West Baden; unincorporated communities include Chambersburg, Leipsic, Prospect, Orangeville, and Valeene.Home to a local food cooperative, a county-wide community garden, agricultural programs for youth, an artist-in-residence program, and a restored, historic resort, the county is in a unique position to further develop its tourism economy by capitalizing on its historical, agricultural, and recreational roots.

Orange County projects