Reimagining Rural Application Process Now Open – Online from 6-8 p.m. on September 8, 22 and October 6, 2022.

18 July 2022

Applications Now Being Accepted!
Reimagine a vibrant future for your town!
Help your local leaders get energized and re-think what is possible by participating in the
2022 Reimagining Rural Virtual Gatherings.
  • Thursday, September 8 – Montana’s own rural “Brain Gain”. Reframe your view of rural with “Brain Gain” research that shows rural is changing, not dying. Tara Mastel, MSU Extension Associate Specialist, will share a new way to look at the changes happening in our rural towns.
  • Thursday, September 22 – The Idea Friendly Way to Get Things Done. Becky McCray and Deb Brown’s “Idea Friendly Method” is a revolutionary way to accomplish a lot with little money and no committees! Becky and Deb are back by popular demand.
  • Thursday, October 6 – Success in a Small Town. A small Montana town success story accomplished by volunteers and things they already had will be featured to inspire your community members to imagine what is possible.
Rural- focused Inspiration, brought right to your town
Fresh ideas about rural vitality are broadcast across the state to small (or large!) groups in participating communities. Local groups meet in-person to hear the speakers and talk about the ideas with the help of a trained facilitator immediately after the speakers are done.
Sessions will be held from 6-8 p.m. on September 8, 22 and October 6, 2022.
Participating Communities Receive:
  •  Receive up to $200 to defray costs of local event.
  • Have community coaching available as you plan your local event.
  • Receive free facilitator training for the local facilitator you chose.
  •  Receive individualized free marketing materials to assist in local promotion.
  • Have access to county data on recent changes in counties.
Application Due Date
Communities must apply to participate. Space is limited.
Applications are available here. Applications are due August 9, 2022.
Who can Apply?
Any community in Montana is welcome to apply.
Communities that have participated in the past are welcome to apply to participate again. Participation in Reimagining Rural is free.
Sponsorships Available
If your organization wants to help small towns reimagine a more vibrant future, please contact Tara Mastel at [email protected]. Your gift can make it possible for more towns to participate in this transformative event.
Learn more at MSU Extension Community Development website.
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