Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Articles, Tools, Learning and Funding from USDA


Something for everyone in this one…




White House Rural Council’s Health IT Initiative Helps Community Colleges Tailor Programs to Workforce Needs
Jun 27, 2012 -- U.S. Department of Education blog describes federal resources available to community colleges to expand training for health information technology workers. Community colleges are one place where many small rural hospital employers and employees turn for training and re-training to implement and maintain HIT systems.


Value of Rural Hospitals Linked to ED Utilization - Jun 21, 2012 -- HealthLeaders Media article discusses how there is a nagging perception that the 1,700 or so management teams at rural hospitals across the nation don't provide the same level of emergency department (ED) care delivery value as urban hospitals, but a study by Portland, ME-based consultants iVantage Health Analytics challenges that perception.


Goal Surpassed: NRHA Trains Community Health Workers This Week - Jun 15, 2012 -- NRHA Rural Health Voices blog reports that as part of a Clinton Global Initiative-America (CGI) Commitment to Action, NRHA is training 47 community health workers from Texas and New Mexico in El Paso, Texas, this week. The purpose of the network is to help recruit and retain community health workers to rural and underserved areas along the U.S.-Mexico border.


March 2012: Rural Medicare Advantage Enrollment Update - Presents key findings on Rural Medicare Advantage (MA) enrollment and on Rural Preferred Provider Organization (PPO) enrollment.
Organization: RUPRI Center for Rural Health Policy Analysis. Date: 05 / 2012


Rural Health Care Services Outreach Grant Program, FY 2012-2015 - Contains a directory of Rural Health Outreach grantees with contact information and a brief overview of seventy initiatives funded by the Office of Rural Health Policy. Organization: Office of Rural Health Policy.  Date: 2012


Selected Frontier/Remote, Island, and Rural Literature Review - Provides background material for the Frontier/Remote and Island Definition Project aimed at creating a definition of frontier based on explained concepts of remoteness and population sparseness. Organization: Office of Rural Health Policy.  Date: 03 / 2011


State “buy local” campaigns in KY and TN having financial impact



An article in Beyond the West titled “Networks, Food Hubs, & Rural Wealth Creation” emphasizes that although food hubs may be a viable strategy for wealth creation in rural America, it is critical to remember that a food hub’s success depends in part on its connection and active participation in the larger community-based network that includes business, education, technical, financial, and government partners. Read the article here.  


Harvard's Joint Center for Housing Studies has released its "State of the Nation's Housing 2012" report. Read it here.


The Center for Rural Affairs recently published an article titled “Hometown Housing: The Burnet, Texas, Model.” Small town Burnet, Texas, looks at economic development through a unique approach to housing. The city rebates 100% of water, sewer, and electric tap fees; building, plumbing, and electrical permit fees; HVAC unit fees; and plan review fees for home building. There’s a catch – rebates are available only for qualifying lots in a targeted area. Read the rest of the article here.  


Age of principal operator varies with amount of farm sales - In 2007, roughly 30 percent of principal farm operators were at least 65 years old. In contrast, farmers less than 35 years old made up roughly 5 percent of principal operators. Older operators' share of farms declined with sales class, reflecting their gradual withdrawal from farming. For example, older operators accounted for more than 30 percent of farms with sales up to $99,999, but only 17 percent of farms with sales greater than $500,000. The prevalence of older farm operators in smaller sales classes is understandable given the low sales requirements to qualify as a farm. Most operators live on their farm, and farmers can phase out of farming over a decade or more while easily retaining enough land or livestock to produce $1,000 in sales. Improved health and advances in farm equipment also allow operators to farm later in life than in past generations. The data for this chart is found in the ERS report, The Changing Organization of U.S. Farming, EIB-88, December 2011.





Lists of Designated Primary Medical Care, Mental Health, and Dental Health Professional Shortage Areas
Jun 29, 2012 -- This notice advises the public of the published lists of all geographic areas, population groups, and facilities designated as primary medical care, mental health, and dental health professional shortage areas (HPSAs) as of April 1, 2012, available on the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) website.


Health, United States, 2011: Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Areas - Links to tables from the Health, United States chartbook, showing health statistics for metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas. Organization: National Center for Health Statistics


How To Apply For A Grant - An online technical assistance resource that contains webinars, application and submission guidance, as well as tips for writing successful HRSA proposals.
Organization: Health Resources and Services Administration


Implementation Toolsets for E-Prescribing - Provides toolsets, one for physicians in small practices and one for independent pharmacies, for supporting e-prescribing implementation. The toolsets are designed to offer a step-by-step guide for preparing for and launching an e-prescribing system.  Organization: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality


Community Services Locator: An Online Directory for Finding Community Services for Children and Families. The National Center for Education in Maternal and Child Health at Georgetown University maintains an online directory for finding services for children and families in the communities in which they live. Visit the website here.  





1.       Webinar Community Capital, Tuesday, July 10 at 10am PT / 11am MT / 12pm CT / 1pm ET / 8am HT 


Local Stock Offerings Part One - The Community Stores in Saranac Lake & the Quimper Peninsula

When Saranac Lake, NY and Port Townsend, WA lost their sole general stores, the towns looked to their citizens to fund a solution that would keep ownership local and their communities unique. Both have utilized the Direct Public Offering process to raise over $500,000 each from local investors.

Join Melinda Little of the Community Store in Saranac Lake, and Marty Gay of the Quimper Mercantile Company as they discuss how they set the stage for this mechanism and how it is serving their business and community.

Learn more and register now. Pricing details. Cost is $25

2.       Local Stock Offerings Part 2: Worker Ownership and Direct Public Offerings with Chris Michael of Workers Diner, August 14, 10 am - 11 am PT


3.       Community Partnership Lending with Leslie Ackerman of Alternatives Federal Credit Union September 11, 10 am - 11 am PT


4.       Webinar: Credit Building is Asset Building, Wednesday, July 25 2012, 1:00 – 2:00 PM ET

Presented by CFED and NeighborWorks America   Registration - https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/487118945

Credit is an essential building block for asset building. Without a solid credit score and credit history, individuals cannot qualify for loans to buy a home or a car, start a business or even rent an apartment. Furthermore, the prevalence of predatory and payday lenders creates easy opportunities for Americans to fall into debt and damage their credit, thus hindering their ability to build other assets and financial security.  Please join us for a discussion about strategies and financial products that help low-income consumers both access affordable loans and build and repair their credit scores. Presentations will be followed by a Q&A session.

Presenters include:
Vikki Frank – Executive Director, Credit Builders Alliance
Nancy Yuill – Executive Director, Innovative Changes
Kim Pate (moderator) – Chief External Relations Officer, CFED


5.       GrantStation is offering a webinar titled "Now Is the Time - Mobilize Your Board to Raise Funds: Part I" on Thursday, July 26, 2012 from 2:00-3:30PM EDT. This webinar will provide tools to help board members become more comfortable with the fundraising process. Participants will learn who should and should not be on your board, and what policies and structures need to be in place to facilitate fundraising by board members. Nonprofit development staff and volunteers should consider attending with a member of their board. Part II of this series will be held on Thursday, July 26, 2012. (These webinars may be taken individually.) The cost is $89.00/person, $150.00 per site. To register, click here.


6.       Shale Gas Summer Series: Marcellus & Beyond, When: July 10, 2012, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM - Marcellus & Beyond: Environmental Voices of Experience.  More are planned over July and August - http://extension.psu.edu/naturalgas/events


7.       webinar: Dynamic Marketing for Social Enterprise, Wednesday, July 11th from 1:00 - 2:00 CST (2:00 - 3:00 EST). To register, click here!


In this fast-paced session, you'll learn how to:

·         Turn an audience of passive listeners into engaged talkers through Dynamic Storytelling

·         Refine your marketing strategy based on what your stakeholders are saying through Flexible Branding

·         Avoid the Perils of Crowdsourcing

This live webinar is $10 for all non-members





MultiPlan's Rural Health Outreach Grant Program - Application deadline: Jul 27, 2012
Funding to help rural hospitals introduce or expand services, education, screenings and other endeavors aimed at improving the health of people in their communities.


Healthy Smiles, Healthy Children - Application deadline: Aug 1, 2012. Grants to support local service initiatives that provide dental care to underserved children.


Wal-Mart State Giving Program - Application deadline: Aug 10, 2012
The Wal-Mart Foundation has adopted four areas of focus: Education, Workforce Development / Economic Opportunity, Health and Wellness, and Environmental Sustainability.


National Children's Center for Rural and Agricultural Health and Safety Special Project and Pilot Study Funds (Mini-grant Program) - Application deadline: Aug 20, 2012
Funding to support small-scale projects and pilot studies that address prevention of childhood agricultural disease and injury.


Rural Health Fellows Program - Application deadline: Aug 31, 2012. A year-long, intensive program that will develop leaders who can articulate a clear and compelling vision for rural America.


Affordable Care Act (ACA): Health Center Controlled Networks - Application deadline: Sep 10, 2012. Grants to Health Center Controlled Networks to advance the adoption and implementation of Health Information Technology (HIT) and to support quality improvement in health centers throughout the United States and its territories.


NAEMT Scholarship Program - Application deadline: Sep 15, 2012. To allow for the advancement of EMS personnel.


Aetna Foundation - Application deadline: Applications accepted on an ongoing basis.
Focuses funding on issues that improve health and the health care system related to obesity, racial and ethnic health care equity, and integrated health care.


THE NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH is offering funding to Indian/Tribal organizations for grants to enhance HIV testing and to provide a more focused effort to address HIV/AIDS prevention among American Indian populations. Deadline: 7/16/2012. For an application, click here.


THE RUDDIE MEMORIAL YOUTH FOUNDATION is offering funding for innovative services to benefit underprivileged youth. Grants of up to $25,000 are available to nonprofits providing innovative services to help underprivileged youth reach their full potential. Deadline to apply: 7/18/2012. To apply, click here.


THE SUBSTANCE ABUSE AND MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES ADMINISTRATION is offering grants to nonprofits and public agencies for programs that expand substance abuse treatment in conjunction with HIV/AIDS services in African American, Latino/Hispanic and/or other racial or ethnic communities highly affected by these epidemics. Deadline: 7/20/2012. To learn more about this opportunity and to apply, click here.


THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES is offering grants to existing Section 330 grantees and other nonprofit and public agencies to provide comprehensive primary health care

services to an underserved area of population, including low-income persons, public housing residents, the homeless or migrant farmworkers in specified geographic areas. Deadline: 7/25/2012. For an application, click here.  


THE DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY has issued a NOFA for the Community Development Financial Institutions Fund inviting applications for the FY 2012 Bank Enterprise Award Program. Deadline to apply: 7/27/2012. To read the NOFA, click here.


THE ADMINISTRATION FOR CHILDREN, YOUTH AND FAMILIES has grant funds available to nonprofits for projects that demonstrate the effectiveness of supportive housing for families in the child welfare system. Deadline to apply: 7/30/2012. To learn more about this opportunity, click here.


THE USDA RURAL UTILITIES SERVICE has issued a NOFA for the Assistance to High Energy Cost Rural Communities program. Grants are available to individuals, states, political subdivisions of states, and other entities organized under state law, including Indian Tribes. Deadline: 7/30/2012. Funds may be used to acquire, construct, extend, upgrade or otherwise improve energy generation, transmission or distribution facilities serving rural communities in which the average residential cost for home energy exceeds 275 percent of the national average. To read the NOFA, click here.  


STATE FARM™ and Youth Service America are offering grants of up to $1,500 for programs enhancing student achievement through service-learning in K-12 public schools in all fifty U.S. states and the District of Columbia. Grants will engage participating teachers and students in a service and learning program that promotes academic achievement, student outcomes, and stronger communities. Deadline to apply: 7/31/2012. Click here for an application.  


THE WELLS FARGO FOUNDATION is offering grants to local nonprofit housing organizations to create sustainable homeownership opportunities for low-to moderate-income people. Deadline to apply: 8/1/2012. Areas of interest include homebuyer education, counseling and prevention. To learn more about this program, visit the website by clicking here.


THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES, Indian Health Service, has announced two limited competition cooperative agreements available to national Indian health care organizations with at least ten years of experience providing education and outreach on a national scale. Application deadline: 8/2/2012. The first is an award for Methamphetamine and Suicide Prevention Intervention outreach and education; the second is for an HIV/AIDS outreach and education award. Read the NOFA here.  


USDA is offering grants to nonprofits and IHEs to improve the economic condition of rural areas through cooperative development involving partnerships of IHEs and nonprofit organizations. Deadline: 8/6/2012. Visit the USDA website here to learn more about this program.


USDA is also offering Rural Business Opportunity grants to nonprofit and public agencies for a variety of activities to improve business opportunities in rural areas. Deadline to apply: 8/6/2012. To learn more about this program, click here.  


THE ADMINISTRATION FOR CHILDREN AND FAMILIES has funding available to nonprofit and public agencies for outreach services that build relationships between grantee staff and runaway, homeless and street youth. Deadline to apply: 8/6/2012. For more information, click here.


THE CONVERGENCE INNOVATION FUND has issued a request for proposals for new grant making initiatives designed to enhance the built environment and/or expand healthy food access in low-income communities and communities of color in order to improve health and promote equity. Local nonprofits can initiate the proposal by approaching local foundations to discuss opportunities, but applications must be submitted by the local foundation. Deadline to apply: 8/9/2012. To read the RFP, click here.


THE UNION PACIFIC FOUNDATION is offering grants to nonprofit organizations located in Union Pacific communities. Click here to see a map of where Union Pacific Railroad operates in the United States. Deadline to apply: 8/15/2012. The Foundation will dedicate the majority of these grants to help nonprofit organizations build their capacity, increase their impact, and operate more efficiently and effectively. To learn more about this opportunity, click here.  


EmcArts Invites Proposals From Performing Arts Organizations for Innovation Lab Program - Producing and presenting organizations in theater, dance, and jazz are invited to apply for a twelve-month program to help incubate and test innovative strategies that address major adaptive challenges.... Deadline: August 9, 2012


Ovation and Americans for the Arts Announces Launch of Grant Program for Innovative Arts-Focused Community Revitalization Projects - Grants of $10,000 to $25,000 will be awarded to Americans for the Arts organizational members in recognition of innovative, arts-focused, neighborhood-renewal initiatives.... Deadline: July 31, 2012


G2012 Mexico and Ashoka Changemakers Announce Global Competition for Inclusive Financial Services Solutions
The online competition seeks to identify and support the world's most innovative solutions that make valuable, affordable, secure, and comprehensive financial services accessible to underserved and excluded communities.... Deadline: September 12, 2012


Mary Kay Foundation Invites Applications for Nature Explore Classrooms to Help Domestic Violence Survivors Heal - Four Nature Explore Classrooms will be awarded to women's shelters in the United States to help child survivors of domestic violence heal from abuse.... Deadline: August 1, 2012


Alexia Foundation Announces Initiative to Fund Photojournalism Project on Abuse of Women in the United States - A grant of $25,000 will be awarded to a photojournalist from anywhere in the world to produce a project that illuminates any form of abuse of women in the United States but with global significance.... Deadline: August 15, 2012


Cities of Service Announces Impact Volunteering Fund - Grants ranging from $25,000 to $100,000 will be made to Cities of Service coalition members for programs that incorporate "impact volunteering" to tackle pressing local challenges.... Deadline: August 31, 2012



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