Monday, September 17, 2012

FW: Misc. Publications, Tools, Learning and Funding

Several great webinars coming up on topics like job readiness for “green” jobs, building stronger governance for non-profit organizations, and early warning signs for youth in rural education systems. Also, there’s a list of funding opportunities and attached are some fact sheets about the importance of community coaches for engaging, facilitating and investing in rural communities.




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Subject: Misc. Publications, Tools, Learning and Funding




Elsa Noterman has issued a Call to the Next Generation of Rural Leaders! She's interested in organizing a virtual town hall meeting with younger members of WCRL to talk about your roles in creating wealth and building sustainable rural livelihoods. If you're interested, check out Elsa's blog post. For more seasoned members of WCRL, please share this with the young folks with whom you work and encourage them to join WCRL and get involved!



Household Food Security in the United States, 2011
Presents statistics on households’ food security, food expenditures, and use of food and nutrition assistance programs throughout 2011. Food insecurity is more common in large cities and rural areas than in suburban areas. Access a summary and full report. Organization: USDA Economic Research Service. Date: 09 / 2012



Attached are 3 handy tools on engaging, facilitating and investing in change




WEBINAR: Roots for Success: Teaching Environmental Literacy to Underserved Entrepreneurs sponsored by the Academy for Green Microenterprise Development 

 Wednesday, September 19th at 3:00 pm EDT/2:00 pm CDT/12:00 pm PDT

Reserve your Webinar seat now at:      


Eager to help your clients "go green" but need to build staff capacity and skills in green entrepreneurship as well? Then you won't want to miss Dr. Raquel Pinderhughes and Roots of Success -- an environmental literacy and job readiness curriculum that provides underserved individuals with the knowledge and skills they need to secure good green jobs, develop green small businesses and improve conditions in their communities. Raquel will share examples of the curriculum and we'll show you how to integrate this model into your organization's business development services!  


Host: Jason Friedman, Friedman Associates   Guest presenter: Dr. Raquel PInderhughes, Professor of Urban Studies and Planning, San Francisco State University, Founder and Director, Roots of Success.  These webinars are provided by Access to Capital for Entrepreneurs/Georgia Green Loans and Friedman Associates and funded by the U.S. Small Business Administration PRIME Program.


Webinar: Getting the Governance You Deserve! September 25th at 2:00 pm Eastern

Space is limited.  Reserve your Webinar seat now at: After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the Webinar.

A critical piece of the "sustainability puzzle" is leadership, especially your Board of Directors. Demands for self-sufficiency and the need to demonstrate mission-driven success has prompted CDFIs to take deliberate steps to increase the active governance of their organizations and ensure for its own renewal and development.

But how do you encourage more active board engagement? In this free webinar, we will take you through a dynamic process to assess the health and role of governance in your organization and obtain more meaningful engagement. We will discuss how to create an operations plan for stronger governance and the creation of your Board Policies Manual - your playbook for effective governance. We will also give you tools to get started and recommend a plan of action.

The webinar will be led by Jason and Melanie Friedman of Friedman Associates. We have helped numerous CDFIs, micro lenders, and other nonprofits build a stronger platform for effective governance. For more information, visit us at

WCRL Webinar, Building Food Value Chains: Midwest Lessons Learned for Wealth Creation, September 20, 2012 with Rich Pirog and Nick McCann. Click here to see the profile and to register.


UTILIZING THE VILLAGE: Using Early Warning Indicators and Interventions to Help Rural Students Succeed in School, October 12, 2012 from 1:30 pm-3:00 pm EDT

Join the U.S. Department of Education and Jobs for the Future for this exciting event. This webinar is the second in a series on rural dropout prevention and recovery sponsored by the Department.  Dr. Robert Balfanz of the Everyone Graduates Center at Johns Hopkins University will discuss the unique needs of rural communities in setting up Early Warning Systems to identify students who may fall off-track for promotion or graduation. Several district leaders will showcase effective interventions to help struggling middle and high school students get back on a path to school success.  These highlighted interventions will include whole-school approaches, targeted supports for struggling students, and more intensive interventions. Participants will also have an opportunity to pose questions and share prevention/intervention best practices with peers. This session is designed for district and school leaders (superintendents, principals, key district staff, and intervention partners or program staff).  


Participants will come away from the session with:

  • New ideas and resources for setting up early warning systems in rural communities—such as how to select data proxies; aggregate and share information with school staff; and organize for intervention at the school level.
  • Information and resources describing how to set up early intervention strategies that are cost sensitive and easily implemented in rural districts.
  • Examples of practices that are working well to support students in rural communities across the country.  



  • Robert Balfanz, Everyone Graduates Center
  • Joseph Barrow Jr., Superintendent, Ware County, GA
  • Mark Willoughby, Director of Schools, Dekalb County, TN
  • Julie Turner, School Improvement Specialist, Dothan, AL


To register for this free event please visit: Please contact Monica at if you need technical assistance registering or if you do not receive a registration confirmation email within 24 hours.


Webinar Recorded - Thee first webinar in the Montana State University series on Transfer of Wealth and Sustaining Communities through Philanthropy can be found by clicking here. The next webinar is September 19th - Women Who Wine: A Local Philanthropy Model.





LeadingAge Offers Grants to Fund Projects That Blend Housing, Services for Low-Income Elderly - Grants of up to $25,000 are available to LeadingAge member organizations for projects designed to address the importance of bringing housing and services together to meet the needs of lower income elderly....Deadline: October 30, 2012


Chamber Music America Invites Concert Presenters to Apply for Jazz Program Support - Support of up to $12,000 is available to U.S.-based CMA members to engage U.S. jazz ensembles for public performances…Deadline: October 12, 2012


Responsible Sports Program Opens Fall 2012 Community Grants Program - Grants of $2,500 will be awarded to youth sports organizations whose coaches, parents, administrators, and supporters participate in the Responsible Sports program.... Deadline: November 30, 2012


YSA, UnitedHealthcare Offer Grants for Service-Learning Projects to Combat Childhood Obesity - Grants of up to $1,000 are available for youth-led service-learning projects that combat childhood obesity through walking, running, or hiking.... Deadline: October 15, 2012


NEA Foundation-Nickelodeon Big Help Grants Available to K-8 Public School Educators - Grants of up to $5,000 are available to K-8 public school educators for the development and implementation of approaches to four key issue areas — environmentalism, health and wellness, students' rights to a quality education, and community involvement.... Deadline: October 15, 2012


Pre-Proposals Invited for SPIRIT of Conservation Migratory Bird Program - Grants ranging from $25,000 to $200,000 will be awarded for bird habitat improvement and conservation projects in areas where ConocoPhillips has an operating presence.... Deadline: October 2, 2012 (Pre-proposals)


Tree Research and Education Endowment Fund Accepting Applications for Research Projects - Grants of up to $10,000 are available for arboriculture and urban forestry research projects anywhere in the world....Deadline: October 1, 2012


Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Announces Forward Promise Innovation Grants
Up to ten grants of up to $500,000 will be awarded to support innovative community-based projects designed to improve health and opportunities for success for middle school- and high school-aged boys and young men of color.... Deadline: October 10, 2012 (Brief proposals)


Shubert Foundation Announces 2012-13 Grant Guidelines for Theater and Dance
The foundation provides general operating support to not-for-profit professional resident theater and dance companies in the United States as well as some arts-related organizations that help support their development.... Deadline: October 15, 2012 (Dance, Arts Related, Education); December 3, 2012 (Theater)


North Face Explore Fund Accepting Proposals for Programs to Connect Children With Nature - Grants of up to $2,500 will be made to nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations for programs or projects that help connect children and youth to the outdoors.... Deadline: October 8, 2012


Funders' Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities Announces Round Two of Local Sustainability Matching Fund - Matching awards of $25,000 to $75,000 will be provided to build partnerships between local government sustainability directors and local place-based foundations to advance sustainability initiatives that demonstrate broad community support.... Deadline: October 1, 2012


American Association of School Librarians Invites Applications for National School Library Program of the Year Award - An award of $10,000 will be presented to up to three schools or school districts in honor of exemplary school library programs that are fully integrated into the school's curriculum.... Deadline: January 1, 2013


Project Ignition Offers Teen Driver Safety Service-Learning Grants to High School Students - Public high schools in the United States and the Canadian provinces of Alberta, Ontario, and New Brunswick are invited to apply for grants of $2,000 to support teen driver safety service-learning projects.... Deadline: November 15, 2012


National Science Teachers Association Invites Applications for Shell Science Teaching Award - An award of $10,000 will be presented to an outstanding classroom teacher (grades K-12) in the United States or Canada who has had a positive impact on his or her students, school, and community through exemplary science teaching.... Deadline: November 12, 2012


Call for Applications Open for Annual Vernier/National Science Teachers' Association Technology Awards - Cash and technology awards valued at $5,500 will be awarded to seven STEM educators from kindergarten to college level for their innovative use of data-collection technology in the science classroom.... Deadline: November 30, 2012


Kids In Need Teacher Grants Help Teachers Realize Their Dreams – Due Sept. 30

Kids In Need Teacher Grants provide K-12 educators with funding to provide innovative learning opportunities for their students. The Kids In Need Foundation helps to engage students in the learning process by supporting our most creative and important educational resource — our nation's teachers.


Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education (THCGME) Program - Application deadline: Sep 28, 2012. Provides graduate medical education payments to support community-based training. Payments will cover the costs of new residency programs in community-based ambulatory primary care settings.


Country Doctor of the Year Award - Application deadline: Oct 15, 2012.  Award to a physician who best exemplifies the spirit, skill, and dedication of America's rural medical practitioners.


Rural Health Network Development Planning Grant Program - Application deadline: Oct 15, 2012. Funding for needs related to planning and establishing community health networks.


2013 Pro Bono Physician Search - Application deadline: Dec 15, 2012. Provides a full service physician recruitment program to a medically underserved community.


Office of Rural Health Policy Rural Guide to Health Professions Funding - This guide includes information that will increase rural health care providers’ familiarity with the broad range of HRSA workforce funding. These multiple HRSA grant programs can work together to address the continuing multi-faceted rural health care delivery challenges. This guide also includes initiatives in other Federal departments. Organization: Office of Rural Health Policy. Date: 05 / 2012



Suzette M. Agans
Rural Development | Community and Economic Development
U.S. Department of Agriculture
1400 Independence Ave., S.W. Stop 3254 | Washington, D.C. 20250
Phone: 202.401.1922 | Fax: 202.401.7311

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