Monday, January 7, 2013

FW: Publications, Tools, Learning and Funding

Several publications and funding opportunities for rural health care and Native American program listed below, among other opportunities. Enjoy!


From: Agans, Suzette - RD, Washington, DC []
Sent: Friday, January 04, 2013 3:44 PM
Subject: Publications, Tools, Learning and Funding




Characteristics of Rural RNs Who Live and Work in Different Communities (Policy Brief)
Explores why many registered nurses (RNs) living in rural areas of the United States leave their communities to work in other rural and urban communities.
Organization: WWAMI Rural Health Research Center.  Date: 09 / 2012


Community Benefit Activities of Critical Access Hospitals, Non-Metropolitan Hospitals and Metropolitan Hospitals
Compares CAHs to non-metropolitan non-CAHs (non-metro hospitals) and metropolitan (metro) hospitals using a set of community benefit indicators developed by the Flex Monitoring Team (FMT). Organization: Flex Monitoring Team. Date: 11 / 2012


Critical Access Hospital Finance 101 Manual - Provides financial resources for state Medicare Rural Hospital Flexibility (Flex) Program personnel as well as staff and boards of critical access hospitals (CAHs). Organization: National Rural Health Resource Center. Date: 11 / 2012


Rural America at a Glance, 2012 Edition - Highlights indicators of social and economic conditions in rural areas for use in developing policies and programs to assist rural areas. Focuses on the U.S. rural economy, including employment trends, poverty, and population trends. Organization: USDA Economic Research Service. Date: 12 / 2012


Farm household income is diverse in sources and levels

Because of the USDA’s broad definition of a farm, the population of farm households is economically diverse. In 2011, households of the principal operators of commercial farms-- farms with annual gross sales of $250,000 or more-- had a median total income of $127,009 and a median income from farming activities of $84,649. In contrast, households associated with intermediate farms--those with less than $250,000 in sales whose principal operators considered farming their primary occupation--typically have a loss from farming. The same is true for households of rural residence farms, defined as having less than $250,000 in sales but whose principal operator’s primary occupation is not farming. The typical intermediate and rural residence farm household experienced similar losses from farming, but rural residence farm households had higher median total income ($61,260 compared with $45,889) because of greater off-farm income. Of the three types of farm households, only intermediate farm households had a lower median total income than U.S. households overall ($45,889 compared with $50,054). A chart is based on data found in the Farm Household Well-being topic page on the ERS website, updated November 2012.  See the ERS Charts of Note


New Markets Tax Credit Economic Impact Report 2003–2012 has been issued by a coalition of community development organizations and financial institutions.  It details how an expired federal tax credit has spurred private investment in economically distressed communities to create over 500,000 jobs, generate over $5.3 billion in federal income tax revenue and over $3 billion in state and local taxes – an amount which more than covers the cost of the program as measured in terms of revenue lost by the federal government. To get a free copy, click here.





RUPRI's (Rural Policy Research Institute) Rural Futures Lab has introduced a new monthly blog post that will focus on "the rural differential". Each month, it will focus on a particular social, economic or demographic indicator and examine what the data shows about rural America. The first post talks about data in general, and where do we get data for rural America? Visit the blog here.  


Creating a Social Media Policy. In the latest article in a series of articles from the Philanthropy News Digest, tips for developing a social media policy are highlighted. Read the article here.  





BRIEFING PAPER: Asset-Based Economic Development and Building Sustainable Rural Communities, Part 1: Industry and Industry Clusters -


WEBINAR: Starting a Small Business, Wednesday, January 9, 2013, 2:00pm - 3:00pm EST

Focus Area: Financial Wellness Instructor: Adam Recvlohe

According to the U.S. Department of Commerce, 7 out of 10 new employer firms survive at least 2 years, half at least 5 years, and only a quarter stay in business 15 years or more. Taking into account these statistics, it is important to have a good foundation in small business operation principals if you are seeking to begin your own business. This course will assist those who want to assess their readiness to start a business, and learn basic business principals.

Course Objectives:
After this webinar, attendees will be able to:

• Describe basic business processes;
• Identify steps to preparing to open a business;
• Analyze your readiness to start your business.

From:  Kerretv (Key-thee-duh, Creek word for “Learning”) Online, the Native Learning Centers online environment for learning. Register at


VIDEO: Individual Development Accounts (IDAs) are matched savings accounts that help low-income people save money to acquire an appreciating asset, such as a home, pay for higher education or advanced training, or build a new or existing small business. Using a locally-assembled combination of federal and non-federal funds, community organizations provide a match of at least one dollar for every dollar the IDA accountholder saves each month. If you would like to learn more about IDA programs, click here to watch “The Road Less Traveled: Innovative Solutions in Rural IDA Programs”, a webinar broadcast earlier this year by the Assets for Independence (AFI) Resource Center.


WEBINAR: Role of Nonprofits in Developing Worker Cooperatives,

Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013 • 2 - 3 pm, Eastern Register Now
Join this webinar to learn what it takes for nonprofit community-based organizations to develop a worker-owned cooperative successfully. You will learn best practices in grassroots economic development as well as additional cooperative development resources.


  • The complex relationship between nonprofit incubators and the cooperatives they build, from pre-launch through maturity
  • The challenges and opportunities of cooperative development in low-income communities, and how to determine the feasibility of cooperative development
  • The availability of resources and tools to help organizers develop a worker-owned cooperative





Telehealth Network Grant Program (TNGP) - Application deadline: Feb 13, 2013
Funding to demonstrate how telehealth programs and networks can improve access to quality health care services in rural, frontier and underserved communities.


Telehealth Resource Center Grant Program - Application deadline: Feb 25, 2013
Supports the establishment and development of Telehealth Resource Centers (TRCs) which provide technical assistance in the implementation of cost-effective telehealth programs to serve rural and medically underserved areas and populations.


Foundation for Rural Service College Scholarship Program - Application deadline: Mar 1, 2013
Offers scholarships to students from rural America for their first year of college, university, or vocational-technical school.


Victims of Crime - Children’s Justice Act Partnerships for Indian Communities - Application deadline: Mar 5, 2013
Offers funding for programs that provide responses to child abuse victims and their families in Native American/Alaska Native communities.


Grants to States to Support Oral Health Workforce Activities - Application deadline: Apr 3, 2013
Offers funding to states to develop and implement programs that address the dental workforce needs of designated dental health professional shortage areas.


Sundance Institute Invites Applications for Native American Filmmakers Fellowship Lab
Emerging Native American, Native Hawaiian, and Alaskan Native film artists working in the United States are invited to apply for a two-stage fellowship designed to help them develop their scripts and advance their professional development.... Deadline: February 1, 2013


Needmor Fund Offers Support for Community Organizing Efforts
Core operating support is available to community organizing groups in the United States working to change social, economic, or political conditions that bar or restrict participation in democratic society.... Deadline: January 10, 2013, and May 31, 2013


Students Invited to Apply for Google Journalism Fellowships
Undergraduate and graduate students are invited to apply for ten-week fellowships focused on data-driven journalism, online free expression, and rethinking the business of journalism in a digital age.... Deadline: January 31, 2013


Independent Sector Accepting Nominations for Gardner Leadership Award - The award will be presented to an American whose leadership in or related to the nonprofit community at the international, national, or regional level has been transformative.... Deadline: January 31, 2013


THE SURDNA FOUNDATION is accepting applications under its Sustainable Environments Program on a rolling basis. The Foundation's grant making is focused on smart growth, climate and energy, and green economies through a lens of next generation infrastructure. Letters of Inquiry are accepted at any time, and successful applicants will be asked to submit a full proposal. To learn more about Surdna, click here.


BEN & JERRY'S FOUNDATION is offering funding to nonprofit community organizations for its Grassroots Organizing for Social Change Program. The broad goals of the program are to further social justice, protect the environment and support sustainable food systems. Deadline: Letters of interest may be submitted from January 1 through March 31 for the third quarter grant cycle of 2013. Visit the Foundation’s website here to review the funding priorities and submit an online letter of interest.


THE MACARTHUR FOUNDATION is offering grants to nonprofit and public agencies for research on how affordable housing affects communities. The purpose of the program is to expand the body of empirical evidence with respect to the difference that living in decent, stable and affordable housing makes in the lives of children, families and communities. Deadline: 1/11/2013. Click here for more information.  


HUD has issued a NOFA for the Rural Capacity Building for Community Development and Affordable Housing Grants program for national nonprofits. Funds are available to enhance the capacity and ability of local governments, Indian tribes, housing development organizations, rural CDCs and CHDOs to carry out community development and affordable housing activities that benefit low and moderate income families and people in rural areas. Deadline to apply: 1/23/2013. For an application, click here.


HUD is offering grants for The Strong Cities, Strong Communities National Resource Network program that provides support for the development of a network that will help communities make more effective local investments to strengthen economic growth and resiliency. Deadline: 1/28/2013. Click here for more information on this program.


THE HEALTH RESOURCES AND SERVICES ADMINISTRATION is offering grants through the Small Health Care Provider Quality Improvement Grant Program to rural public or nonprofit healthcare organizations. Deadline: 1/30/2013. Click here for more information  


THE ISLA CARROLL TURNER FRIENDSHIP TRUST is offering grants to nonprofit organizations throughout the state of Texas that provide services to the elderly. Types of programs considered for funding include health centers, recreation programs, retirement services, Alzheimer’s initiatives, meal delivery programs, nursing facilities, etc. Support is also provided for primary caregiver education programs focusing on the elderly and nursing scholarships for students specializing in gerontology. Deadline: 1/31/2013. Application guidelines and forms are available on the Trust's website here.  


THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES is offering grants through the Native American Language Preservation and Maintenance Program for projects that contribute to the social development and self-sufficiency of Native communities through the preservation and maintenance of Native American languages. Priority will be given to proposed activities that promote economic and social self-sufficiency for American Indians, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, and other Native American Pacific Islanders from American Samoa, Guam, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. Deadline: 1/31/2013. For an application and guidelines, click here.


CENTER FOR NATIVE AMERICAN YOUTH is inviting Native American teens to submit their stories for Champions for Change Program. Native American youth between the ages of 14 and 24 are invited to submit their stories of leadership and service in tribal and urban Indian communities, schools and programs. Deadline: 1/31/2013. To learn more about this program, click here.  


21ST CENTURY COMMUNITY LEARNING CENTERS (CCLC) GRANTS. At least three states are offering grants to nonprofits and educational agencies to support the creation of community learning centers that provide academic opportunities during non-school hours for children, particularly those who attend high-poverty and low-performing schools. In Delaware the deadline to apply is: 2/1/2013. Click here to learn more. In Wisconsin, the deadline is 2/1/2013. Click here for program requirements.  In Wyoming, the deadline is 1/30/2013. Click here for information and an application. Check your state's website to find out if it is participating.


THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION is offering grants through the Native American and Alaska Native Children in School Program. The purpose of the program is to provide grants to Indian tribes, tribally sanctioned educational authorities and elementary or secondary schools that are operated or funded by the Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Indian Education, or a consortium of these entities. The deadline to apply is 2/1/2013. Click here for more information.


YOUTH SERVICE AMERICA is accepting applications for Disney Friends for Change Grants. Grants of $1,000 will be awarded for youth-led projects in the United States that demonstrate youth leadership, creativity and a commitment to making a positive community impact. Deadline: 2/10/2013. For more information and to apply, click here.  


THE KAZANJIAN FOUNDATION is offering Economic Literacy Grants for projects that elevate the nation’s understanding of the need for economic education. It will support programs that increase public participation in economic education and/or create a demand for greater economic literacy. Programs that help otherwise disenfranchised youth and/or young adults with children learn to participate in the economic system will be considered. Deadline: 2/15/2013. To learn more about this Foundation and review application guidelines, click here.


THE DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY has announced the availability of funds through its Community Development Financial Institutions Program (CDFI) for certified CDFIs. The program offers financial assistance grants to fund a wide array of community development, affordable housing and economic development projects sponsored by CDFIs, which are nonprofits or credit unions certified to participate in the program that lend or invest in their communities. Deadline to apply: 2/28/2013. For more information on this program, click here.  


THE DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE'S Rural Housing Service has announced the availability of funds through the demonstration program to preserve and revitalize existing rural rental housing projects under Section 515, Section 514, and Section 516 of the Housing Act of 1949. Deadline: Pre-applications are due 2/28/2013. For application guidelines, click here.


THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE is offering funding for programs that provide responses to child abuse victims and their families in Native American and Alaska Native communities. Deadline: 3/5/2013. Click here to learn more about this program.  


THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE has announced the availability of funding to improve public safety and victim services in Tribal communities. Federally-recognized Indian Tribal governments may apply for funds to develop a comprehensive and coordinated approach to public safety and victimization issues. Deadline: 3/19/2013. For more information, click here.



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

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