Wednesday, February 27, 2013

FW: March 13 In-service


The March 13, 2013 Community Snapshots: Socio-Economics Edition workshop will be held at the Cleveland County Extension Office (601 E. Robinson, Norman, OK). Please see the attached brochure for more details and a registration form.




Dave Shideler

Friday, February 22, 2013

FW: Publications, Tool, Learning, and Funding

Resources from our colleagues at USDA-Rural Development. Seems to be theme running about social enterprises (e.g., non-profits).


From: Agans, Suzette - RD, Washington, DC []
Sent: Friday, February 22, 2013 2:52 PM
Subject: Publications, Tool, Learning, and Funding




New Report Highlights Strategies to Improve Municipal Stormwater Permits
American Rivers has released a new report Permitting Green Infrastructure : A Guide to Improving Municipal Stormwater Permits and Protecting Water Quality which “provides clear examples of new developments in municipal stormwater permits that foster on-site management of stormwater by encouraging or requiring that runoff be controlled through the practices commonly referred to as ‘low impact development’ or ‘green infrastructure’.”  This report contains model permit language, as well as legal and regulatory standards to guide municipalities in improving their local systems.  To read the report, click here.     

Beginning farms participate less than established farms in Government farm payment programs - Consistent with their commodity specializations, beginning farms—those whose operators have 10 or fewer years of farm operator experience—are less likely than more established farms to participate in Government direct-payment programs. Most farm programs focus on cash grain production while relatively few beginning farms specialize in cash grains. As a result, while they represented 22 percent of all farms in 2011, beginning farms accounted for only 14 percent of all farms that received Government payments, and received only 9 percent of all payments that year. However, beginning farmers and ranchers do avail themselves of other farm programs targeted at their needs, including farm loans, the Conservation Reserve Program’s Transition Incentive Program, and the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program. A chart is found in the ERS report, Beginning Farmers and Ranchers at a Glance, EB-22, January 2013.


The Rural Monitor - special edition of the Rural Monitor celebrating 10 years of service to rural America. Includes a focus on recurring topics of care coordination, health promotion and housing; and provides updates on organizations featured in previous articles.


New Minority Population Maps are Available
The Rural Assistance Center announces the addition of two new maps featuring data on 1) American Indian and Alaska Native Population and 2) Black or African American Population.


Teen Parenthood Most Common in Rural America
Feb 21, 2013 -- Today, the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy released a brief highlighting new data on teen childbearing in rural America. The study found that the teen birth rate in rural counties is nearly one-third higher compared to the rest of the country.


Community Connections - Access case studies spotlighting hospitals and health systems (some are in rural areas) that have successfully collaborated with local community organizations to promote care coordination, wellness, and prevention. Website also includes tools and resources to help health care facilities be accountable and transparent to their communities and deliver quality care.
Organization: American Hospital Association

Farm household income forecast up in 2012 and 2013, varies by source and level by farm typology - Median total farm household income is forecast to increase by 1.2 percent in 2012, to $57,723, and by an additional 1.9 percent in 2013, to $58,845. Given the broad USDA definition of a farm, many farms are not profitable even in the best farm income years. Despite high prices for many crops, 2012 was no exception, with median income from farming projected to be -$2,799. On the other hand, commercial farms (those with $250,000 or more in gross sales) derive the majority of their income from farming. Their median income from farming increased by 7.9 percent in 2011, as did their total household income. (Income forecasts by farm typology are not available for 2012 and 2013.) Gains in income for households associated with smaller farms--whether farming is considered the operator’s primary occupation (referred to as intermediate farms) or not (residential farms)--came from higher off-farm income in 2011. A chart is found in the Farm Household Well-being topic page on the ERS website, updated February 11, 2013.


Small Business Profile for the States and Territories, The Small Business Administration today has announced the availability of this annual analysis of each state’s small businesses.  The report finds that small businesses employ 55 million workers nationwide, nearly half – 49.1 percent – of the private-sector labor force.  All in all, the country’s 27.8 million small businesses now represent 99.7 percent of all employers in the United States.  The report also states that self-employment improved over the last decade nationwide, while minority self-employment saw the largest growth.

Each state’s small business profile contains detailed information about the number and type of businesses in each state, business owner demographics, industrial makeup, business turnover and income and finance.  Most data are also presented in comparison with similar data over time.  Each state’s small business profile can be read or downloaded by visiting the Office of Advocacy’s website at





Tip Sheet 11: Business Plan Outlines for Social Enterprises





Webinar:  Got Unrestricted Revenue? The Social Enterprise Process, 2/27/2013 - 1PM ET
Jean Block - Social Enterprise Ventures, LLC

This fast-paced webinar is taught by a nonprofit consultant and trainer who has led nearly 100 nonprofits through the process to write their business plan for earned income. You’ll explore the seven key steps required to launch a successful social more.


Webinar: Social Change Anytime Everywhere: Best Practices to Build a Multichannel Campaign Plan, 2/27/2013 - 3PM ET

Amy Sample Ward - NTEN

This session provides highlights from the new book Social Change Anytime Everywhere: How to Implement Online Multichannel Strategies to Spark Advocacy, Raise Money, and Engage your Community by Allyson Kapin and Amy Sample Ward and gives you the next steps you need to start working to create real social change online and on the more.


3.13 NCBA Webinar: Save Time, Money & Sanity: Hire an Outreach Coordinator for Your Food Co-op

Explores how food co-ops can grow membership, build broader community support and garner stellar press coverage by... MORE »


3.14 NCBA Webinar: Cooperative Governance: From Provocative to Practical

Covers hot topics in cooperative governance, including how to maintain a strong democracy as a co-op grows and ... MORE »





Crowd Funding – one such website is, which is a crowd funding service for those seeking startup capital for ventures, including social enterprises.  Note: No endorsement is implied or given.


Rural Training Track Technical Assistance Demonstration Program (RTT-TA), Application deadline: Mar 18, 2013
Funding to form a consortium of organizations that support Rural Training Track (RTT) residency program sites by providing technical assistance, increasing medical student interest in RTT residency programs, and expanding the number of RTT programs.


Grants to Expand Care Coordination through the Use of Technology-Assisted Care in Targeted Areas of Need (TCE-TAC), Application deadline: Apr 10, 2013
Grants for the use of technology, including web-based services, smart phones, and behavioral health electronic applications (e-apps), to expand and/or enhance the ability of providers to care for patients in treatment.


Rural Health Information Technology (HIT) Workforce Program, Application deadline: Apr 15, 2013
Supports rural health networks that focus on activities relating to the recruitment, education, training, and retention of HIT specialists.


National Health Service Corps Loan Repayment Program, Application deadline: Apr 16, 2013
Provides loan repayment funding to primary health care professionals who agree to serve in Health Professional Shortage areas of the U.S.


Community Impact Grants Program, Application deadline: Aug 13, 2013
Funding for nonprofit organizations, public schools, and public service agencies in the United States that are using the power of volunteers to improve the physical health of their communities.


Indian Health Service Loan Repayment Program for Repayment of Health Professions Educational Loans, Application deadline: Aug 16, 2013
Provides loan repayment programs for health professions educational loans in return for full-time clinical service in Indian health programs.


National Health Service Corps Recruitment and Retention Assistance, Application deadline: Applications accepted on an ongoing basis.
Assistance for qualifying practice sites in recruiting and retaining community-responsive, culturally competent primary care clinicians.


Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Pioneer Portfolio Unsolicited Proposals, Application deadline: Applications accepted on an ongoing basis.
Grants to address health care workforce, innovative health care solutions, and health care to vulnerable populations.


Rural Broadband Access Loan and Loan Guarantee Program - Application deadline: Applications accepted on an ongoing basis.
This program furnishes loans and loan guarantees to provide funds for the costs of construction, improvement, or acquisition of facilities and equipment needed to provide service at the broadband lending speed in eligible rural areas.


Institute of International Education Invites At-Risk Scholars to Apply for Fellowships - The IIE's Scholar Rescue Fund provides fellowships for established professors, researchers, and public intellectuals whose lives or careers are threatened in their home countries.... Deadline: Open


American Honda Foundation Invites Applications for STEM Programs - Grants of up to $75,000 will be awarded to nonprofits and schools for programs that support science, technology, engineering, and math in youth education.... Deadline: Rolling


Deadline Extended for Innovations to Stop Unsustainable Fishing Award - The prize is designed to promote creative solutions with respect to the monitoring, surveillance, and control of both small and large-scale fisheries.... Deadline: March 31, 2013 (Extended)


eWomenNetwork Foundation Announces Grants for Small Organizations - The foundation awards grants of $6,000 to small entrepreneurial organizations working to address the health, wellness, and/or safety of underprivileged women and/or children.... Deadline: March 31, 2013


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professional development opportunities

Attached is a flier and registration for all of my in-services this year. All of these in-services are useful for Extension and non-Extension staff, so I would encourage you to share the brochure with your communities and partner organizations. Thanks for helping me to get the word out about these opportunities to learn more about data collection, community assessment methods, and asset-based community development!

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Recreational Homes, Gateway Communities & Rural Development

Interesting webinar (FREE!) that might be applicable for our recreational lake communities, especially!

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Feel free to share with others who may be interested in the upcoming NCRCRD Webinar:


Recreational Homes, Gateway Communities, and Rural Development


Gary Green & Dave Marcouiller

(University of Wisconsin)

Dan Erkkila, Bill Gartner & Ann Ziebarth

(University of Minnesota)

Mark Skidmore & Christine Vogt

(Michigan State University)

Richelle Winkler (Michigan Tech University)


March 13, 2013

3:00 PM – Eastern Time

About the webinar: 

Recreational homes and their occupants create both opportunities and pitfalls for communities in rural amenity-rich regions. This webinar will outline an applied research agenda and introduce a set of outreach materials to assist community leaders in addressing the set of issues surrounding recreational homes and their use.


About the Speakers:

Dan Erkkila.  Dan’s area of specialization is tourism economics, tourism business retention and expansion programs, and community tourism development and planning. His research interests include regional economic impacts from tourism and travel, nature-based tourism, and the identification of linkages between natural resource management processes and tourism.

Bill Gartner.  Bill’s expertise is tourism image and branding, international tourism development, and economic impact analysis.  He has a variety of past research projects that looked at seasonal (recreational) home development impacts and amenity values throughout the Lake States of Michigan, Wisconsin and Minnesota.

Gary Green. Gary’s background and areas of research interest focus on community and economic sociology.  In addition to extensive experience in community and economic development outreach throughout the United States, he has taught related topics in China, New Zealand, South Korea, Uganda, and Ukraine. 

Dave Marcouiller. Dave’s work deals with issues of resource-dependency and the unique planning needs of remote rural regions. His research focuses on amenity-based rural development, land use compatibility & conflict, integrative tourism planning, and outdoor recreation. 

Mark Skidmore.  Mark’s research has focused on public sector economics and economic development.  He has provided technical and consulting services on a range of issues related to economic development and government public finance and policy. 

Christine Vogt.  Christine’s research focuses on urban-rural interface communities, regional conservation plans, urban redevelopment areas, environmentally-friendly transportation infrastructure (trails, safe routes to school), technology use during vacation planning and travel, and examining tourism supply and demand at a county or community-level. 

Richelle Winkler.  Richelle is a community and environmental sociologist with skills in demographic methods, statistical analysis, geographic information systems (GIS), spatial data analysis, and community-based research. In particular, Dr. Winkler is interested in studies regarding the interaction of environment, natural resources, and population change; community based participatory research projects with local community groups; and patterns of rural migration in the United States.

Ann Ziebarth.  Ann is a rural sociologist with research interests including demographic, economic, and policy changes impacting small towns and rural areas and the outcomes for individuals, households, and communities.  She is particularly interested in the evaluation of local policy decision-making regarding land use, planning and housing regulations the results for various stakeholders.


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Friday, February 8, 2013

FW: Publications, Tools, Learning, and Funding

From our colleagues at USDA-Rural Development, this week’s resources have a number of opportunities for rural health and housing!




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Sent: Friday, February 08, 2013 8:53 AM
Subject: Publications, Tools, Learning, and Funding




DOT Federal Highways Livability Newsletter - The Federal Highway Administration published the next edition of the Livability Newsletter. You can check it out at:


New GME Model Strives to Keep Doctors in Underserved Areas - Jan 22, 2013 -- American Medical News article tells how a new model of federal funding for graduate medical education is training more residents in community-based health centers with the goal of reducing primary care physician shortages in medically underserved areas.


Challenges to Head Start and Early Childhood Development Programs in Rural Communities - Seeks to address the regulatory challenges to providing quality early childhood services in rural communities. Organization: National Advisory Committee on Rural Health and Human Services. Date: 12 / 2012


Need to Integrate Work Programs for Low-Income Rural Residents - Examines some of the issues and opportunities that could emerge from the integration of workforce programs in rural communities as well as the opportunities for DOL and HHS to further collaborate in serving low-income rural residents. Organization: National Advisory Committee on Rural Health and Human Services. Date: 12 / 2012


Why Do Some Critical Access Hospitals Close Their Skilled Nursing Facility Services While Others Retain Them? - Examines the factors related to the operation of skilled nursing services by critical access hospitals (CAHs) and specifically the factors related to closure of skilled nursing units by some CAHs and the continued provision of these services by others.
Organization: Flex Monitoring Team. Date: 12 / 2012


A new report from the Housing Assistance Council (HAC) discusses the housing crisis in rural America. Despite enjoying generally lower housing costs, an increasing number of rural households struggle with poverty. Get the report here.


Shelterforce Rooflines blog posted “10 Things That Did Not Happen in Rural Housing in 2012”. Read the post here.  


The National Rural Housing Coalition has released “Opening Doors to Rural Home Ownership: Opportunities to Expand Homeownership, Build Wealth, and Strengthen Communities”. The report documents successful federal strategies for providing affordable housing to low-income rural families, and focuses on homeownership programs administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Housing Service. Get a copy here.  


An article in the Daily Yonder on poverty rates discusses how few places are average in rural America, and gives information on the counties that had the largest increases and decreases in poverty rates from 2007 to 2011. Read the article by clicking here.


A recent paper from the Heritage Foundation profiles innovative programs that encourage saving among low-income populations. The report highlights a number of savings programs in the U.S. and abroad, including Michigan's Save to Win program that uses a lottery to incentivize saving, and Super Saver CDs, a product that many credit unions are using to help customers follow through on savings goals. Read the paper here.  


HHS Announces the Release of Adjusted Poverty Guidelines - On January 24, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced the release of their adjusted poverty guidelines for 2013. The adjustment accounts for a 2.1% increase in the cost of living from 2011 to 2012. For programs that use this benchmark, the 2013 poverty line for a family of four in the continental U.S. is $23,550. Click here to view the full report.





Introduction to the North Central Region County Food Systems Profiles Online Portal, February 11, 2013 (Monday) 1:00 PM – Eastern Time

The Food Systems Profile Portal Project was driven by a growing interest in food systems as a community economic development tool in the Upper Midwest. The goal of this project was to develop and publish an online food systems profile tool using existing secondary data sources to help county based educators and community leaders better understand the local/regional food system in a systematic way in the North Central Region. The web portal tool features printable county profiles and maps for a twelve state region, food systems resources by topic, and template discussion tools to help county educators make use of the profile in a community setting. This webinar will provide an overview of resources available through the portal, potential uses, as well as external sources of related data.  For a Sneak Peek go to


Registration: There is no registration and no fee for attending this webinar.   To join the webinar go to, “enter as a guest” is by default already chosen. Type your name into the text box provided, and click on “Enter Room”. You are now in the meeting room for the webinar.


If you’ve never used Adobe Connect on the computer you will be using, please use the “Test your connection” link below and do a test connection to the actual meeting space well in advance of the scheduled meeting time.  To facilitate Q&A’s, participants submit questions/comments via the Chat Function in Adobe Connect. The webinar will be recorded and archived at


Don’t Forget to Check Out Interactive Map of Current Transit Projects!

Transit Space Race 2013, an Interactive Map of Current Transit Projects from Reconnecting America, shows fixed-route transit projects planned and proposed in 2013, organized by the population of an area and the number of projects occurring there.  By clicking each region, a list of projects appears, complete with details including the project’s name, status, and transit technology, and a link to the project’s source.


NOAA Coastal Services Center to Hold Webinar on Coastal Imaging Software
On Wednesday, February 6 from 2-3pm EST, the NOAA Coastal Services Center will present a webinar highlighting the CanVis image and visualization tool which can be used to show coastal changes resulting from development, sea level rise, shoreline erosion, offshore wind turbines, and other conditions.  This easy-to-use image-editing software allows users to create simulations using digital photos and CanVis’ library to add buildings, infrastructure, natural elements, and other features.  The hour-long webinar will demonstrate the basics of using CanVis and show how it can be used for making policy decisions and presenting to the public.  Click here to learn more and RSVP.  Click here for an archive of previous Coastal Services Center webinars, which cover other mapping tools and data sources.         





WEBINAR: The Rural School and Community Trust is hosting a webinar in its Rural School Innovations Series titled “The STAR School's 3-to-3rd Project” on February 13, 2013 at 2:00 PM EST. Click here to register online for this free webinar series.  


WEBINAR:  Given the Chance to Spend $1 Million in Your Community, What Would You Do? Thursday, February 14, 2013, 4-5 PM EST

Across the country, local governments are asking their residents this same question, and actually doing something about it. That’s right - real people, real money, and real choices.

On this month’s CommunityMatters conference call, we’ll learn about Participatory Budgeting (or “PB” for short), a public process where community members decide how portions of their city or town’s budget should be spent.

register now

Josh Lerner is Executive Director of The Participatory Budgeting Project, a non-profit that empowers communities to decide how to spend public money. He first became involved in PB in 2003, when he wrote a PB guide for the City of Toronto. Since then, he has researched and worked with dozens of participatory budgeting processes in the US, Canada, Argentina, Brazil, Guatemala, Spain, and the UK.

Marti Brown, Councilmember in Vallejo, California will also join us on the line. Marti championed efforts to bring Participatory Budgeting to Vallejo; the city was first in the U.S. to adopt PB at a city-wide level.


WEBINAR:  Housing as an Asset-Building Platform. Friday, March 1, 2013, 3:30 pm EST / 2:30 pm CST / 1:30 pm MST / 12:30 pm PST

In response to demand for a reprise of the Assets Learning Conference session, Housing as an Asset-Building Platform, this webinar will present innovative strategies to integrate asset building and other financial services into affordable housing programs. As families across the country struggle to become financially secure, housing programs are looking to place-based, asset-building strategies as a way to help build up communities so that people stay and invest in the places where they live. In this session, you will learn how innovative housing authorities, intermediaries and affordable housing developers are helping low-income families build assets through savings opportunities, renter equity and other unique approaches.

Presenters include:

·         Chris Krehmeyer, Beyond Housing

·         Margery Spinney, Cornerstone Corporation for Shared Equity

·         Michael Mirra, Tacoma Housing Authority

·         Jennifer Medina, CFED (Facilitator)

Click here to register now! For more information, contact Jennifer Medina.





EPA Calls for Smart Growth Implementation Assistance Applications

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is seeking applications for its Smart Growth Implementation Assistance (SGIA) program which focuses on helping communities find innovative solutions to development challenges. Since 2005, the SGIA program has provided technical assistance to diverse communities on issues such as stormwater management, code revision, transit-oriented development, affordable housing, infill development, corridor planning, green building, and climate change. For more information, please see here. Applications are due on March 1. This year’s categories for assistance include:  1. Community Resilience to Disasters and Climate Change; 2. Redevelopment for Job Creation; 3. The Role of Manufactured and Modular Homes in Sustainable Neighborhood Design; and 4. Medical and Social Services Facilities Siting.  If you have questions about this solicitation, please contact Abby Hall (, 415-972-3384). 


Citizens' Institute on Rural Design Invites Proposals for Rural Communities Facing Design Challenges - The initiative brings together local leaders, nonprofts, and design specialists to address how rural communities can strengthen their economies, enhance their rural character, and design efficient housing and transportation systems.... Deadline: March 5, 2013


GTECH Seeks Proposals to Create Afterschool Computer Labs for At-Risk Youth - The company will provide computers, computer software, and technical assistance for afterschool computer centers for at-risk kids in communities where it has an office.... Deadline: Rolling


Cisco Systems Offers Cash Grants to Support Education and Critical Needs in Local Communities - The company's Community Impact program provides grants of up to $15,000 to nonprofits working to provide basic needs in underserved communities within a fifty-mile radius of a major Cisco office or facility....Deadline: February 15, 2013


RGK Foundation Accepting Proposals for 2013 Grants Cycle - The foundation supports nonprofit organizations working in the broad areas of K-12 education, community improvement/development, and health and medicine.... Deadline: Rolling


Home Depot Accepting Applications for Historically Black Colleges and Universities Improvement Grant Program - The fourth-annual Retool Your School program recognizes innovative projects that result in enduring improvements to the campuses and/or facilities of historically black colleges and universities.... Deadline: February 13, 2013 (Letter of Intent)


American Association of Community Colleges Announces Grants to Start Plus 50 Encore Completion Programs - The "Plus 50" program supports efforts to help students age 50 and over earn a certificate or degree in high-demand fields such as health care, education, and social services, thereby increasing their employment competitiveness.... Deadline: February 15, 2013


Connecting Kids to Coverage Outreach and Enrollment (Cycle III) - Application deadline: Feb 21, 2013
Grants to organizations that help families with children enroll in health coverage opportunities, including Medicaid, CHIP, and insurance affordability programs.


Health Center Program New Access Point Grants - Application deadline: Feb 27, 2013
Grants to support the establishment of new health service delivery sites for underserved and vulnerable populations.


Indian Health Service Dental Externships - Application deadline: Feb 28, 2013
Externships to dental students interested in a career with the Indian Health Service Division of Oral Health or a Tribal site.


NURSE Corps Loan Repayment Program - Application deadline: Feb 28, 2013
Offers loan repayment assistance to registered nurses, nurse practitioners, advanced practice nurses, and nursing school faculty who agree to work in underserved areas.


Rural Passenger Transportation Technical Assistance Program - Long Term Technical Assistance - Application deadline: Feb 28, 2013
Provides transit planning assistance for facility and service development and expansion.


Tribal Passenger Transportation Technical Assistance Program - Long Term Technical Assistance - Application deadline: Feb 28, 2013
Provides technical assistance to help Native American tribes enhance economic growth and development by improving transportation services.


Health Professions Extern Program - Application deadline: Mar 1, 2013
Provides externship opportunities for Indian Health Service Scholarship recipients, as well as other health professions students.


Nursing Workforce Diversity Grants (NWD) - Application deadline: Mar 8, 2013
Grants to establish and/or operate scholarship or stipend programs aimed at increasing nursing education opportunities for students from disadvantaged backgrounds.


Statewide Consumer Network Grant, Geographic Coverage: Available in 39 states. Application deadline: Mar 8, 2013
Funding to organizations controlled and managed by mental health consumers to enhance statewide capacity and infrastructure for activities related to wellness, integrated care, health care reform, and trauma-informed care.


Healthy Communities/Healthy America Fund- Letter of Intent (Required): Mar 15, 2013.  Application deadline: Mar 15, 2013
Grants to support the efforts of physicians and other volunteers working at free clinics to provide quality, affordable health care.


Small Rural Hospital Improvement Grant Program (SHIP) -Application deadline: Mar 15, 2013
Provides funding to small rural hospitals, through their State Office of Rural Health, to help them do any or all of the following: pay for costs related to the implementation of PPS, comply with provisions of HIPAA, and reduce medical errors and support quality improvement.


Delta States Rural Development Network Program - Geographic Coverage: Alabama, Arkansas, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Tennessee. Application deadline: Mar 18, 2013
Grants to fund projects that address the delivery of clinical health services for individuals with, or at risk of developing diabetes, cardiovascular disease, or obesity that affect rural communities in Delta states.


Healthy Workforce Challenge - Letter of Intent (Required): Feb 15, 2013.  Geographic Coverage: Alabama, Arkansas, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Tennessee
Application deadline: Mar 18, 2013.  Funding for pilot programs that work with local businesses to give incentives for healthy living behavior changes in the workplace. Applicants must dually apply for the Delta States Rural Development Network Grant Program.


Academy of General Dentistry Foundation Grant Program - Application deadline: Oct 31, 2013
Supports programs that offer access to quality oral health care outreach for underserved populations.


THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES has announced funding for the Telehealth Network Grant Program (TNGP). The objective of the program is to demonstrate how telehealth programs and networks can improve access to quality health care services in rural, frontier and underserved communities. TNGP networks are used to: (a) expand access to, coordinate, and improve the quality of health care services; (b) improve and expand the training of health care providers; and/or (c) expand and improve the quality of health information available to health care providers, patients and their families for decision-making. Deadline to apply: 2/13/2013. For an application and guidelines, click here.


LOWE'S CHARITABLE AND EDUCATION FOUNDATION has announced the availability of funding for their Toolbox for Education Grant Program. Grants range from $2,000 to $5,000 and are awarded in support of projects that encourage parent involvement in local schools and build stronger community spirit. Applicants must be a public K-12 school or nonprofit parent group associated with such a school. Deadline: 2/15/2013. To learn more about these grants, click here.


THE HEALTH RESOURCES AND SERVICES ADMINISTRATION is offering primary health care grants to nonprofit and public agencies to support the establishment of new service delivery sites for medically underserved populations to receive comprehensive primary and preventive health care services. Deadline to apply: 2/27/2013. Click here for more information on these grants.  


LOCAL INITIATIVES SUPPORT CORPORATION is accepting applications for the NFL Youth Football Fund Grassroots Program. The program provides matching grants of up to $200,000 to nonprofits working to make capital improvements to football fields in low- and moderate-income neighborhoods lacking clean, safe and accessible football fields. Deadline: 3/15/2013. Click here to learn more.


The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration is accepting applications from nonprofits and public entities for Targeted Capacity Expansion Peer-to-Peer (TCE-PTP) grants. The purpose of this program is to expand and enhance service capacity through the provision of addiction peer recovery support services for those individuals with substance use disorders. Deadline: 3/15/2013. Click here for an application and guidelines.  


HUD is offering Comprehensive Housing Counseling grants to housing counseling agencies (including local housing counseling agencies, intermediaries and multi-state organizations) that are directly approved by HUD and State Housing Finance Agencies (SHFAs). Deadline: 3/18/2013. To get an application, click here.


HUD has issued a NOFA for the Indian Community Development Block Grant (ICDBG) Program. The purpose of the ICDBG program is the development of viable Indian and Alaska Native communities, including the creation of decent housing, suitable living environments and economic opportunities primarily for persons with low and moderate- incomes. Deadline: 3/18/2013. To read the notice, click here.  For more information contact Roberta Youmans (202-402-3316). Click here on how to apply.


HUD has issued a NOFA for the Healthy Homes program which will fund technical studies to improve existing methods for detecting and controlling key housing-related health and safety hazards to develop new methods to detect and control these hazards and to improve our knowledge of key housing-related health and safety hazards. Deadline: 3/19/2013. To learn more and to apply, click here. Academics, nonprofits, for-profits, state and local governments and tribes are eligible to apply. For programmatic questions contact Dr. Peter Ashley (, 202-402-7595) and for grants administrative questions contact Ms. Nadine Heath (, 202-402-7680).


THE DEPARTMENT OF LABOR has issued a NOFA for the YouthBuild program for nonprofits, state and local governments, and tribes. YouthBuild grants will be awarded through a competitive process to organizations to oversee the provision of education, occupational skills training and employment services to disadvantaged youth in their communities while performing meaningful work and service to their communities. Deadline: 3/19/2013. Click here for an application.  For more information contact Kia Mason (, 202-693-2606)


THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE is offering Coordinated Tribal Assistance Grants to federally-recognized Indian Tribal governments, including Alaska Native villages and Tribal consortia consisting of two or more federally-recognized Indian Tribes. This solicitation provides federally-recognized Tribes and Tribal consortia an opportunity to develop a comprehensive and coordinated approach to public safety and victimization issues. Deadline to apply: 3/19/2013. For more information and to apply, click here.


THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES has issued a request for proposals for the Ethnic Community Self Help Program Grant. The objective of this program is to strengthen organized ethnic communities to ensure ongoing support and services to refugees within five years after their initial resettlement. National, regional (multi-state) or local refugee ethnic-based community organizations that address community building and facilitate cultural adjustment and integration are invited to apply. Deadline: 3/22/2013. To learn more about this opportunity, click here.


HUD has issued a NOFA for the Self-Help Homeownership Opportunity Program (SHOP). SHOP funds are awarded to national and regional nonprofit organizations and consortia to facilitate and encourage innovative homeownership opportunities on a national, geographically diverse basis through the provision of self-help homeownership housing programs. Deadline: 4/24/2013. Click here for an application.  For more information contact Ginger Macomber (202-402-4605).


THE DOLLAR GENERAL LITERACY FOUNDATION is accepting applications for youth literacy grants of up to $4,000 from schools, public libraries and nonprofits located within twenty miles of a Dollar General store that are working to help students who are below grade level or experiencing difficulty reading. Deadline: 5/23/2013. Click here to visit the website.  


USDA will offer Farm 'Microloans' to Small Farmers. The Sioux City Journal published an article that reports that the U.S. Department of Agriculture has created a new loan program to help operators of small farms, including those who want to take advantage of growing consumer interest in locally produced food. Read the article 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 | Fax 202.401.7311

"Committed to the future of rural communities"
"Estamos dedicados al futuro de las comunidades rurales"


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Thursday, February 7, 2013

Social Media for Businesses webinars (FREE!)

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Please help me to disseminate the information below regarding two free webinars on social media uses for businesses!


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eXtension - Entrepreneurs and Their Communities

Winter Webinar Series

Second Thursday of every month

2:00 p.m. (ET); 1:00 p.m. (CT); 12:00 p.m. (MT); 11:00 am (PT)

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February 14 - Top 10 Trends and Cool Tools in Social Media

Julie Fox joins us again this year for a popular session on what's new in social media. This fast moving session goes beyond the latest statistics to demonstrate what's working and show you how to benefit from the latest social media trends and tools.


Presenter - Julie Fox, Ohio State Extension


March 14 - Pinterest for Your Business

Just when you thought you’d gotten a handle on social media by getting on Facebook and maybe giving Twitter a try, along comes Pinterest. Pinterest is now the number three most-popular social network in the U.S., behind only Facebook and Twitter, according to Experian’s Digital Marketer Trend and Benchmark Report.  Thru this webinar an introduction to what Pinterest is and why you should use it for your business will be presented. Also discussed will be setting up a Pinterest account, how to interact, and how to create pin boards.


Presenters Tara Gross is a young entrepreneur and owner of Country Drawers in Cambridge, Nebraska and Connie Hancock is an Extension Educator from UNL Extension.


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Mark your calendars! The eXtension Entrepreneurship webinar series continues with some very timely topics. All webinars will air monthly on the second Thursday at 2:00pm (ET); 1:00pm (CT); 12:00pm (MT); 11:00am (PT).

No pre-registration is required and there is no fee to participate. About 10 minutes prior to the start time simply go the Adobe Connect Pro meeting room at You will be presented with a login screen that has an "Enter as Guest" option. Enter your full name then click "Enter Room" to join the conference. You will be able to hear the audio directly from your computer’s speakers.


Friday, February 1, 2013

FW: Publications, Learning, Tools, and Funding

Resources from our colleagues at USDA-Rural Development.


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Five Things You can Do to Help Your Community – Attached is a quick primer on how a community or region can kick start their path down the road to a better place.  It includes references to other handy tools. I have attached this 5-page document from RCAP.


Tourism Bureau establishes “Locavore Route” to promote tourism in NE OH -


Read the Heartworks Case Study - To find out how Biddeford tackled the challenge of reinventing itself through revitalization, check out the Case Study of the Heartworks Downtown Master Plan project. Read Case Study

Read a new Transfer of Wealth Issue paper for a story about how one foundation is using Transfer of Wealth (TOW) research as a part of its youth and community engagement strategies.

Market penetration by farmers’ markets varies geographically - Farmers’ markets are a significant source of fresh fruit, vegetables, meats, and other items sold directly from the producer or farmer to U.S. consumers. Data from August 2012 show that across much of the United States the number of farmers’ markets continues to grow. Since 2009, counties that showed the largest increase in the number of farmers’ markets per capita tended to be near urban areas, particularly along the East and West coasts and in the historically industrialized parts of the Midwest. But counties where the number has declined relative to population are often adjacent to or surrounded by those that showed the largest growth, suggesting that these local markets are dynamic and heterogeneous despite their geographic similarities. Areas where the density of these markets relative to population is the most stable tend to be in the most sparsely populated parts of the country, likely reflecting a population density too small to make new or additional markets economically viable. A map is available from ERS’s Food Environment Atlas.


Historic Regional Concentrations Persist

High-poverty areas tend to be clustered into groups of contiguous counties that reflect distinct regional concentrations. This can pose special problems by taxing the resources that State and local governments can bring to bear to address poverty. The majority of nonmetro high-poverty counties and nonmetro poor are located in specific geographic areas with a long history of distressed or transitioning regional economies, many with a former dependency on natural resources and/or a largely low-skill minority population. High levels of nonmetro poverty are pervasive in the South, particularly in the Cotton Belt, Southern Appalachia, the Rio Grande, and the Mississippi Delta. Poverty rates are typically highest at the cores of these high-poverty clusters and then taper off gradually toward the edges.


There were 193 nonmetro counties newly defined as high poverty in 2006-10, compared with 55 metro counties. Most of the new nonmetro high-poverty counties are adjacent to previously existing high-poverty clusters. The majority are in the Southern Interior Uplands, the Cotton Belt, the Southern Piedmont, and the Southern Great Plains. These regions are characterized by historically high rates of poverty for rural racial/ethnic minority populations (see “Anatomy of Nonmetro High Poverty Areas” in the February 2004 issue of Amber Waves). Findings also reveal an emerging nonmetro high-poverty region in the Pacific Northwest and a more dispersed pattern of new high-poverty counties elsewhere in the West and the Midwest. This suggests that not only has the incidence of concentrated nonmetro poverty increased over the last decade but that it has also become more widespread.




Public Process and the Perils of Dismissive Engagement

“What would you like to see here?”And there it is. Perhaps the most inane question ever posed in the course of a public design process. And posed it is, constantly. “We’re doing a master plan for downtown. What would you like to see here?” It’s crazy. In one sweeping question, practitioners not only set the stage for unmet expectations, they devalue the art and craft of urban design at the same time. Steve Jobs famously said,  “A lot of times, people don’t know what they want until you show it to them.” He didn’t mean that people are incapable of articulating their own needs and desires. He meant that they can identify things they want to be able to do, or problems they need solved, but they’re not necessarily equipped to deliver the most elegant solution.


Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City Newsletter: Despite a severe drought, profits in the U.S. farm sector soared in 2012.  Although total farm incomes remained high, the drought exacerbated a widening gulf in profitability between the crop and livestock sectors.  This issue of the Main Street Economist explores the possibility that the pendulum of farm profits may be about to swing.


Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City Newsletter:  In general, indexes reflecting economic conditions for Fourth Quarter 2012 in the Low-Middle-Income (LMI) community were fairly stable and remained moderately below neutral, suggesting the general assessment is that conditions are worsening.  Still, the overwhelming number of respondents reported little change.  Labor market conditions have improved compared to one year ago.





Video Tutorial for New and Improved American FactFinder - The U.S. Census Bureau has simplified FactFinder. You've got to try it! See my quick tutorial on YouTube.

The Census Bureau announced earlier this week that it has revised American FactFinder. Check out the new The new version provides two easy ways to search for information (Community Facts and Guided Search) as well access to all data through Advanced Search, which was previously the only option. 


I(Rebekka) love this new version so much that I've already posted a short demonstration on YouTube at  And while we are on the topic of Census data, don't forget about the state- and county-level data that is available in seconds through the Census Bureau's QuickFacts.This is still the fastest way to find basic Census data.


WEBINAR: eXtension webinar, Top 10 Trends and Cool Tools in Social Media, to be held February 14, 2013 at 2 p.m. (ET). To join, click here and enter as "Guest".


WEBINAR: UTILIZING THE VILLAGE: Effective Reengagement and Recovery Programming in Rural Communities - February 28, 2013 from 1:30 pm-3:00 pm EDT


  • Gary Chapman, Executive Vice President, Communities In Schools (CIS), National network
  • Constance Thomas, Executive Director, Berrien County Collaborative, Inc., Communities In Schools/Family Connection - Nashville, GA

·         JEFF FITE, Director of Job Readiness and Training, Sojourners Care Network, Youthbuild of Southeast Ohio - McArthur, Ohio

Participants will come away from the session with:

·         Information and resources about trends in the field of recovery programming, including the importance of designing tailored programs and the focus on career and college-ready standards.

·         Examples of two highly effective reengagement and recovery programs serving at-risk youth in very rural communities.

·         Practical advice on key practices to deliver relevant curriculum, build strong partnerships, and support rural students through the transition into college and career.

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



Community Planning Meets the Classroom - LearnLocal is a place-based education model designed to prepare students to become engaged citizens. The online curriculum, sponsored by Orton, is one of the many outcomes of the Heartworks project. Visit Site


Looking for entrepreneurship education resources? Check out the Roadmap for Entrepreneurship Education from the Consortium for Entrepreneurship Education.


Interactive Map of Current Transportation Projects

This interactive map from Reconnecting America shows 2013 transportation projects, sorted spatially by the population of the area and the number of projects occurring there.  By clicking each region, a list of projects appears, complete with details including the project’s name, status, and transit technology, and a link to the project’s source.


Know Your Region Website Provides a Clearinghouse for Economic Development Publications and Presentations
The website for Know Your Region, an EDA-funded and NADO-managed project, provides a variety of resources on regional and local approaches to economic innovation and competitiveness across the United States.  Recent publications and presentations, as well as a library of other tools and resources, are available throughout the website and are intended to help local officials, economic development practitioners, community leaders, and citizens assess the local and regional assets leading to long-term regional prosperity and sustainability.  Continue to check back for new updates and reports as they are released.  Know Your Region can be found online here


Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City Newsletter:  The Winter 2013 issue of Community Connections features a variety of entrepreneurial-centered strategies that offer marketing and technical support to growing companies, including the Kansas City Fed's Grow Your Own guide, which takes a community-based approach to assisting small businesses. Steve Radley, president and CEO of NetWork Kansas, also offers his insights on expanding economic gardening efforts in Kansas. In addition, Kelly Edmiston, senior economist at the Kansas City Fed, assesses the status and effect of the nation's student loan debt.


National Rural Assembly 2013 - June 23-26, 2013.  Washington D. C. Metro Area.  Sponsor: National Rural Assembly





ING Run for Something Better Offers Grants to Establish Youth Running Programs - The program provides a minimum of fifty grants of up to $2,500 each for schools to establish a running program or expand an existing one for children in grades K-8.... Deadline: May 15, 2013


Saucony Run for Good Foundation Seeks Proposals for Youth Running Programs - The foundation awards between ten and twenty grants a year to community organizations working to reduce obesity and promote healthy lifestyles in youth under the age of 18 through participation in running programs.... Deadline: February 13, 2013, and December 13, 2013


World of Children Accepting Nominations for 2013 Humanitarian, Health, Youth Awards - The World of Children award program honors individuals who have created proven, high-impact programs that make a permanent difference in the lives of children in the United States and abroad.... Deadline: April 1, 2013


Peace First Prize Seeks Nominations of Young Peacemakers - Five young leaders (between the ages of 8 and 22) in the United States will be awarded two-year, $50,000 fellowships in recognition of their work to address injustice and create lasting change in their schools and communities.... Deadline: April 12, 2013


Open Society Foundations Invites Applications for Human Rights Photography Audience Engagement Grants - Five to eight grants of $10,000 to $30,000 will be awarded to support photographers interested in using an existing body of work as a tool for social change.... Deadline: June 18, 2013


Lowe's Charitable and Education Foundation Announces 2013 Toolbox for Education Grant Program - Ranging from $2,000 to $5,000, Toolbox for Education grants are awarded in support of projects that encourage parent involvement in local schools and build stronger community spirit.... Deadline: February 15, 2013


AstraZeneca HealthCare Foundation Accepting Grant Applications for Connections for Cardiovascular Health Program - Grants of $150,000 will be awarded to U.S.-based nonprofits engaged in charitable work that addresses cardiovascular health issues at the community level.... Deadline: February 28, 2013


Getty Images Invites Proposals for 2013 Creative Photography Grants - The grants are designed to help nonprofits that do not have the resources to employ photographers, filmmakers, or communications professionals but understand how bold imagery and strategic thinking about communications are essential to their mission.... Deadline: March 1, 2013



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

"Committed to the future of rural communities"
"Estamos dedicados al futuro de las comunidades rurales"


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