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


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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