Thursday, April 25, 2013

FW: Upcoming In Service Reminder


Economic Development: What is Extension's Role?
Economic development is occurring in all of OK’s counties, sometimes because of local efforts and other times in spite of those efforts. This in-service will challenge educators to consider their role in local economic development efforts, and it will introduce them to tools and support available from state specialists to advance economic development activities in their communities. The morning will focus on strategic planning and its use in building collaboration and achieving progress. The afternoon will feature additional programs of interest, such as youth entrepreneurship, conservation, farmer’s markets & local food programs, e-Commerce and retail development, as possible catalysts for growth. This will be a hands-on in-service, in which educators will be engaged in activities that can be taken back to their communities.

This In-Service will be presented May 8, 2013 at the Cleveland County Extension Office in Norman. Please be sure to register by May 1, 2013. Thanks for your support.


Helen Maynor
Administrative Support Assistant
Agricultural Economics/County Training Program
Oklahoma State University
(405)744-8792

Entrep Communities webinar access info

Pardon the resending of this information – some people were unable to receive it initially due to technical issues at OSU.

 

For those who want to join the Entrepreneurial Communities webinar this morning:

 

To join the webinar, follow this link:

http://pass-ext.adobeconnect.com/rd-apr252013/

 

If you have never attended an Adobe Connect meeting before:

 

Test your connection: http://pass-ext.adobeconnect.com/common/help/en/support/meeting_test.htm

 

Get a quick overview: http://www.adobe.com/products/adobeconnect.html

 

Adobe, the Adobe logo, Acrobat and Adobe Connect are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Adobe Systems Incorporated in the United States and/or other countries.

 

Also, there is an Audio Setup Wizard available once you enter the meeting; you can find this tool by clicking on the word “Meeting” in the upper left corner of the Adobe Connect screen.

 

 

Assistant Professor and Community Development Specialist

Department of Agricultural Economics

Oklahoma State University

323 Ag Hall

Stillwater, OK 74078

405-744-6170

http://rd.okstate.edu

Follow my blog Oklahoma Extension Development Resources

 

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Entrepreneurial Communities webinar - April 25, 10 am

All,

Part 2 in the Entrepreneurial Communities webinar series will be this Thursday, April 25 at 10 am. This webinar is FREE and open to any interested individual. Please share the access URL with any interested in your communities!

 

To join the webinar, follow this link:

http://pass-ext.adobeconnect.com/rd-apr252013/

 

If you have never attended an Adobe Connect meeting before:

 

Test your connection: http://pass-ext.adobeconnect.com/common/help/en/support/meeting_test.htm

 

Get a quick overview: http://www.adobe.com/products/adobeconnect.html

 

Adobe, the Adobe logo, Acrobat and Adobe Connect are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Adobe Systems Incorporated in the United States and/or other countries.

 

Also, there is an Audio Setup Wizard available once you enter the meeting; you can find this tool by clicking on the word “Meeting” in the upper left corner of the Adobe Connect screen.

 

Assistant Professor and Community Development Specialist

Department of Agricultural Economics

Oklahoma State University

323 Ag Hall

Stillwater, OK 74078

405-744-6170

http://rd.okstate.edu

Follow my blog Oklahoma Extension Development Resources

 

Friday, April 19, 2013

FW: Publications, Tools, Learning, and Funding

From our colleagues at USDA-Rural Development; this week’s resources have a heavy emphasis on manufacturing and non-profit management, key ingredients for employment, public services and quality of life throughout rural America!

 

From: Agans, Suzette - RD, Washington, DC [mailto:Suzette.Agans@wdc.usda.gov]
Sent: Friday, April 19, 2013 12:40 PM
Subject: Publications, Tools, Learning, and Funding

 

Publications:

 

My Turn: Serving our food system - solving long-standing labor challenges that relate directly to the seasonality of our production, making food system jobs attractive to workers.

http://www.recorder.com/home/5618322-95/my-turn-serving-our-food-system

 

Protecting Nature Is the Smartest Investment We Can Make, Mark Tercek, President and CEO, Nature Conservancy
In my work for the Nature Conservancy, I think a lot about how we can do more. How can we unlock new sources of capital, enlist more people to support our cause, and develop new alliances that will enable us to conserve nature at a scale never before achieved?  In my view, the answer is in putting ourselves in others' shoes — whether those of a sugarcane grower in Colombia, a trawl fisher in California, or the executive of a global manufacturing company — and focusing on why nature is important and valuable to them. A simple but elegant solution to an environmental challenge in Colombia demonstrates this approach — an approach that is leading to exciting new ways of structuring, funding, and discussing environmental nonprofit interventions....Read Tercek's commentary»

 

The Case for Making Small U.S. Manufacturers a Priority - When people think of manufacturing, they typically envision large publicly listed companies that make cars, aircraft, home appliances, electronics, medical devices, and so forth. They rarely think about the thousands of small manufacturers around the country—many of them “mom and pop” operations—that make products ranging from guitar amplifiers to flight display systems.    Read More By: Harold L. Sirkin/Bloomberg Business

 

Jobs Alone Do Not Explain the Importance of Manufacturing - When it comes to American manufacturing the U.S. media seems a bit confused. Last year, a bunch of stories argued that manufacturing job losses over the last decade don’t matter because productivity looks so good. Now, stories like this one are suggesting that manufacturing itself doesn’t matter much after all because the sector isn’t creating enough jobs. The current argument in vogue maintains that job growth figures just haven’t been robust enough in manufacturing to warrant policies that support the sector.  Read More

By: Scott Andes and Mark Muro /Brookings

 

Artists Revitalize Rural Manufacturing - http://www.dailyyonder.com/artists-revitalize-rural-manufacturing/2013/04/02/5749

The manufacturing base in many rural towns of the U.S. has dwindled, but in North Carolina, combined public and private support has spurred an innovative approach: combining the creative talents of seasoned artists with the skills of local workers. Because of the town’s commitment to creative individuals, the ability of its municipal leadership to accomplish community goals, and county and state resources that have been able to provide support and expertise, Art-Force’s Artist + Manufacturer Strengthening Place Program elected to work in Siler City. Art-Force’s core tenet is that artists are highly trained and underutilized creative thinkers, visionaries, and problem-solvers. We believe America’s small cities and towns desperately need artists’ imagination to retool manufacturing and assist communities in their economic and social transformation. People build lives where there are jobs and where they feel a sense of belonging, and creative people, through both innovation and sensitivity to local heritage, can serve as community change-agents: their work demonstrably affects local economies. 

In the U.S., the private sector accounts for a little over half the total investment in food and agriculture research - Private spending on food and agricultural research and development (R&D) in the United States has exceeded public-sector agricultural research expenditures most years since the late 1970s. In 2007 (the latest year for which complete data are available), the private sector accounted for about 53 percent of total food and agriculture-related research. Private research is nearly equally divided between food and agriculture. Public research is more oriented toward basic or fundamental science and scientific training, as well as topics like food safety—research that has high social value but for which private incentives are relatively weak. In addition, some public agricultural research funds are devoted to “other” governmental responsibilities, such as improving the environment and protecting natural resources, community development and related social goals, and economic and policy analysis. The public sector nearly matches the private sector’s investments in agricultural R&D, but spends far less on food-related research (with more emphasis on food safety rather than the private sector’s emphasis on product development). Public investment in conservation, community development, and other governmental functions has little counterpart in the private sector. A revised chart appears in the June 2012 Amber Waves article, Private Industry Investing Heavily, and Globally, in Research To Improve Agricultural Productivity.

 

 

TOOLS

 

Council of Development Finance Agencies - The CDFA Online Resource Database is a searchable directory of articles, publications, webpages, guides, search engines and other development finance-related resources. It is the only online database dedicated exclusively to development finance. The database is updated daily with items from a wide variety of industry topics. Topics and links include 

>>> Advanced Online Resource Database Search
>>> Bond Finance Resource Center
>>> Tax Increment Finance Resource Center
>>> Tax Credit Resource Center
>>> Revolving Loan Fund Resource Center
>>> CDFA Recommended Practices
>>> Development Finance Review Weekly Newsletter
>>> Daily News Headlines
>>> CDFA Bookstore

 

Cluster Mapping website - Businesses, organizations, policymakers, and researchers can uncover powerful economic data, visualizations, and strategies to strengthen the competitiveness and growth of U.S. clusters and regional economies. http://clustermapping.us/

 

 

LEARNING

 

WEBINAR: Search Engine Optimization 101 for Nonprofits, Tuesday, April 23, 2013 - 3:00 pm ET

Richard Dietz of Nonprofit R+D.  Join us for this jam packed webinar where we break down the basics of SEO and cover search engines, keyboards, on- and off-page optimization and how to stay on Google's good side.  Related resources:

 

WEBINAR: A Business Plan for Your Nonprofit, Wednesday, April 24, 2013 - 1:00 pm ET

Kim Clark of Polished Professionals Boston.  Participants will come to understand the value that business planning will bring to their organizations and learn how to proceed with the process. Related resources:

·         The Four Hour Nonprofit Start-up Plan
Shared by Nonprofit Management Services, LLC ($6)

 

WEBINAR: Foundations as Investment Partners Part I: Understanding the Opportunity, Tuesday April 23rd 2013 2:00pm to 3:00pm

RIAN Webinar Foundations as Investment Partners Part I: Understanding the Opportunity Apr 23 - 2:00 Eastern In the first of this two-part series on Foundations as Investment Partners, the Managing Director of Mission Investors Exchange Peter Berliner and RIAN Director Mark Skinner will talk about how angel, seed and other investment activities of Venture Development Organizations can and should play larger roles in helping foundation endowments meet their needed return goals while also expanding the philanthropic impact of the foundation beyond traditional grants. Great for those looking for mission-related and/or program-related investments. http://regionalinnovation.org/events.cfm

 

WEBINAR: Foundations as Investment Partners Part II: The Oregon Case Study, Friday April 26th 2013 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Description   RIAN Webinar Foundations as Investment Partners Part II: The Oregon Case Study Apr 26 - 1:00 Eastern The second of the two-part Foundations as Investment Partners series will showcase the relationship between the Oregon Community Foundation and the Oregon Angel Fund. RIAN Director Mark Skinner will lead a discussion between Oregon Community Foundation Director of Strategic Projects Melissa Dunham and the Founder of the Oregon Angel Fund Eric Rosenfeld. A great lead-in the upcoming SSTI Conference in Portland, OR in September. Registration is free. http://regionalinnovation.org/events.cfm

 

 

FUNDING

Upcoming Grant Opportunity - The Investing In Manufacturing Communities Partnership - The Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership (IMCP) is a new Administration-wide initiative that will accelerate the resurgence of manufacturing and help communities cultivate an environment for businesses to create well-paying manufacturing jobs in cities across the country.

Through the IMC, the President is directing Federal agencies to provide coordinated assistance to manufacturing communities through a new partnership that will align Federal economic development resources and help U.S. localities make coordinated, long-term investments in their public goods in partnership with universities and industry.  These investments will ultimately help regions become more attractive for manufacturers and supply chains. The Partnership will be led by the Commerce Department with support from other federal agencies.

Five to six U.S. communities in 2014 would be competitively selected as pilots, each receiving up to $25 million from the Commerce Department’s Economic Development Administration, in addition to funding from other government agencies. Federal agencies will also align and coordinate their funding opportunities to maximize the effectiveness of Federal expenditures and ensure that localities are able to more seamlessly access the Federal resources they need to fund strategies for attracting long-term business investment.

For more visit -  http://www.commerce.gov/news/fact-sheets/2013/04/17/fact-sheet-investing-manufacturing-communities-partnership

Princess Grace Foundation-USA Seeks Nominations for 2013 JustFilms Documentary Awards - Priority will be given to social justice films by Native/Indigenous peoples of the Americas, with grant amounts contingent on the size of the project budget.... Deadline: June 1, 2013

National Storytelling Network Seeks Applications for Brimstone Award for Applied Storytelling - Grants of $5,000 will support model storytelling projects that are service-oriented, based in a community or organization, and replicable in other places and situations.... Deadline: April 30, 2013

Native Arts and Cultures Foundation Invites Applications for 2014 Artists Fellowships - The foundation will award grants of $20,000 to exceptional Native artists who have had significant impact in their respective disciplines, earned the respect of their colleagues, and achieved recognition in the field....Deadline: May 3, 2013

Open Society Foundations' Youth Initiative Seeks Proposals to Curate Web Pages at Youthpolicy.org
Grants of up to $10,000 will be awarded to qualified nonprofit organizations and NGOs to develop and curate thematic pages related to youth policies around the world on the Youthpolicy.org site.... Deadline: Rolling

Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation Invites Applications for Music Donation Program  - Through its Keeping Music Alive program, the foundation will donate musical instruments to music programs that serve low-income communities and have little or no budget for musical instruments.... Deadline: August 1, 2013 (Pre-qualification)

USA Funds Accepting Applications for Key Transitions in Postsecondary Education Initiative - Grants of between $400,000 to $800,000 will be awarded to three organizations working to provide education support services that help students and adult learners complete college.... Deadline: May 24, 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
www.rurdev.usda.gov

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

 





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Thursday, April 18, 2013

FW: Attend The B2B Case for Sustainability - May 16th

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May 2013 B2B Sustainability

 

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Thursday May 16, 2013 from 8:30 AM to 10:00 AM CDT
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Opportunities and challenges of a sustainable supply chain, with regard to manufacturer partnerships, energy, recycling, environmental reporting, and associate engagement. 

 

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Monday, April 15, 2013

FW: Publications, Tools, Learning, and Funding

Last week’s resources from USDA-Rural Development contained some interesting training opportunities related to asset based development and poverty. Check them out below!

 

From: Agans, Suzette - RD, Washington, DC [mailto:Suzette.Agans@wdc.usda.gov]
Sent: Friday, April 12, 2013 2:14 PM
Subject: Publications, Tools, Learning, and Funding

 

PUBLICATIONS

 

Artists Revitalize Rural Manufacturing By Janet Kagan and Jean Greer
The manufacturing base in many rural towns of the U.S. has dwindled, but in North Carolina, combined public and private support has spurred an innovative approach: combining the creative talents of seasoned artists with the skills of local workers. Read the story.

 

Rural Areas See Increase in Immigrants - In key parts of rural America and ag-dependent metro counties, more than 25% of the population was born in a foreign country. Read the story.

 

Public Lands and Per Capita Income - When rural counties in the West have protected public lands like national parks and wild and scenic rivers, their per capita income tends to be higher. A study offers some possible explanations. Read the story.

 

Executive Director and Board Chair Partnership Assessment - Shared by Vantage Point (Free)

Nonmetro areas declined in population, 2011-12, perhaps for the first time - Nonmetro population has grown more slowly than metro population since the mid-1990s and the gap has widened considerably in recent years. Between July 2011 and July 2012, nonmetro population declined for the first time since annual county population estimates were first recorded in the 1960s. Historically, nonmetro population grew because natural increase (more births than deaths) always offset net migration loss (more people moving out than moving in). But falling birth rates and an aging population have steadily dampened the natural increase in nonmetro population over time. Nonmetro net migration rates, which tend to fluctuate in response to economic conditions, last peaked in 2006 just prior to the housing mortgage crisis before falling dramatically. New population estimates are subject to revision, the rate of population decline for this single year is quite small, and the trend may be short-lived. Nonetheless, 2011-12 marks the first year with estimated net migration losses exceeding natural increase in nonmetro areas. A chart is available based on County-level Data Sets, updated March 2013.

 

Quality Employment for Women in the Green Economy: Industry, Occupation, and State-by-State Job Estimates - http://www.iwpr.org/publications/pubs/quality-employment-for-women-in-the-green-economy-industry-occupation-and-state-by-state-job-estimates/

 

 

TOOLS

 

Ask The Expert at USDA – a handy tool to seek and/or ask all kinds of things related to USDA. http://www.usda.gov/wps/portal/usda/usdahome?navid=ASK_EXPERT2  including safe cooking, SNAP Benefits, program information etc.

ATTRA - https://attra.ncat.org/index.php - Has all kinds of information on sustainable agriculture including a help line and email service. From a recent article, “..said the biggest areas of inquiry include small acreage production, water management, especially in times of drought, rotational grazing and organic systems. He said ATTRA is designed primarily to help the grower who either makes his or her living from agriculture or uses it to produce a second income.

Asset Building for Native Communities: http://www.idaresources.org/page?pageid=a047000000ArRPk

 

Government Information by Topic can be found at: http://www.usa.gov/.

 

 

LEARNING

 

WEBINAR: Preparing Data for Effective Output, Tuesday, April 16, 2013 - 3:00 pm ET

Cheri Weissman of CJW Consulting & Services.  This follow-up session to March's Output is Everything! will focus on entering your data effectively to generate the output you want.

Related resources:

 

WEBINAR: NADO and PolicyLink to Host April 16 Webinar “Addressing Equity and Rural Poverty:  The View from the Ground”

Join the National Association of Development Organizations (NADO) and PolicyLink on Tuesday, April 16 from 3:30-4:45 ET for the webinar "Addressing Equity and Rural Poverty:  The View from the Ground."  This webinar will highlight the opportunities and challenges small towns and rural communities face in combating poverty and promoting inclusive economic development.  Learn about efforts being made to incorporate equity – the just and fair inclusion into society where everyone can participate and prosper – into regional and community economic development plans.  Brett Schwartz, program manager at NADO, and Danielle Bergstrom, program associate at PolicyLink, will be joined by economic development practitioners who have actively pursued equity policies to address rural poverty, create jobs, and encourage long-term regional economic competitiveness.  Opportunities for Q&A will follow the discussion.  Click here to register for the webinar.  Questions?  E-mail Brett Schwartz at bschwartz@nado.org.

 

WEBINAR: USDA Rural Development will hold its next quarterly Tribal Consultation Webinar/Teleconference at 3:00 PM EDT on Wednesday, April 17th.  In an effort to make sure Tribal communities and businesses have increasing access to capital, we will be focusing this cycle of Tribal Consultation on Rural Development’s business revolving loan programs.  We have made a few policy adjustments over the last year that we would like to draw to your attention. We also encourage additional insights from Tribal leaders on these changes and perhaps changes we have not yet contemplated.

 

In preparation for the Quarterly Tribal Consultation event, USDA Rural Development hosted a pre-consultation briefing webinar/teleconference on Wednesday, March 20th. During the call we walked through the Intermediary Relending Program (IRP) and the Rural Business Enterprise Grant (RBEG) Program and associated policy enhancements.   Our goal was to provide Tribal leaders with briefing materials and ample time to work with Tribal staff to better inform the consultation and prepare to provide comments on April 17th. We plan to have less presented information during the Consultation webinar/teleconference on the 17th, with the majority of the time being used for discussion and comments.

 

Instructions for accessing the webinar are included below. If you’d like to join strictly by phone, you can dial 1-800-981-3173 and enter the participant code: 4248.   Background and briefing materials are available at: http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/SupportDocuments/AI_ANConsultation.pdf. The materials include:  April 17th Agenda, PowerPoint Slides, Pre-Consultation Briefing Document: Revolving Loan Fund Programs, AN 4690 “Revolving Loan Fund Programs Ultimate Recipient Conflict of Interest”, AN 4694 “Intermediary Relending Program Processing and Servicing Clarifications”, April 17th Live Meeting Instructions  

Please direct any questions or concerns to Tedd Buelow, USDA Rural Development’s Native American Coordinator, at 720-544-2911 or tedd.buelow@wdc.usda.gov.

 

WEBINAR: Register for the April 18 webinar on Valuing the Countryside: The Townies Guide to the Rural Enterprise (1-2 pm ET) with Brian Dabson, Pam Curry, and Leslie Schaller.

 

 

FUNDING:

 

Refugee Home Based Child Care is due May 21th - http://www.acf.hhs.gov/grants/open/foa/view/HHS-2013-ACF-ORR-RG-0568

Refugee Microenterprise is due June 10 2013 - http://www.acf.hhs.gov/grants/open/foa/view/HHS-2013-ACF-ORR-RG-0569

 

(IRS) Free tax return preparation for you by volunteers. The IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) and the Tax Counseling for the

Elderly (TCE) Programs offer free tax help for taxpayers who qualify. The IRS is also offering self-assistance service at many VITA and

TCE locations. You can find a listing of Tribal sites located throughout the country which offer self-preparation with assistance as

needed for those who are comfortable preparing their own tax returns.

 

FY 2013 Choice Neighborhoods Planning Grants (HUD) – Due May 28. Tribes are also eligible. Individual grant awards may be for up to a maximum of $500,000. Planning Grants assist

communities in developing a successful neighborhood transformation plan and building support necessary for that plan to be successfully implemented. The NOFA and application package are available at http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/HUD?src=/program_offices/administration/grants/fundsavail/nofa13/cnpg

 

FY 2013 Planning and Local Technical Assistance (EDAP) Funding cycle 4, Due June 13;

FY2014 Funding cycle 1, Due September 13

Federally Recognized Tribes are eligible. EDAP program provides up to $100K to assist in creating regional economic development plans designed to stimulate & guide the economic development efforts of a community or region, incl. construction, non-construction, & revolving loan fund investments under the Public Works & Economic Adjustment Assistance Programs. Grants made under these programs will leverage regional assets to support the implementation of regional economic development strategies designed to create jobs, leverage

private capital, encourage economic development, and strengthen America’s ability to compete in the global marketplace. For more info., visit http://www07.grants.gov/search/search.do?&mode=VIEW&oppId=208353

 

School Turnaround AmeriCorps – Due April 23 Indian Tribes, partnerships & consortia are eligible for this 3--year grant program designed to strengthen & accelerate interventions in our nation’s lowest-performing schools by engaging about 650 AmeriCorps members in 60 turnaround schools across the country. AmeriCorps members will help students, teachers, & principals to transform struggling schools by providing opportunities for academic enrichment, extended learning time, & individual supports for students leading to increased academic achievement & improved high school graduation rates & college readiness among our most disadvantaged students. For more info., read about the initiative or visit http://www.nationalservice.gov/for_organizations/funding/nofa_detail.asp?tbl_nofa_id=100.

 

FY14 Farm to School Grant Program (USDA) – Due April 24

Grant funding available through USDA’s Farm to School Program in order to assist eligible entities, through

grants and technical assistance, in implementing farm to school programs that improve access to local foods in

eligible schools. For more info., visit http://www.fns.usda.gov/cnd/f2s/f2_2013_grant_program.htm or FY14

Grant Info. at http://www.fns.usda.gov/cnd/f2s/pdf/F2S_Grant_RFA_2014.pdf

 

USDA Invites Applications For Renewable Energy System And Energy Efficiency Improvement Projects - http://www.usda.gov/wps/portal/usda/usdahome?contentidonly=true&contentid=2013/03/0057.xml

 

One-stop for all Dept of Labor open grants opportunities - http://www.dol.gov/dol/grants/funding-ops.htm - they also have an email subscription service – look to the left-hand side for the link.  From there follow directions, look under Employment and Training for grant opportunities

 

Made in America Challenge – Due May 31, 2103 - http://www.dol.gov/dol/grants/MIIA2013.pdf - The Make it in America Challenge will provide up to $40 million in competitive grant funding through the DOC’s EDA and NIST Manufacturing Extension Partnership (NIST MEP), DOL’s ETA, and the DRA. This collaboration allows applicants to submit one application to leverage complementary Federal funding sources to support the development and implementation of a regionally driven economic development strategy that accelerates job creation by encouraging re-shoring of productive activity by U.S. firms, fostering increased Foreign Direct Investment, encouraging U.S. companies to keep or expand their businesses—and jobs— in the United States, and training local workers to meet the needs of those businesses.

 

US Department of Labor announces availability of nearly $26 million in grants to help juvenile offenders gain the skills necessary to enter the workforce  -to improve the long-term labor market prospects of youth involved in the juvenile justice system. The "Face Forward"grants are designed to give youth a chance at success by offering support services, training and skills development that can help them obtain employment and overcome the stigma of a juvenile record. "Part of the American spirit is a belief in second chances, especially when it comes to young people," said acting Secretary of Labor Seth D. Harris. "With these grants, we can encourage young people to ‘Face Forward' and build a brighter future for themselves and their communities."

 

Approximately 26 grants of up to $1 million each will be awarded to serve juvenile offenders between the ages of 16 and 24. Eligible participants in grantee programs must be between ages 16 and 24, currently reside in the geographic area to be served, and must have been involved in or currently involved in the juvenile justice system or be candidates for state juvenile diversion programs. Participating juveniles cannot have been involved with the adult federal, state or local criminal justice systems or convicted of a sex-related offense other than prostitution.

Any nonprofit organization with 501(c)(3) status, unit of state or local government, or any Indian and Native American entity eligible for grants under Workforce Investment Act Section 166, in areas with high poverty and crime rates, that meet the requirements of the solicitation may apply. The solicitation for grant applications, which includes information about how to apply, is available at http://www.grants.gov.

 

Grants available from US Labor Department to provide job training, employment services for 2,600 homeless veterans - availability of up to $5 million to fund 16 or more Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program grants. Approximately 2,600 veterans will receive job training and related services to help them succeed in civilian careers.  Funds for the grants will be awarded on a competitive basis to state and local workforce investment boards, public agencies, nonprofit organizations, tribal governments, and faith-based and community organizations. Because these groups are intimately connected with their local economies and the needs of homeless veterans, they can offer occupational, classroom and on-the-job training, as well as job search and placement assistance, including follow-up services. Awards will range from $100,000 to $300,000 each. HVRP is recognized as extraordinarily efficient and effective, and is the only federal program that focuses exclusively on the employment of homeless veterans. The solicitation for grant applications is available at http://www.grants.gov. For more information, visit that site and http://www.dol.gov/vets/, or contact grants officer Cassandra Mitchell at 202-693-4570.

 

Princess Grace Foundation-USA Seeks Nominations for 2013 JustFilms Documentary Awards - Priority will be given to social justice films by Native/Indigenous peoples of the Americas, with grant amounts contingent on the size of the project budget.... Deadline: June 1, 2013

 

National Art Education Foundation Seeks Applications for 2013 Art Educator Grants - Grants and scholarships ranging up to $10,000 will be awarded to NAEA members for programs and activities that support classroom-based arts education.... Deadline: October 1, 2013

 

Gates Foundation Seeks Proposals to Accelerate Common Core Implementation Across Teacher Networks  - Grants ranging from $100,000 to $250,000 will be awarded to organizations working to accelerate implementation of the Common Core across a robust teacher network....Deadline: April 22, 2013

 

Centiva Invites Applications From K-12 Schools for Environmental Projects - Grants totaling $3,000 will be awarded to projects that improve the environment; make schools healthier places to learn, play, and work; and save money through reduced use of natural resources.... Deadline: April 20, 2013

 

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Invites Applications for 2013 RWJF Roadmaps to Health Prize - With the goal of raising awareness and inspiring locally driven change across the country, up to six communities will receive a $25,000 cash prize and have their success stories shared broadly.... Deadline: May 23, 2013

 

Alliance for Global Good Invites Proposals for Innovation Fund - Grants of up to $90,000 will be awarded to help medium-sized nonprofits in the United States in implementing mission-relevant revenue-generating strategies.... Deadline: May 31, 2013

 

National Weather Association Invites Applications for K-12 Meteorological Education Projects - Grants of $750 will be awarded to help teachers improve K-12 education in meteorology and related sciences.... Deadline: June 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
www.rurdev.usda.gov

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

 





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Monday, April 8, 2013

Entrepreneurial Communities webinar series

Just a reminder that the 4 part Entrepreneurial Communities webinar series begins this Thursday, April 11 at 10:00 am. We’ll discuss what it means to be an Entrepreneurial Community. No registration is required, just join the conversation by going to http://webconference.tamus.edu/main/oces before the webinar starts. Please invite community leaders, small business owners, and other interested individuals to participate. The webinars will be recorded and posted on the Ag Econ Conferences page: http://agecon.okstate.edu/conference.asp.

 

The remaining 3 webinars in the series are:

Date

Time

Title

April 25

10:00 am – 11:30 am

Entrepreneurial Communities, Part 2: How do you build it?

May 13

1:30 pm – 3:00 pm

Youth Entrepreneurship: Building a pipeline

June 6

10:00 am – 11:30 am

Entrepreneurial Communities: Program evaluation

 

If you have questions, contact me at:

 

Dave Shideler

Assistant Professor and Community Development Specialist

Department of Agricultural Economics

Oklahoma State University

323 Ag Hall

Stillwater, OK 74078

405-744-6170

http://rd.okstate.edu

Follow my blog Oklahoma Extension Development Resources

 

Monday, April 1, 2013

HHS Office of Community Services Webinar Series

The Office of Community Services (OCS) announces their Spring webinar series which has three tracks related to available grant opportunities:

1.      Interested Applicants

2.      Healthy Food

3.      Managing Your Grant

4.      Business Strategies

 

More details on registration (which is FREE) and dates is available here:

http://www.ocscommunitydevelopment.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=48&Itemid=26

 

Information on OCS programs (CED – community economic development, JOLI – job opportunities for low-income individuals, and RCD – rural community development) can be accessed here: http://www.ocscommunitydevelopment.org/

 

Dave

 

Assistant Professor and Community Development Specialist

Department of Agricultural Economics

Oklahoma State University

323 Ag Hall

Stillwater, OK 74078

405-744-6170

http://rd.okstate.edu

Follow my blog Oklahoma Extension Development Resources