Thursday, May 30, 2013

FW: Publications, Tools, Learning, and Funding, Part 1

Resources from our colleagues at USDA – special emphasis on rural health in the funding section, and other goodies!


From: Agans, Suzette - RD, Washington, DC []
Sent: Thursday, May 23, 2013 3:27 PM
Subject: Publications, Tools, Learning, and Funding, Part 1


This is Part 1, Part 2 will arrive separately as a special feature – highlighting Agritourism resources, publications etc.




Manufacturing Day - - See manufacturing in action across America, October 4, 2013

Manufacturing Day has been designed to expand knowledge about and improve general public perception of manufacturing careers and manufacturing's value to the U.S. economy. Manufacturing Day is for students, parents, educators, media, customers, suppliers and the community at large. Visitors will learn about real career opportunities, training, and resources. In addition, manufacturers will learn about business improvement resources and services delivered through manufacturing extension partnerships.  Is Manufacturing day coming to your community or region?


U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has a subscription to a variety of resources, including Inventors Eye which is for and about America’s independent and small entity inventor community. Inventors Eye comes out every other month. Each issue will feature information you can use, tips on working with the USPTO; events; organizations and meetings of interest to the community; issues that impact independent and small entity inventors; and stories about people like you who have become successful inventors.  Plus a bunch others related to the business of patients and trademarks.  Check it out - 


Is U.S. manufacturing making a comeback—or is it just hype? It’s hardly news when a U.S. firm moves its manufacturing operations abroad to China. But what about when a Chinese company sets up a factory in the United States? Back for good? Or still hurting? That actually happened in January, when Lenovo, a Beijing-based computer maker, opened a new manufacturing line in Whitsett, N.C., to handle assembly of PCs, tablets, workstations and servers. The rationale? The company is expanding into the U.S. market and needs the flexibility to assemble units for speedy delivery across the country, says Jay Parker, Lenovo’s president for North America. But also — and this was crucial — the math added up. While it’s still cheaper to build things in China, those famously low Chinese wages have risen in recent years. “We reached the point where we could offset a portion of those labor costs by saving on logistics,” Parker says.


Farm Bill – an explanation of this important authorizing law from the Congressional Research Service -  (only 7 pages)


U.S. Broadband Availability: June 2010 - June 2012: A Broadband Brief - Supplies information on broadband availability and speed and some differences in rural compared to urban areas.
Organization: National Telecommunications and Information Administration. Date: 05 / 2013


What Providers Need to Know About the Health Insurance Marketplace - Helps physicians and hospitals understand and prepare for the Affordable Care Act's health insurance marketplace that will help reduce the burden of uncompensated health care. Organization: Office of Rural Health Policy. Date: 04 / 2013

Simulating the interactions between climate adaptation and conservation program design - Farmers can adapt to their local climate in many ways, including through participation in USDA programs. In regions of the country that face higher levels of drought risk, farmers are more likely to offer eligible land for enrollment in the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP). As a consequence, CRP is both more competitive in these regions and drought-prone counties are more likely to face a binding CRP acreage enrollment cap. When counties are near their enrollment cap, farms are less likely to offer eligible land for CRP because those offers are less likely to be accepted for enrollment. In simulations of offer rates based on observed historical data, a national increase in the county CRP acreage enrollment cap to 35 percent of cropland in each county (from the current level of 25 percent), results in more offers from eligible farmers in drought prone regions of the Great Plains and the Intermountain West. A map is found in the ERS report, The Role of Conservation Programs in Drought Risk Adaptation, ERR-148, April 2013.


Board-Staff Roles and Responsibilities and Lines of Authority
Shared by Nonprofit Management Services, LLC (Free)


Board Role Descriptions Toolkit
Shared by Vantage Point (Free)





Curriculum & Resources: 10 Reasons Why Co-ops Rock 


2013 National Telecommunications and Information Administration Broadband Adoption Toolkit - Collection of best practices developed by grantees of the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) and designed to help other agencies and organizations enhance efforts toward offering broadband connections to their communities. Projects represent urban, rural and Native American communities. Organization: National Telecommunications and Information Administration


State of Aging and Health in America - Provides national data available on 15 key health indicators for older adults related to health status, health behaviors, preventive care and screening, and injuries. Searchable by state and region. Organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


U.S. Nursing Workforce: Trends in Supply and Education – Results in Brief - Brief summary of a report that analyzes data from a variety of sources to present recent trends and the current status of the registered nurse (RN) and licensed practical nurse (LPN) workforces. Organization: National Center for Health Workforce Analysis. Date: 04 / 2013


Department of Transportation (DOT) Launched a Livable Communities Discussion Board - The U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has launched a Livable Communities Discussion Board. It is an online public forum for users to participate in discussion threads and engage with colleagues on questions and ideas related to livable communities. The site is an online community of practitioners in public, private, and non-profit agencies and organizations at the local, State, and Federal levels, who are interested in helping communities provide more transportation choices, encourage access to good jobs and affordable housing, support quality schools, and promote safer streets and roads. Click here to view the website.  Note: This appears to be open to anyone.


EPA Guide to Help Tribes Redevelop Petroleum Brownfield Sites - EPA today released a step-by-step guide showing how tribes can apply smart growth and economic development principles to redevelop petroleum brownfields sites in ways that maximize community involvement and benefits. Equitable Redevelopment of Petroleum Brownfields for Zuni Pueblo and Other Tribal Communities focuses on three sites located on Zuni Pueblo in New Mexico, but also provides information useful to tribes nationwide. In thousands of communities across North America, former gas stations, auto repair shops, and other sites contaminated with oil and gas threaten the environment, potentially harm human health, blight neighborhoods, and block economic development. These sites are often abandoned because assessment, cleanup, and redevelopment can be expensive, time-consuming, and legally complicated. Innovative approaches in the guide can help tribes overcome policy and other barriers to redevelopment. The document provides useful insight on area-wide planning, land use policy, site cleanup, and funding, and emphasizes the importance of building partnerships and engaging the community to build a common vision with more sustainable and equitable outcomes for all community members.





Website: National Coalition of Certification Centers (NC3) - NC3 is a network of education providers and corporations that supports, advances and validates new and emerging technology skills in the transportation, aviation and energy industry sectors.  It was established to address the need for strong industry partnerships with educational institutions in order to develop, implement and sustain industry-recognized portable certifications that have strong validation and assessment standards.  Look under Partners, to find certification schools etc.



Grow Your Co-op & Empower Staff through Community Development, Thursday, June 20, 2013 • 2 - 3 pm, Eastern Register for Free

All seven of the cooperative principles relate to community development - a process where members come together to take collective action and generate solutions to common problems. This webinar will change the way your staff use the cooperative principles to serve members, improve their own lives, contribute to the community, and grow the cooperative. Get an introduction to community development and how it relates to member service, the growth of the cooperative and cooperative partnership. Attendees will also learn about available specialized training, and how to get access to millions of dollars in grants and below market rate loans for their co-op.  Attendees will learn how to:

  • Engage, inspire and empower staff to increase the role and impact of the cooperative in the community, while also improving their own quality of life
  • Increase the profitability of the cooperative through cooperation, concern for their community and training staff
  • Powerfully impact members by improving their lives in a meaningful way that creates: a strong brand, organic growth of new members, and use of the cooperative by existing members


  • Jamie Chase - Founder and Instigator of Goodness, CU Strategic Planning
  • Jeff Conrad - President & CEO, Pelican State Credit Union
  • Renee Gillard - Lead Advisor, Community Development Certified Financial Counseling

Who Should Participate?
Senior management, staff, and board members from all cooperative sectors; community development and outreach coordinators; any individuals interested in accessing tools and resources for expanding their community development efforts


Webinar: Rural Gateway Conference Call: Strengthening Small and Emerging CDFIs in Rural America: A Discussion of Best Practices - May 29, 2013 - 2 pm EDT

This call will offer participants the opportunity to learn about the Community Development Financial Institutions Fund’s (CDFI Fund) new Capacity Building Initiative training series focused on Strengthening Small and Emerging CDFIs and its relevance throughout Rural America. 

Format of the call: Call-in instructions and additional materials will be emailed to participants on May 28, 2013. The call will consist of a 60 minute presentation by our speakers, including a Q&A session.  Please RSVP by email to no later than close of business on May 28, 2013. Please include your name and organization.  If you have any questions, please call 1-877-RURAL-26 (1-877-787-2526).


WEBINAR SERIES - DOT Holding Transportation, Climate Change, and Extreme Weather Vulnerability Assessment Webinar Series

The U.S Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) is holding a series of webinars in May and June on assessing the vulnerability of transportation to climate change and extreme weather events. The webinars are open to staff, State DOTs, MPOs, and other interested organizations. The first webinar is scheduled for Thursday, May 16. Click here to register and to see the full list of upcoming webinars.


4Good Webinar Picks - Check out these free educational events from Nonprofit Webinars, another service of 4Good. (all times are Eastern)

·         Simplified Data Mining for Direct Mail - Ron and Sue Rescigno of Rescigno’s Marketing Connections, Tuesday, 5/28, 3:00 pm

·         What to Expect During an Audit - Paul Konigstein of Accounting Management Solutions, Wednesday 5/29, 1:00 pm

·         Campaigns: Leveraging Major, Planned and Student Giving - Megan Theiling Draper of The South Carolina College of Pharmacy and Toni Jernigan of The Medical University of South Carolina
Wednesday 5/29, 3:00 pm






EDA: Planning Program and Local Technical Assistance Program - Application deadline: Accepted on a continuing basis and processed as received


Department of Labor open funding opportunities -


DOT Announces Availability of $21.9 Million to Help States Strengthen Transit Safety Oversight - On May 13, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announced the availability of $21.9 million to help strengthen public transportation safety for millions of riders and transit workers nationwide. In addition to the funds, the agency also announced a flexible new policy, known as Safety Management Systems (SMS), which DOT has officially adopted to help guide states and transit agencies alike in managing safety risks in a proactive, cost-effective way. Click here to view the Federal Register announcement. Click here to view the original press release.


DOL Seeks Applications for $1.5 million in Susan Harwood Safety and Health Training Grants

On May 15, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced applications for the Susan Harwood Training Grant Program. These grants will fund training and education for workers and employers in recognizing workplace safety and health hazards and prevention measures, and understanding their rights and responsibilities. Nonprofits are eligible to apply and there is a total of $1.5 million in funding. Click here to view the grant synopsis and application. Applicants must register prior to completing the application. They are encouraged to begin the process as soon as possible, as it takes multiple days to complete. Applications must be submitted and received electronically no later than 4:30 p.m. EDT on Thursday, June 13. No extensions of the deadline will be granted. Click here to view the original press release. 


Nurse Education, Practice, Quality, and Retention Veterans to BSN Coordinating Center, Application deadline: Jun 7, 2013
Offers funding to operate a coordinating center to support the Nurse Education, Practice, Quality, and Retention Veterans to BSN grantees by providing technical assistance, data collection, and program assessment.


Rural Access to Emergency Devices Grant Program (RAED),Application deadline: Jun 17, 2013
Offers grants to rural community organizations for the purchase, placement, and training in the use of automated external defibrillators.


340B Peer-to-Peer Program, Application deadline: Jun 30, 2013. Applicants will join a network of 340B providers that will share knowledge and collaborate with peers to improve health care design and delivery.


Tribal Public Health Capacity Building and Quality Improvement, Letter of Intent (Optional): Jun 17, 2013. Application deadline: Jul 15, 2013
Provides funding to improve the infrastructure and build the capacity of tribal public health systems.


Community Access to Child Health (CATCH) Implementation Funds Program, Application deadline: Jul 31, 2013
Funding to support pediatricians in the initial and/or pilot stage of implementing a community-based child health projects related to medical home access, health services to uninsured/underinsured, secondhand smoke exposure, immunization programs, and Native American child health.


Community Access to Child Health (CATCH) Planning Funds Program, Application deadline: Jul 31, 2013
Grants for pediatricians to develop innovative, community-based initiatives that increase children's access to medical homes or to specific health services not otherwise available.


Community Access to Child Health (CATCH) Resident Funds Program, Application deadline: Jul 31, 2013
Grants to support pediatric residents in the planning of community-based child health initiatives.


Health Care Innovation Awards, Letter of Intent (Required): Jun 28, 2013. Application deadline: Aug 15, 2013
Funding to test new payment and service delivery models that will deliver better care and lower costs for Medicare, Medicaid, and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) enrollees.


Mass Mentoring Project Invites Proposals from Youth Groups for Capacity Building Projects - Through the Technical Assistance Project, MMP provides resources to help organizations improve their service delivery and serve as many young people as they can in the highest quality way possible.... Deadline: August 30, 2013


HASTAC Invites Applications for Project: Connect-Youth Summer Programs Competition, Grants of up to $10,000 each will be awarded to support hands-on summer learning opportunities for youth focused on making the Web more civil, safe, and empowering for all.... Deadline: June 10, 2013


National Center for Family Literacy Invites Applications for Family Learning Literacy Programs - Grants of $175,000 will be awarded to organizations for projects that engage families in literacy and provide mentoring.... Deadline: June 24, 2013


ASPB Education Foundation Invites Applications for Projects to Advance Knowledge of Plants - Grants of up to $50,000 will be awarded for projects designed to enrich and promote youth, student, and general public understanding of the importance of plants.... Deadline: June 6, 2013


United Methodist Women Invites Applications for Financial Literacy Initiatives - Grants of up to $25,000 will be awarded to nonprofits working to empower and educate their constituents through the development of financial literacy knowledge and skills.... Deadline: June 3, 2013


Ribbons of Hope—Invest in Women Seeks Applications From Nonprofit Organizations That Benefit Women and Girls - One grant of $100,000 will be awarded to an organization that works to promote the well-being and future prospects of women and girls.... Deadline: August 1, 2013


Rural Cooperative Development Grants (RCDG) - The primary objective of the RCDG program is to improve the economic condition of rural areas by assisting individuals or entities in the startup, expansion or operational improvement of rural cooperatives and other business entities. Grants are awarded competitively on an annual basis to Rural Cooperative Development Centers who in turn provide technical assistance to individuals and entities.  Program Status: OPEN

Estimated Program Funding: $6.5 million
Maximum Grant Amount: $200,000
Cost Sharing Requirement: 25 percent of the total project cost; (5 percent for 1994 Institutions)

Approximately $6.5 million is available. Applications are limited to one per applicant for a maximum of $200,000 and matching funds are required. The grant period is limited to a one-year timeframe.  Nonprofit corporations and institutions of higher education may apply.   The application deadline is July 15.



Newsletters and email from where I gather this information include:


v  Foundation Center RFP Service -  To subscribe or unsubscribe, or to change your e-mail address, visit:

v  To subscribe to the RAC Health Listserv - click here to go to the subscription form.

v  Electronic newsletter of the RUPRI Center for Rural Entrepreneurship, Rural Entrepreneurship NewsTo subscribe,  

v  Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City newsletter:

v  The npEnterprise Forum ( ) - 5000+ subscribers discuss practical ways that organizations can advance their social missions through entrepreneurial, earned-income strategies.

v  Blue Avocado Nonprofit Magazine - They have a newsletter on boards and nonprofit management, down-to-earth and useful.

v  Rural LISC e-newsletter -

v  National Association for Development Organizations (NADO) –

v  ERS - A notification service is provided by USDA's Economic Research Service for Charts of Note and other research to keep you informed of the latest and most relevant research on the topics that interest you. You can subscribe at

v  Department of Labor – Email Subscription Service -

v  Good Done Great - Knowledge Sites – webinars and websites geared to nonprofits – to subscribe -

This is the bulk of them, a few others are random.



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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