Friday, January 31, 2014

FW: Publications, Learning, Tools, and Funding

From our colleagues at USDA-RD – many resources focused on rural healthcare, workforce development and a free webinar on Small Town Downtown development. Also, an additional webinar titled “Building Leadership for the Long Haul”. Great stuff!


From: Agans, Suzette - RD, Washington, DC []
Sent: Friday, January 31, 2014 7:52 AM
Subject: Publications, Learning, Tools, and Funding




Top 10 Tips for Inclusive Engagement - Broad—and deep— engagement with community members is a fundamental building block of a successful Heart & Soul Community Planning project. Learn the top ten tips for success by visiting our blog. Orton Family Foundation. READ BLOG >


5 Lessons for Engaging the Hard to Reach - Find five lessons from North Fork Valley that will help broaden civic participation in your town on our Cornerstones blog. READ MORE >  Orton Family Foundation


Rural Health Centers Utilize Tax Credit Program to Expand Primary Care Services
Jan 30, 2014 -- Healthcare Finance News article tells how the New Markets Tax Credit Program, established by Congress in 2000 to spur new or increased investments into operating businesses and real estate projects located in low-income communities, provides an alternate form of funding for rural health centers.


Flex Monitoring Team Launches New Website, Communications Services
Jan 28, 2014 -- The Flex Monitoring Team has launched a new website at, offering quick and easy access to their entire collection of resources aimed at improving the accessibility, viability, and quality of health care for rural residents and communities.


Current Provider FTE Summary by State Report
Shows summary of provider FTE by state, including total provider FTE, National Health Service Corps provider, primary care, dental care, mental health, and rural/urban comparison.  Organization: National Health Service Corps. Date: 01 / 2014





WEBINAR: Small Town Downtown Economic Development Strategies, February 5 from 2:00-3:15 ET
Across the country, small towns are rediscovering and reclaiming their main streets and downtowns by pursuing innovative community and economic development projects.  Once abandoned sidewalks, storefronts, and plazas are now bustling with activity as residents find their way back downtown, once again making these spaces the social, civic, and economic centers of their communities. Join the NADO Research Foundation for a free webinar highlighting three small towns (Greenville, KY, Claremont, NH, and Millen, GA) that are investing in their downtowns through streetscape improvements, historic preservation, brownfields remediation, and tourism initiatives.  Learn how strong local and regional leadership, dedicated volunteers, and a mix of local, state, and federal funding can come together to transform downtowns and main streets, improving both quality-of-life and economic opportunities for residents. Click here to register.  The NADO Research Foundation has applied for 1.25 AICP CM credits; registrants will be notified once the webinar receives approval.  Contact Brett Schwartz at with any questions.


WEBINAR:  “Latest Innovations at Workforce Boards”  February 5  (2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. EST).  Registration

Workforce Boards are facing increasing pressure to create and deliver relevant, effective, engaging services and programs to both employers and job seekers, all while operating in a period of fiscal stringency.
Participants will learn how Workforce Investment Boards across the country are innovating with technology, partnerships and funding to deliver effective new programs and services to their customers. 
Join us to learn more about:
• How to collaborate with education, employer, foundation and economic development partners
• Technologies and tools that deliver better talent matching and placement
• The latest and most effective funding models
• Best practices from some of the country’s leading Workforce Investment Boards
• The most promising new trends

We’ve got an incredible roundtable of presenters including:
• Ron Painter - CEO - National Association of Workforce Boards
• Bruce Stephen - Director of Real-time Labor Intelligence Market Research - Monster Government Solutions
• Bruce England - Executive Director - Susquehanna Workforce Network
• Marléna Sessions - CEO - Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County
• Dan Sines - CEO – Woofound


WEBINAR: Building Leadership for the Long Haul, Thursday, February 13, 2014, 3-4:15 PM EST  Register now!  

What’s the difference between a plan that’s put into place and one that’s put on a shelf? People. If you want something to show for your hard work, you need to build strong local leadership and grassroots support.
Join CommunityMatters® and the Citizens’ Institute on Rural Design (CIRD) on February 13th for a free webinar on Building Leadership for the Long Haul. This webinar will focus on how to grow effective local leaders who can nurture volunteers, corral resources and build the public support that can move community design or planning work from paper to practice. Read more on our blog >
Milan Wall, Co-Director of the Heartland Center for Leadership Development. Milan Wall will share research on keys to thriving communities and effective leadership. And, he’ll describe characteristics of effective local leaders, roles and responsibilities to guide community action, and tips for recruiting new leaders in a changing world.

Community Development Academy, March 24-28, 2014, St. Louis, MO
Sponsor: University of Missouri Extension


RECORDED WEBINAR: Owning Our Future, the links to both the recording and the pdf of the slides can be found here.





Medicare Telehealth Payment Eligibility Analyzer
Helps providers determine geographic eligibility for Medicare telehealth services. Identifies HPSAs located in rural census tracts, consistent with ORHP’s definition of rural.  Organization: Health Resources and Services Administration


Safety Assurance Factors for EHR Resilience (SAFER) Guides
Consists of nine guides which enable healthcare organizations, both small and large, to address electronic health record safety in a variety of areas. Guides include: high priority practices, organizational responsibilities, contingency planning, system configuration, system interfaces, patient identification, computerized provider order entry with decision support, test results reporting and follow-up, and clinician communication.  Organization: Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology - Provides training tools for community representatives and consumer-oriented education materials to assist American Indians and Alaska Natives in understanding their rights and opportunities under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and Indian Health Care Improvement Act (IHCIA). Produced by the National Indian Health Outreach and Education Initiative.





Funding Community Design and Development Projects

Need some cold, hard cash for a community design project? Find great resources for securing funds in our January call notes and recording.


Champions for Healthy Kids Program, Deadline: March 15, 2014
Funder: General Mills


Grant Proposals for Youth Creativity Programs. Deadline: April 15, 2014. Funder: Lego Children's Fund


Support for Organizations Assisting Low-Income Communities, Deadline: Open. Funder: The Kresge Foundation


Support for Vulnerable Children Programs Worldwide, Deadline: Open. Funder: Dorothea Haus Ross Foundation


Bush Foundation Accepting Applications for Community Innovation Grant Program - DEADLINE: MARCH 13, 2014. Grants of up to $200,000 will be awarded to inclusive, collaborative projects that address a local need or opportunity in Minnesota, North or South Dakota, or the twenty-three Native nations that share the same geography....


Better Homes and Gardens Mason-McDuffie's Education Foundation Accepting Nominations for 2014 Outstanding Teacher Grants - DEADLINE: MARCH 31, 2014
Grants will be awarded to outstanding California public school teachers in recognition of their contributions to the state's children....


Home Depot Accepting Applications for Historically Black Colleges and Universities Improvement Grant Program - DEADLINE: FEBRUARY 10, 2014 (Letters of Intent). The Retool Your School program supports campus/facility improvement projects at historically black colleges and universities likely to have an impact on the lives of students, faculty, and alumni for generations to come....


National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy Invites Nominations for 2014 NCRP Impact Awards - DEADLINE: MARCH 1, 2014
The annual awards program celebrates foundations of all shapes and sizes that have demonstrated leadership, an ability to innovate, and a commitment to solving the country's toughest problems....


DOL Releases Upcoming Competitive Grant Opportunities

The Department of Labor’s (DOL) Employment and Training Administration (ETA) released its upcoming competitive grant opportunities for FY2014.  The ETA document outlines dates of when opportunities will be announced.  Click here to view the full list of opportunities and instructions on how to apply. 


Chronic Disease Self-Management Program Funding Opportunity - Application deadline: Feb 16, 2014
Offers funding for local health departments to develop the capacity to deliver effective Stanford model of Chronic Disease Self-Management Program or Arthritis Self-Management Program.
Sponsor: National Association of County and City Health Officials


Grants for Transportation of Veterans in Highly Rural Areas - Application deadline: Mar 3, 2014
Awards grants to organizations that assist veterans in rural areas with transportation to VA medical centers and other VA and non-VA facilities for medical care.
Sponsor: U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs


Tribal Sexual Assault Services Program (Tribal SASP) - Letter of Intent (Optional): Feb 19, 2014. Application deadline: Mar 12, 2014. Provides funding directly to tribes, tribal organizations, and nonprofit tribal organizations to create, maintain, and expand sustainable sexual assault services. Sponsor: Office on Violence Against Women


Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program Part C Capacity Development Grants - Application deadline: Mar 17, 2014
Provides funding to assist eligible entities to strengthen their organizational infrastructure and to increase their capacity to develop, enhance, or expand access to high quality HIV primary health care services for people in underserved or rural communities. Sponsor: Health Resources and Services Administration


Indian Health Service Loan Repayment Program - Application deadline: Aug 15, 2014
Provides loan repayment programs for health professions educational loans in return for full-time clinical service in Indian health programs. Sponsor: Indian Health Service


340B Peer-to-Peer Program - Application deadline: Applications accepted on an ongoing basis.
Applicants will join a network of 340B providers that will share knowledge and collaborate with peers to improve health care design and delivery. Sponsor: American Pharmacists Association


DOC Releases Details on Next Phase of the Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership

The U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) recently published a notice in the Federal Register outlining a competition to designate up to 12 communities as Manufacturing Communities through the Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership.  Under this second phase of IMCP, selected communities will be able to compete for $1.3 billion in federal dollars and assistance from nine cabinets and agencies.  In order to earn the Manufacturing Community designation, communities must demonstrate best practices in attracting and expanding manufacturing by bringing together stakeholders and creating broad-based prosperity.  Selected communities will receive preferential consideration for $1.3 billion in federal grants from many federal agencies.


Eligibility for the second phase of IMCP is not contingent on having been awarded funding under the first phase.  Manufacturing Communities will be designated for a period of two years with an option to apply for renewal based on performance.  The deadline for applications is 11:59 p.m. ET on March 14. Guidelines on application content, submission, review, and the selection process are included in the notice.


In addition, an interagency group of federal partners involved in manufacturing initiatives has  developed an IMCP Playbook that pulls together existing planning grant and technical assistance resources and best practices in economic development.  Click here to view the playbook.  Feedback on the playbook may be sent to Tom Murray at


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