Wednesday, August 27, 2014

FW: Today - Lunch and Learn free webinar

How appropriate that they are marketing a webinar on "pop-ups" using a flash mob mentality!

Note that the webinar is 10:30 – 11 Central!


From: [] On Behalf Of Susan Jakes
Sent: Wednesday, August 27, 2014 7:59 AM
Subject: Today - Lunch and Learn free webinar


We are excited to have Elizabeth Yerxa of Triangle ArtWorks as our first speaker.  She will be speaking about pop-ups, a new way to energize your empty or abandoned downtown spaces, which she describes in the following way:


August 27th              Activating Empty Downtown Spaces – Pop-Ups!

11:30 - 12:00 EDT


Have an empty space in your downtown that would benefit from new traffic and buzz?  Do local arts groups need more venues to show work, perform, or hold an event?  Do new local businesses need a low risk way to test the waters?   A Pop-Up could be your answer and Triangle area nonprofit, Triangle ArtWorks, has created a new Tool-Kit to make Pop-Ups easier.

You may join the session up to 15 minutes early.  Webinar starts at 11:30 am.

Click here to join the session:

Susan Jakes, Ph.D.
Associate State Program Leader, Community and Rural Development,
Extension Assistant Professor
North Carolina Cooperative Extension, CALS, NC State University
NCSU, Raleigh, NC 27695
Tel: (919) 515-9161


Friday, August 22, 2014

FW: Publications, Tools, Learning, Funding, and Feedback request

Sorry for the additional email; please note the emphasis on rural broadband throughout!


From: Agans, Suzette - RD, Washington, DC []
Sent: Friday, August 22, 2014 9:23 AM
Subject: Publications, Tools, Learning, Funding, and Feedback request




Rural Economies Fount to Benefit from Broadband [Adoption] -


FDIC Announces Additional Research on Community Bank Trends -

Most U.S. organic exports are fresh fruits and vegetables

The United States has developed an active organic trade sector in recent years. In 2013, the United States exported organic products to over 80 countries, with Canada and Mexico being the top trade partners. The U.S. Department of Commerce began tracking the trade value of some organic products in 2011, and is expanding the number of organic items tracked. Each new organic product added to the trade code system must meet minimum requirements on product value and the number of importers and exporters. In 2013, the value of tracked U.S. organic exports was $537 million. Fresh fruits/vegetables is still the top organic sector in both production and sales in the United States, and dominates the trade items currently being tracked. Fresh and chilled fruits and vegetables accounted for over 90 percent of the Nation’s total organic export sales in 2013. The top three U.S. organic exports (in value) were apples, lettuce, and grapes. A chart is found in the August 2014 Amber Waves data feature, “U.S. Organic Trade Includes Fresh Produce Exports and Tropical Imports.”


Diabetes Management in Rural Areas Takes Holistic, Community Approaches by Candi Helseth
Programs in Florida and Kentucky are helping diabetic patients better manage their health, and promoting community awareness of the disease.


CFED Recognizes 10 Standout Solutions Addressing Microbusiness Financial Capability Needs


HUD, EPA and DOT Release “Five Years of Learning from Communities and Coordinating Federal Investments” aka Partnership for Sustainable Communities

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) this week released “Five Years of Learning from Communities and Coordinating Federal Investments,” a report demonstrating how the three agencies are cooperating to help communities provide more housing choices, make transportation systems more efficient and reliable, and create vibrant neighborhoods that attract business development and jobs while protecting the environment. 





Center for Data Innovation: State Open Data Policies and Portals
This report provides a snapshot of states’ efforts to create open data policies and portals and ranks states on their progress. The six top-scoring states are Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, New York, Oklahoma, and Utah. Read more...






The terms "sustainability" and "livability" are sometimes interchanged, but both terms can mean different things to different people. During this webinar you will learn more about the six livability principles, and how livability connects housing and transportation issues. Additional issues related to livability include land use and economic development, community health, and alternative modes of transportation.

David Kack is the Director for the Small Urban and Rural Livability Center at the Western Transportation Institute - Montana State University, and has 15 years of experience specializing in transportation coordination, management, and planning. Through the Center, David hopes to show how the six livability principles can be applied to small urban and rural (and frontier) areas.

HOW TO JOIN THE WEBINAR - click on the following link and login as a Guest on the date and time of the event.  

QUESTIONS - Please contact the Western Rural Development Center's Amy Wengert via email to or by calling 435.797.9731.

WEBINAR:  Case Studies of Funding Sources for Local Food Systems in Midwest Communities, September 16, 2014 (Tuesday), 10:00 AM CT / 11:00 AM – Eastern Time

Free -

Support for and interest in local food systems is increasing in communities throughout the country. Much of the efforts are through “grassroots” organizations that seek funding support for their projects and programs. This project focused on seven programs in Midwest communities and how they utilized several grant sources to accomplish their goals. Linda and Christa will discuss the increased awareness in local foods and report on the case studies of funding support for community local foods programs.

About the Speakers:

Linda Naeve is an extension program specialist at Iowa State University. As a specialist in horticulture, much of her work focuses on local food production, food safety, and local food systems.

Christa Hartsook is an extension program coordinator at Iowa State University. As the small farms/acreage living coordinator, she focuses on local food production, opportunities for small farmers and homesteading.





Apply for Brownfields Area-Wide Planning Grants
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Office of Brownfields and Land Revitalization is accepting applications for Brownfields Area-Wide Planning Grants.  Eligible activities include research, technical assistance and training for entities who wish to develop an area-wide plan for brownfields assessment, cleanup, and subsequent reuse.  This funding opportunity references the Partnership for Sustainable Communities’ (PSC) Six Livability Principles and gives favorable consideration to applicants leveraging other PSC grants, including HUD’s Sustainable Communities grants.  The proposal submission deadline is September 22.  Learn more and apply here.


Small Grants Program for Transporting Healthy Food -

Application Deadline: October 1st

CSX and The Conservation Fund (TCF) have joined forces to help combat food insecurity! Specifically, CSX and TCF have launched a small grants program to help support our country's local transportation network to distribute fresh, healthy food to communities in need. More than 23 million Americans across the country have limited or no access to fresh produce, dairy, meats and seafood. One of the contributing factors to these “food deserts” is the lack of local infrastructure to distribute fresh food to markets. We need to connect people to food, and food to people!

This program will offer grants ranging from $2,500 to $10,000 to local government and nonprofit entities that distribute fresh, local foods in the 23 states where CSX operates including: AL, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, IL, IN, KY, LA, MD, MA, MI, MS, NJ, NY, NC, OH, PA, SC, TN, VA, WV.

These grants will be used to address gaps in local food distribution by providing funds to enhance delivery capabilities which support a range of activities related to transportation. 

>>Learn more about this program!


FCC Announces $100 Million for Rural Broadband Projects

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released its report and order on rural broadband activities and outlined a budget of $100 million, which will go toward new broadband projects in rural areas. Local governments are eligible to apply for funding. The application deadline is October 14.  Applicants are required to submit project details, confidential bids requesting the desired amount of support to serve specified census block, and other financial information such as ownership interest in FCC-regulated companies.  Click here for more information.


Lowe's Charitable and Education Foundation Accepting Applications for Toolbox for Education Grants - DEADLINE: October 15, 2014

Grants of up to $5,000 will be awarded in support of projects that have a permanent impact on a K-12 school community, such as a facility enhancement or landscaping/clean-up effort....


NCTM Accepting Applications for Classroom Research Grants for Teachers in Grades 7-12 - DEADLINE: November 7, 2014

Grants of up to $6,000 will be awarded to support and encourage classroom-based research in pre-college mathematics education....


Rural Economic Development:  FCC Announces Additional Steps to Implement “Connect America Fund”
From a rulemaking notice in the August 6 FEDERAL REGISTER: Click here for the full August 6, 2014 notice.
Today the Federal Communications Commission takes further steps to implement the Connect America Fund to advance the deployment of voice and broadband-capable networks in rural, high-cost areas, including extremely high-cost areas, while ensuring that rural Americans benefit from the historic technology transitions that are transforming our nation's communications services. 
The Commission finalizes decisions to use on a limited scale Connect America funding for rural broadband experiments in price cap areas that will deploy new, robust broadband to consumers. 
The Report and Order (Order) establishes a budget for these experiments and an objective, clear cut methodology for selecting winning applications, building on the record from the Tech Transitions FNPRM, 79 FR 11366, February 28, 2014. The Commission describes the application process and announces that formal applications must be submitted by 90 days from release of the Order. The Commission will use these rural broadband experiments to explore how to structure the Phase II competitive bidding process in price cap areas and to gather valuable information about interest in deploying next generation networks in high-cost areas.


Community Grants - Deadline: Rolling Deadline
Funder: The Safeway Foundation


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


Sustainable Development Program - Deadline: Rolling
Funder: Rockefeller Brothers Fund





The Department of the Treasury today issued regulations concerning the investment and use of amounts deposited in the Gulf Coast Restoration Trust Fund.

Section 34.302 (Allocation of Funds) describes how funds will be allocated between Alabama, Florida counties, Louisiana state government and parishes, Mississippi, and Texas.

The August 15 FEDERAL REGISTER contains the Interim Final Rule.  Effective date for the Interim Final Rule: October 14, 2014.  Comments on the Interim Final Rule are due: September 15, 2014


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FW: Publications, Funding, and Feedback requested

Several funding opportunities for native American tribal organizations


From: Agans, Suzette - RD, Washington, DC []
Sent: Friday, August 15, 2014 10:39 AM
Subject: Publications, Funding, and Feedback requested




How Did Rural Residents Fare on the Health Insurance Marketplaces?
Examines 2014 premiums, issuers, and plans offered to residents of urban and rural counties. Disparities in both price and number of coverage choices were found between states with a small rural population and those with a significant rural population. Organization: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Date: 08 / 2014


Improving Access to Comprehensive Healthcare for Veterans
Summarizes findings from recent VA research related to healthcare access. Includes studies on telemental health services for rural Veterans with PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder), barriers for rural Veterans at risk of suicide, and home-based primary care services for rural American Indian and Native American Veterans who receive care from both VA and the Indian Health Service. Organization: Veterans Health Administration. Date: 08 / 2014


Keeping Rural Communities Healthy
This report by the Joint Economic Committee recognizes that keeping rural communities healthy is vital to the U.S. economy. The report provides an overview of characteristics of rural populations, rural health statistics, barriers to healthcare in rural areas, economic implications of rural healthcare, and relevant policy actions to keep rural America healthy. Organization: U.S. Congress Joint Economic Committee Democratic Staff. Date: 07 / 2014


Rural Connections: Challenges and Opportunities in America’s Heartland
Report looks at the condition, use and safety of the nation’s rural transportation system and discusses recommendations to improve connectivity in America’s small communities and rural areas to access jobs, education and healthcare. Organization: TRIP. Date: 07 / 2014


Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and Rural Households
Examines the use of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits (formerly known as food stamps) by household and place of residence, including a comparison of rural, micropolitan, and metropolitan areas. It also looks at the age of individuals in households receiving SNAP, recognizing that elder and child populations are most at risk of food insecurity. Argues the importance of SNAP in rural communities. Organization: Center for Rural Affairs. Date: 07 / 2014





Tribal Self-Governance Program Negotiation Cooperative Agreement - Application deadline: Aug 29, 2014
Cooperative agreements that provide negotiation resources to tribes interested in participating in the Tribal Self-Governance Program (TSGP), which gives tribes the authority to manage and tailor healthcare programs in a manner that best fits the needs of their communities. Sponsor: Indian Health Service


Tribal Self-Governance Program Planning Cooperative Agreement - Application deadline: Aug 29, 2014
The purpose of the program is to award cooperative agreements that provide planning resources to Tribes interested in participating in the Tribal Self-Governance Program (TSGP), which gives tribes the authority to manage and tailor healthcare programs in a manner that best fits the needs of their communities.
Sponsor: Indian Health Service


May and Stanley Smith Charitable Trust Grant program - Geographic Coverage: Available in 14 Western states.
Application deadline: Applications accepted on an ongoing basis. Grants for projects that offer assistance to foster youth, elder populations, veterans, and people with disabilities. Sponsor: May and Stanley Smith Charitable Trust


Plum Creek Foundation Grants - Geographic Coverage: Available in areas of company operations in 18 states.
Application deadline: Applications accepted on an ongoing basis. Offers grants in 18 states to human service organizations; hospitals and medical programs, including funds for equipment; youth-serving organizations; community development projects; arts and culture projects; civic service organizations; and educational institutions.
Sponsor: Plum Creek Foundation


Taproot Foundation Offers Pro Bono Professional Services to Nonprofit Organizations- DEADLINE: September 1, 2014

Pro bono service grants with a minimum value of $45,000 will be provided to nonprofits in New York, San Francisco, Chicago, Los Angeles, or Washington, D.C., working in the areas of the arts, education, the environment, health, or social services....


Nominations Invited for I Love My Librarian Award - DEADLINE: September 12, 2014. Up to ten librarians and/or library media specialists will be selected to receive a $5,000 cash award, a plaque, and a $500 travel stipend to attend an awards reception in New York City....


Bush Foundation Accepting Applications for 2015 Fellowships - DEADLINE: September 11, 2014

Fellowship grants of $100,000 will be awarded to emerging leaders in Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota to pursue professional development experiences....


Native Strong: Healthy Kids, Healthy Futures Capacity Building Grant - Application deadline: Sep 12, 2014
Offers funding to organizations working to prevent or reduce childhood obesity and type 2 diabetes in Native American children. Funds may be used for capacity building, community planning, or community health assessments. Sponsor: Notah Begay III Foundation


Seventh Generation Fund Accepting Applications for Indigenous-Led Initiatives - DEADLINE: September 15, 2014

Grants of up to $5,000 will be awarded to Native American community-based organizations and projects aligned with one of the fund's program areas....


Southern Exposure Invites Applications for Alternative Exposure Grants - DEADLINE: September 18, 2014. Grants of up to $5,000 will be awarded to foster the development and presentation of artist-led projects and programs in the Bay Area that are direct, accessible, and open to the public....


Healthy Communities / Healthy America Fund - Application deadline: Sep 22, 2014
Awards grants to free clinics to implement the CDC's National Diabetes Prevention Program. Sponsor: AMA Foundation


EPA Announces FY 2015 Brownfields Area-Wide Planning Grant - Click here for the solicitation.  Proposals are due by September 22.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is soliciting proposals from eligible entities to conduct research, technical assistance, and/or training activities that will enable the entity to develop an area-wide plan for brownfields assessment, cleanup, and subsequent reuse. Brownfields area-wide planning (BF AWP) grant-funded activities must be directed to one or more brownfield site(s) located in a specific area, such as a neighborhood, a district (e.g., downtown, arts or shopping area), a local commercial corridor, a community waterfront, or a city block. Each project funded under this grant must result in an area-wide plan which includes specific plan implementation strategies for assessing, cleaning up, and reusing the brownfields site(s) as well as related brownfields and project area revitalization strategies.


The total estimated funding available under this competitive opportunity is $4 million, subject to availability of funds, quality of proposals received, and other applicable considerations. The maximum amount of grant funding that applicants may apply for under each proposal is $200,000. Applicants may submit more than one proposal so long as each one is for a different project area and is submitted separately. However, if selected for funding, an applicant will not receive funding for more than one proposal, and the maximum amount of funding an applicant may receive under the FY15 BF AWP grant is $200,000. Project periods up to 24 months are allowed. EPA anticipates selecting approximately 20 projects through this competitive opportunity. Individuals, for-profit firms, and the FY10 and FY13 EPA BF AWP Program recipients are not eligible to apply.


The BF AWP Program is designed to produce measurable outcomes linked to the eventual assessment, cleanup, and subsequent reuse of brownfield sites. In this manner, BF AWP complements the EPA’s brownfields assessment, cleanup, revolving loan fund, and environmental workforce development and job training competitive grant opportunities and targeted brownfields assessment assistance.


U.S. Soccer Foundation Invites Letters of Interest for Safe Places to Play Grants - DEADLINE: September 24, 2014 (Letters of Inquiry)

Grants of up to $200,000 each will be awarded to nonprofit organizations working to build or enhance a field space that enables children in underserved communities to stay active, healthy, and safe....


Baseball Tomorrow Fund Invites Applications from Youth Baseball and Softball Programs - DEADLINE: October 1, 2014

Grants will be awarded to finance a new program, expand or improve an existing program, undertake a new collaborative effort, or obtain facilities or equipment necessary for youth baseball and softball programs....


Road Runners Club of America Accepting Applications for Kids Run the Nation Fund Grants - DEADLINE: October 1, 2014

Grants of up to $1,000 will be awarded to running clubs and other nonprofit organizations in support of structured youth running programs....


Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Releases 2015 Future of Nursing Scholars Request for Proposals - DEADLINE: October 1, 2014

The three-year program provides scholarships of $125,000 as well as networking opportunities to Ph.D. students in nursing who are committed to a long-term career focused on bringing transformational leadership to nursing and health care in the United States....


American Century Investments Foundation Invites Applications From Health and Human Services Organizations - DEADLINE: October 7, 2014

Grants of up to $25,000 will be awarded to nonprofit health and human service organizations based in communities where American Century Investments employees live and work....


Applications Invited for Soros Justice Fellowships in Advocacy and Media - DEADLINE: October 22, 2014

Fellowships of up to $110,250 will be awarded to support individuals working to implement innovative projects that advance reform and spur debate on a range of issues facing the criminal justice system in the United States.....


NIST Announces New Competition for Advanced Manufacturing Planning Awards - Pre-applications are required for this AMTech competition and are due by 11:59 p.m., Eastern Time, Sept.5, 2014. Full applications must be received by 11:59 p.m., Eastern Time, Oct. 31, 2014.  The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) announced a new competition for planning awards to support industry-driven consortia in developing research plans and charting collaborative actions to solve high-priority technology challenges and accelerate the growth of advanced manufacturing in the United States.

NIST's AdvancedManufacturing


Technology Consortia (AMTech) Program  anticipates awarding a total of $5.6 million in two-year grants during the young program's second competition. Awards will range between about $250,000 and $500,000, subject to the availability of funds. Applications are due Oct. 31, 2014, and selections will be announced during the first half of 2015.  Teaming and partnerships that include broad participation by companies of all sizes, universities and government agencies, driven by industry, are encouraged. Nonprofit U.S. organizations as well as accredited institutions of higher education and state, tribal and local governments are eligible to apply for the program.

AMTech's goal is to spur consortia-planned and led research on long-term, precompetitive technology needs of U.S. manufacturing industries. The program aims to help eliminate barriers to advanced manufacturing capabilities and to promote domestic development of an underpinning technology infrastructure, including high-performing supply chains. AMTech is designed to address a serious weakness in the nation's innovation ecosystem, an issue identified by the National Science and Technology Council (NSTC) and the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology, among other bodies.

NIST will host webinars on the AMTech funding opportunity on Aug. 7 and 14, 2014, beginning at 2 p.m. Eastern time. The events will offer guidance on the AMTech program and preparing proposals. Webinar participants will be able to ask questions. Advance registration is required. To register for the Aug. 7 webinar go to: To register for the Aug. 14 webinar go to:

The text of the FFO announcement also is available at  More information on the AmTech program is available at:


Delta Workforce Development Capacity Building and Technical Assistance Fund - Application deadline: Nov 4, 2014
Geographic Coverage: Available in Alabama, Arkansas, Tennessee, Illinois, Missouri, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Kentucky.
Awards funding to rural counties and parishes within the Delta region for the purposes of direct technical support and assistance needed to develop a connected workforce development system at the local level. Sponsor: Delta Regional Authority


Chi Sigma Iota Issues RFP for 2014-15 Excellence in Counseling Research Grants - DEADLINE: November 15, 2014

Grants of up to $2,500 will be awarded in support of research projects focused on professional advocacy, wellness counseling, and developmental counseling....


Finish Line Youth Foundation Invites Applications for Youth Athletic Programs and Camps - DEADLINE: September 30, 2014

Grants of up to $5,000 will be awarded to nonprofit organizations for community-based athletic programs and to establish camps that teach active-lifestyle and team-building skills....


Ben & Jerry's Foundation Seeks Proposals for Social and Environmental Justice Projects - DEADLINE: October 15, 2014 (Pre-applications)

Grants of up to $20,000 will be awarded to support nonprofit community-organizing groups in the United States working to further social and environmental justice and support sustainable and just food systems....


Freedoms Foundation Accepting Nominations for 2015 Leavey Awards - DEADLINE: November 1, 2014

Cash awards of up to $15,000 will be made to classroom teachers who have displayed passion and creativity in their efforts to teach entrepreneurship and the free enterprise system....


National Science Teachers Association Invites Nominations for Shell Science Teaching Award - DEADLINE: November 18, 2014

The $10,000 prize recognizes an outstanding K-12 teacher who has had a positive impact on his or her students, school, and community through exemplary science teaching....


Applications Invited for Terri Lynne Lokoff/Children's Tylenol National Child Care Teacher Awards - DEADLINE: December 8, 2014

Fifty pre-K teachers will be selected to receive grants of $1,000 in honor of their dedication to providing high-quality child care....


PeyBack Foundation Accepting Grant Applications for Programs Serving At-Risk Children - DEADLINE: February 1, 2015

Grants of up to $15,000 are available to nonprofits working to provide leadership and growth opportunities to economically disadvantaged children and youth in Indiana, Tennessee, Louisiana, or the Denver metro area....






The Office of Science and Technology Policy and the National Economic Council today have invited public comments to provide input into an upcoming update of the Strategy for American Innovation.  This strategy helps to guide the Administration's efforts to promote lasting economic growth and competitiveness through policies that support transformative American innovation in products, processes, and services and spur new fundamental discoveries that in the long run lead to growing economic prosperity and rising living standards.

These efforts include policies to promote critical components of the American innovation ecosystem, including scientific research and development (R&D), technical workforce, entrepreneurship, technology commercialization, advanced manufacturing, and others.

The strategy also provides an important framework to channel these Federal investments in innovation capacity towards innovative activity for specific national priorities. The public input provided through today’s notice will inform the deliberations of the National Economic Council and the Office of Science and Technology Policy, which are together responsible for publishing an updated Strategy for American Innovation.

Responses must be received by September 23.  Click here for the full notice.  Note among the categories for public response  -- Skilled Workforce Development, Manufacturing and Entrepreneurship, and Regional Innovation Ecosystems (see below for the OSTP/NEC “lines of inquiry”).

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Friday, August 1, 2014

FW: Publications, Tools, Learning, Funding

From our colleagues at USDA-Rural Development.


From: Agans, Suzette - RD, Washington, DC []
Sent: Friday, August 01, 2014 2:51 PM
Subject: Publications, Tools, Learning, Funding


Please note that there will be no email blast next Friday.




Community Vitality and Rural Healthcare Topic Guide - this new guide, developed by RAC Information Specialist Kathleen Spencer focuses on the linkage between rural healthcare and the economic strength and overall vitality of the community. Thank you to Gerald Doeksen, Cheryl St. Clair, and Fred Eilrich, National Center for Rural Health Works; David Schmitz, Family Medicine Residency, Idaho State University Department of Family Medicine; and Jo Anne Preston, Rural Wisconsin Health Cooperative for their assistance in developing this guide.


Fact Sheet: Increasing Investment in Rural America
Jul 24, 2014 -- This week, the White House Rural Council will host the inaugural Rural Opportunity Investment Conference (ROI) to promote potential investment opportunities that exist throughout rural America. In conjunction with this event, the White House Rural Council is announcing a $10 billion dollar investment fund to promote rural economic development. This fund will continue to grow the rural economy by increasing access to capital for rural infrastructure projects. Target investments of this fund will include rural community facilities with an emphasis on healthcare and educational facilities. Source: Office of the Press Secretary


Persistent Poverty Dynamics: Understanding Poverty Trends Over 50 Years
Reports on high-poverty counties, with a poverty rate of 20% or more, based on data from the 2007-2011 American Community Survey, compared to 1970, 1980, 1990 and 2000 Census data. Includes comparison of rural (micropolitan and noncore) counties and metropolitan counties. Identifies counties with persistent and intermittent high poverty, as well as newly high poverty counties. Organization: Rural Policy Research Institute. Date: 07 / 2014


The latest issue of EntreWorks Insights has a great summary of the value of regional data and benchmarking, and provides links to some good examples--useful if you are looking for ways to tell your economic development story.


Promoting Educational Attainment at the Local Level  - Much of the wage growth in the United States over the last several decades has gone to the most productive (and highly educated) workers. A Partners Update article looks at the implications for community and economic developers.


10 Greatest Hits from the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (#WIOA)a quick round-up or count down of the Workforce Act just passed and signed by the President.  And here is a link to the press release -

FCC Releases Broadband Report, Interactive Tool

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has released its latest broadband report. The report provides summarized data on Internet access connections in the U.S. (over 200 kilobits per second in at least one direction). The FCC also released a web-based tool that allows users to interact with the broadband data by changing geography, managing metrics, and ranking their state/region on select broadband characteristics. Read more...


Vermont Community Tries Pop Up "Third Places" 

Essex, Vermont discovered that the community really wanted a downtown coffee shop—a "third place"—where people could meet, work, or hang out. Rather than wait for one, they created pop up coffee shops, temporary spaces around town where people could meet and get to know their local businesses too, creating a win-win for the community. 






Free tool for collegial online video-based conversations - This article discussed the use of Google hangouts as a free tool for online discussions. This might be a useful tool for conducting working group meetings or other group conversations normally done via conference call. If you’d like to explore setting up a demo of this, contact Karen for more... Read More »


SBA: SPECIAL EDITION | SBA: Helping Underserved Entrepreneurs Succeed - Special Edition bulletin full of resources to support underserved entrepreneurs (women, minorities, Native Americans, veterans, 50+ and disabled individuals). is a web portal to community development resources from all 12 Federal Reserve Banks and the Fed's Board of Governors, including research, data analyses, multimedia tools, publications/reports and news of events and programs.




WEBINAR: Policy Link will offer a webinar, “Growing and Funding Equitable Food Hubs: A Strategy for Improving Access to Healthy Food”, on Thursday, August 14, 2014 at 2:00 PM ET. Food hubs have gained momentum as an innovative retail strategy to expand healthy food access in low-income communities by creating direct linkages between food growers and producers and consumers. Click here for details and to register.  


Webinar: Planning Your Web Re-design, Thursday, August 28, 2014, 2 to 3 p.m. EDT Register Today!  Thru National Cooperative Business Association. If you're considering a website redesign, you're in good company. It can be a daunting process, but creative service agency MindActive is ready to walk you through the top trends and best practices. Led by MindActive's Phillip Hamilton and Byron Sletten, the webinar "Latest Trends for Planning a Re-design" will unpack the plannning process.


RECORDED Webinar and Slides Available for Rural-Urban Connections Webinar

On July 24, the NADO Research Foundation hosted the webinar, “Strengthening Rural-Urban Connections to Support Competitive Regions.”  From economic and workforce development to transportation to tourism to energy to food systems and beyond, it is becoming clear that an effective framework for understand urban and rural is through a prism of interdependence and linkages, rather than division and isolation.  Presenters discussed strategies to improve rural-urban linkages and promoting regional efforts that benefit both urban and rural communities.  The presenters were:  Brian Dabson, Associate Dean and Research Professor, Harry S. Truman School of Public Affairs and Director of the Institute of Public Policy at the University of Missouri; Paula Downs, Project Director, South Central Kansas Prosperity Plan (Wichita, KS); and Chad Coburn, Manager, Prosperous Places Program, Capital Area Council of Government (Austin, TX).  Click here to watch a recording of the webinar and to download the presentation slides.  The webinar was supported by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.  Questions?  E-mail Brett Schwartz at





TOYOTA AND AUDUBON are offering grants to nonprofits through the Toyota TogetherGreen Innovation Grants program. Grants of $5,000 to $80,000 are available to support creative and ambitious projects that engage diverse communities and find innovative solutions to environmental challenges. Deadline: 8/15/2014. Click here to review program guidelines.


The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services will provide grants for the provision of a Service Coordinator to coordinate supportive services and other activities designed to help public and Indian housing residents attain economic and housing self-sufficiency.  Deadline:  8/18/2014.  Click here for program guidelines and an application.


HUD is offering grants through the HOPE VI Main Street Grant Program to support small communities to assist in the renovation of an historic or traditional central business district or “Main Street” area by replacing unused commercial space in buildings with affordable housing units. The application deadline is 8/18/2014. Click here for program guidelines.  


Delta Regional Authority that a NOFA has been posted on the DRA websiteCounties and states are encouraged to apply for the available funds in “conjunction with economic development partners such as state and local chambers of commerce, planning and development districts, 2 and 4 year colleges/universities, and workforce development boards. Priority will be given to applicants who have garnered the support and commitments from a network of partners who will engage in a region-wide approach.”  DRA states include 252 counties and parishes in  Alabama | Arkansas | Illinois | Kentucky  | Louisiana | Mississippi | Missouri | Tennessee.  DRA will provide approximately 30 communities, with up to $50,000 per application, in subawards, for the purposes of direct technical support and assistance. Selected communities will be able to assess the skill levels and plan for increased readiness by the use of technical assistance providers, much like ACT Workready Program ( and Jobs for the Future (

Timeframe for Application Submission

Round 1 will open July 23, 2014 and will close October 2.

Round 2 will open August 25, 2014 and close November 4, 2014.


Outreach and Assistance for Socially Disadvantaged Farmers and Ranchers and Veteran Farmers and Ranchers Program: USDA Announces Funding Opportunity - The USDA has announced a $9.1 million funding opportunity under the “Outreach and Assistance for Socially Disadvantaged Farmers and Ranchers and Veteran Farmers and Ranchers Program.”  Click here for the full notice.  Applications are due by August 25.


Bush Foundation Accepting Applications for Native Nation Rebuilders Program - DEADLINE: August 28, 2014

The program will provide emerging and existing Native leaders in the Upper Midwest region served by the foundation with access to ideas and information, peer networks, leadership training, and other resources....


TD Charitable Foundation Invites Applications for 2014 Housing for Everyone Grants - DEADLINE: August 29, 2014

Grants of $100,000 will be awarded in support of neighborhood revitalization and stabilization efforts in communities throughout TD Bank's corporate footprint....


Department of Education Announces Funding Opportunity to (1) Support Transition Employment for Youth and Young Adults with Mental Health Conditions, (2) Community Living and Participation

Click here for the funding announcement.  Eligible applicants are States; public or private agencies, including for-profit agencies; public or private organizations, including for-profit organizations; IHEs; and Indian tribes and tribal organizations. Applications are due by August 29.  Click here for the corresponding statement of funding priorities.


Inaugural Rural Entrepreneurship Challenge Launched, American Farm Bureau Federation and Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business Partner on Challenge

Washington, D.C. – The American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) together with Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business Global Social Enterprise Initiative (GSEI) and the Georgetown Entrepreneurship Initiative’s StartupHoyas today announced the Rural Entrepreneurship Challenge. The first-of-its-kind challenge provides an opportunity for individuals to showcase ideas and business innovations being cultivated in rural regions of the United States. The Farm Bureau Rural Entrepreneurship Challenge is a key component of the Rural Entrepreneurship Initiative, a joint effort between AFBF and Georgetown McDonough.

The inaugural challenge is accepting applications through September 15, 2014. Ten semi-finalists will be announced at the National Summit on Rural Entrepreneurship at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business on Tuesday, October 14. The summit is sponsored jointly by AFBF, GSEI, and the White House Rural Council.

“Through the challenge, we will identify rural entrepreneurs with innovative ideas and help them remove any barriers standing between them and a viable, emerging business,” said Lisa Benson, AFBF’s director of rural development. “Winners will get initial capital, as well as mentoring to take them from innovative concept, to strategy, to reality. Farm Bureau recognizes that great business ideas can germinate anywhere, and we’re excited to see what our members will bring to the table.”

Challenge finalists will pitch their business ideas to a team of judges at the AFBF 96th Annual Convention, to be held in January in San Diego, Calif. Participants, who must be based in a rural county, will compete for the Rural Entrepreneur of the Year Award and prize money of up to $30,000 to implement their ideas. To learn more about the challenge and submit an online application, visit  There will also be a series of webinars.


Rural Health Fellows ProgramA year-long, intensive program designed to develop a community of rural health leaders. Application deadline: Aug. 31, 2014.


Vocational Rehabilitation Services Projects for American Indians With Disabilities - Application deadline: Sep 2, 2014. Grants to provide vocational rehabilitation services to American Indians with disabilities who reside on or near federal or state reservations. Sponsor: U.S. Department of Education


Self Help Homeownership Opportunity Program (SHOP) - Application deadline: Sep 4, 2014
Funding to be used to facilitate and encourage innovative homeownership opportunities. Sponsor: U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development


Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation Accepting Applications for USArtists International Grant Program - DEADLINE: September 5, 2014

Grants of up to $15,000 are available to American dance, music, and theater ensembles that have been invited to perform at international festivals anywhere outside the United States....


Melinda Gray Ardia Environmental Foundation Seeks Applications for Environmental Studies Grants - DEADLINE: September 14, 2014 (Pre-proposals)

Grants of up to $1,500 will be awarded in support of curricula that empower and encourage students to become involved in solving environmental and social problems....


THE SEVENTH GENERATION FUND FOR INDIGENOUS PEOPLES is offering grants in the following program areas: Arts and Cultural Expression, Environmental Health and Justice, Human Rights, Sustainable Communities, Intergenerational Leadership, and Women’s Leadership. Grants from $600 to $5,000 are provided to Native communities that address one or more of the Fund’s program areas. Deadline; 9/15/2014. Application guidelines and forms are available on the Fund’s website here.  


Wrigley Company Foundation Community Service Grant - Application deadline: Oct 1, 2014
Provides funding to dental hygienists for projects aimed at improving oral health or providing oral health education. Sponsor: American Dental Hygienists' Association


American Indian/Alaska Native Early Head Start (EHS) Expansion and EHS-Child Care Partnerships - Application deadline: Oct 6, 2014
Offers funding to expand Early Head Start programs for American Indian/Alaska Native populations or to create partnerships with local child care providers within a community, leveraging existing local resources to provide a comprehensive array of health, mental health, nutrition, and social services to infants, toddlers, and their families. Sponsor: Administration for Children and Families


Early Head Start (EHS) and Migrant and Seasonal EHS-Child Care Partnership Grants - Application deadline: Oct 6, 2014
Offers funding to expand Early Head Start programs for migrant and seasonal populations or to create partnerships with local child care providers within a community, leveraging existing local resources to provide a comprehensive array of health, mental health, nutrition, and social services to infants, toddlers, and their families. Sponsor: Administration for Children and Families  


USDA has announced that approximately $13 million in Farm Bill funding is now available for organic certification cost-share assistance, making certification more accessible for small certified producers and handlers. The certification assistance is distributed through two programs within the Agricultural Marketing Service. Through the National Organic Certification Cost-Share Program, $11.5 million is available to all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and five U.S. Territories. Through the Agricultural Management Assistance Organic Certification Cost-Share Program, an additional $1.5 million is available to organic operations in Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Utah, Vermont, West Virginia, and Wyoming. For more information, click here.  


New Details Announced on $1 Billion National Disaster Resilience Competition

In conjunction with a meeting of the State, Local, and Tribal Leaders Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience, President Obama has announced new strategies to help communities deal with the impacts of climate change.  Among those resources is the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) National Disaster Resilience Competition, which will make $1 billion available to communities that have been struck by natural disasters in recent years.  The competition will promote risk assessment and planning and will fund the implementation of innovative resilience projects to prepare communities for future storms and other extreme events.


There are 67 eligible applicants for the National Disaster Resilience Competition, including all states with counties that experienced presidentially-declared major disasters in 2011, 2012, or 2013 (48 of 50 states plus Puerto Rico and Washington, DC) and 17 local governments that received Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) disaster recovery funding under the Disaster Relief Appropriations Act of 2013 (PL 113-2).  Click here for a list of eligible applicants.  All successful applicants will need to demonstrate that their proposals address unmet needs from the eligible disasters that affected them and also prepare the community to address future vulnerabilities and risks.


The competition will be structured in two phases: (1) risk assessment and planning; and (2) design and implementation.  In Phase 1, funding and technical assistance will help communities develop innovative, data-driven approaches to recover from recent disasters and increase resilience to future threats.  A subset of these communities will be invited to continue in Phase 2 and design solutions for recovery and future resilience.  The best proposals will receive implementation funding and serve as models for other communities across the country.


Click here for HUD’s fact sheet on the National Disaster Resilience Competition.  Application requirements will be published in a forthcoming Notice of Funding Availability.  Click here for information on the other resilience-related announcements the President made recently. 



Suzette M. Agans

Community and Economic Development
Rural Development | U.S. Department of Agriculture
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