Friday, February 20, 2015

FW: Publications, Tools, Learning, and Funding

From our colleagues at USDA-Rural Development; a particular focus on rural health this week.


From: Agans, Suzette - RD, Washington, DC []
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Subject: Publications, Tools, Learning, and Funding




2015 Broadband Progress Report
Reports on broadband deployment in the United States, with information specific to broadband access in rural and tribal communities. Discusses the role of broadband in healthcare. Provides maps showing rural broadband deployment and includes state and county-level broadband access data. Organization: Federal Communications Commission. Date: 02 / 2015


Developing a Culturally Competent, Sustainable Rural Model for Diabetes Prevention
Assesses a community- and family-based approach to diabetes prevention and management in eleven Appalachian counties across three states. Highlights the benefits of utilizing a culturally sensitive approach to diabetes education and awareness when engaging rural communities. Date: 02 / 2015. Journal: Rural and Remote Health




Roadmap to Develop Cross-Jurisdictional Sharing Initiatives
A guidebook to help local and county governments learn how they might share public health services regionally for more effective and efficient operations. The guide is based on a national public health learning community that includes rural public health organizations. Organization: Center for Sharing Public Health Services





WEBINAR: Persistent & Emerging Issues In Rural Education: Insights from Recent Economics of Education Research, March 9, 2015 @ 11:00 AM - Eastern Time

This presentation provides an overview of some persisting issues in rural education as well as a discussion of emerging topics, with particular attention on teacher labor markets and education finance. Recent research on some persisting issues, such as teacher pay and recruitment and the political economy of school financing will be discussed. The presenter will also distill the implications that emerging trends in teacher performance measurement, teacher compensation reform (e.g. Federal and State support for Pay-for-Performance contracts), recruitment/retention policy (e.g. challenges to seniority based retention) and alternative licensing pathways have for rural school success.


About the Speakers:  Elton Mykerezi is an Associate Professor in the Department of Applied Economics and Extension Economist with the Center for Community Vitality at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. He Holds a PhD in Economics from Virginia Tech. Mykerezi's research focuses on the study of human capital and labor markets; economics of poverty, food insecurity and poor nutrition; rural business and labor market development. His Extension and outreach efforts aim to improve economic opportunities for vulnerable populations, by focusing primarily on access to healthy foods, a quality education and opportunities for entrepreneurship and employment. He also teaches a graduate Regional Economics course. 


Registration: There is no registration and no fee for attending this webinar. To join the webinar go to, “enter as a guest” is by default already chosen. Type your name into the text box provided, and click on “Enter Room”. You are now in the meeting room for the webinar.  To facilitate Q&A’s, participants submit questions/comments via the Chat Function in Adobe Connect.

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Margaret E. Mahoney Fellowship Program Accepting Applicants - DEADLINE: March 15, 2015

Six fellowships of $4,500 will be awarded to health professional students to conduct summer research projects focused on transforming healthcare delivery systems for vulnerable populations....


Rapid Response to Requests for Rural Data Analysis and Issue Specific Rural Research Studies - Application deadline: Mar 30, 2015
Will fund one entity that is able to assist rural communities with conducting rapid data analyses and short term issue-specific rural research studies to understand the impact of current and proposed policies and regulations. Sponsor: Federal Office of Rural Health Policy


American Psychiatric Foundation Seeks Applications for Typical or Troubled? Mental Health Grant Program - DEADLINE: March 31, 2015

Grants of up to $2,000 will be awarded to support the Typical or Troubled? program in middle schools and high schools nationwide....


American Academy of Nursing Invites Applications for IOM Nurse Scholar-in-Residence Award - DEADLINE: April 1, 2015

A grant of $90,000 will be awarded to a nurse scholar or health policy expert as part of a year-long leadership-in-health-policy residency in Washington, D.C....


Amphion Foundation Accepting Applications From Performing Musical Ensembles - DEADLINE: April 1, 2015

Grants of up to $7,500 will be awarded to nonprofit performing ensembles, presenters, and music service organizations for general operating support or support for special projects....


Native Arts and Cultures Foundation Invites Applications for 2015 Artists Fellowships - DEADLINE: April 6, 2015

Grants of $20,000 will be awarded in recognition of the creativity and expression of exceptional Native artists who have had a significant impact on their discipline....


Medicare Rural Hospital Flexibility Program - Application deadline: Apr 6, 2015
Grants to states to assist Critical Access Hospitals with quality and performance activities, including: stabilizing rural hospital finance; integrating emergency medical services (EMS) into their health care systems; incorporating population health; and fostering innovative models of health care. Sponsor: Federal Office of Rural Health Policy


Rural Health Care Coordination Network Partnership Program - Application deadline: Apr 6, 2015
Supports the development of formal rural health networks that focus on care coordination activities for diabetes, congestive heart failure, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
Sponsor: Federal Office of Rural Health Policy


Public Health Nurse Leaders - Application deadline: Apr 17, 2015
A two-year leadership development program designed to enhance the strengths of senior-level Public Health Nurses, and to help them to develop a culture of health within their communities and states.
Sponsor: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation


Endangered Language Fund Invites Applications - DEADLINE: April 20, 2015

Grants of up to $4,000 will be awarded to support language maintenance initiatives and linguistic fieldwork related to languages in danger of disappearing within a generation or two....


National Environmental Education Foundation Invites Applications for Capacity-Building Grants - DEADLINE: April 30, 2015

Grants of up to $5,000 will be awarded to nonprofits working to protect, improve, and support responsible use of public land and water sites in the United States....


Mary Kay Foundation Accepting Applications for Domestic Violence Shelter Grant Program - DEADLINE: April 30, 2015

The foundation will award a grant to at least one domestic violence shelter in every state....


Patient Safety Learning Laboratories: Innovative Design and Development to Improve Healthcare Delivery Systems (P30) - Application deadline: Apr 27, 2015
Awards funding to establish Patient Learning Laboratories, which will work to develop, design, and test interventions that can help to transform healthcare delivery and improve patient safety and healthcare quality.
Sponsor: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality



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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

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Friday, February 13, 2015

FW: Publications, Tool, Learning and Funding

From our colleagues at USDA-Rural Development. Sorry for any duplicate emails!


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Sent: Friday, February 13, 2015 8:35 AM
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National Trends in Local Food Systems from the USDA

Farm sector profitability expected to weaken in 2015

U.S. net farm income—a measure of the sector’s profitability—is forecast to be $73.6 billion in 2015, down nearly 32 percent from 2014’s forecast of $108 billion. The 2015 forecast would be the lowest since 2009 and a drop of nearly 43 percent from the record high of $129 billion in 2013. Lower crop receipts (-$15.6 billion) and livestock receipts (-$10.1 billion) are the main drivers of the change, as production expenses are projected up less than 1 percent ($2.5 billion) and government payments are forecast to increase about 15 percent ($1.6 billion) in 2015. Net cash income is forecast at $89.4 billion, down about 22 percent from the 2014 forecast. Net cash income is projected to decline less than net farm income primarily because it reflects the sale of carryover stocks from 2014. This chart is found in 2015 Farm Sector Income Forecast, released February 10, 2015.


The Broad Strokes of Art's Economic Impact
Do you have students in your economics class who love the arts? This Extra Credit infographic highlights the vital role the arts play in our economy.


The Grassroots Economic Organizing (GEO) Collective released a free e-book, Scaling Up the Cooperative Movement, co-edited by Democracy Collaborative Senior Research Associate Thomas Hanna and cooperative development consultant Andrew McLeod. Additionally, Thomas’s blog on locally owned power in Nebraska was featured in Yes! Magazine. For more information on worker- cooperatives, take a look at this new video from the Toolbox for Social Education and Action (TESA) and GRITtv.





SelectUSA Announces Availability of State Business Incentives Database
The SelectUSA team has announced the launch of the State Business Incentives Database, a national database created by the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER). With almost 2,000 programs from all 50 states, DC, and federal agencies, the database gives economic developers, business development finance professionals, and economic researchers a convenient resource for searching and learning about state incentive programs.  The example below shows a portion of the 36 entries in the Michigan output.




Multi-State SET Conference

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SBA Emerging Leaders Class (see attached flyer)

Community Builders WebinarCreative Approaches to Economic Development: What it Takes to Attract and Retain Businesses in Today's Economy on February 25, 2-3pm Eastern.  Register at the above link.


WEBINAR: Rural Issues and Trends webinar series again starting in March. This FREE, three-part series will discuss the rural narrative, migration patterns, and leadership demands. All times are Noon-1pm Central time. If you are interested to read more and/or register, please visit

·        March 19: Rewriting the Rural Narrative

·        May 14: The Brain Gain of the Newcomers

·        July 16: Rural Leadership Demands


RECORDED WEBINAR: Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) Resources:  Two webinars have been held GAP 101 and 102, the following links take you to the recordings of these webinars: 

·        GAP 101 Webinar

·        GAP 102 Webinar:


A Three-Part Webinar Series: A Dialogue on Generational Diversity and Community Building

Please join us for a 3-part webinar series on generational diversity for community leaders wanting to become better equipped to support their community building process. These one-hour webinars will take place on:

·        Thursday, March 12, "Generations Research and its Implications for Community Decision Making." Presenters: Ahmet Binerer, Senior Associate, Center for Rural Entrepreneurship, Craig Schroeder, Senior Fellow, Center for Rural Entrepreneurship.

·        Thursday, April 2, "Engaging the Generations in Philanthropy." Presenters: Judy Johnson, Executive Director, Washington County Community Foundation, Indiana; Bonnie Hildreth, President and CEO, Barry Community Foundation, Michigan

·        Thursday, April 23, "Engaging the Generations in Economic Development." Presenters: Nicole Sedlacek, Executive Director, Holt County Economic Development, Nebraska; Judy Sjostedt, Executive Director, Parkersburg Area Community Foundation, West Virginia

As part of the series, you will receive our new whitepaper, Understanding Generational Diversity: Implications for Community Building. We’ll also share a Story Bio for each of our presenters so that you can learn more. During the third webinar, we’ll provide a guide to organizing a Community Dialogue on Generational Diversity in your own community as an action step and follow up to the series.


TELECONFERECE: The next CommunityMatters® capacity building call on Creative Rural-Urban Alliances will be on Thursday March 12 from 4-5 pm Eastern. Registration coming soon at 


CONFERENCE: We would like to invite you to attend the 17th Annual National Value Added Agriculture Conference in Austin, Texas on May 18-20,2015. The conference addresses food security, rural development, and value added agriculture. Speakers at the conference this year will include Mr. Neilson C. Conklin, president of the Farm Foundation who will present their The Dialogue for Food and Agriculture in the 21 Century project; Mr. Carlos Rubinstein, the Chairman of Texas Water Management Board; Mr. Francisco Valentin, the State Director, Rural Development, U.S. Department of Agriculture; Ms. Judith Canales, the State Executive Director USDA Farm Service Agency, and many other economists, researchers, farmers, producers, policy makers, etc. Deadline for registration is 5:00 pm April 27, 2015. Registration fee for regular attendee is $200 which will cover meetings, 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 3 coffee breaks, a reception, and a banquet.

Conference participants will also have the opportunities to visit U.S Foods’s amazing LEED-certified facility in Buda and Whole Foods flagship store in Lamar, and tour two famous urban farms in Austin: Agua Dulce Farm and Springdale farm.




Funding for Your Project

Last year, the National Endowment for the Arts launched an incredible resource, Exploring Our Town, that shares the lessons learned from their Our Town projects. This year, the NEA has renewed its commitment to helping local communities and federal agencies learn new approaches for local leadership to engage arts stakeholders, and to integrate arts and culture stakeholders into local community revitalization strategies. Check out the exciting new grants and programs that are part of their plan for the next 50 years in creative placemaking!


AADE Foundation Invites Applications for Innovative Use of Media and Technology Award  - DEADLINE: March 2, 2015

A grant of $3,000 will be awarded to support the development and/or implementation of a concept for the innovative use of media and technology to advance diabetes self-management education....


Taproot Foundation Offers Pro Bono Professional Services to Nonprofit Organizations  - DEADLINE: March 1, 2015

Pro bono marketing, human resources, information technology, and strategy management consulting services valued at $45,000 will be awarded to qualified nonprofit organizations....


Applications Available for ArtPlace America’s New Community Development Investments Program
ArtPlace America has announced a new program that will provide funding and support to place-based, non-governmental organizations that are interested in sustainably incorporating arts and cultural strategies into the organization’s planning and development work.  Selected organizations will receive up to $3 million and gain access to national creative placemaking experts, a financial capital consortium, a federal grants advisory team, and a community documentation and research team.  Eligible applicants include organizations from: Alaska or California; a nonmetropolitan area of Arizona, New Mexico, Texas or Minnesota; or a metropolitan area of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, or West Virginia.  Applications are due on March 12.  Additional information on the Community Development Investments program is available here.


Kohl's Department Stores Accepting Nominations for 2015 Scholarships - DEADLINE: March 13, 2015

Scholarships of up to $10,000 will be awarded to youth between the ages of 6 and 18 who, through their voluntarism, have had a positive impact on their communities....


Migrant Education: Department of Education Announces Funding Opportunity – DEADLINE – April 20, 2015

The purpose of the Migrant Education Program (MEP) Consortium Incentive Grant program is to provide incentive grants to State educational agencies (SEAs) that participate in a consortium with one or more other SEAs or other appropriate entities to improve the delivery of services to migrant children whose education is interrupted. Through this program, the Department of Education provides financial incentives to SEAs to participate in high-quality consortia to improve the intrastate and interstate coordination of migrant education programs by addressing key needs of migratory children whose education is interrupted. Click here for the application requirements and the established priorities for funding.


DOE Announces $13 Million to Strengthen Local Solar Markets and Spur Solar Deployment

The U.S. Department Energy Department (DOE) has announced $13 million in funding to help communities across the country reduce market and policy barriers to solar deployment and recognize communities for taking the initiative to go solar.  The funding opportunity will establish a national recognition and technical assistance program for local governments driving greater solar deployment and making it possible for even more American homes and businesses to access affordable and renewable solar energy to meet their electricity needs.  Once the program is established, communities that participate will gain access to a network of nationally recognized leaders and receive expert assistance and national distinction while supporting local efforts to spur solar market growth and deploy solar energy faster and cheaper.  Full applications are due on April 27.  Click here to view the full announcement with instructions on how to apply.  


South Arts Invites Applications for Literary Arts Touring Program  - DEADLINE: May 1, 2015

Grants of up to $2,500 will be awarded in support of programs that engage writers from outside the applicant's state to give readings and conduct educational workshops or similar events....



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