Attached is a flyer explaining the Stronger Economies Together program, which provides technical assistance and facilitation for creating a regional (i.e., 3 county minimum) strategic plan focused on economic development; deadline for applications is June 8, 2015!! Please share with colleagues, elected officials and others who might support such an effort.
Below is the weekly resources email from our colleagues at USDA in Washington, DC. There’s a heavy focus on rural health this week!
Small population size and geographic remoteness provide benefits for residents and visitors alike, but those same characteristics often create economic and social challenges. Job creation, population retention, and provision of goods/services (such as groceries, health care, clothing, household appliances, and other consumer items) require increased efforts in very rural, remote communities. The newly updated ERS Frontier and Remote area (FAR) codes identify remote areas of the United States using travel times to nearby cities. Results for level one FAR codes (which include ZIP code areas with majority of their population living 60 minutes or more from urban areas of 50,000 or more people) show that 12.2 million Americans reside more than a one-hour drive from any city of 50,000 or more people. They constitute just 3.9 percent of the U.S. population living in territory covering 52 percent of U.S. land area. Wyoming has the highest share of its population living in FAR level one ZIP code areas (57 percent), followed by Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Alaska. A map, along with the full detail of FAR codes levels 1-4 may be found in the ERS data product, Frontier and Remote Area Codes, updated April 2015.
Webinar: Exploring the Health of Counties in Rural America, May 18 from 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. ET
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is hosting a webinar to explore how the County Health Rankings & Roadmaps Program can help your work on rural health issues, economic development, and poverty alleviation. Click here to learn more and register for the webinar.
Farmers’ Market SNAP Support Grants - Letter of Intent (Required): May 18, 2015, Application deadline: Jun 18, 2015
Awards funding to support the establishment, expansion, and promotion of SNAP/Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) services at farmers’ markets.
Sponsor: USDA Food and Nutrition Service
Seeds of Native Health - Application deadline: May 21, 2015
Supports Native American tribes and organizations working to eliminate food insecurity; promote access to fresh and healthy foods; and provide increased access to nutritional programs. Sponsor: First Nations Development Institute
DTA Foundation Seeks Applications for 2015 Oral Health Grants Program - DEADLINE: May 27, 2015
Grants of up to $25,000 will be awarded in support of innovative projects designed to improve oral health care for the growing number of needy Americans....
DTA Foundation Invites Applications for Dental Lifeline Network Grant - DEADLINE: May 27, 2015
Grants of up to $25,000 will be awarded to innovative projects specifically related to providing access to comprehensive dentistry for individuals with disabilities or who are elderly or medically compromised....
ACCP Issues Request for Applications for Comprehensive Medication Management Studies - DEADLINE: June 1, 2015 (Letters of Intent)
A total of $2.5 million is available to fund up to two research proposals focused on the impact of CMM provided by qualified clinical pharmacists embedded in primary care practices as integral members of the healthcare team....
National Health Service Corps Recruitment and Retention Assistance Site Application - Application deadline: Jun 2, 2015
Provides recruitment and retention assistance to healthcare facilities located in a Health Professional Shortage Area.
Sponsor: National Health Service Corps
Rural Child Poverty Telehealth Network Grant Program - Application deadline: Jun 22, 2015
Awards funding to telehealth networks that integrate social and human service organizations. Networks must demonstrate how integration of social and human service organizations can expand access to, coordinate, and improve the quality of healthcare services for children living in impoverished rural areas.
Sponsor: Federal Office of Rural Health Policy
Society of Professional Journalist Invites Nominations for First Amendment Award - DEADLINE: June 22, 2015
The annual award honors those who have fought to protect and preserve one or more of the rights guaranteed by the First Amendment with a $10,000 cash award and an engraved crystal....
Telehealth Focused Rural Health Research Center Cooperative Agreement- Application deadline: Jun 29, 2015
Awards funding to operate a telehealth focused research center which will work to assist rural health providers and governmental decision makers by increasing the amount of policy-relevant telehealth related research. Sponsor: Federal Office of Rural Health Policy
Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) Renewable Energy Systems and Energy Efficiency Improvements Grants and Guaranteed Loans - Application deadline: Jun 30, 2015. Provides financial assistance to agriculture producers and rural small businesses to purchase, install, and construct renewable energy systems. An example of a potential funded project may be the installation of solar panels for hospitals or clinics to improve energy costs.
Sponsor: USDA Rural Development
ABA Community Engagement Foundation Accepting Entries for Community Commitment Awards - DEADLINE: July 1, 2015
The awards recognize the contributions of banks of all asset sizes to the growth and vitality of their communities....
Ball Brothers Foundation Accepting Application for Cycle II Grants - DEADLINE: July 15, 2015 (Letters of Intent)
Grants of up to $100,000 will be awarded to projects that fall into one of the foundation's six broad subject areas — education, the arts, human services, community improvement/development, health, and the environment....
Innovating for the Underserved Challenge - Application deadline: Jul 22, 2015
Gives monetary awards for ideas that show how innovative technology can address access to services, childhood obesity, or connecting data between systems. Proposed innovations must show how technology and data can address challenges faced by underserved and vulnerable populations.
Sponsor: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Healthy Eating Research - Building the Evidence to Prevent Childhood Obesity - Letter of Intent (Required): Aug 26, 2015; Application deadline: Oct 7, 2015
Supports research on environmental and policy strategies designed to promote healthy eating among children to prevent childhood obesity, especially among groups at highest risk for obesity: Black, Latino, American Indian, Asian/Pacific Islander children, and children who live in lower-income communities.
Sponsor: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Jim Meeks, PA-C, DFAAPA Memorial AFPPA Student Scholarship - Application deadline: Sep 1, 2015
Offers a scholarship to a physician assistant student who displays a commitment to family practice and rural health.
Sponsor: Association of Family Practice Physician Assistants
NCTM Invites Applications for Equity in Middle School Mathematics Grants - DEADLINE: November 6, 2015
Grants of up to $8,000 will be awarded to projects that incorporate middle school classroom materials or lessons designed to improve the achievement of student groups with previous records of underachievement in math....
Lalor Foundation Accepting Applications for Reproductive Health Programs - DEADLINE: November 1, 2015
Grants of up to $50,000 will be awarded to programs for young women who have inadequate access to information regarding sexual and reproductive health, including comprehensive and unbiased information on contraception and pregnancy termination....
USDA and DOC Request Comments on Rural Broadband Deployment
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Utilities Service (RUS) and the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) seek input on federal actions to promote broadband deployment, adoption, and competition, as well as identification of regulatory barriers. Comments are due by June 10. Click here for more information. Contact Denise Scott with RUS at 202.720.1910 for additional questions.
NIST Releases Community Resilience Planning Guide for Public Review
The U.S. Department of Commerce’s The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has released a draft of their Community Resilience Planning Guide for Buildings and Infrastructure Systems for public comment. The guide serves as a tool to help communities plan for disruptions and ensure that they are making informed, long-term decisions to manage disaster risks. Both volumes of the planning guide and the public comment form are available here. Public comments must be submitted by June 26.