Monday, June 15, 2015

FW: Publications, tools, learning, and funding

From our colleagues at USDA-RD; interesting resources on rural population gains due to young family migration, disaster preparedness, rural-urban linkages and native health care.


From: Agans, Suzette - RD, Washington, DC []
Sent: Friday, June 12, 2015 9:48 AM
Subject: Publications, tools, learning, and funding




Return migration among young families partially offsets rural population loss

Rural population loss is generally characterized as young people leaving. A typical nonmetropolitan county (based on the 50th percentile, or median, statistic) lost 28 percent of their 20-24 year olds to net out-migration during 2000-10, compared to just an 8-percent decline in the typical metropolitan county. However, stemming rural population loss may depend less on retaining young adults after high school than on attracting them back as they settle down to start careers and raise children.


Creating Opportunity and Prosperity through Strengthening Rural-Urban Connections

From the National Association of Development Organizations

Metropolitan and rural America are highly connected and interdependent. To succeed, metropolitan America needs a healthy and sustainable rural economy and culture, and in turn rural America needs vibrant, well-functioning cities and suburbs to thrive and flourish. Yet, the prevailing national narrative pits urban versus rural for investments and public resources. A new issue brief from the NADO Research Foundation describes some ways in which regional development organizations and other regional entities are recognizing the importance of connecting rural regions and urban centers


NADO Research Foundation and RUPRI Release Tool to Calculate Local Government Preparedness for Disasters
The NADO Research Foundation and the Rural Policy Research Institute (RUPRI) have released a national spreadsheet tool to supplement their publication, “Financial Planning for Disasters:  A Workbook for Local Governments and Regions.”  


How Two Hospital Operators Are Bucking the Rural Health Crisis
Jun 8, 2015 -- Describes the experiences of two small rural hospitals that have been able to avert financial distress and possible closure by shifting patient care to outpatient settings when possible.
Source: Healthcare DIVE





FirstNet (First Responder Network Authority)
Information on the development of a national high-speed wireless broadband public safety network, supporting the work of first responders, including emergency medical services personnel.


RTT Collaborative Annual Meeting 2015 Presentations: Moving Forward in the Face of Chaos
Access to presentation slides from the 2015 annual meeting focused on rural training tracks for graduate medical education. Contains presentations describing specific programs' experiences, including challenges and successes during the creation of an RTT program. Also provides information on issues facing all RTT programs, such as sustainability. Organization: RTT Collaborative





WEBINAR: Pollinating Food Enterprises: Creative New Models for Starting, Supporting, and Financing Local Food Business  (FREE WEBINAR)

A “pollinator” is a self-financing enterprise committed to boosting local business.  Michael Shuman, author of The Local Economy Solution (Chelsea Green, 2015), argues that these enterprises are the keystone of sustainable economic development.
Thursday, June 18th, 2015 – 3:30-4:45PM ET Free! Register Now





Technical Assistance to socially-disadvantaged groups in rural areas. Deadline: 7/14/2015


Walmart Foundation State Giving Program (Region 1) - Application deadline: Jul 17, 2015
Geographic Coverage: Available in 19 states and Puerto Rico. Provides grants to organizations working in the area of hunger and nutrition; career opportunity; education; health care access; and human services. Sponsor: Walmart Foundation


Josiah Macy, Jr. Foundation Grants - Application deadline: Applications accepted on an ongoing basis.
Among other things, provides grants to programs that support health professions education for the care of underserved populations.
Sponsor: Josiah Macy, Jr. Foundation


NB3 Foundation Announces “Seeds of Native Health” Promising Program Grant Opportunity  DEADLINE: July 20, 2015

Applications will be accepted from throughout the United States. However, preference will be given to applicants located in the following areas: Wisconsin, Minnesota, North and South Dakota.  Grants have been awarded to locations outside of the targeted areas. Grants up to $40,000 each to support projects that strategically target childhood obesity and type 2 diabetes prevention through healthy nutrition programs.  


IEEE Foundation Invites Applications for Technology Education Projects - June 4, 2015  DEADLINE: August 1, 2015

Grants of up to $100,000 will be awarded in support of projects that aim to increase the understanding of technology and its critical role in meeting global challenges and improving the human condition....


Application Period Now Open for Innovation Challenge Workshop for Coal-Reliant Counties and Regions, Grand Junction, CO Sept. 16-18
Is your county or region experiencing economic challenges due to the contraction of the coal industry?  Searching for tools and resources related to economic diversification, job creation, or workforce training?  If so, consider applying to attend a workshop this fall that addresses all of these topics and more. DEADLINE TO APPLY: July 15th


SBA Releases 2015 Regional Innovation Clusters Solicitation -  DEADLINE: August 4th, 2015

Last week, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) released a combined synopsis/solicitation with the intention of awarding up to three contracts for entities to head regional innovation cluster initiatives. Three awards (not to exceed $500,000) will be awarded, one going specifically to a cluster initiative that services a community affected by the changing coal economy.


Open Meadows Foundation Invites Applications for Women-Led Projects - DEADLINE: August 15, 2015

Grants of up to $2,000 will be awarded for projects that promote gender, racial, and/or economic justice


New Our Town Deadline and Guidelines Released - DEADLINE: (step 1): 9/21/2015

The NEA's primary creative placemaking program, Our Town, has new tools and a new deadline. The application is still a two-part process, now with Step 1 due on September 21 (including submitting an SF-424 form to, and Step 2, the bulk of your application, due between October 1 and 8. The earliest start date for a proposed project is August 1, 2016. Grants will be available for projects in two categories: 1) arts engagement, design and planning, and 2) knowledge building.



Jordan Wente

Suzette M. Agans

Community Economic Development
Rural Development | U.S. Department of Agriculture
1400 Independence Ave., S.W. | Washington, D.C. 20250-3254
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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