Monday, July 13, 2015

FW: Publications, Learning, and Funding

A diverse set of resources, ranging from grants for the arts to hazardous waste mgt!




Rural Philanthropy Still an Underfunded Afterthought  -


Where are the Hardest Places to Live in the US? - Many of these areas are in the rural South.


Center for Rural Entrepreneurship Publications

·        Connecting Youth and Strengthening Communities The Data Behind Civic Engagement and Economic Opportunity: The Center is partnering with the Aspen Institute Community Strategies Group to advance community development philanthropy. We're developing a comprehensive collection of resources and stories to help place-based foundations embrace or strengthen the practice of Community Development Philanthropy. Learn more about our partnership here. Learn more about our CDP resources here.

by Opportunity Nation.

·        June 2015 Entrepreneurial Insights newsletter

The newsletter offers good insight into capital access for rural and small town startups.

·        Clinton Global Initiative is now dedicating more time and resources to address the challenges facing rural America.

·        Incubator in rural WV aims to support LGBTQ startups. Learn more here.


HUD announces Renewable Energy in Affordable Housing

The President’s Climate Action Plan calls for a target of 100 megawatts (mW) of installed capacity of renewable energy on-site at federally subsidized housing by 2020. Federally assisted housing includes HUD’s rental housing portfolio (Public Housing, Multifamily Assisted) and USDA’s Rural Development Multifamily Programs, as well as rental housing supported through the Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC).

Bridges to Health
an innovative approach: Bridges to Health is a program to reduce barriers for accessing healthcare experienced by migrant farmworkers in Vermont, through use of care coordination and community health workers.


3 Physicians from America's Tiniest Towns Talk Patient Relationships, Rural Practice and the State of Healthcare
Jul 2, 2015 -- Interviews three physicians from small and rural hospitals highlighting their opinions on differences and similarities between healthcare in rural and urban settings. Source: Becker's Hospital Review


States Struggle With 'Hidden' Rural Homelessness
Jun 26, 2015 -- Describes rural homelessness in the United States and highlights some states' efforts to address the growing issue.
Source: The Pew Charitable Trusts


View the ECONversations webcast to hear more from Altig on his 2015 outlook.

In a June 23 Atlanta Fed ECONversations webcast, research director Dave Altig gave an overview of economic and policy conditions over the first quarter of 2015. Altig “deconstructed” the first quarter of the year and focused on the following key points:


Understanding the Geography of Growth in Rural Child Poverty
Discusses variations in child poverty among rural counties, based on 2009-2013 American Community Survey data. Includes a map showing rural counties with high child poverty. Discusses family- and community-level factors impacting child poverty.
Organization: USDA Economic Research Service





WEBINAR: Minority Business Development Agency to Host July 23 Public Meeting Via Webinar - Date: July 23rd, 1:00PM – 3:30PM EST

The Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) has announced a public meeting will be held during the MBDA National Training Conference on July 23, 2015 in New Orleans. The public meeting will provide general information and an overview of the history of MBDA, MBDA's Federal Funding Opportunities, tips on writing grant applications, guidance on preparing budgets and budget justifications, and information regarding audit and compliance rules. The meeting will be available via webinar.


NEA Design Webinar: “How to Apply” - Date: July 29th, 3:00PM ET

Staff will give a 30-minute presentation on the 2016 Our Town grant guidelines, how to apply, and an overview of the review process. The presentation will be followed by a 30-minute Q&A session. Potential applicants are encouraged to attend live to have their questions answered


Social Impact Design NOW Webinar Series Archive Convening

In case you missed it, you can now see all three of our recent webinars looking at trends in social impact design on the NEA Webinar archive:





Code for America - Deadline for Fellowship Applications: July 15, 2015

Code for America's Fellowship program pairs teams of technologists with local governments for one year to develop digital tools that help cities and counties deliver key public services across health, economic development, and safety and justice.


Technical Assistance Opportunity from Global Green - Deadline: July 17th, 2015

Does your community want greener, more equitable, and more vibrant neighborhoods? Is your community interested in increasing resilience in the face of extreme weather events? Are there significant projects on the horizon that your community wants to make sustainable? Now accepting grants for no-cost technical assistance. The assistance uses Global Green's sustainable neighborhood assessment tool, which is based on the LEED for Neighborhood Development standard, a nationally recognized method for creating neighborhoods that are walkable, bikeable, resource-efficient, and equitable. Eligible applicants are local and tribal governments.


Our Town Technical Assistance Initiative - Deadline: July 21, 2015

The NEA is seeking an organization to manage a new technical assistance program that will support Our Town grantees with their NEA-funded projects and help build their organizational capacity.


Hazardous Waste Management Grant Program for Tribes - Deadline: July 31st, 2015

This grant program provides financial assistance to federally-recognized tribes or intertribal consortia for the development and implementation of hazardous waste programs and for building capacity to address hazardous waste management in Indian country.


Tribal Waste Management Capacity Building Training Grant - Deadline: July 31st, 2015

This competitive announcement solicits proposals from eligible entities that will provide training, peer-to-peer technical assistance and travel scholarships to federally-recognized tribes in support of waste management capacity building on tribal lands. The recipient will conduct trainings that will assist tribes in the development and implementation of sustainable waste management programs. The trainings will focus on developing Integrated Waste Management Plans (IWMPs) and Tribal Codes and Ordinances. In addition, the recipient will offer travel scholarships to support the trainings as well as provide travel scholarships to financially assist tribes that voluntarily participate in the EPA's National Peer Matching Program.


Service Area Competition Funding for Health Center Program (Areas Served with a Project Period Start Date of February 1, 2016) - Deadline: Aug 31, 2015

Funding to provide comprehensive primary health care services to an underserved area or population.
Sponsor: Bureau of Primary Health Care


AMA Foundation Healthy Living Grant - Deadline: Sep 11, 2015

Provides healthy lifestyles seed grants for grassroots public health programs. This year's grants are supporting projects in the areas of youth-focused prescription medication safety and cancer prevention education. Sponsor: AMA Foundation


Plum Creek Foundation Grants - Deadline: Applications accepted on an ongoing basis.
Geographic Coverage: Available in areas of company operations in 18 states.
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



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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