Monday, July 27, 2015

FW: Publications, Tools, Learning, and Funding

Lots of good stuff this week! Rural health, tribal opportunities seem to be emphasized.


From: Agans, Suzette - RD, Washington, DC []
Sent: Friday, July 24, 2015 10:06 AM
Subject: Publications, Tools, Learning, and Funding




Health-e-Schools - A telehealth program delivering health services to students in rural schools.


Using IT to Impact Population Health in Rural Communities
Jul 9, 2015 -- Video describes the work of the Critical Access Hospital Network of Eastern Washington and how they are using an innovative technological solution that utilizes data to drive service delivery and outcomes. Source: Hospitals & Health Networks


USDA Proposes New Ways to Help Meet Nutrition Needs of Low-Income, Homebound Seniors and People with Disabilities
Jul 13, 2015 -- Announces a policy to improve access to groceries for homebound seniors and people with disabilities by allowing grocery purchasing and delivery services run by government and non-profit organizations to accept SNAP benefits as payment. Source: United States Department of Agriculture


Large foundation grants to local nonprofit organizations vary widely across counties

From 2005 to 2010, there was wide variation across both metro and nonmetro counties in the real value of grants per person received from large foundations (based on Foundation Center data on grants by the largest 1,200 to 1,400 foundations). Regionally, the highest levels of grant funding per person were in the Northeast, North and South Carolina, upper Midwest, and West, while much of the Great Plains and South had smaller averages. During 2005-10, 14 percent of counties had no organizations that received grants from large foundations (though these counties may have benefited from grants to organizations based in other locations); 18 percent of nonmetro counties and 6 percent of metro counties had no large-foundation grant recipients. The average real value of grants received per person during this period across all counties (including those without any organizations that received grants) was about $124 per person (in 2010 dollars), averaging about $88 per person in nonmetro counties and $192 per person in metro counties.

A map can be found in the ERS report, Foundation Grants to Rural Areas From 2005 to 2010: Trends and Patterns, June 2015.


Nearly one-third of SNAP participants use someone else’s car, walk, bike, or take public transit for their grocery shopping

Data from USDA’s new National Household Food Acquisition and Purchase Survey (or FoodAPS) show that most U.S. households use their own vehicles for their primary food shopping. However, households that participate in USDA’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) are more likely to rely on someone else’s car, walk, bike, or take public transit than households with incomes above the poverty thresholds. Sixty-eight percent of SNAP participants used their own cars for food shopping, compared to 83 percent of non-SNAP households with incomes between 101 and 185 percent of poverty and 95 percent of households with incomes above 185 percent of poverty. Travel modes of non-participants with income below the poverty line are similar to those of SNAP households. Among SNAP households, 19 percent reported using someone else’s car to do their primary shopping, and 13 percent walked, biked, or used a shuttle or public transportation. How one travels to a grocery store can influence what gets purchased; traveling by bus or walking limits purchases to what can be carried or pulled in a cart. A person needing to borrow someone else’s car—or share a ride to a store—may not be able to shop as frequently or at the times when food supplies are running low. A chart can be found on the ERS report, Where Do Americans Usually Shop for Food and How Do They Travel to Get There?, March 2015.


ETA, NAWB and The Corps Network Release “Snapshot: Youth Corps and Workforce Partnerships”

The U.S. Department of Labor's Employment and Training Administration (ETA), the National Association of Workforce Boards (NAWB), and The Corps Network (TCN) have released Snapshot: Youth Corps and Workforce Partnerships. The document is research-based and provides information on how Corps and workforce systems can collaborate and best utilize resources to engage youth in comprehensive programming and reconnect to education and the workforce. Snapshot: Youth Corps and Workforce Partnerships is available to download at The Corps Network’s website and the National Association of Workforce Board’s website. 





NADO Research Foundation Launches New Website of Resources for Planning and Economic Development in Rural Regions and Small Towns 
The NADO Research Foundation has developed a new website Planning for Prosperity in Small Towns and Rural Regions that contains materials developed over the past four years by NADO and its partners through the HUD Sustainable Communities Initiative capacity building program.  On the website, you’ll find links to publications, webinars, workshop materials, and other information on a variety of topics and themes including economic resilience, entrepreneurship, community engagement, downtown redevelopment, food systems, and many other areas.  While designed initially to assist the SCI grantee communities, these materials should be helpful to planners, economic developers, elected officials, and local residents working to improve and strengthen their small towns and rural regions.  Click here to visit the site.  Please direct any questions to NADO Program Manager Brett Schwartz at   


What Works? Strategies to Improve Rural Health
A guide for rural community health improvement. Explains how to find strategies that are likely to be effective. Identifies interventions related to health behaviors, healthcare access and quality, social and economic factors, and the physical environment. Organization: University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute Date: 07 / 2015





WEBINAR: The Impact of Shale Energy Development on Food Access in Rural Communities - August 18, 2015 (Tuesday), 2:00 PM – Eastern Time

Michael Betz and Jill Clark (The Ohio State University) There is no registration and no fee for attending this webinar

About the webinar:  The shale energy boom is dramatically changing the face of rural America and previous research has demonstrated that local food environments have significant implications for individual health outcomes and community wellbeing. Much work has been done to estimate the economic and environmental impacts of shale energy development, yet little empirical work has assessed its impact on the food environment. Increased demand associated with population and income influxes from shale development is likely changing the retail landscape in shale communities. Yet, it is unclear what kind of retail food establishments are emerging in those communities and how shale development has changed the food environment for original residents. Increased retail grocery options would likely improve access to healthy foods, such as fresh fruits and vegetables. However, given the transient nature of many oil and gas workers, fast food and convenience establishments may be more likely to enter shale communities. We use business establishment data to determine what kinds of retail establishments have moved into Pennsylvania following the shale boom between 2007-2012. Our findings have implications for policy leaders facing challenges to sustainably develop shale resources in their communities.


To facilitate Q&A’s, participants submit questions/comments via the Chat Function in Adobe Connect.  NOTE: Adobe Connect is not compatible with CHROME – use either EI or Firefox as your browser.

The webinar will be recorded and archived at


Title VI Requirements for Rural Transit Webinar Offered by National RTAP
With various activities and responsibilities, rural transit providers have a unique role in the transit world.  To ensure rural providers understand their Title VI responsibilities, the National Rural Transit Assistance (RTAP) is offering a 101 webinar that will clarify the different Title VI Circular (PDF) requirements by going beyond the mere applicable requirements.  It will also address best practices and provide a Q&A to help providers seamlessly develop and implement a robust Title VI Program.  Register for free here.

Title VI is part of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.  This law prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, and national origin in programs and activities receiving federal financial assistance.  It applies to the activities and programs of both federal agencies and of recipients using federal funds to conduct programs and activities.  More details on Title VI are available from the U.S. Department of Justice by clicking here.

Though all the requirements will be discussed in relation to rural transit operation, some that will be specifically covered include:

  • Public participation
  • Limited English proficiency (LEP)
  • Siting/locating of facilities

The webinar will occur July 29 from 2:30 – 3:30 p.m. ET.  Jonathan Ocana of the Federal Transit Administration will present and answer questions in a live Q&A session.


Data Across Sectors for Health: Empowering Communities Through Shared Data and Information - Letter of Intent (Required): Jul 29, 2015; Application deadline: Oct 21, 2015
Offers grants to community collaborations and initiatives that have used shared data and information to increase their capacity for planning, implementing, and evaluating health improvement activities. These community collaborations would be part of a nationwide learning collaborative that would create a cadre of lessons learned and promising practices.
Sponsor: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Native Strong: Healthy Kids, Healthy Futures Capacity Building Grant - Application deadline: Aug 19, 2015
Geographic Coverage: Nationwide with preference given to North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin, and Minnesota.
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

U.S Conference of Mayors Launches Second Awards Cycle of the Walmart U.S. Manufacturing Innovation Fund - Letters of intent are due on August 24, 2015.

Washington, D.C. -- The U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) recently joined with Walmart and the Walmart Foundation today to launch the Second Awards Cycle of the Walmart U.S. Manufacturing Innovation Fund. Through this awards program, nonprofit organizations and public universities can apply for grants of $100,000 or more to help create solutions to challenges many companies face with on-shoring and growing U.S. manufacturing. This Second Awards Cycle, which comes as part of a five-year, $10 million partnership between USCM, Walmart, and the Walmart Foundation, focuses on innovation in textiles manufacturing. It was announced at Walmart’s 2015 Manufacturing Summit in Bentonville, Arkansas. Selected proposals will receive grants of at least $100,000 foraward periods of at least one year, with the option of reapplying for continued funding. More …

Invitation to Apply: Local Foods, Local Places Technical Assistance Program - The application is due by 11:59 p.m. ET on September 15.  
Communities are invited to apply for technical assistance through a new round of the Local Foods, Local Places Program.  Selected communities will be provided with a team of experts to help community members develop action plans that use local foods to support the development of healthy, walkable, and economically prosperous downtowns and main streets.  The assistance process features a community workshop that brings people together to develop shared goals and steps to achieve them.  The program is supported by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC), the Delta Regional Authority (DRA), and the White House Rural Council.  Representatives of communities (including neighborhoods or main street districts) anywhere in the United States are eligible to apply.  Applications from communities that are economically challenged and in the early phases of their efforts to promote local foods and community revitalization are encouraged to apply.  Special consideration will be given to communities in federally designated Promise Zones or USDA StrikeForce counties. Additional information about the program is available here

Public Welfare Foundation Accepting LOIs for Social Justice Programs - DEADLINE: Ongoing

Grants will be awarded in support of efforts to advance justice and opportunity for people in need through criminal justice, juvenile justice, and workers' rights programs....


Project Learning Tree Seeks Applications for Environmental Education Projects - DEADLINE: September 30, 2015

Grants will support environmental projects that demonstrate service-learning, exemplify the collective voice of the student body, and involve at least one community partner....

Tribal Transportation Program Safety Funds - Application deadline: Aug 25, 2015
Awards funding to tribal governments for the purposes of transportation projects related to safety, engineering, emergency services, and safety education.
Sponsor: Federal Lands Highway Program

Indian Health Service Domestic Violence Prevention Initiative (DVPI) - Application deadline: Sep 8, 2015
Offers funding to federally recognized Indian tribes and tribal organizations to provide domestic and sexual violence prevention, advocacy, and coordinated community response. Also offers funding for forensic healthcare services. Sponsor: Indian Health Service

Indian Health Service Methamphetamine and Suicide Prevention Initiative - Application deadline: Sep 8, 2015
Awards funding to organizations that will carry out activities related to methamphetamine prevention, treatment, and aftercare, and suicide prevention, intervention, and awareness in American Indian/Alaska Native communities. Sponsor: Indian Health Service

Rural Capacity Building for Community Development and Affordable Housing Grants - Application deadline: Sep 14, 2015
Grants to fund national organizations that can provide technical assistance to local communities. Assistance will be targeted to help communities create thriving community development and affordable housing strategies that will result in healthier homes and communities.
Sponsor: U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

Wrigley Company Foundation Community Service Grant- Application deadline: Oct 1, 2015
Provides funding to dental hygienists for projects aimed at improving oral health or providing oral health education. Sponsor: American Dental Hygienists' Association

NCTM Accepting Applications or Equity in Mathematics Grants - DEADLINE: November 6, 2015

Grants of up to $8,000 will be awarded to projects that incorporate middle school classroom materials designed to improve the achievement of student groups with a previous record of underachievement in math....


Conservation Alliance Invites Nominations for Conservation Projects - DEADLINE: November 1, 2015

Grants will be awarded to projects that seek to secure permanent and quantifiable protection of a specific wild land or waterway with clear habitat and recreational benefits....


Walmart Foundation Accepting Applications for Community Grant Program - DEADLINE: December 31, 2015

Grants of up to $2,500 will be awarded to local nonprofits that help residents within the service area of individual Walmart stores....



Newsletters and email from where I gather this information include:


v  Foundation Center RFP Service -  To subscribe or unsubscribe visit:

v  To subscribe to the RAC Health Listserv - click here to go to the subscription form.

v  Electronic newsletter of the RUPRI Center for Rural Entrepreneurship, Rural Entrepreneurship NewsTo subscribe,  

v  Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City newsletter:

v  Blue Avocado Nonprofit Magazine - They have a newsletter on boards and nonprofit management, down-to-earth and useful.

v  Rural LISC e-newsletter -

v  National Association for Development Organizations (NADO) –

v  ERS - A notification service is provided by USDA's Economic Research Service for Charts of Note and other research to keep you informed of the latest and most relevant research on the topics that interest you. You can subscribe at

v  Orton Family Foundation – email sign-up -



This is the bulk of them, a few others are random.


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