Tuesday, August 4, 2015

FW: Publications, Learning, Tools, Funding, and Feedback Requested

Sorry for duplicate emails!  Various grant and learning opportunities below.


Of particular interest to SET communities is the USDA-RD Interim Rule on Strategic Economic and Community Development at the very bottom – it potentially provides funding to support implementation of regional strategic plans, like SET’s high quality plan.


From: Agans, Suzette - RD, Washington, DC [mailto:Suzette.Agans@wdc.usda.gov]
Sent: Friday, July 31, 2015 10:56 AM
Subject: Publications, Learning, Tools, Funding, and Feedback Requested


Next week there will be no email.  Take care everyone




Imports used by the U.S. food system totaled $76.6 billion in 2013

In 2013, U.S. consumers spent $1.5 trillion on food and beverages, including both grocery store and eating-out purchases. Imported food and beverages that were purchased directly by U.S. consumers (such as farm-raised shrimp from Thailand, fresh avocados from Mexico, and wines from Spain) accounted for $186.9 billion—13 percent of this total. The remaining 87 percent ($1.3 trillion) was spent on domestically-produced food and beverages. Food and beverages produced in the United States rely not only on domestic inputs, but also on embedded imports. Embedded imports are food ingredients and non-food inputs that are imported and used throughout the U.S. food system. For example, cranberries are imported from Canada and then used as an ingredient in U.S. fruit juice production. Likewise, foreign-produced cookware and refrigerators are purchased by U.S. restaurant owners and are examples of embedded imports in the U.S. food system. In 2013, $76.6 billion of embedded imports were used, accounting for 5 percent of total U.S. food spending. A chart appears in “Accounting for Direct and Embedded Imports in the U.S. Food and Beverage Dollar” in ERS’s July 2015 Amber Waves magazine.

One in five rural counties had child poverty rates over 33 percent

Child poverty rates varied considerably across nonmetropolitan (rural) counties according to 2009-13 county averages (data on poverty for all U.S. counties are available from the American Community Survey only for 5-year averages). According to the official poverty measure, one in five rural counties had child poverty rates over 33 percent. Child poverty has increased since the 2000 Census (which measured poverty in 1999) and the number of rural counties with child poverty rates of over 33 percent has more than doubled. Improving young adult education levels tended to lower child poverty rates over the period, but increases in single-parent households and economic recession were associated with rising child poverty. Metropolitan counties had average child poverty rates of 21 percent in 2009-13. A map appears in the July 2015 Amber Waves feature, "Understanding the Geography of Growth in Rural Child Poverty."





The Orton Family Foundation invites you to a free Heart & Soul Talk: Out of the Box Ways to Boost Public Engagement.  You’ll hear great ideas for how to get creative and get results with public engagement that involves everyone. On the call are Meagan Picard, Orton senior associate; Meaghan Carlson, past Heart & Soul project coordinator in Gardiner, Maine; and Robby Henes, Heart & Soul Team member, from Cortez, Colorado. Thursday, August 13, 3-4 p.m. Eastern. Register today for this FREE talk. http://bit.ly/1CV9aEN




Activity to explore community demographics - Use this exercise to help your coalition make a list of the diverse people and groups in your community. This list is helpful for recruitment and communications purposes, to help your efforts be inclusive.


Creative Placemaking - Volume 10, Issue 2, December 2014,

Topics of interest to this group include: Five Roles for Arts, Culture, and Design in Economic Development, Creative Placemaking: How to Do It Well, Measuring the Economic and Social Impacts of Cultural Organizations

In measuring the impact of cultural organizations, there are at least three possible types of impact that should be the focus of our efforts: their economic impact, their impact on wellbeing, and their impact on local social networks, Assessing a Set of Indicators for Creative Placemaking: Reflections From the Field, and Financing Creative Places.  Source: San Francisco Federal Reserve





National Endowment for the Humanities Accepting Applications for Bridging Cultures Grant -DEADLINE: August 24, 2015

Grants of up to $100,000 will be awarded to projects that aim to strengthen and enrich humanities education and scholarship at community colleges....


The Rural Child Poverty Nutrition Center (RCPNC) at the University of Kentucky announces the availability of funding for projects that use creative strategies to increase coordination among United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) Child Nutrition programs and other nutrition assistance programs. The project is aimed at families with children who live in 324 persistently poor counties in 15 states. Its goal is to increase those families' participation in USDA-FNS Child Nutrition Programs and other nutrition assistance programs. Through the grant funding, communities will improve program coordination among various nutrition assistance programs, which is expected to result in improved rates of program participation. Government or non-profit organizations at the state or local (city or county) level located in the eligible counties  in the 15 states with the highest number of persistently poor counties may apply for up to $100,000 to implement their project. While the maximum amount that can be requested for consideration under an individual grant application is $100,000, the minimum amount that can be requested is $50,000. Up to 25 grantees will be selected. Special consideration will be given to areas with large Native American populations and Tribal districts.  A list of eligible counties and application is available at www.rcpnc.org. Application deadline is September 30, 2015.  Letter of intent is recommended and due by September 1, 2015

TD Charitable Foundation Invites Applications for 2015 Housing for Everyone Grants  - DEADLINE: September 4, 2015

Grants of $100,000 will be awarded in support of neighborhood revitalization and stabilization projects and initiatives....


Funding for engaging communities on the issue of immigration – October 5, 2015

The American Immigration Council will award grants nationwide, in the amount of $100 to $500, to fund a limited number of projects that provide education about immigrants and immigration.

American Century Investments Foundation Invites Applications From Health and Human Services Organizations  - DEADLINE: October 6, 2015

Grants of up to $25,000 will be awarded to nonprofit health and human service organizations based in the communities where American Century Investments employees live and work....


National Alliance for Accessible Golf Invites Grant Applications - DEADLINE: Rolling

Grants of up to $20,000 will be awarded to nonprofit organizations for golf-related programs serving people with disabilities....


Applications Invited for Terri Lynne Lokoff/Children's Tylenol National Child Care Teacher Awards  - DEADLINE: January 4, 2016

Fifty pre-K teachers will be selected to receive grants of $1,000 in recognition of their efforts to provide high-quality child care....


Funding to build strong communities – Rolling deadlines

The Surdna Foundation makes grants to nonprofit organizations in the priority areas of Sustainable Environments, Strong Local Economies, and Thriving Cultures.





Comments Due August 18 for USDA-RD Interim Rule on Strategic Economic and Community Development
In May, the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development (USDA-RD) published the “Strategic Economic and Community Development” Interim Rule for public comment.  The Interim Rule implements the “Strategic Economic and Community Development” provision (Section 6025) of the Agricultural Act of 2014.  USDA-RD will reserve 10 percent of the funds appropriated to certain Rural Development programs each fiscal year to fund projects that support the implementation of strategic economic and community development plans across multi-jurisdictional areas.  The Interim Rules goes into effect on June 19 and funds will be accessible during fiscal year (FY) 2016.  Written comments must be received on or before August 18.  Click here to view a full copy of the Interim Rule. 


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