Friday, August 21, 2015

FW: Publications, Tools, Learning and Funding

From our colleagues at USDA-Rural Development. Particular emphasis on health and/or food access.


From: Agans, Suzette - RD, Washington, DC []
Sent: Friday, August 21, 2015 9:30 AM
Subject: Publications, Tools, Learning and Funding




Children accounted for 44 percent of SNAP participants in 2013

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is USDA’s largest food and nutrition assistance program. In an average month in fiscal 2014, the program provided 46.5 million low-income Americans with benefits to purchase food at authorized food stores. In fiscal 2013 (the latest year for which demographic data are available), adults age 18-59 accounted for 46.4 percent of participants, young children (birth to age 4) accounted for 14.3 percent of participants, school-age children (5-17 years) accounted for 30.1 percent of participants, and the elderly accounted for 9.3 percent of participants. The composition of SNAP participants has shifted over the past decade, particularly after the 2007-09 recession, as more working-age adults became eligible for the program and applied for benefits. Adults’ share of the SNAP caseload increased from 42.1 percent of participants in 2006, while young children’s share of the SNAP caseload fell from 16.6 percent in 2006, and school-age children’s share fell from 32.7 percent. Elderly participants’ share of the SNAP caseload increased slightly from 8.7 percent in fiscal 2006. A chart is available at Ag and Food Statistics: Charting the Essentials.





Organizations Serving Cooperatives – a directory of sorts on types of cooperative associations involved in agriculture, consumer credit, utilities, housing, and other sectors.  Contact information provided.


Leadership compass activity - Teamwork begins with self-awareness and awareness of other people’s leadership styles. We can’t be good at everything so we need to bring together people with different styles and talents. This worksheet will help you and your team figure out how you can work collaboratively across leadership styles.


Finding Statistics and Data Related to Rural Health - Find rural and local-level statistics and data, and learn how to fairly and accurately use the information in this newly updated topic guide. The guide was developed by RAC Information Resources Manager Maren Niemeier, with guidance from Kimberly Davis, U.S. Census Bureau; Tim Parker, USDA Economic Research Service; Mandi Peterson, University of North Dakota Center for Rural Health; Jan Probst, South Carolina Rural Health Research Center; and Fred Ullrich, University of Iowa College of Public Health.


Community Vitality and Rural Healthcare - Focuses on the linkage between rural healthcare and the economic strength and overall vitality of the community. This recently updated guide was developed by Kathleen Spencer, RAC Information Specialist with assistance from Gerald Doeksen, Cheryl St. Clair, and Fred Eilrich, National Center for Rural Health Works; and Jo Anne Preston, Rural Wisconsin Health Cooperative.


Rural Migrant Health - Visit this updated guide to learn about the challenges and health disparities that migrant and seasonal farmworkers face, and find solutions for your community to assist them with accessing healthcare services and gaining health insurance coverage. The guide was developed by Kathleen Spencer, RAC Information Specialist with assistance from Colleen Reinert and Genoveva Martinez, MHP Salud.





The Small Business Administration and the Kauffman Foundation have announced an August 25 discussion of how Millennial entrepreneurs can find — and harness the power of — their startup communities within their own respective cities.

The one-hour chat begins at 12:00 p.m. CDT. Questions will be tweeted out from @SBAgov and retweeted by @KauffmanFS. Participate in the chat by following @KauffmanFS, @SBAgov and the hashtag #MillennialTreps on Twitter.


Rural Gateway Peer-To-Peer Conference Call: The State of Infrastructure in Rural America: A Discussion of Best Practices - September 3, 2015 - 2 PM EDT

The Office of Rural Housing and Economic Development (ORHED) invites you to take part in our next Peer-to-Peer conference call. Scheduled for September 3, 2015, this call will offer participants the opportunity to learn more about available programs through the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT).

Topics to be discussed:

  • Planning Transportation Infrastructure in Rural America (FHWA)
  • Transit to Meet the Needs of Rural Americans (FTA)
  • Transportation Safety (FHWA/NHTSA)
  • Practices and Technical Assistance Across the Department (all)

Format of the call - Call-in instructions and additional materials will be emailed to participants on September 2, 2015. The 60-minute call will include presentations and a Q&A session.  Please RSVP by email to no later than close of business on September 1, 2015. Please include your name and organization. If you have any questions, please call 1-877-RURAL-26 (1-877-787-2526).


Why Local Food Matters - September 10th at 11 AM – Eastern Time.  No advance registration is required.  Simply click on the link on the day to join.  Enter as Guest with just your name.  Speaker: Debra Tropp, USDA Agricultural Marketing Service


Winning Technology-friendly Grants for K-12 - Sponsored by NetApp - Tue, Sep 22, 2015 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM EDT  Show in My Time Zone

From elementary literacy initiatives to college and career readiness programs, grants can enable school districts to transform the technology they use in the classroom, in the office, and even in the home. But in order to get the benefit of all this funding, you have to know where to look and how to effectively pursue the right opportunities for your…Read more


Where did all the people go? One reason you’re getting a low turnout and 10 things you can do about it - f you’ve ever organized or attended a community event like a town hall meeting, a meet and greet with your lawmaker or a public forum and were surprised that not many people showed up, you’re not alone. See why you might be encountering this problem, and what you can do about it.





U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker has announced the launch of the Economic Development Administration's (EDA) $10 million funding opportunity for the 2015 Regional Innovation Strategies (RIS) Program competition. Under this program, the EDA is soliciting applications for two funding opportunities: the i6 Challenge, which funds organizations that help innovators and entrepreneurs turn ideas and research into viable, sustainable companies, and Seed Fund Support Grants, which funds regionally-focused seed capital funds that provide early-stage capital to innovation-based startups with a potential for high growth.  Read more.  Applications due:  Oct 5, 2015


Rural Health Fellows Program - Application deadline: Aug 31, 2015
A year-long, intensive program designed to develop a community of rural health leaders. Sponsor: National Rural Health Association


Rural Integration Models for Parents and Children to Thrive (IMPACT) Demonstration - Application deadline: Aug 31, 2015
Provides technical assistance and other support for up to 10 rural and tribal communities to develop innovative, two-generation strategies to reducing child poverty. Sponsor: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services


Grant Announcement: Small Grants Program for Transporting Healthy Food - Application Deadline: September 18th

CSX and The Conservation Fund (The Fund) have joined forces to help combat food insecurity for a second year!  Specifically, CSX and The Fund will provide small grants to support our country's local food distributors transport and distribute fresh, healthy food to communities in need. More than 23 million Americans across the country have limited or no access to fresh produce, dairy, meats, and seafood.  One of the contributing factors to these "food deserts" is the lack of local infrastructure to distribute fresh food to markets.  We need to connect people to food, and food to people! >>Learn more and download an application!


Loving Support Makes Breastfeeding Work WIC Breastfeeding Curriculum and Training solicitation is posted on This solicitation is open to non-profit organizations and closes on September 28, 2015.  Only non-profit organizations, for-profit educational institutions and WIC State agencies with extensive experience in the provision of breastfeeding education and training and breastfeeding course development may apply.


Funding for youth-based environmental programs - The deadline for spring and summer projects is Sept. 30.  The Captain Planet Foundation funds projects that give the next generation of environmental stewards an active understanding and love for the natural world in which they live.


Safe Places to Play Grant - Deadline: Oct 2, 2015. Funder: US Soccer Foundation


Developing Healthy Places - Deadline: Ongoing. Funder: The Kresge Foundation


National Health Service Corps (NHSC) Students to Service Loan Repayment Program (S2S LRP) - Application deadline: Oct 22, 2015
Provides loan repayment assistance to medical students (MD and DO) who agree to provide primary care health services in eligible Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs) of greatest need. Sponsor: National Health Service Corps


Community HealthCorps - Application deadline: Applications accepted on an ongoing basis.
Offers monetary sums for education or loan repayment in exchange for full-time service in a rural or underserved community. Community HealthCorps Members perform a variety of activities associated with health services and programs for patients and communities, often by functioning as community health workers. Sponsor: National Association of Community Health Centers


Community Response Fund - Application deadline: Applications accepted on an ongoing basis.
Supports organizations, activities, and events that offer short-term, immediate solutions to oral healthcare challenges in underserved communities. Sponsor: DentaQuest Foundation


SBA 7a Loans - Application deadline: Applications accepted on an ongoing basis.
Provides loans to small businesses (including small healthcare practices) for working capital; equipment purchase; real estate purchase; building construction or renovation; business acquisition; and debt refinancing. Sponsor: Small Business Administration


USDA Community Facilities Loan and Grant Program - Application deadline: Applications accepted on an ongoing basis.
Funding to construct, enlarge, or improve essential community facilities for healthcare, public safety, education, and public services in rural areas. Sponsor: USDA Rural Development


AAUW Invites Applications for Career Development Grants - DEADLINE: December 15, 2015

Grants of up to $12,000 will be awarded to women who hold a bachelor's degree and are preparing to advance or change careers or re-enter the workforce....


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 honor of their dedication to providing high-quality child care....


Humane Society of the United States Foundation Invites Nominations for 2016 National Kind Teacher Award - DEADLINE: February 15, 2016

One winner will receive a framed certificate and a scholarship to the Humane Society University's Certified Humane Education Specialist program....


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