Wednesday, September 30, 2015

FW: Power of business Friday 15 chat

Please share with entrepreneurs, small business owners/manager and/or others interested in small business development!


From: Glenn Muske []
Sent: Monday, September 28, 2015 2:12 PM
To: NDSUEXT-LOCALFOOD; CCV Design Team Members; CCV (; (;
Subject: Power of business Friday 15 chat



A new season of the Friday Chat at Power of Business begins on Oct 2nd. Join us at 11: 15 CT for


Why Hackers Love Your Small Business– Power of Business is kicking off Cyber Security Awareness Month with a Friday 15 devoted to helping you protect your business! Having a presence online is the new business standard but without the proper attention you, or an employee, can tank your business in just one click. Join Power of Business contributors Mary Peabody (UVM) and Steve Hadcock (Cornell) for an overview on what the risks are, tips to keep your business and your customers safe and where to find resources to help.


Here's the link to the Google+ Event -

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We hope you join us. Please share this as well with your business owners and your colleagues. See you this Friday.



Glenn Muske

Rural and Agribusiness Enterprise Development Specialist

NDSU Extension Service – Community and Leadership Development


2718 Gateway Ave, #104 / Bismarck, ND  58504



"Supporting  entrepreneurs and their communities through education"




The highest destiny of the individual is to serve rather than to rule – Einstein


We want to leave the world better than we found it – Tim Cook, Apple


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Monday, September 28, 2015

FW: Publications, Tools, Learning, Funding

From our colleagues at USDA-Rural Development, plus 2 additional opportunities – one related to workforce development, the other related to food security in OK.


Apply Now! Platforms for Prosperity Fellowship

Join us on October 6 from 1-2 pm EDT / 10-11 am PDT to learn more

CFED, with the support of the Bank of America Charitable Foundation, is launching the Platforms for Prosperity Fellowship. This 10-month working Fellowship will engage six senior workforce development leaders in effecting change in their communities by integrating financial capability services into their organizations' programs. Please register here to join us for a webinar on Tuesday, October 6, 2015 from 1-2 pm EDT to learn more about this opportunity.

Fellows will benefit from direct technical assistance and participate in peer learning events, including visits to financial capability innovators across the country. Ultimately, the Fellows will each launch projects that further the goal of helping families achieve financial security. Fellows will receive a $15,000 stipend to support their participation in the program.

CFED and Bank of America are seeking applicants from organizations that currently provide workforce development services and who want to enhance the impact of their programs through the integration of financial capability services. The Fellows will be experienced leaders in the field, with roughly ten years of experience and hold a position to effect change within their organizations. To apply, complete this application and email it to by 5 pm EDT on October 26, 2015.

If you have any questions about the Fellowship, please contact CFED’s Megan Bolado at


Oklahoma Food Security Summit

Event to be held at the following time, date, and location:

Friday, October 30, 2015 from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM (CDT)

Tulsa Community College
3727 East Apache Street
Tulsa, OK 74115

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Bringing together National, state, tribal, local food policy experts and community members to assess current conditions leading to food insecurity, create solutions and take action. 

Regional Food System: Exploring regional agriculture and food security including a keynote presentation, panel discussion, and round table activities identify key barriers to getting locally grown food from the farm to the consumer.  Solutions will be discussed, presented and voted on by the participants to create a call to action for 2016. 

Morning Concurrent Sessions: Food Waste, Community Projects, and Educare Health Program

Lunch Networking Reception: Tastings from local chefs and an Oklahoma Food Project Photo Gallary.  The reception will provide time to network with fellow attendees and share ideas.  The Photo Gallary will highlight successful projects across Oklahoma and provide an opportunity to talk with those involved in the projects.  

Food Policy Update: Building capacity for local government engagement in food system development for thriving econmomies, equitable access, and building healthy communities.  

Afternoon Concurrent Workshops: Food Safety Plans, Seed Saving, and Train the Trainer on Nutrition

USDA Promise Zones: What are they and how are they moving the needle in communities regarding food, health, and food justice. Mobile Aquiponics Unit will be on site.

An aquaponics system build demonstration and Recpetion will follow the Summit at the Real Good Family Farm.  Please register seperately at  Space is limited. 

Additional Workshops will be held Saturday, October 31, 2015

Hoop House Demonstration by Steve Upson, Noble Foundation at the Real Good Family Farm

Greenhouse Tour by New Leaf

Permiculture Tour by Nathan Pickard

Registration to be annouced. 


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Tulsa Food Security Council



From: Gonzalez, Andres - RD, Washington, DC []
Sent: Friday, September 25, 2015 5:46 PM
Subject: Publications, Tools, Learning, Funding


Publications, Tools, Learning, Funding




Why Don't Foundations Build Capacity in Fundraising?

Foundations often encourage nonprofits -- especially grassroots organizations -- to develop non-foundation income streams as part of sustainability. So then why do so few of our grant makers invest in building the capacity of those groups to raise independent money? Aaron Dorfman of the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy takes on this mystery:


Investing in Strong Rural Communities

Suzanne Anarde, Vice-President of the Rural Local Initiatives Support Corporation, writes in the ABA Banking Journal about the right mix of resources, critical partnerships and creative thinking that can spur economic revival in financially battered rural areas.


ABA Hosts Meeting to Address Rural Appraiser Shortage

To help address the pending shortage of rural property appraisers — and the implications for agricultural and commercial credit in rural communities — ABA’s Center for Agricultural and Rural Banking and ABA’s Commercial Real Estate Committee convened a meeting yesterday of key stakeholders from the banking industry, federal government, appraisal industry and others.



CDFI Fund Releases “Expanding CDFI Coverage in Underserved Areas” Webinar Schedule
The “Expanding CDFI Coverage in Underserved Areas” webinars are free and open to the general public, but advanced registration is required to access the presentation. Registration may be completed up until the start time listed for each individual session. Click here to register. To learn more about “Expanding CDFI Coverage in Underserved Areas” series and the other training series available under the Capacity Building Initiative, please visit


How Healthy is your Community, from the Robert Woods Johnson Foundation.  See a health snap shot of your county, trends and factors that affect health in your county.


The National Association of Development Organizations (NADO) Research Foundation has launched a new online resource of tools to help rural regions and small towns, drawing on their four-year capacity-building role with the Sustainable Communities Learning Network. Access the resources here.




Strengthening the SWOT: Identifying & Understanding Regional Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities & Threats (Recorded Webinar + Slides)
These free hour-long webinars showcase Economic Development Districts throughout the country that have taken innovative planning approaches to integrating economic resilience into their CEDS through aligning existing regional planning processes, robustly analyzing their strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats, and developing relevant and realistic metrics for measuring their progress. The second installment focused on strengthening the Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, & Threats (SWOT) analysis. Training was provided on how to craft a more effective SWOT analysis and incorporate the findings into goal setting and performance metrics. Video and slides available Here
Be sure to check out the previous installment of this series “Planning more Efficiently & Effectively: Aligning the CEDS with Other Regional Plans


Rural Assistance Center (RAC) has developed a guide titled “Rural Hunger and Access to Healthy Food”. A nutritious diet is important for maintaining good health, but accessing fresh and affordable food can be a challenge for some rural residents. This RAC topic guide provides information on how to address food security issues in every rural community, including funding and assistance programs, model programs, strategies, and more. Access the guide here.




Kresge Foundation Commits $350 Million to Social Investments

The Kresge Foundation in Troy, Michigan, has announced its plan to make $350 million by 2020 in social investments designed to expand opportunities for low-income families.

DOE Accepting Applications for Small Business Voucher Pilot Program
The Department of Energy (DOE) announced that it is accepting applications for the first round of its Small Business Vouchers Pilot (SBV) program. Under the SBV program, the DOE will commit up to $20 million in technical and research assistance awards to help small businesses bring next-generation clean energy technologies. Companies may apply for and receive up to $300,000 in assistance from U.S. Department of Energy national laboratories nationwide. Assistance will be offered in nine topical areas and can range from materials development to modeling to prototyping and scale-up, and much more.                                                                                                                                              

THE HOME DEPOT FOUNDATION is seeking proposals for Veteran housing projects in rural areas.
Projects may be new construction or rehab, with priority given to renovation and rehab projects, and must be either in progress or scheduled to commence within the next 12 months. The Home Depot Foundation anticipates funding several projects, with awards ranging from $25,000 to $40,000. Deadline: 10/30/2015.
Click here to visit the website for funding guidelines.

IRS Opens Door to More Impact Investing
Last week, the Treasury Department released guidance recognizing foundations may make investments with a wider range of return and risk expectations so long as they are not jeopardizing or compromising their charitable missions.  Proponents for the change expect the guidance to open the doors to more mission-related investments (MRIs), impact investing and innovative finance approaches to dealing with the growing array of societal and environmental issues confronting the globe. The complete, four-page guidance is available on the IRS website at:




Newsletters and email from which we gather this information include:

v  Foundation Center RFP Service -  To subscribe 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 -


Monday, September 21, 2015

FW: Publications, Tools, Learning and Funding

Good information about rural health and poverty!!


From: Gonzalez, Andres - RD, Washington, DC []
Sent: Friday, September 18, 2015 3:11 PM
Subject: Publications, Tools, Learning and Funding


Note from the editors: As mentioned last week, Chris Proctor and Andres Gonzalez are now managing and publishing this these e-mails. We’d like to thank Suzette for all the hard work she’s put into making them such a useful resource over the years. If any readers have any suggestions or feedback, we’d love to hear it! We know we’ve got big shoes to fill here.



USDA and EPA Join with Private Sector, Charitable Organizations to Set Nation’s First Food Waste Reduction Goals. USDA blog, 09/16/15. Food waste contributes to $1500 per family in food waste annually and comprises the largest percent of solid municipal waste in the United States. In response to this, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and EPA Deputy Administrator Stan Meiburb called for a 50% reduction in food waste by 2030, which builds on previous federal, nonprofit, and private sector-led programs like the US Food Waste Challenge, food waste apps, and the new food waste education section on 


Income and Poverty in the United States: 2014
Reports on income levels and the number of people in poverty for 2013 and 2014, along with the percent change from 2013 to 2014. Includes statistics for metropolitan and non-metropolitan areas (see Table 1 and Table 3). Based on data from the 2015 Current Population Survey Annual Social and Economic Supplement, which had redesigned questions related to income. Tables D-1 and D-2 provides metro/nonmetro data for the traditional 2013 and redesigned 2013 income and poverty measures.
Sponsoring organization: U.S. Census Bureau
Date: 09/2015

National Advisory Committee on Rural Health & Human Services Meeting Minutes, Slade, Kentucky, May 27-29, 2015
Provides a summary of the National Advisory Committee on Rural Health and Human Services meeting. Discusses health disparities in the Appalachia region, social determinants of health including poverty, as well as federal programs and how they address these challenges.
Sponsoring organization: National Advisory Committee on Rural Health and Human Services
Date: 05/2015

Health Summary Important for Coordinating Care with Non-VA Providers
Sep 15, 2015 -- This blog entry provides a progress report on the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs' electronic health record exchange program called the Veteran Initiated Electronic Care Coordination project. Reports progress in helping rural veterans coordinate care among multiple providers, both inside and outside the Veterans Affairs system.
Source: U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

Senate Passes Bipartisan Legislation to Preserve Rural Access to Therapy Services
Sep 11, 2015 -- Announces the Senate's passage of a bill to extend the prohibition of enforcement of CMS's direct supervision policy for outpatient therapeutic services through December 31, 2015. The passage allows time to advance the Protecting Access to Rural Therapy Services (PARTS) legislation which allows for the general supervision of most outpatient therapeutic services to be done by a physician or non-physician provider, thus ensuring that rural hospitals can continue to provide these needed services to patients in their own communities.
Source: Office of Senator John Thune (SD)

CMS Releases First Ever Plan to Address Health Equity in Medicare
Sep 8, 2015 -- Announces the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Office of Minority Health’s plan to address health equity and eliminate health disparities for underserved beneficiaries. The plan outlines six priorities and targets Medicare populations that have disproportionately high levels of disease, low quality care, and difficulty accessing care, including those living in rural areas.
Source: Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

Assessing Rural-Urban Nurse Practitioner Supply and Distribution in 12 States
A policy brief comparing the distribution of nurse practitioners (NPs) in rural and urban areas through the analysis of license records and the National Provider Identifier (NPI) data from 12 states.
Sponsoring organization: WWAMI Rural Health Research Center
Date: 08/2015

Running a Food Hub: A Business Operations Guide
The USDA report, Running a Food Hub: A Business Operations Guide, was just released and provides ample resources to the ins and outs of food hub operations. The second report in a 3-part series, this 'how to' guide provides in-depth guidance on starting and running a food hub enterprise, including classifications, operations, marketing, products and servicing, and risks. Check out the recently released report, or take a look at Volume 1: Lessons Learned From the Field.

Measuring the Impact of Public Markets and Farmers Markets on Local Economies.

During GoodGreens meetings we’ve often referenced studies that show the economic impact of farmers markets on local retailers and local economies.


Food Stamp Spending at Farmers Markets Increased 500% in Seven Years. Natural News, 09/07/2015.

The USDA has prioritized making farmers markets SNAP user-accessible. Since 2008, the number of SNAP-authorized markets has increased from 753 to more than 6400 and SNAP spending has increased by more than 500%. At farmers markets, local producers share growing techniques, build community with shoppers, and promote food self-reliance.




Illinois Food and Agribusiness Guide by the Illinois Department of Agriculture lists any company or farm that either produces, processes, packages, or is headquartered in Illinois. This guide can help connect producers to restaurants and buyers.



University of Wisconsin Center for Cooperatives (with examples from the Midwest) – probably the best website about co-ops in the English language (they used to get 100,000 hits a month).

The Federation of Southern Cooperatives has similar information, but with some nice examples from the South.

The Cooperative Development Institute provides co-op development in the Northeast (excellent organization).  They have an informative section called “Ask Co-op Cathy” for in-depth issues.

The California Center for Cooperative Development provides similar information, but with interesting examples of housing co-ops, student co-ops, and day care co-ops (a shout out to Scott).

Northwest Cooperative Development Center is an excellent center and concentrates services on sectors that are of interest to CED (but their website isn’t as strong on the basics of what is a co-op).  Click on “sectors” for an overview of their focus areas.

The Census Bureau's poverty, income and health insurance release:

Income and Poverty in the United States:  2014:

Health Insurance Coverage in the United States:  2014: 

Census Bureau's presentation slides with data points: 

Supplemental Poverty Measure:  2014:

Basics:  official poverty numbers flat - disappointing.  Supplemental poverty measure shows decrease overall, very big decrease and much lower poverty numbers for children - in part owing to anti-poverty effectiveness of programs that assist children.

Full recording of CHN webinar: 

CHN Webinar slides:



The Good Food Fund in Michigan is a collaborative effort with 20+ organizations that can fund production, distribution, processing, or retail enterprises benefitting low and moderate-income, food-insecure Michigan communities. The effort, which includes Fair Food Network, Capital Impact Partners, Michigan State University Center for Regional Food, and W.K. Kellogg Foundation, aims to create a $30 million fund to supply loans, grants, and new market tax credits for businesses and organizations involved in the good food sector. For more information on the Good Food Fund, click here.


Developing Healthy Places
The Kresge Foundation seeks to fund nonprofit or government initiatives that build healthier and more equitable food systems, transportation infrastructure, and land use.
Eligibility: Nonprofit 501(c)3 organizations, government entities.
Funding: Varies, based on proposal.
Deadline: Rolling.

USDA and Microsoft debut “Innovation Challenge
Purpose: software developers create apps that help United States’ food systems achieve sustainability in the midst of a changing climate. USDA has placed 100 years of climate-related data on Microsoft Azure cloud to allow access on remote laptops, tablets, or mobile phones.
Eligibility: Please see link.
Funding: $60,000 in prizes.
Deadline: November 20, 2015.


USDA Rural Microentrepreneur Assistance Program (RMAP)
Purpose:  Provides loans and grants to Microenterprise Development Organizations (MDO’s) to provide microloans, training, and technical assistance to microloan borrowers and micro entrepreneurs.
Eligibility: rural nonprofits, federally-recognized Tribes, institutions of higher learning, or businesses (ultimate recipients) with 10 or fewer full time employees in rural areas with populations less than 50,000 (Please see requirements).

Funding: Grants to qualifying recipients up to $205,000 annually (with 15% matching); loans up to $50,000-$500,000 for MDOs; loans up to $50,000 to ultimate recipients.

Deadline: Rolling (applications will be considered for next Federal fiscal quarter). Must apply no later than 4:30 p.m. (local time) on last day of fiscal quarter for consideration for next quarter. Click here for more information.


Fuel Up to Play 60

Purpose: Every year, the National Dairy Council, National Football League, and the USDA provide grants up to $4,000 to K-12 schools with programs that encourage youth to eat healthy (low-fat and fat-free dairy, fruits, vegetables, and whole grains) and exercise for at least 60 minutes daily. One of this year’s Healthy Eating Plays focuses on Farm to School.

Eligibility: K-12 schools that follow one Healthy Eating Play and Physical Activity Play.

Funding: Up to $4,000 per year per school.

Deadline: November 4, 2015.  


New Awards: Rural Health Care Coordination Network Partnership Program
Sep 4, 2015 -- The Federal Office of Rural Health Policy announces awards for the Rural Health Care Coordination Network Partnership Program (Care Coordination Program) which began on September 1, 2015. The program provides funds to establish a network of rural health providers and organizations that focus on care coordination activities for diabetes, congestive heart failure, and/or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
Source: Federal Office of Rural Health Policy

Community Development Block Grant (ICDBG) Program for Indian Tribes and Alaska Native Villages
Grants for the development of Indian and Alaska Native communities, including new housing construction; housing rehabilitation; land acquisition to support new housing; green energy projects; mold remediation; homeownership assistance; public service facilities such as healthcare entities, child care facilities, and employment-related agencies; economic development; and microenterprise programs.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Oct 22, 2015
Sponsor: U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

Service Area Competition Funding for Health Center Program (Areas Served with a Project Period Start Date of April 1, 2016)
Funding to provide comprehensive primary health care services to an underserved area or population.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Nov 2, 2015
Sponsor: Bureau of Primary Health Care



Farmer Grant Writing Workshop, by University of Illinois Extension, invites farmers to attend a workshop on the basics of grant writing and information on the North Central Region Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Farmer Rancher Grant Program. The event will take place September 28, 2015, in Springfield, IL.

Season Extension Workshop, hosted by The Land Connection, is a 3-day workshop series on effectively extending the growing season. The workshops will cover indoor production, heat and wind management, and unique marketing strategies. The event will take place October 12-14, 2015, in Champaign, IL. Register at the website before October 7.

Food Sovereignty Summit. The Oneida Nation, First Nations Development Institute, and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation invite Native farmers, ranchers, gardeners, businesses, policymakers, and related to their third annual summit. Training tracks offered include: Applied Agriculture, Community Outreach, and Products to Market, with optional training sessions on farming, marketing, canning, and ecological rescue at the various Oneida facilities and sites. The event, which will also provide opportunities to network between tribes and showcase traditional foods, will be from October 26-29, 2015, in Green Bay, WI.


Newsletters and email from which we gather this information include:

v  Foundation Center RFP Service -  To subscribe 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 -

Monday, September 14, 2015

FW: Special Notes, Publications, Tools, Learning and Funding

From our USDA-RD colleagues.



A Mismatch Between Need and Affluence, Chronicle of Philanthropy| READ STORY

It's a common combination across the country: Residents of areas with high standards of living, low poverty, and low crime give less to charity than those in less well-off areas. That's one finding from new data, compiled by The Chronicle of Philanthropy, combining giving behavior with quality-of-life measurements for 2,670 counties across the United States. It's based on data from The Chronicle's How America Gives study, which shows the share of income Americans in different parts of the country have donated.

Nonmetro job growth accelerates in 2015, but is unevenly distributed

The number of rural (nonmetro) jobs rose by 239,000 (1.2 percent) between the second quarters of 2014 and 2015, more than double the rate of growth over the prior year. Rural job growth still lags behind the rate of growth in metro areas, which saw the number of jobs rise by 1.8 percent over this period. Moreover, while the number of jobs in urban areas now exceeds the peak levels recorded prior to the Great Recession in 2007, rural employment is still well below its pre-recession peak. Rural job growth was unevenly distributed; some 1311 rural counties saw no change or an increase in jobs (ranging up to 69 percent growth), but 665 experienced job declines, with the largest decline being 19 percent. Rural counties in several oil and gas-producing states, such as Texas, Kansas, and North Dakota, which had generally experienced job growth between 2013 and 2014, experienced declines in 2014-15. The vast majority (88 percent) of rural counties in the block of Southern States stretching from Arkansas to Georgia experienced job growth, whereas, in 2013-14, 71 percent of these rural counties had employment losses. This map updates one found in the ERS report, Rural America At a Glance, 2014 Edition.





U.S. Census Bureau Releases County-to-County Commuting Flows


EPA Releases New Self-Assessment Tool for Rural Communities and Small Towns
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Office of Sustainable Communities has recently released the Smart Growth Self-Assessment for Rural Communities, a compilation of strategies, organized by 11 common “goal areas,” that towns and small cities can use to evaluate their existing policies to create healthy, environmentally resilient, and economically robust places.  This self-assessment helps communities identify gaps in their policies, plans, codes, and zoning regulations by asking a series of “Yes” or “No” questions.  This self-assessment tool is broad and interdisciplinary.  Each section focuses on a specific set of issues and will likely require input from multiple parts of the local government, as well as from community residents and other stakeholders.  Click here for more information and to download the tool.   





FHWA to Hold Webinar on State of Logistics Report
On September 16 from 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. ET, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration will hold the webinar “2015 Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals State of Logistics Report” as part of its monthly Talking Freight professional development series.  The State of Logistics Report is one of the most important reports in the goods movement and freight logistics industry, providing an overview of current goods movement and freight logistics trends, and freight volumes and economic health of the various freight transportation mode industries.  Understanding the “lay of the land” in the goods movement and freight logistics industry can help both public and private sector transportation organizations better understand current and possible future freight transportation planning needs.  It can also provide insights into the business aspects of freight transportation, information typically not available to or examined by many public sector freight transportation professionals.  When examined in concert with transportation infrastructure needs, it can help government sector transportation officials gain better understanding of the impact infrastructure investment, or lack thereof, can have on supply chain operations and ultimately business sustainability.  Click here to register for the webinar


Advancing Economic Success – Community Foundations Building Family, Community and Regional Prosperity provided an opportunity for community foundation leaders to more deeply explore and share how they are addressing critical community issues and working to advance regional development in ways that build wealth for all. At the event, participants learned about the organizing framework of Community Development Philanthropy and heard stories from community foundations that are helping families get ahead and those that are helping local and regional economies get ahead. 

Click here to view presentations and videos from the workshop, and be sure to follow @AspenCSG and @e2ruralcenter for more stories and ideas related to community development philanthropy!





Kids in Need Foundation Invites Applications for 2015 Teacher Grants Programs - DEADLINE: September 30, 2015

Grants of up to $500 will be awarded to educators in support of projects that strengthen creativity, critical thinking skills, and/or core knowledge by engaging students in the learning process....


APF Invites Applications for Grant to Decrease Discrimination in Education - DEADLINE: October 1, 2015

A single grant of $20,000 will be awarded in support of research, education, or an intervention with the potential to reduce disparities in education and achievement as a result of discrimination....


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


Research: Art Works Funding Opportunity  - Deadline for submitting an application is October 20.

As the federal agency of record on arts research, the NEA is offering the Research: Art Works grant funding opportunity. The NEA is interested in research which will measure or clarify one or more factors, characteristics, and conditions of the U.S. arts ecosystem; will investigate the direct and indirect benefits of arts participation; or will address topics on the value and/or impact of the arts. We encourage applications from diverse research fields, such as sociology, economics, psychology, medicine and health, education, and urban and regional planning) and research partnerships between arts practitioners and researchers.

Learn about the grant process at an upcoming NEA grant guidelines webinar on September 9 at 3:00 PM ET, or view the webinar soon thereafter on the NEA's archive page. Organizations may apply for a Research grant in addition to other NEA grant opportunities in the same year.


Jobs Plus Pilot Initiative - Application Deadline: September 28, 2015

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Public and Indian Housing. The purpose of the Jobs Plus Pilot program is to develop locally-based, job-driven approaches to increase earnings and advance employment outcomes through work readiness, employer linkages, job placement, educational advancement, technology skills, and financial literacy for residents of public housing. The place-based Jobs Plus Pilot program addresses poverty among public housing residents by incentivizing and enabling employment through earned income disregards for working families, and a set of services designed to support work including employer linkages, job placement and counseling, educational advancement, and financial counseling. Ideally, these incentives will saturate the target developments, building a culture of work and making working families the norm. The Jobs Plus Pilot program consists of the following three core components:

  • Employment-Related Services
  • Financial Incentives – Jobs Plus Earned Income Disregard (JPEID)
  • Community Supports for Work

In addition to these components further defined below, applicants are encouraged to develop key partnerships to connect participants with any other needed services to remove barriers to work. An Individualized Training and Services Plan (ITSP) should be developed for each participant to establish goals and service strategies, and to track progress. View the Jobs Plus Initiative NOFA.

View the webcast.  More information is available on the Public and Indian Office website.


APF Seeks Applications to Support Mental Health Projects for the Underserved - DEADLINE: December 31, 2015

The Pearson Early Career program will provide a single grant of $12,000 to encourage an early career psychologist to devote his or her career to underserved populations....


Emergency Medicine Residents' Association Seek Applications for Local Action Grants - DEADLINE: February 15, 2016

A single grant of $1,000 will be awarded to a project that promotes the involvement of emergency medicine residents in community service and other activities supporting the specialty of emergency medicine....


RGK Foundation Accepting LOIs for Education, Community Programs - DEADLINE: Rolling (Letters of Inquiry)

Grants will be awarded in the areas of K-12 education, community, and health and medicine....


Sports and Community Development - Deadline: Open
Funder: Adidas Group


Community Facility Loans - Deadline: Ongoing
Funder: Rural Community Assistance Corporation


Developing Healthy Places - Deadline: Ongoing
Funder: The Kresge 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"