Tuesday, September 1, 2015

FW: Publications, Learning, and Funding

From our colleagues at USDA-Rural Development!


From: Agans, Suzette - RD, Washington, DC [mailto:Suzette.Agans@wdc.usda.gov]
Sent: Friday, August 28, 2015 3:18 PM
Subject: Publications, Learning, and Funding




Growth in average U.S. farm real estate value slows

With a value of $2.38 trillion, farm real estate (land and structures) accounted for 81 percent of the total value of U.S. farm sector assets in 2014. Because it comprises such a significant portion of the U.S. farm sector’s asset base, change in the value of farm real estate is a critical barometer of the farm sector's financial performance. On average, U.S. (excluding Alaska and Hawaii) farm real estate values increased 2.4 percent (in nominal terms) to $3,020 per acre over the 12 months ending June 1, 2015. Growth in average values has slowed substantially relative to the previous three year mid-year to mid-year periods, when nominal farm real estate values increased over 8 percent annually. National averages mask wide regional variation. Based on nominal values, farm real estate in the Southern Plains and Pacific regions experienced the highest rates of appreciation of 6.1 percent and 5.8 percent (to $1,900 and $4,780 per acre), respectively, over the 12 months ending June 1, 2015. In contrast, farm real estate in the Corn Belt declined 0.3 percent (to $6,350 per acre). A chart can be found on the ERS topic page on Land Use, Land Value & Tenure, updated August 2015.


The Center for Native American Youth (CNAY) at the Aspen Institute has developed a map of impactful programs and Native American youth leaders creating positive change across Indian Country. The Network map includes local organizations, youth councils, youth-led volunteer projects and connects youth with each other to expand access to resources and services – two key goals of Gen-I and CNAY’s National Native Youth Network. “Every day youth leaders and stakeholders from Indian Country reach out seeking to connect with their peers on the community-level,” said Erin Bailey, Executive Director of the Center for Native American Youth. “This map is a tool to make our resources and connections available to all.”  The Network map can be found here: http://cnay.org/Network_Map.html.





WEBINAR: Missouri-Illinois Step Up to Leadership Program Impact Evaluation - September 3, 2015 – 2:00 PM Eastern Time

Kimberly Keller, Wilson Majee & Johanna Reed Adams (University of Missouri), Anne Heinze Silvis (University of Illinois), Georgie Donahue (Missouri Association for community Action)

There is no registration and no fee for attending this webinar. http://ncrcrd.adobeconnect.com/ncrcrd

This presentation is based on an impact evaluation of a community leadership development program (Step Up to Leadership), targeted at low-income participants throughout the state of Missouri and parts of Illinois.  The program curriculum aims to provide a) content learning about specific topics related to individual and group skills and community needs and resources, and b) a learning environment where participants can develop self-awareness and enhance their understanding about human nature and relationships.  In addition to discussing the expected gains in knowledge, skills, and abilities, we will also discuss how community leadership development programs provide valuable secondary benefits on familial relations, the role of mini-grant support in assisting graduates in establishing community projects, and how best to close the skills-practice gap that most graduates experience upon completing the training.


Integrated Finance Webinar - Date: Thursday, September 17, 2015; 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. EDT

Recipients of the CED/CED-HFFI grant often need various types of funding: equity, debt and grants, to invest in the necessary property, equipment and/or resources to expand impact in their community. This webinar brings together a panel of financial experts and grantees offering perspectives on an integrated finance approach to leverage grants. Register for the Webinar. More information is available on the HHS website.

Moderator: Matthew Lee, Homegrown DirectSpeakers:


VIDEO:  What is the CRA?
The Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) is an important law that helps bring billions of dollars in bank capital to low- and moderate-income communities every year. Understanding how this law works is essential for banks looking to make impactful loans and investments, non-profits seeking funding, and communities wanting to ensure their financial institutions are operating in fair and responsive ways. Learn how the CRA works and what it means for communities across the country.





First Nations Development Institute Invites Applications for Agriculture Scholarships - DEADLINE: September 15, 2015

Through the program, five $1,000 scholarships are awarded annually to Native American college students majoring in agriculture or an agriculture-related field....


Constellation Seeks Applications for E2 Energy to Education Grants - DEADLINE: October 1, 2015

Grants of up to $25,000 will be awarded in support of local community projects that inspire students to think differently about energy....


Road Runners Club of America Accepting Applications for Kids Run the Nation Fund Grants - DEADLINE: October 1, 2015

Grants of up to $1,000 will be awarded to running clubs and other nonprofits organizations in support of structured youth running programs....


A Little Hope Announces Youth Bereavement Support Services Grants - DEADLINE: Open (Introductory Emails)

Grants will be awarded to organizations that provide support services and grief counseling to children and teens who have experienced the death of a parent, sibling, or loved one....


Lowe's Charitable and Education Foundation Accepting Applications for Toolbox for Education Grants - DEADLINE: October 16, 2015

Grants of up to $5,000 will be awarded to projects such as facility enhancement or landscaping/clean-up projects with the potential to have a permanent impact on a K-12 school community....


USDA Rural and Tribal Stakeholder Webinars: On August 12, 2015, USDA held two distinct webinars for rural and tribal communities to provide an overview of the Third Round Promise Zones initiative.

View the PowerPoint slides and the Rural Webinar.  View the PowerPoint slides and the Tribal Webinar.


Applications Invited for Soros Justice Fellowships in Advocacy and Media - DEADLINE: October 21, 2015

Fellowships of up to $110,250 will be awarded to outstanding individuals working to implement innovative projects that advance reform and spur debate on a range of issues facing the criminal justice system in the United States.....


Heritage Preservation Seeks Nominations for Collection Preservation Award - DEADLINE: December 15, 2015

The award is presented annually to an organization that has been exemplary in its commitment to the preservation and care of cultural property within the context of its broader mission....


Aaron Copland Fund for Music Invites Applications for Contemporary American Music Recording Projects - DEADLINE: January 15, 2016

Grants of up to $20,000 will be awarded to projects that document and provide wider exposure for the music of contemporary American composers....


DDCF Accepting Grant Proposals to Strengthen Performing Arts - DEADLINE: February 26, 2016 (Letters of Inquiry)

Grants of up to $200,000 will be awarded to projects that strengthen the national infrastructure of the nonprofit dance, jazz, presenting, and theater fields....






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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