Friday, October 30, 2015

FW: Publications, Funding, Events, Tools

From our colleagues at USDA-Rural Development . . . particular focus on rural health this week!


From: Proctor, Christopher - RD - Washington, DC []
Sent: Friday, October 30, 2015 2:49 PM
Subject: Publications, Funding, Events, Tools



An Interview with Ajit Pai
Federal Communications Commissioner Ajit Pai discusses the critical need to expand broadband deployment in rural communities and the promise that broadband holds for rural healthcare.


Senior Housing and Services: Challenges and Opportunities in Rural America
Summary report of a panel of housing and health experts convened to discuss needs, barriers, and experiences with aging in place, and feasibility of programs to support independence for rural seniors. Includes discussion of emerging trends and potential service
Sponsoring organization: U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
Date: 10/2015


Treasury, IRS Issue Rules that Will Help Facilitate P3s

The Treasury Department and Internal Revenue Service have released final allocation and accounting rules that bond lawyers say will help in administering public-private partnerships for transportation and joint ventures involving hospitals.



FY 2016 Economic Development Assistance Programs - Application submission and program requirements for EDA’s Public Works and Economic Adjustment Assistance programs.

Under this Federal Funding Opportunity, Economic Development Administration (EDA) solicits applications from applicants in rural and urban areas to provide investments that support construction, non-construction, technical assistance, and revolving loan fund projects under EDA’s Public Works and EAA programs. Grants and cooperative agreements made under these programs are designed to leverage existing regional assets and support the implementation of economic development strategies that advance new ideas and creative approaches to advance economic prosperity in distressed communities. EDA provides strategic investments on a competitive- merit-basis to support economic development, foster job creation, and attract private investment in economically distressed areas of the United States. View the EDA Funding Notice.

AmeriCorps State and National Grants FY 2016

AmeriCorps grants are awarded to eligible organizations proposing to engage AmeriCorps members in evidence-based or evidence-informed interventions to strengthen communities. An AmeriCorps member is an individual who engages in community service through an approved national service position. Members may receive a living allowance and other benefits while serving. Upon successful completion of their service, members earn a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award from the National Service Trust that members can use to pay for higher education expenses or apply to qualified student loans. Grant awards have two components: operating funds and AmeriCorps member positions. Grant award amounts vary – both in the level of operating funds and in the type and amount of AmeriCorps member positions. Unless otherwise specified, the grant generally covers a three-year project period. In approving a multi-year project period, CNCS generally makes an initial award for the first year of operation. In most cases, the application is submitted with a one-year budget. Continuation funding is not guaranteed. Contact: americorpsgrants@cns.gov202-606-7508.

View the AmeriCorps Funding Notice.


U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Health Resources and Services Administration Small Rural Hospital Improvement Grant Program (SHIP)

This announcement solicits applications for the Small Rural Hospital Improvement Grant Program (SHIP). The purpose of the SHIP is to help small rural hospitals of 49 beds or less, do any or all of the following: 1) enable the purchase of equipment and/or training to help hospitals attain value-based purchasing provision in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA); 2) aid small rural hospitals in joining or becoming accountable care organizations, or create shared savings programs per the ACA; and 3) enable small rural hospitals to purchase health information technology, equipment, and/or training to comply with meaningful use, ICD-10 standards, and payment bundling.

View the SHIP Funding Notice.


Solid Waste Management Grant Program

Purpose: Funds organizations that work to reduce or eliminate water and solid waste pollution in rural areas. Elibility: Private, 501(c)3 organizations, government agencies, federally-recognized Native American tribes, academic institutions.

Funding: $4 million total.

Deadline: December 31, 2015.


USDA-NIFA Community Food Projects (CFP) Competitive Grant Program

Purpose: Funds efforts to improve access, self-reliance, and education of healthy food for low-income communities.

Eligibility : Public food program service providers, tribal organizations, or private nonprofit entities including gleaners.

Funding: $8.6M total.

Deadline: November 30, 2015.


Improving Healthcare Systems Research Grants

Purpose: Funds efforts to allow patients to make informed decisions and give clinicians information and support to improve care.

Eligibility: Any nonprofit or for-profit organization, public sector research organization, laboratory, or government agency.

Funding: 3-year projects, $1.5M; 5-year projects, $5M.

Deadline: Letter of intent due November 12, 2015. Full application due November 12, 2015.


Graduate Psychology Education Program (GPE)
Offers grants to psychology schools and government, nonprofit, or private entities to support doctoral-level psychology education and training programs to prepare psychologists to address the behavioral health needs of vulnerable/underserved populations.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Dec 16, 2015
Sponsor: Bureau of Health Workforce


Citizens’ Institute on Rural Design™

The Citizens’ Institute on Rural Design™ 2016-2017 Request for Proposals is now open for rural communities facing design challenges, from main street revitalization to art-based community development. CIRD will select up to six communities, with populations 50,000 or less, to host a two-and-a-half-day design workshop aimed at solving local design challenges and planning for the future. Selected communities receive a CIRD stipend of $10,000 dollars and in-kind professional assistance to organize the workshop and follow up activities.  The workshops are interdisciplinary and feature a wide range of design, planning, and creative placemaking professionals, bringing together local leaders from non-profits, community organizations, and government agencies to develop actionable solutions to a community’s pressing design challenges.  To apply and learn more, click here. The application deadline is January 12, 2016.


NMEF Launches $200 Million College and Career Readiness Strategy

The Nellie Mae Education Foundation has announced a five-year, $200 million initiative to reshape public education so that 80 percent of high school graduates are college and career-ready. According to the foundation, by 2018 more than 60 percent of all jobs will require some level of postsecondary education and training. But data from the New England Secondary School Consortium shows that while more students are graduating from high school, only 50 percent of graduates overall and 32 percent of low-income graduates have the skills and knowledge necessary to succeed after high school.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Office of Community Services

Assets for Independence

The Administration for Children and Families (ACF) Office of Community Services (OCS) will be accepting applications for grants to administer projects for the Assets for Independence (AFI) demonstration program.

AFI grantees administer projects that provide individual development accounts (IDAs) and related services to low-income individuals. Participants open an IDA and save earned income that is matched by project funds. The combined participant savings and project matching funds will be used for an allowable asset: a first home, a business, or post-secondary education or training. Projects also assist participants in obtaining the skills and information necessary to achieve economic self-sufficiency. Grantees are encouraged to tailor the strategies and services they offer to the needs of their project participants and the opportunities in their community. Examples of activities in this area include financial education, asset-specific training, financial coaching, credit-building services, credit/debt counseling, and assistance with tax credits and tax preparation.

Deadline: The application due dates for FY 2016 have changed to December 15, 2015 and May 13, 2016.


U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

Pay for Success Permanent Supportive Housing Demonstration Program NOFA

In 2010, the Obama Administration released Opening Doors: Federal Strategic Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness, in which federal partners set goals to end veteran and chronic homelessness by 2015, and end family and youth homelessness by 2020. However, there were still 84,291 individuals identified as chronically homeless in the United States in 2014. These individuals are persons with disabilities who experience long-term homelessness, and who typically cycle in and out of a variety of crisis services, including hospital emergency departments and inpatient stays, psychiatric centers, jails, and prisons. This cycling between services not only has negative impacts on health and well-being, but also incurs high costs to the public. Permanent supportive housing (PSH) is a proven solution to chronic homelessness, not only helping to increase housing stability and improvements in health, but also lowering public costs by stopping the revolving door between crisis services.

DOJ and HUD are partnering to advance Pay for Success (PFS), one promising model for financing services that can attract additional, non-traditional sources of funding.

Deadline: February 12, 2016

View the Pay for Success NOFA.


New Markets Tax Credit Program

The U.S. Department of the Treasury's Community Development Financial Institutions Fund (CDFI Fund) released the Notice of Allocation Availability (NOAA) for the calendar year (CY) 2015 round of the New Markets Tax Credit Program (NMTC Program). The NOAA makes up to $5 billion in tax credit allocation authority available for the CY 2015 round, pending Congressional authorization.

The New Markets Tax Credit spurs investment of private sector capital into distressed communities by providing a tax credit to corporate or individual taxpayers who make qualified equity investments in designated Community Development Entities (CDEs). The CDEs, in turn, invest the capital raised into projects and businesses in low-income communities. The credit provided to the investor totals 39 percent of the investment in a CDE and is claimed over a seven-year credit allowance period. More information about the NMTC Program can be found on the program’s website or in the program’s fact sheet.

Deadline: December 16, 2015



GroupGAP Program Brings New Market Opportunities for Farmers.

In Spring 2016, USDA will add GroupGAP Program to the list of third-party auditing services verifying that operations follow industry-recognized food safety practices, aka: Good Agricultural Practices (GAP). In GroupGAP, a collection of organized independent farmers under a central entity can choose and implement the food safety standard most suited for the needs of their buyers. This program, the product of a USDA/Wallace Center pilot project, will allow smaller farms to more easily certify products for retail.

Successful Strategies for Nonprofit Fundraising Events

MODERATOR: Barbara O'Reilly, Windmill Hill Consulting, LLC
WED, November 18, 10:30 AM-12:00 PM

Learn how to plan fundraising events that support a broader strategic and integrated fundraising approach. A panel will discuss best practices and how to build a stronger, relationship-driven connection to your donors.  Register here.

NACRHHS Policy Briefs on Telehealth and Intimate Partner Violence
Join the free webinar featuring NACRHHS Committee members' discussion of two policy briefs, one on the use of telehealth in rural areas and the other on the impact of Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) on families and communities in rural areas.


USDA’s New Farmer Guide

USDA’s new Farmer guide offers a compilation of resources for new and beginning farmers. With the average age of American farmers exceeding 58 years and almost 10% of farmland changing hands in the next five years, the USDA has set a new goal of increasing beginning farmer and rancher participation by an additional 6.6% with $5.6 billion in investments. The new updates include feedback from many beginning farmers and ranchers citing unfamiliarity with programs and resources as obstacles to beginning farm operations.


2015 Annual Good Food Org Guide

Food Tank and the James Beard Foundation, feature the nearly 1000 food-related nonprofits across the United States. These organizations include those addressing childhood obesity and food insecurity, social entrepreneurship, protection of food and restaurant workers, indigenous culture advocacy, human wellness, and the environment.


Rural Care Coordination
Care coordination has great potential to improve rural health access and quality, as well as health outcomes. This new guide looks at opportunities, barriers, and models related to coordinating care in rural settings. Topics covered include Accountable Care Organizations, patient-centered medical homes, the role of HIT in care coordination, and more. The guide was developed by Brandon Baumbach, RAC's Rural Health Policy Specialist, with guidance from Clint MacKinney, RUPRI, and Karla Weng, Stratis Health.


NRHA Rural Proofing Tool
Policy paper describing the process of rural proofing in policy development, strategic planning, and implementation. This structured approach ensures that government policy and legislation recognizes the unique needs of healthcare in rural communities.
Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Association
Date: 09/2015


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 -


Christopher Proctor

USDA Rural Development

1400 Independence Ave., S.W.

Washington, D.C. 20250 | 202-619-1739

“Committed to the future of rural communities.”


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