From our colleagues at USDA-Rural Development.
Earlier this week, President Obama released his final budget proposal, outlining $4.1 trillion in spending for federal agencies. Total spending would increase 4.9 percent over the current fiscal year, but with a less than 1 percent increase in discretionary spending in accordance with the spending caps set last year. The fiscal year 2017 budget request includes funding and legislative proposals supporting the lineup of initiatives announced by the White House over the past few weeks including the Computer Science for All initiative, the National Cancer Moonshot, the 21st Century Clean Transportation System initiative, the Mission Innovation global climate initiative, a major investment in cybersecurity and a water innovation plan. Each year, SSTI reviews the president’s federal budget request for programs and spending related to entrepreneurship, regional innovation, economic development, manufacturing, research and development, technology commercialization, and STEM education and workforce training. This year’s Federal Budget Special Issue provides an overview of tech-based economic development spending, as well as an agency-by-agency analysis of related programmatic spending. Read more...
Household income from farming varies by farm business type
On average, households associated with farm businesses supplement farm income with income from off-farm sources. However, across different types of farm operations, the extent that off-farm income supplements farm income varies considerably. For example, with its extensive and ongoing time demands, managing a dairy farm rarely permits an operator to work many hours off-farm and is a main reason why farm income constitutes over four-fifths of these households’ total income. In 2014, households with farm businesses specializing in dairy and hogs had the highest average total household income (combining income from farm and off-farm sources), and the highest shares of household income derived from farming, followed by farms specializing in cash grains (corn, soybeans, sorghum, or wheat). Farm households with businesses specializing in beef cattle, other field crops, and poultry had the largest shares of average household income derived from off-farm activities. This chart is a variation of one found in the Farm Household Well-being topic page, and based on data available in ARMS Farm Financial and Crop Production Practices.
State economic development policies that focus on deep income tax cuts or tax breaks to lure companies from other states ignore fundamental data points about job creation, and as a result are more likely to fail, according to a recently released report from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. While alluding to the importance of encouraging entrepreneurship and firm survival more broadly, the authors also argue that public investments should be targeted at helping build a skilled workforce and improve the quality of life for residents. Read more...
Section 6025 of the 2014 Farm Bill enables the Secretary of Agriculture to provide priority to projects that support strategic economic and community development plans. The result of that is a provision called Strategic Economic and Community Development (SECD). The purpose of SECD is to advance projects which support long-term community and economic growth strategies that reflect both multi-jurisdictional stakeholder collaboration and capitalize upon the unique strengths of the rural area. Through this provision, USDA Rural Development is empowered to work further with rural communities to align resources with long-range and multi-jurisdictional challenges and needs by leveraging federal, state, local, or private funding.
The mission of the Rita & Alex Hillman Foundation is to improve the lives of patients and their families through nursing-driven innovation. To that end, the foundation cultivates nurse leaders, supports nursing research, and disseminates new models of care that are critical to making the United States healthcare system more patient-centered, accessible, equitable, and affordable. The foundation is accepting proposals for creative, patient- and family-centered approaches that challenge conventional strategies, improve health outcomes for vulnerable populations, lower costs, and enhance the patient and family caregiver experience. The foundation is particularly interested in the areas of maternal and child health, care of older adults, and chronic illness management. Two grants of up to $600,000 will be awarded in 2016. Eligible applicants include institutions and care settings from across the spectrum of care, as well as practitioners representing a diverse range of backgrounds. The foundation will hold informational webinars on February 24 and March 21.
System of Care Expansion and Sustainability Cooperative Agreements
Supports the operation, expansion, and integration of Systems of Care intended to increase the provision and availability of mental health services to children and youth with emotional disturbances.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Apr 25, 2016
Sponsor: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
School Grants for Healthy Kids
Awards funding to support school breakfast and physical activity programs.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Apr 1, 2016
Sponsor: Action for Healthy Kids
Social and Economic Development Strategies Program (SEDS)
Grants for tribal community-based organizations, tribes, and village governments for social and economic infrastructure development.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Apr 6, 2016
Sponsor: Administration for Native Americans
The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Community Development Financial Institutions Fund (CDFI Fund) opened the fiscal year (FY) 2016 funding round for the Community Development Financial Institutions Program (CDFI Program) and Native American CDFI Assistance Program (NACA Program).
Congress appropriated the CDFI Fund $190.5 million in FY 2016 in Financial Assistance (FA) and Technical Assistance (TA) awards to be divided as follows: $153 million for CDFI Program awards; $22 million for Healthy Food Financing Initiative Financial Assistance (HFFI-FA) awards; and $15.5 million for NACA Program awards.
The awards will support Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs) providing affordable financing and related services to low-income communities and populations that lack access to credit, capital, and financial services.
· The deadline for submission of the SF-424 is Friday, March 18, 2016 at 11:59 pm Eastern Time (ET). All Applicants must submit their SF-424s electronically through Grants.gov.
· The deadline for submission of the CDFI Program and NACA Program applications in AMIS is Monday, April 18, 2016 at 11:59 pm ET.
· The CDFI Fund strongly encourages all materials to be submitted at least three days before each corresponding deadline (Grants.gov and AMIS). The last day the CDFI Fund will be answering questions about the FY 2016 application round is Friday, April 15, 2016 at 5:00 pm ET.
Black History Month: Challenges & Opportunities for Co-op Development in African American Communities
Join us as Melbah Smith, a 2009 inductee into the Cooperative Hall of Fame, reflects on her 40 years of developing co-ops in African-American communities across rural Mississippi, Alabama, and the Deep South. Melbah started her career with the Federation of Southern Cooperatives, returning to her home state to lead the Mississippi Association of Cooperatives and the Mississippi Cooperative Development Center. Over the years Melbah helped organize more than 25 co-ops and built a financial support network that includes state agencies and private funding sources. Melbah was instrumental in the creation of Cooperation Works, a national network of co-op development centers and practitioners. During the webinar Melbah will share insights into organizing co-ops in some of the poorest rural areas of the country. She will discuss challenges and opportunities for co-op development in African-American communities. Always the visionary, Melbah will also speak about future possibilities for co-op development. Vernita Dore, Deputy Under Secretary of USDA Rural Development, will introduce our speaker.
To view a six minute video of Melbah’s career: http://heroes.coop/archive/melbah-m-smith/
When: Thursday, February 25, 2016
Time: 2:00 – 3:00 pm EST
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