Friday, February 26, 2016

FW: CED Matters - Publications, Funding, Events/Learning

From our colleagues at USDA-Rural Development.


Sent: Friday, February 19, 2016 3:46 PM
Subject: CED Matters - Publications, Funding, Events/Learning



Overview of the President's FY17 Federal Budget Request

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.


CBPP Report: State Job Creation Strategies Often Misguided

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 PrioritiesWhile 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...



Strategic Economic and Community Development

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.


Hillman Foundation Accepting Proposals for Innovations in Care Program

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


CDFI Fund Opens FY 2016 Funding Round for CDFI Program and NACA Program

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

·        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 ( 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:


When: Thursday, February 25, 2016

Time: 2:00 – 3:00 pm EST

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Tuesday, February 16, 2016

FW: CED Matters- Publications, Funding, Events/Learning

Lots of good materials here from our colleagues at USDA-Rural Development!


Sent: Friday, February 12, 2016 10:29 AM
Subject: CED Matters- Publications, Funding, Events/Learning



Earned Income Tax Credit Can Help Rural Families

Thanks to the hard work of Rural Americans, along with record investments in infrastructure under the Recovery Act and the 2014 Farm Bill, over the last seven years America was able to pull itself out of one of the deepest economic recessions since the Great Depression.  While we’ve seen wages rise and unemployment fall in rural areas over the last several years, workers in rural America still receive less hours and earn less pay than those in urban areas. Fortunately, for those who need help making ends meet, the Earned Income Tax Credit can help.


Heron Foundation Calls on Foundations to Boost Use of Resources

In an essay written by its president, Clara Miller, the New York City-based Heron Foundation is calling on "its philanthropic peers to jettison outdated operating models that leave resources untapped in the face of systemic social ills." The essay, "Building a Foundation for the 21st Century" (19 pages, PDF), argues that the twenty-first century global economy demands a different model of philanthropy, one that "makes use of all of its resources to actively engage with the capital markets for the public good." Miller further argues that such a shift is necessary if philanthropies are to avoid undermining with their investments the progress they are helping to support with their grants, and she highlights the changes Heron itself is making with respect to the way it invests its capital....


U.S. net farm income forecast to decline for third consecutive year in 2016

Net cash farm income and net farm income are two popular, but distinct, measures of farm sector profitability. The first measure tracks cash receipts and cash expenses, while the second also includes noncash transactions, including implicit rents, changes in inventories, capital replacement costs, and others. Following several years of high income, both measures have trended downward since 2013. ERS forecasts that net cash farm and net farm income for 2016 will be $90.9 billion and $54.8 billion, respectively, or $81.1 billion and $48.9 billion, respectively, in inflation-adjusted dollars. These amounts are below their respective 10-year average, in both nominal and inflation-adjusted terms. Before recent dips, the 10-year averages for both income measures have largely trended upward. Over the 2010 to 2013 period, surging crop and animal (including animal-product) cash receipts led net cash farm income and net farm income higher. Prices are expected to have declined for a broad set of agricultural commodities in 2015, and fall further in 2016. Production expenses are forecast to contract in 2016, but not enough to offset the commodity price declines. Find additional information and analysis in ERS’ Farm Sector Income and Finances topic page, released February 9, 2016.



U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker announced the 25 awardees that will receive $10 million under the Economic Development Administration’s (EDA) 2015 Regional Innovation Strategies (RIS) program. The 2015 RIS program is managed by EDA’s Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship (OIE) and is designed to advance innovation and capacity-building activities in regions across the country through two different competitions: the i6 Challenge and the Seed Fund Support (SFS) Grants competition.


Energy Investment Partnerships Guide: How State and Local Governments Are Engaging Private Capital to Drive Clean Energy Investment

The United States Department of Energy released the Energy Investment Partnerships Guide, a technical document authored by the Council of Development Finance Agencies that examines how state and local governments can leverage private capital to drive clean energy investment and development.


Rural Healthcare Quality
This topic guide has been updated with new frequently asked questions and covers how healthcare quality is measured and defined, as well as differences that exist for rural healthcare providers related to quality. The guide is maintained by Brandon Baumbach, RHIhub Rural Health Policy Specialist.


USDA Finalizes New Food Safety Measures to Reduce Salmonella and Campylobacter in Poultry 

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) today announced the finalization of new federal standards to reduce Salmonella and Campylobacter in ground chicken and turkey products, as well as in raw chicken breasts, legs, and wings. Based on scientific risk assessments, FSIS estimates that implementation of these standards will lead to an average of 50,000 prevented illnesses annually.


HUD Releases Notice CPD-16-01: Guidance on Submitting Consolidated Plans and Annual Action Plans for FY16

Notice CPD-16-01 instructs all Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), HOME, Housing Trust Fund (HTF), Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG), and Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) formula grantees on the timing of submission of fiscal year (FY) 2016 consolidated plans and action plans. This Notice provides instructions to grantees/participating jurisdictions under each of these programs regarding costs incurred prior to execution of a grant agreement. This Notice further informs Entitlement CDBG grantees and HOME participating jurisdictions of waivers being made available to certain grantees/participating jurisdictions to assist in the implementation of the pre-award costs instructions. These procedures apply equally to grantees’ 3-5 year consolidated plans as well as to annual action plans (either as a stand-alone document or as a component of the overall consolidated plan submission).


Conducting Rural Health Research, Needs Assessment, and Program Evaluation
This guide includes identifies the similarities and differences among rural health research, assessment, and evaluation. It also discusses common methods, provides contacts, addresses the importance of community-based participatory research in rural communities, looks at CHNA requirements, and examines the importance of building a rural evidence-base. Includes new questions related to strategies to share rural health research results. This guide is maintained by Maren Niemeier, RHIhub Information Resources Manager.


Unlocking the Development Finance Toolbox in Rural America

The Rural Financing Best Practices by CDFA explores how rural communities can leverage a wide range of tools and approaches to build on their assets, protect their resources, and make strategic investments that offer long-term benefits for residents and local businesses.


Q&A: Center for Rural Affairs

This Q&A with Traci Bruckner, Senior Policy Associate, addresses resources available for beginning, small- and mid-sized farms through federal agricultural policy. According to UC Food Observer, the Center for Rural Affairs is important to generate creative approaches to economic development.




Blue Meridian Partners Established to Assist Disadvantaged Youth

The Edna McConnell Clark Foundation has announced it is joining with nine other donors to launch Blue Meridian Partners, a new funders collaborative that aims to invest $1 billion in high-performance nonprofits poised to have national impact for economically disadvantaged children and youth. Incubated at the McConnell Clark Foundation and chaired by philanthropist Stanley Druckenmiller, the venture has secured $750 million toward its initial fundraising goal, including commitments of at least $50 million from its general partners — the Ballmer Group, EMCF, Stanley and Fiona Druckenmiller, the Duke Endowment (with a focus on North and South Carolina), the George Kaiser Family Foundation (with a focus on Tulsa, Oklahoma), and the Samberg Family Foundation.


National Health Service Corps Loan Repayment Program
Provides loan repayment funding to primary healthcare professionals who agree to serve in Health Professional Shortage Areas.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Apr 5, 2016
Sponsor: National Health Service Corps


US DOE Channels over $10M to Microgrids for Grid R&D

Microgrids Knowledge reports that within a $220M effort to modernize the US energy grid, the Department of Energy is allocating more than $10M for microgrid funding.


Telehealth Network Grant Program (TNGP)
Funding to demonstrate how telehealth programs and networks can improve access to quality health care services in rural, frontier and underserved communities.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Apr 8, 2016
Sponsor: Federal Office of Rural Health Policy


USDA Seeks Applications for Grants to Help Repair Housing in Rural Communities, Deadline Extended

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development is seeking applications for grants to make housing repairs for low- and very-low-income rural residents, and has extended the deadline to March 15, 2016. The grants are being provided through USDA Rural Development’s Housing Preservation Grant Program.

This program are intended to help rural homeowners and rental housing owners repair and improve their properties. Funds may be used to resolve health or safety issues, make accessibility modifications for people with disabilities, or make energy efficiency improvements to reduce utility costs.


USDA, NFL, Fuel Up to Play 60 Partner to Award $35 Million to Help Schools Serve Healthier Meals, Strengthen Childhood Nutrition

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, NFL Commissioner, Roger Goodell, and Paul Rovey, dairy farmer and leader of the National Dairy Council (NDC), announced the availability of $35 million in grants to help schools upgrade their kitchen equipment and infrastructure in order to offer students better access to nutritious foods. Schools can apply for USDA funding through their state, or for funds from Fuel Up directly through the organization's website. In both cases, funding will support the purchase of new equipment and/or the renovation/replacement of equipment. Equipment may include large and small items including utility carts, utensils, large-capacity food processors, industrial scales, steamers, freezers etc. Infrastructure elements may include building needs related to physical space, electricity, plumbing, ventilation and other remodeling needs.


Update for Capital Magnet Fund Applicants: Electronic Application Now Available

The electronic application for the fiscal year (FY) 2016 round of the Capital Magnet Fund is now available in the Community Development Financial Institutions Fund (CDFI Fund)’s Awards Management Information System (AMIS) and in  All applicants must be registered in,, and AMIS to apply for funding. Organizations should confirm that their AMIS accounts are up-to-date as soon as possible in order to avoid potential application submission problems.  New potential applicants are encouraged to begin the registration process now.  Registration guidance for and can be found on the websites for those systems.  Guidance on using AMIS (including registration) can be found at The CDFI Fund strongly recommends that the instructions and application timelines are reviewed closely by both first-time and repeat applicants and that applicants give themselves adequate time to submit their applications using AMIS. To assist potential applicants, the CDFI Fund has provided application guidance and frequently asked questions on its website,, under Step 2: Apply. There, applicants can also find information about upcoming live webinars about the FY 2016 Capital Magnet Fund application and AMIS application submission process.


First Nations Development Institute Accepting Proposals for 2016 Native Youth & Culture Fund

POSTED: February 3, 2016
DEADLINE: March 9, 2016

Grants of up to $20,000 will be awarded to projects focused on youth and incorporating culture and tradition to address social issues in Native communities....


Native Arts and Cultures Foundation Invites Applications for 2016 Artists Fellowships

POSTED: January 30, 2016
DEADLINE: March 21, 2016

Grants of $20,000 will be awarded in recognition of the creativity and expression of exceptional Native artists who have had significant impact in their field....


Rasmuson Foundation Accepting Applications for Nonprofit Leader Sabbatical Program

POSTED: February 1, 2016
DEADLINE: October 1, 2016

Awards of up to $40,000 are available to executives from Alaska tribes and nonprofits for sabbaticals of two to six months....


Newman's Own Award
Offers grants to organizations working to improve the quality of life for military members and their families, including job training, housing, caregiver support, and mental health programs.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Apr 28, 2016
Sponsor: Fisher House Foundation

Community Impact Grants Program
Funding for nonprofit organizations, public schools, and public service agencies in the United States that are using the power of volunteers to improve the physical health of their communities.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Applications accepted on an ongoing basis
Sponsor: Home Depot Foundation


Dr. Jessica Gordon-Nembhard Presentation: A History of African-American Cooperative Economic Thought and Practice

Dr. Jessica Gordon-Nembhard, author of Collective Courage: A History of African-American Cooperative Economic Thought and Practice, presented her perspective on African American history and cooperative development during National Cooperative Month in October 2015 at the USDA Whitten Building.  She explained how the African American community used cooperative development as a key strategy to overcome economic, social, and political struggles.  Given the emphasis on pooled resources, cooperative development is an approach that gets around the constraints of limited wealth among African American individuals and families. Dr. Gordon-Nembhard also provided examples on how a cooperative frequently produces other valuable social services, civic involvement, leadership development, and managerial expertise that is transferable to activities beyond the particular cooperative enterprise.  She concluded that cooperatives have been successful in the past and also present the opportunity for expanded self-reliance in the future.  To listen and view her presentation, see this link:


WKKF Launches Initiative on Racial Healing, Transformation

The W.K. Kellogg Foundation has announced the launch of an initiative to help communities embrace racial healing and uproot conscious and unconscious beliefs in the hierarchy of human value. Through the Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation (TRHT) initiative, the foundation and a coalition of more than seventy partners will work to develop and support inclusive, community-based healing activities and policies aimed at changing collective community narratives and broadening the understanding Americans have for their diverse experiences. To that end, TRHT will assemble national and local commissions to hold public meetings on the consequences of racial inequity and build systems and structures aimed at creating more equitable opportunities.


Webinar | Choosing a Retirement Solution for Your Small Business

February 25, 2016 @ 2:00 - 3:15 PM ET

As part of America Saves Week, the U.S. Department of Labor's Employee Benefits Security Administration, in coordination with the Consumer Federation of America, is holding a webcast for small businesses and their service providers on the retirement savings options and the use of direct deposit for saving for retirement and more.

Learn practical information to help compare the employer-based options

The U.S. Department of the Treasury will discuss a new savings option - myRA 

The Consumer Federation of America will focus on the use of direct deposit as a way to make saving easier

Register now


USDA & EPA announce a webinar series on their Cool & Connected program

On February 9th and February 16th (2:30 - 4:00 pm EST) the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Rural Utilities Service (RUS), in conjunction with Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will host a series of webinars focused on Cool & Connected, a program in which a team of experts assist community members in developing strategies and action plans for using planned or existing broadband service to promote smart, sustainable community development.

Web Conference Information: Due to the limited amount of seats available for each session, interested parties must preregister with the USDA & EPA. Seats for each session will be reserved in the order in which the requests are received by the RUS.


·        Click on the following link: **

·        Fill in the required information.

·        Note: Registration is only needed for one event. Both webinars will present the same program details.

** Having problems with the link? Cut & paste this link into your web browser: 


GroupGAP: USDA's New Cooperative Approach to Farmer Food Safety Certification - an NGFN webinar

GroupGAP is a new service (available Spring 2016) from USDA to audit farmers to Good Agricultural Practices (GAP). Small farmers are feeling the pressure to get third-party certified as more buyers are requiring GAP certification, and as the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) puts them under new regulatory oversight. 
In GroupGAP, a food hub, support organization, or central business entity collaborates with producers to establish site-specific best practices for complying with a food safety standard. The group develops and implements a quality management system (QMS) built to an international standard that can be measured, analyzed, reviewed, and continually improved.

Thursday, February 18
3:30 - 5:00pm ET (12:30 - 2:00pm PT)

Free! Register Now

New HOME FACTS and Upcoming Webinar: Receipt Fund Types in HOME Investment Trust Fund Local Account

HUD has issued a new HOME FACTS and scheduled an upcoming webinar on the receipt of fund types in the HOME Investment Trust Fund Local Account. This issue of HOME FACTS explains and illustrates how to use program income (PI), repayments to the local account (IU), and recaptured homebuyer funds (HP) that are deposited in a Participating Jurisdiction’s HOME Investment Trust Fund local account. This HOME FACTS also explains the impact of local account funds on committing and disbursing HOME Treasury account funds in the Integrated Disbursement and Information System (IDIS), including changes due to the implementation of grant based accounting for FY 2015 and subsequent years’ grants.

Date: March 9, 2016

Time: 1:30 PM EST


Blog | Beyond Your First Employee: How to Plan for and Manage a Growing Small Business Staff

You did it! You hired your first employee. What a relief to have someone to help you grow your business. But what about when it’s time to hire a second employee, and a third? How can you make sure to manage your employees fairly?


Blog | How to Start a Retail Business

Given the right amount of market research, business planning, and financial support, starting a retail business can offer many rewards to the right kind of entrepreneur.


Blog | Expanding SME Global Market Access

Many untapped opportunities exist outside the United States, but small firms often do not have the resources and personnel to leverage them, and rely heavily on negotiated free trade agreements to reduce tariff and non-tariff barriers for their products or services. 


Blog | SBA’s Emerging Leaders Helps Small Underserved Businesses to Grow

If you’re looking for a solution on how to grow your small business in 2016, the SBA may have the answer.


Webinars | Affordable Care Act 101

SBA and Small Business Majority will host free Affordable Care Act 101 webinars so small business owners can learn the basics of the Affordable Care Act and how they can enroll in health insurance marketplaces. The webinars begin at 2pm ET.

February 18 Register now

March 3 Register now

March 17 Register now

March 31 Register now

April 14  Register now

April 28 Register now


Webinar: Social Media and Disaster Recovery

Tuesday, February 16, 2016 | 2:00 - 3:00 PM ET

During an emergency, it’s imperative that those within your organization know how to communicate effectively. During this session, we will address:

·        The value of Social Media and its use in crisis situations 

·        Best practices 

·        Simple steps to build your presence in social channels

·        Ways to bolster your Crisis Communications plan by integrating Social Media 

Register now


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vElectronic newsletter of Center for Rural Entrepreneurship. To subscribe click here.

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) –

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Wednesday, February 10, 2016

FW: CED Matters - Publications, Funding, Events

From our colleagues at USDA-Rural Development – note there are numerous publications on rural health and useful information for small business owners (especially on Affordable Care Act compliance).


Sent: Monday, February 01, 2016 2:21 PM
Subject: CED Matters - Publications, Funding, Events



USDA Rural Development 2015 Progress Report
Highlights the investments USDA Rural Development has made to promote community and economic development including the support for healthcare facilities and the support for projects that impact the health and safety of rural Americans. Provides state-by-state statistics on the total amount of funding for each of the USDA-RD programs. Includes information on USDA-RD funding for Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the Western Pacific.
Sponsoring organization: USDA Rural Development
Date: 01/2016


Investing in Educator Capacity: An Analysis of State 'Race to the Top' Spending
Race to the Top, a $4.35 billion federal grant competition launched in 2009 with the goal of sparking improvements in K-12 education, drove significant reform at the state level, a report from the Center for American Progress finds.


FCC Petition: Better Rural Broadband Means More Telehealth Services
Jan 26, 2016 -- Describes a coalition of telehealth and health IT organizations and its effort to petition the Federal Communications Commission to improve wireless and broadband access in rural areas to encourage further development of telehealth capabilities in these areas.
Source: mHealth Intelligence


Giving Unchained: Philanthropy and the Blockchain
Blockchain, a secure transactional data technology, could offer new opportunities for businesses and charities, including greater transparency, lower costs, snd increased donor trust, a report from the Charities Aid Foundation argues.


Obama Administration to Partner with 27 Communities to Boost Neighborhood Revitalization Through Local Food Enterprises
Jan 25, 2016 -- The White House Rural Council and six federal agencies announce selected communities to participate in Local Foods, Local Places, a federal initiative aimed to increase health and economic wellness in rural and urban communities by improving access to healthy, local food.
Source: United States Department of Agriculture


What Works: Partnerships Serve Rural Populations
Jan 25, 2016 -- Describes three awardees of the Centene Foundation's Improving Health in Rural Counties/Parishes program and how they sought to address behavioral health and nutritional needs of rural people in 3 different states across the country. Highlights the importance of collaboration and partnerships in serving rural communities.
Source: Behavioral Healthcare


Rural Hospital Crisis Crosses Borders
Jan 24, 2016 -- Describes the spread of financial pressure on rural healthcare facilities across multiple states, specifically drawing on examples of rural service closures in Georgia and South Carolina.
Source: Georgia Health News

Strengthening the Small Hospital Supply Chain: Big Opportunities, Big Savings

Jan 22, 2016 -- Discusses the importance of focusing on efficiently managing the supply chain for rural hospitals. Highlights potential savings that can be realized despite the challenges that rural hospitals face.
Source: Hospitals & Health Networks


Healthy Food and Small Stores
In October 2015, Wallace Center attended a meeting of 40 public health leaders and national experts in food retail, agriculture, distribution and marketing to tackle challenges and best practices for distributing healthy food to small stores across the United States. This meeting, co-hosted by The Food Trust and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, produced a full report on closing the distribution gap.


Growing Farm to School: Partnering with Farm Credit
Farm Credit is partnering with National Farm to School Network to support their efforts to increase local food purchases and bring agriculture education to schools. Read through this FAQ on who Farm Credit is and why your organization should consider a partnership with Farm Credit.


Removing Barriers and Creating Opportunities: Making the Case to Help Young Men of Color Succeed

A toolkit from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation finds that effective strategies to secure support for promising programs aimed at helping young men of color must address implicit bias, the racial gap in perceptions of structural bias, and an empathy gap that causes young men of color to be seen as "other"


Third Round Promise Zones Competition - Deadlines, Webcasts, and Resources

The Obama Administration invites a new round of eligible applicants to apply for a Promise Zone designation. Urban, rural, and tribal communities nationwide are invited to put forward plans to address multiple community revitalization challenges in a collaborative way. Any community meeting the eligibility criteria can apply for a designation. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will designate 7 Promise Zones across urban, rural, and tribal communities in the Spring of 2016. A non-binding Application Request Form is due by February 19, 2016 EST. All Application submissions must be received by 5:00 PM EST on Tuesday, February 23, 2016 via MAX Survey.

Resources for Applicants:

The Federal Register Notice
 Third Round Urban Application Guide
 Promise Zone Fact Sheet
 PDF of Urban Application in MAX Survey
 Third Round Application Request Form
 Promise Zone Mapping Tool
 Draft Overview of Promise Zone's Communications, Reporting & Data Sharing Framework


Why Investing in Youth Improves Economic Development

Here are just three examples of how investing in young people can positively impact your economic development outcomes:

·        Youth are a spark of entrepreneurial energy that communities need to get up on their feet and forge ahead, renewing optimism and energy among adult leaders as well.

·        Many young people have technology skills that can help local businesses compete more effectively in our increasingly networked economy. They may also start new businesses that use technology as a backbone for bringing new wealth and jobs to your community. Read about a high school senior who is helping to fill his community high school's technology needs as well as building his town a new website.

·        Each alum a community attracts home has a potential impact of bringing three or more as these young adults get married and have children. Newcomers can have similar impacts, especially if they are invited to become involved in your community.

Youth engagement done properly will help you focus your economic development priorities for long-term impact and growth. A key first step is an assessment of youth perspectives about their community and their motivations to stay or return in the future. Here's an example of such an assessment.


Per-capita participation in USDA’s School Breakfast Program grew from 2009 to 2014 in almost all States

Per-capita participation in USDA’s School Breakfast Program (SBP) has increased from 3.6 participants per 100 U.S. residents in 2009 to 4.2 participants per 100 residents in 2014, and most States’ per-capita SBP participation levels rose. For most States, changes in population and in enrollment in schools that serve USDA school meals were less important than changes in the share of students who take school breakfast. For example, West Virginia’s increase from 5.1 to 7.1 SBP participants per 100 residents reflected small increases in the State’s population and school enrollments, and a large jump in the number of students taking school breakfast—increasing from 31 to 44 percent of students. In only four States did per-capita SBP participation levels decline, and these declines were 0.2 percentage point or less. School Breakfast Program participation across the whole United States has increased steadily from 11.1 million students in 2009 to 13.6 million in 2014 due to a variety of factors, including more schools offering the program, more schools offering free breakfast for all students, and increasing use of formats such as breakfast in the classroom, which reduces arrival-time barriers for many children. This map is from ERS’s Food Environment Atlas.


Blueprint 2016

Philanthropy and the Social Economy: Blueprint 2016 explores how changes in the nature of employment, made possible by new technologies, will lead to a shift in the role and approach of civil society organizations. This annual forecast by scholar Lucy Bernholz is published by GrantCraft, a service of Foundation Center. Blueprint's signature features include predictions of global events in the coming year and a "Buzzword Watch." Download the report ›


Earned Income Tax Credit Can Help Rural Families

Thanks to the hard work of Rural Americans, along with record investments in infrastructure under the Recovery Act and the 2014 Farm Bill, over the last seven years America was able to pull itself out of one of the deepest economic recessions since the Great Depression.  While we’ve seen wages rise and unemployment fall in rural areas over the last several years, workers in rural America still receive less hours and earn less pay than those in urban areas. Fortunately, for those who need help making ends meet, the Earned Income Tax Credit can help.


HUD Updates the Entitlement and State CDBG IDIS Manuals for Grant Based Accounting

HUD has updated the Entitlement and State Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Integrated Disbursement and Information System (IDIS) Manuals to incorporate grant based accounting changes. Edits include:

·        Activity Funding and Drawdowns - the addition of instructions to specify the year of the CDBG grant from which funds are to be committed for grant years 2015 and later

·        Program Income - instructions for associating program income with the grant

·        Repayments - new instructions for repayment of grant funds to a local account

These training manuals explain how to set up, fund, draw funds, and report accomplishments and performance measures for CDBG activities in IDIS.

View the IDIS for CDBG Entitlement Communities Training Manual.

View the IDIS for State CDBG Manual Training Manual.



Federal Planning Assistance for Broadband and Sustainable Community Development: Cool & Connected

USDA Rural Utilities Service Administrator Brandon McBride encouraged communities interested in using broadband service to help revitalize small-town main streets and promote economic development apply for Cool & Connected, a pilot program sponsored by USDA Rural Utilities Service and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Office of Sustainable Communities. Through Cool & Connected, a team of experts will help community members develop strategies and an action plan for using planned or existing broadband service to promote smart, sustainable community development.


·        Any community representative is welcome to submit a letter of interest to participate in Cool & Connected.

·        Special consideration will be given to small towns and rural communities that face economic challenges.

·        Special consideration will be given to communities in places where USDA has provided loans or grants in support of broadband or other internet-related services.

Deadline and where to send letters of interest

Submit your letter of interest to Ed Fendley at by Wednesday, February 24, 2016. Kindly include “Cool & Connected” and the name of your community in your e-mail subject line.

What to include in your letter of interest

Your letter of interest can be in the text of an email or an attachment. It should be no longer than two printed pages. If you want, you can provide additional letters of support from partners, but this is not necessary.

Community representatives are encouraged to describe community needs and challenges related to downtown revitalization or other place-based development, and how a planning process might help. You should indicate any areas of interest related to internet service and place-based development, such as:

·        Using new or existing broadband service to attract new types of businesses to main streets or existing rural communities

·        Combining internet service with other local amenities to attract new investors, visitors, and residents

·        Developing or marketing downtown Wi-Fi zones

·        Extending broadband service beyond anchor institutions in ways that promote main street development

·        Selecting centrally located anchor institutions or community facilities that will receive broadband service

Community representatives submitting letters of interest are also encouraged to indicate partners that can be expected to participate in a planning process, such as local internet service providers, local officials, business associations, or local schools or colleges.


Mary Kay Domestic Violence Shelter Grant Program
Awards grants to women's domestic violence shelters.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: May 31, 2016
Sponsor: The Mary Kay Foundation


Tribal Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (TMIECHV) Program: Development and Implementation Grants
Grants to tribes for community needs assessments; planning, adopting, implementing, expanding, enhancing, and sustaining of evidence-based maternal, infant, and early childhood home visiting programs; and to provide high-quality home visiting programs.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Letter of Intent (Optional): Feb 6, 2016
Application Deadline: Mar 23, 2016
Sponsor: Administration for Children and Families


Tribal Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (TMIECHV) Program: Implementation and Expansion Grants
Funds to support federally-recognized Indian tribes (or a consortium of Indian tribes), tribal organizations, or urban Indian organizations that are currently operating an evidence-based home visiting program and propose to sustain and/or expand their established infrastructure for home visiting services in tribal communities.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Letter of Intent (Optional): Feb 6, 2016
Application Deadline: Mar 23, 2016
Sponsor: Administration for Children and Families


2016 ANA Funding Opportunity Announcements Now Available 

The Administration for Native Americans (ANA) has published 6 Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOAs) for fiscal year 2016. FOAs give full information on application requirements for each program area and how to apply. Applications are due on April 6, 2016. Download the full FOA for each program at the ANA website


Grant Notice: Underground Storage Tank Compliance Assistance and Training Support in Indian Country


The U.S. EPA is soliciting proposals to promote the prevention of releases from federally-regulated underground storage tanks (USTs) in Indian country and the compliance of UST facilities in Indian country with federal regulations. Funding provided through this grant program shall be used for activities that support UST compliance in Indian country through education of owners and operators, training opportunities for Tribal government personnel, and Tribal UST compliance program development and collaboration. The goals of this cooperative agreement are to provide Tribal governments and UST facilities in Indian country with training, compliance assistance, and collaborative opportunities.

Application Deadline: February 11, 2016

Eligibility: States and Territories and federally-recognized Tribes and Intertribal Consortia

Funding Available: The total estimated funding for this competitive opportunity is $1,000,000. Maximum funding in FY2016 shall not exceed $200,000.

More Information: To view the announcement of funding availability CLICK HERE; To view the guidelines CLICK HERE.


U.S. EPA Environmental Justice Collaborative Problem-Solving (EJCPS) Cooperative Agreement


The funding provided through the EJCPS Cooperative Agreement will be awarded to community-based organizations to support collaboration and partnerships with industry, government, academia, and other stakeholders so as to develop and implement solutions that address local environmental and public health issues. Organizations are encouraged to have a connection between the proposed project activities and applicable neighborhood, local, city, or regional land use planning efforts. Proposals should include outreach to affected underserved vulnerable communities and residents about environmental and public health issues and engage them in activities to plan, access, improve, and benefit from their local environment.

Application Deadline: February 12, 2016
Maximum Grant Award: $120,000
• To view the full announcement and access the application, CLICK HERE.
• EJ Collaborative Problem Solving Cooperative Agreement Program Brochure (PDF)
• 2014 Project Descriptions (PDF)


Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education – Multiple grant opportunities
Deadline: Varies by state and project
The Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) funds a range of research and education projects for farmers, ranchers, extension agents, nonprofits, students, and communities, among others. Grant funding and availability vary per state, but grants have been awarded to a range of projects including on-farm renewable energy, sustainable communities, local and regional food systems, cover crops, and more. Visit the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education website for more information and funding opportunities in your region. 

Organic Farming Research Foundation Accepting Research Proposals 
Deadline: February 8, 2016
Priorities for this year's research include projects related to soil health, with emphasis on water management; creating new organic farmers and ranchers and transition of producers to organic systems including education and training; livestock production, especially breeding for organic systems, diseases and pasture management; and small grain production, especially related to creating a diverse rotational system. Read the full Request for Proposals here for greater details about the grant and apply here.


The Organic Agriculture Research and Extension Initiative
Deadline: March 10, 2016
The USDA is now accepting applications for the Organic Agriculture Research and Extension Initiative (OREI). The purpose of this program is to fund projects that will enhance the ability of producers and processors who have already adopted organic standards to grow and market high quality organic agricultural products. Approximately 18 million in funding is available and grants typically range from $50,000-$200,000. Visit the Organic Agriculture Research and Extension Initiative website to apply.


Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts Invites Applications

POSTED: January 26, 2016
DEADLINE: February 25, 2016

With the goal of promoting dialogue, raising awareness, and developing new and broader audiences, the foundation will award grants of up to $30,000 to help organizations with the production and presentation of significant programs about architecture and the designed environment....


William T. Grant Foundation Seeks Applications for Research to Understand Inequality

POSTED: January 23, 2016
DEADLINE: May 5, 2016

Grants of up to $600,000 will be awarded in support of research designed to advance understanding in the area of inequalities in youth development and/or to increase understanding of how research is acquired, understood, and used, as well as the circumstances that shape its use in decision making....


U.S. Conference of Mayors Announces 2016 Community WINS Grant Program

POSTED: January 29, 2016
DEADLINE: March 18, 2016

Grants will be awarded in support of nonprofit projects focused on accelerating neighborhood

revitalization, economic development, and job creation in municipalities across the country....


Voya Foundation Issues RFP for College Readiness Programs

POSTED: January 26, 2016
DEADLINE: March 18, 2016 (Initial Proposals)

Grants of up to $75,000 will be awarded to new and existing programs that encourage parental involvement as a means to improve high school graduation rates....


Burroughs Wellcome Fund Invites Applications for Innovative Regulatory Science Awards

POSTED: January 28, 2016
DEADLINE: March 9, 2016

Grants of up to $500,000 over five years will be awarded to academic investigators developing new methodologies or innovative approaches in regulatory science that have the potential to inform regulatory decisions made by the Food and Drug Administration and others....



Rural Gateway Peer-To-Peer Conference Call: U.S. Department of Justice Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation Funding Opportunity: A Discussion of Best Practices - February 9, 2016 - 2 PM EST

The Office of Rural Housing and Economic Development (ORHED) invites you to take part in our next Peer-to-Peer conference call. Scheduled for February 9, 2016, this call will offer participants the opportunity to learn about available activities through the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ).

Call-in instructions and additional materials will be emailed to participants on February 5, 2016. The 60 minute call will include presentations and a Q&A session.
Please RSVP by email to no later than close of business on February 5, 2016. Please include your name and organization.
If you have any questions, please call 1-877-RURAL-26 (1-877-787-2526).


CDFA Launches NEW Brownfield Technical Assistance Program: Online Project Marketplace

The Council of Development Finance Agencies (CDFA) has recently launched a new and innovative platform for specialized project-based technical assistance. Online Project Marketplace is an opportunity for communities to receive individual assistance with brownfields redevelopment projects through an open, online round-table discussion with redevelopment experts. If chosen to participate in the Online Project Marketplace, your community will give a brief presentation during the online conference detailing the specifics of your brownfield site, and will be followed by an open discussion among community officials, technical assistance partners and experts to provide you with initial suggestions in moving forward with your redevelopment plans and identifying financing sources. CDFA notes that communities that have already assessed and/or cleaned-up the site in question, or at least have a clean-up plan in place, are in the best position to take advantage of this opportunity. To enroll in the Online Project Marketplace, complete the application provided HERE. CDFA staff will follow up with you at the contact information you provide below to confirm your submission.

Date: Friday February 2nd - 4th, 2016 | 12PM - 5PM


Targeted Community Reinvestment: HUD’s Section 108 Loan Guarantee Program as a Financing Tool - 2016 Update Webinar - February 10, 2016 - 2 PM EST

This webinar, to be held on February 10, 2016, will describe how the Section 108 Loan Guarantee Program (Section 108) can serve as an important financing tool in targeting reinvestment for economic development, public facilities and improvements, and housing rehabilitation. The loan guarantees can help recipients leverage limited public resources to catalyze investment in communities, especially those facing, among other challenges, persistent poverty and the need to increase community resilience following the impact of natural disasters.

Along with this information, the webinar will explain recent rule changes that permit HUD to charge borrowers a one-time fee upon loan approval. The webinar also will provide an overview of how Section 108 recipients should be using HUD’s Integrated Disbursement and Information System (IDIS) to track and disburse funds.


Blog | Mentoring: A Proven Tool For Building A More Dynamic and Diverse Workforce

Throughout my career, mentors changed my trajectory.  Through them I met successful people who were willing to listen to my ideas—and give their advice on how to turn them into great opportunities. 


Blog | 4 Steps to Changing Your Business Structure

There are many reasons to consider a business structure change. With a different business structure, would your business be more successful? 


Blog | 10 Benefits of Business Planning for all Businesses

It's a shame that so many people think business plans are just for startups, or to back up loan applications, or for getting investors. The truth is that business planning offers serious benefits for everybody in business.


Webinars | Affordable Care Act 101

 SBA and Small Business Majority will host free Affordable Care Act 101 webinars so small business owners can learn the basics of the Affordable Care Act and how they can enroll in health insurance marketplaces. The webinars begin at 2pm ET.

February 18: Register now

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Marketing Tips for Small Businesses | 4 Steps to Changing Your Business Structure

Marketing is an integral part of starting and managing a business. Learn more with SBA resources and from our contributing small business experts.  

The Power of Emotional Marketing
What does emotional marketing mean, and how can your small business tap into it?

Rebrand Your Business, Step By Step
Is it time to rebrand your business? Different from simply freshening up your marketing materials, rebranding means changing the entire "personality" of your business. 

7 Ways to Improve Your Website Homepage

Your website is your virtual place of business.  Just like your regular place of business, you want it to be neat, clean, attractive, inviting and professional looking.


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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.

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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

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