Tuesday, April 5, 2016

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

From our colleagues at USDA Rural Development – several opportunities related to disaster resilience, drug abuse and water issues.


From: RA.RD.DCWA2.RDCED [mailto:RDCED@wdc.usda.gov]
Sent: Monday, April 04, 2016 12:51 PM
Subject: CED Matters - Funding, Publications, Learning/Events



Strategic Economic and Community Development

Strategic Economic and Community Development (SECD) is a new provision from the 2014 Farm Bill that prioritizes projects which support the implementation of multi-jurisdictional plans whose long-term community and economic growth strategies reflect stakeholder collaboration and the unique strengths of rural communities. SECD sets aside up to 10 percent of program funds in Rural Development’s Community Facilities, Water and Environmental Programs, Business & Industry Guaranteed Loans, and Rural Business Development Grants for these purposes.


Rural Communities Encouraged to Apply for USDA Water and Waste Disposal Loans and Take Advantage of Historically Low Interest Rates

USDA Rural Utilities Service Administrator Brandon McBride announced that interest rates have fallen to historic lows for USDA water and waste disposal loans and encouraged rural towns and cities to apply for funding assistance. Applicants are encouraged to use Rural Development’s new online application tool RD Apply.  The

Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant Program provides funding to construct clean and reliable drinking water systems, sanitary sewage disposal, sanitary solid waste disposal, and storm water drainage to households and businesses in rural areas with a population of 10,000 or less.


Kresge Makes $30M Available for Impact Investing

The Kresge Foundation has launched Kresge Community Finance, a $30 million impact investing offering available to development finance agencies (DFAs) and CDFIs. Funded projects will support work that aligns with Kresge’s six programs – Arts & Culture, Detroit, Education, Environment, Health and Human Services – and their strategic focus areas. To advance the Foundation's vision, CDFA, in coordination with the Initiative for Responsible Investment, will hold an informational webinar to outline in greater detail the type of projects The Kresge Foundation wishes to fund. This RFP represents one of the largest ever impact investing offerings from a foundation and CDFA stakeholders are strongly encouraged to apply.


USDA Invests $103 Million in Vital Watershed Projects

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is investing up to $103 million in post-disaster recovery and the rehabilitation of aging dams in 19 States through Natural Resources Conservation Service’s (NRCS) Emergency Watershed Protection Program (EWP). Overall, NRCS will invest $93 million in Emergency Watershed Protection (EWP) Program assistance to help state and local governments carry out much needed recovery projects to address damage caused by floods, hurricanes, wildfires and other natural disasters. Approximately $59 million will be used in recovery projects in some of the hardest hit areas in Texas, Mississippi and Utah. About $34 million will assist projects in Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Washington, and Wyoming. A summary of projects by state is available on the EWP website. USDA watershed projects provide an estimated $2.2 billion in benefits annually to local communities nationwide. Since 1948, USDA has helped local governments construct nearly 12,000 dams in 47 states and Puerto Rico to help prevent flooding and erosion damage, provide recreation opportunities, improve water supplies for drinking and irrigation, and create habitat for wildlife.


Comprehensive Services for Victims of All Forms of Human Trafficking
Funds for victim service organizations to support comprehensive services for all victims of human trafficking by increasing the capacity of communities to respond to human trafficking victims through the development of interagency partnerships, professional training, and public awareness activities.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: May 2, 2016
Sponsor: Office for Victims of Crime

Specialized Services for Victims of Human Trafficking
Funds to enhance the quality and quantity of specialized services, including mental health services, provided by victim service organizations to assist victims of human trafficking.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: May 12, 2016
Sponsor: Office for Victims of Crime

DTA Foundation Grant
Awards funding to projects designed to increase access to oral health care.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: May 25, 2016
Sponsor: Dental Trade Alliance Foundation

Grants to Prevent Prescription Drug/Opioid Overdose-Related Deaths
Provides funding to states, U.S. territories, and the Red Lake Band of Chippewa that receive the Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Block Grant to reduce the number of prescription drug and opioid overdose-related deaths and adverse events among individuals 18 years of age and older.
Geographic coverage: Eligibility is limited to states, U.S. territories, pacific jurisdictions, and tribal entities that receive the Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Block grants.
Application Deadline: May 31, 2016
Sponsor: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

Strategic Prevention Framework for Prescription Drugs (SPF Rx)
Provides funding for state agencies that have completed a Strategic Prevention Framework State Incentive Grant to target prescription drug misuse. State agencies will work with pharmaceutical and medical communities on the risk of overprescribing to young adults and raise community awareness about the danger of sharing medication.
Geographic coverage: Eligibility is limited to states, U.S. territories, pacific jurisdictions, and tribal entities that have completed a Strategic Prevention Framework State Incentive Grant and have an operational state run Prescription Drug Monitoring Program.
Application Deadline: May 31, 2016
Sponsor: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

Targeted Capacity Expansion: Medication Assisted Treatment - Prescription Drug and Opioid Addiction (MAT-PDOA)
Provides funds for state agencies to expand or enhance access to medication assisted treatment services for individuals with opioid use disorder in states with the highest rates of treatment admissions for heroin and opioids per capita.
Geographic coverage: 28 states with the highest rates of treatment admissions for heroin and opioids per capita
Application Deadline: May 31, 2016
Sponsor: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

Rural Health and Safety Education Competitive Grants Program
Provides funding to community-based, outreach education and extension programs at land-grant colleges and universities that provide individuals and families based in rural areas with information on health, wellness, and prevention, including information regarding the issue of substance abuse in rural communities.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Jun 1, 2016
Sponsor: U.S. Department of Agriculture

Tribal Self-Governance Program Negotiation Cooperative Agreement
Cooperative agreements that provide negotiation resources to tribes interested in participating in the Tribal Self-Governance Program (TSGP), which gives tribes the authority to manage and tailor healthcare programs in a manner that best fits the needs of their communities.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Jun 3, 2016
Sponsor: Indian Health Service

Tribal Self-Governance Program Planning Cooperative Agreement
The purpose of the program is to award cooperative agreements that provide planning resources to Tribes interested in participating in the Tribal Self-Governance Program (TSGP), which gives tribes the authority to manage and tailor healthcare programs in a manner that best fits the needs of their communities.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Jun 3, 2016
Sponsor: Indian Health Service



Request for Comment for the Community Development MarketPlace Project Intake Survey

The Community Development MarketPlace (CDM) is a database of community development project data, currently from those communities who have applied for designations under the federal Promise Zones Initiative, and consented to share some of their application material with the public. The CDM provides information that describes community goals, proposed activities to advance their goals, and organizations involved in implementing and supporting these projects. The CDM presents an opportunity for community practitioners to find peers working on similar issues and to share best practices around revitalization efforts. It can also assist other potential partners in identifying opportunities to engage or invest in these communities. HUD is seeking public comment on a draft Community Development MarketPlace (CDM) Project Intake Survey that may be distributed widely and used by respondents who are not part of any application process. Specifically we are asking the public to review the questions in the survey and answer the questions listed below. Please submit any comments and/or your answers to CDM@hud.gov by May 24, 2016. Also feel free to submit user questions or information on any technical issues via CDM@hud.gov.


North America Renewable Energy Brief

CohnReznick takes a look at the market potential for community solar, which states will likely see the most projects, community solar project finance, utilities views on this market, and community energy compatibility with rooftop solar.


Tapping into Alternative Ways to Fund Innovative and Multi-Purpose Water Projects

In this report, Water in the West highlights some tools used in the energy sector that could also be used in to help modernize America's water infrastructure.


State Small Business Credit Initiative Report: Over $1.3 Billion Issued for Small Businesses

The U.S. Treasury Department’s State Small Business Credit Initiative (SSBCI) released a new Quarterly Report detailing how the program continues to help small businesses access capital. More than $1.3 billion has been deployed nationwide, helping boost local economic development efforts and supporting greater levels of private sector lending to small businesses. States have now drawn 95 percent of the nearly $1.5 billion of available funds.


What Makes Economies Resilient? Economic Diversity, Experienced Workforce

What leading indicators allow a national, state, regional, or local economy to rebound from an exogenous shock (e.g., economic downturn or natural disaster)? What risk factors are common among economies that were not resilient to an exogenous shock? Resilient economies are able to absorb an exogenous shock with limited negative impact on economic prosperity and their workforce. The studies have identified leading indicators of economic resiliency including age of workforce, diversification of industries, and other key factors. Researchers also have found several risk factors that place economies at high risk of instability in the face of an exogenous shock including household and public fiscal solvency. Read more...


HHS: Medication Assisted Treatment for Opioid Use Disorders
Mar 30, 2016 -- Seeks comments on a proposed rule that will increase the highest patient limit for physicians to treat opioid use disorder. Highlights a treatment access disparity for rural areas and describes how this proposed rule would help address it.


Fact Sheet: Obama Administration Announces Additional Actions to Address the Prescription Opioid Abuse and Heroin Epidemic
Mar 29, 2016 -- Announces federal administrative and private sector actions to address opioid misuse and abuse across the country, including specific funding to address substance use disorder in rural communities.
Source: The White House


Rural women, especially young women, are more likely than rural men to have college degrees

The education of workers is closely linked with economic success. Workers with educations beyond high school degrees are more likely to be employed and earning higher wages than workers with high school degrees or less education. Educational attainment of both men and women in rural areas has grown over time, and rural women are more likely to have some college experience or hold associate or bachelor’s degrees than rural men. For example, the most recent (2014) American Community Survey shows that 63 percent of rural young women (age 25-34) had schooling beyond a high school diploma, compared with less than half (47 percent) of rural young men; nearly a quarter of rural young women held a bachelor’s degree or higher. The gender-education gap beyond a high school diploma for rural young adults has widened, from 11 percentage points in 2000 to 16 percentage points in 2014. This gap is more pronounced in rural areas than in the nation as a whole. This chart is based on the ERS Rural Employment & Education topic page.



Integrating Health and Human Services in Rural Communities

The Rural Health Information Hub and the NORC Walsh Center for Rural Health Analysis will introduce a new Rural Services Integration Toolkit designed to help rural communities improve access to health and human services. Developed by NORC on behalf of the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP), the toolkit identifies model programs and resources that will benefit rural communities seeking to implement services integration programs. A key focus area of the toolkit is to provide best practices for implementing services integration programs that support children and families living in poverty in rural communities. This webinar will feature two examples of successful programs funded by FORHP, including lessons learned.

Date: Thursday, April 14, 2015
Time: 11:00 am Pacific, 12:00 pm Mountain, 1:00 pm Central, 2:00 pm Eastern


CDFA // BNY Mellon Webcast Series: Development Finance Solutions for Disaster Resiliency
April 19, 2016 - 1:00 pm Eastern

Over the past decade, extreme weather events have caused major catastrophes to cities large and small. During this webcast, explore financing programs and structures for disaster resiliency, partnerships, and collaborative efforts to identify financing solutions.

Energy Investment Partnerships Webinar Series
April 26, May 19 - 1-4pm Eastern

The Energy Investment Partnerships Webinar Series is a tailored four-part webinar series designed specifically for states and stakeholders working to develop or enhance an Energy Investment Partnership (EIP).


Providing Patients with Access to Nutritious Food

Money, distance, and lack of education are just a few barriers between rural Americans and nutritious food. Find out how a Critical Access Hospital, a prescription program, and a research project are creating tangible examples of how to promote nutrition and increase patients’ access to healthy food.


HUD Releases Overview of the Assessment of Fair Housing Webcast

This webcast, published March 24, 2016, provides an overview of the Assessment of Fair Housing (AFH) including key concepts. View the Overview of the Assessment of Fair Housing Webcast. The webcast is also available to view in sections based on your needs and interests.


Rural Creative Placemaking

The Next Generation Digital Learning Commons, offers a platform for storytelling, research, and best practices that fosters an inclusive space for deeper collaboration and learning exchange. Next Generation has also launched a series of surveys to gain greater national understanding of the depth and breadth of rural creative placemaking dynamics. Responses will help shape mission objectives and the content and objectives of the National Rural Creative Placemaking Summit. Please find the National Survey here. The Next Generation Rural Creative Placemaking Summit Save the Date to be held October 12-14, 2016 at the University of Iowa. To learn more, visit: https://ruralgeneration.org/national-summit/


For more CED-related content please subscribe to the following:

Interagency Working Group on Cooperative Development

Cooperative Reports, Publications, and Statistics

Rural Cooperative Magazine

Placed Based Initiatives & Regional Programs

Community Economic Development


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Newsletters and email from which we gather this information include:

v Foundation Center RFP Service - To subscribe visit: http://foundationcenter.org/newsletters/

vTo subscribe to the RAC Health Listserv - click here to go to the subscription form.

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

v Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City newsletter: http://www.kansascityfed.org/alert/

v Blue Avocado Nonprofit Magazine - They have a newsletter on boards and nonprofit management, down-to-earth and useful.  http://www.blueavocado.org/

v Rural LISC e-newsletter - http://www.lisc.org/rural

v National Association for Development Organizations (NADO) – www.nado.org

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 http://www.ers.usda.gov/Updates/

v Orton Family Foundation – email sign-up - http://www.orton.org/sign_up


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