Monday, November 28, 2016

FW: DATE CORRECTION: CED Matters – Funding, Publications, Events and Learning

From our colleagues at USDA-Rural Development. Note the emphasis on food access – school gardens and insecurity more generally.


Sent: Monday, November 28, 2016 9:08 AM
Subject: DATE CORRECTION: CED Matters – Funding, Publications, Events and Learning


Community Economic Development (CED) Matters – Funding, Publications, Events and Learning (11/28)


1.       Strategic Economic and Community Development

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is excited to share a new Rural Development funding opportunity authorized by Section 6025 of the 2014 Farm Bill. This new authority entitled Strategic Economic and Community Development (SECD) prioritizes projects that support the implementation of multi-jurisdictional plans under the Community Facilities Program, Water and Waste Disposal Program, Business and Industry Loan Guarantee Program, and Rural Business Development Grant Program. Under this provision, up to 10 percent of each programs annual appropriations can be set aside and made available to eligible SECD applicants. Many communities already working together to develop multi-jurisdictional plans with the help of strategic partners including non-profit organizations, institutions of higher education, university extensions, regional authorities, coalitions of counties/towns and federal special initiative coalitions such as: Stronger Economies Together, Promise Zones, Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy, Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnerships, Sustainable Communities, and Local Food, Local Places. The goal of SECD is to promote collaboration in rural communities and across Rural Development agencies and programs. Communities are incentivized to align resources, develop long-term community and economic growth strategies and engage federal, state and local partners. By promoting this regional focus USDA resources can be more effectively utilized and have a larger impact on rural capacity building and wealth creation.


2.       2017 Five Star and Urban Waters Restoration program

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and the Wildlife Habitat Council, in cooperation with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, USDA Forest Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, FedEx, Southern Company and Alcoa Foundation are pleased to solicit applications for the 2017 Five Star and Urban Waters Restoration program. The Five Star and Urban Waters program will award approximately $2.5 million in grants nationwide. The Five Star and Urban Waters Restoration grant program seeks to develop community capacity to sustain local natural resources for future generations by providing modest financial assistance to diverse local partnerships focused on improving water quality, watersheds and the species and habitats they support. Projects include a variety of ecological improvements including: wetland, riparian, forest and coastal habitat restoration; wildlife conservation; community tree canopy enhancement; and/or water quality monitoring and stormwater management; along with targeted community outreach, education and stewardship. NFWF may use a mix of public and private funding sources to support any grant made through this program. Now Accepting Proposals: November, 2016 – January 31, 2017


3.       DOT's FASTLANE Program

U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx announced the U.S. Departments of Transportation's (USDOT) Build America Bureau is now soliciting applications for up to $850 million in Fostering Advancements in Shipping and Transportation for the Long-term Achievement of National Efficiencies (FASTLANE) grants. The FASTLANE program was established in the Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act to fund critical freight and highway projects across the country. In the first call for FASTLANE grants, USDOT received 212 applications totaling nearly $9.8 billion for grants – with states and localities requesting over 13 times more funding than was available through FASTLANE – underscoring the continuing need for infrastructure investment across the country. The need to support projects improving the Nation's freight system is also highlighted in the Department's report, Beyond Traffic 2045: Trends and Choices, where freight volume is expected to grow to 29 billion tons—an increase by 45 percent by the year 2040. The deadline for submitting applications is 8:00PM on December 15, 2016.


4.       Technical Assistance for Tribal Domestic Violence Programs and Shelters
On-site technical assistance to tribal domestic violence programs and shelters to build tribal capacity to respond to domestic violence, strengthen advocacy, and improve services for survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, dating violence, and sex trafficking.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Nov 30, 2016
Sponsor: National Indigenous Women's Resource Center

5.       Resources for Administrative Preparedness Implementation and Development (RAPID)
Demonstration grants to improve administrative preparedness at the local level to strengthen preparedness and response to public health emergencies.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Dec 2, 2016
Sponsor: National Association of County and City Health Officials

6.       Annie's School Garden Grants
Offers grants to develop school garden projects that help connect kids to nutritious food.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Dec 5, 2016
Sponsor: Annie's Homegrown

7.       Youth Garden Grant
Awards funding to schools and community organizations with youth-centered garden programs.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Dec 15, 2016

8.       Rural Health Network Development Planning Grant Program
Grants to promote the planning and development of healthcare networks in order to achieve efficiencies; expand access to, coordinate, and improve the quality of essential healthcare services; and strengthen the rural healthcare system as a whole.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Jan 3, 2017
Sponsor: Federal Office of Rural Health Policy

9.       Environmental Justice Small Grants Program
Grants for projects that address local environmental and public health issues within an affected community.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Jan 31, 2017
Sponsor: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

10.   PCORI Engagement Awards: Knowledge, Training and Development, and Dissemination
Funds projects that encourage the integration of patients, caregivers, clinicians and other stakeholders as members of the patient-centered outcomes research/clinical effectiveness research process.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Letter of Intent (Required): Feb 1, 2017
Application Deadline: Mar 13, 2017
Sponsor: Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute

11.   Economic Impact Initiative Grants
Funding to assist in the development of essential community facilities in rural communities that have extreme unemployment and severe economic depression.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Applications accepted on an ongoing basis
Sponsor: USDA Rural Housing Service


12.   U.S. Department of Education Upward Bound Program

The U.S. Department of Education is offering grants to nonprofits, LEAs, public agencies, and IHEs for a wide array of activities to encourage at-risk youth to complete high school and go on to college through the Upward Bound program.

Deadline to apply: 11/28/2016.


13.   Environmental Protection Agency Brownfields

EPA is offering grants to nonprofit and public agencies for either: 1) developing inventories of brownfields, prioritizing sites, conducting community involvement activities, and conducting site assessments and cleanup planning related to brownfields sites, or 2) cleaning up contaminated brownfields sites.

Deadline: 12/20/2016.


14.   The National Institutes of Health

NIH is offering grants to rural nonprofit and public agencies for programs that help control the opioid epidemic in the United States.

Deadline: 01/10/2017.


15.   The Mission Continues Post-9/11 Veteran Nonprofit Fellowships

The Mission Continues is seeking applications for Post-9/11 Veteran Nonprofit Fellowships. Service fellowships, which include a cost-of-living stipend, are awarded to post-9/11 veterans to enable them to volunteer with nonprofit organizations in their community as an extension of their service to the country.

Deadline: 1/17/2017.


16.   Morris K Udall and Stewart L Udall Foundation

Morris K Udall and Steward L Udall Foundation is offering a 10-week fully funded summer internship for Native American and Alaska Native students who wish to learn more about the federal government and issues affecting Indian country.

Deadline to apply: 1/31/2017.


17.   Healthy Smiles, Healthy Children Access to Care Grants
Offers matching grants to support community-based initiatives that provide dental homes to children whose families cannot afford dental care.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Dec 15, 2016
Sponsor: American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry


18.   Cooperative Agreements for Adolescent and Transitional Aged Youth Treatment Implementation
Funding to states, territories, or tribes to increase access to and improve treatment for adolescents and/or transitional aged youth with substance use disorders and/or co-occurring substance use and mental disorders.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Dec 20, 2016
Sponsor: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration


19.   Advanced Nursing Education Workforce (ANEW) Program
Grants to support innovative academic-practice partnerships to prepare primary care advanced practice registered nursing students to practice in rural and underserved settings through academic and clinical training.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Jan 25, 2017
Sponsor: Bureau of Health Workforce

20.   USDA Seeks Applications for Next Round of Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive Program Grants

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced the availability of up to $16.7 million in competitive grant funding to increase the purchase of fruits and vegetables by families and households participating in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). The funding will be awarded to eligible nonprofits and governmental organizations through the Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive (FINI) Grant Program, administered by USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill. Applications are due by Dec. 12, 2016.


21.   Safer School Garden Grant (Safer Brand)

Purpose: Provides funding to start a school garden to help students be more active, be more environmentally-conscious, and build healthy eating habits. Eligibility: Schools that are not past winners. Funding: $500 grant. Deadline: December 1, 2016.


22.   Farm to School Grants (USDA)

Purpose: Fund projects that improve access to local foods in schools. Priority funding is given to projects that: are submitted by state agencies, involve specific FNS programs (like CACFP or Summer Meals), collaborate with service programs, serve high-poverty communities, involve innovative strategies, or impact multiple schools. Eligibility: Schools, state and local agencies, Indian tribal organizations, agricultural producers, and non-profit organizations. Funding: $5 million in grants. Deadline: December 8, 2016.


23.   Community Food Projects Grants (USDA)

Purpose: Project and planning grants to fund projects that improve access to food and/or participation in Federally assisted nutrition programs for low-income individuals. Eligibility: Public food program service providers, tribal organizations, or private nonprofit organizations. Please see RFA. Funding: $8.6 million in total grants; 100% match required. Deadline: November 30, 2016.


24.   Beginning Farmer Rancher Development Program (USDA-NIFA)

Purpose: Funds project providing training, education, outreach, and mentoring programs to enhance the sustainability of the next generation of farmers. Priority given to veterans, socially disadvantaged and women farmers or ranchers. Eligibility: Collaborative state, tribal, local, or regionally-based networks or partnership of qualified public and/or private organizations. Funding: $17.7 million total. A 25% match is required. Deadline: December 8, 2016


1.       Rural America at a Glance, 2016 Edition
A report that provides an overview of social and economic factors affecting rural America. Includes data and statistics about employment, population, poverty, and income trends.
Sponsoring organization: USDA Economic Research Service


2.       Unemployment rate for rural veterans at its lowest since before the Great Recession

The unemployment rate for rural veterans has declined steadily since reaching its peak of 10.3 percent in 2010. In 2015, it stood at 5.0 percent, its lowest rate since the start of the 2007-09 recession. The unemployment rate for young rural veterans (ages 18 to 34) has seen a large decline too—from a high of 15.7 percent in 2009 to 7.9 percent in 2015. Young veterans often face high unemployment due to service-related disabilities and a lack of civilian work experience, which is a greater obstacle when the economy is weak. The recent drop in unemployment for all veterans partly stems from the post-recession national economic upturn. Public and private efforts that help veterans transition into the workplace quicker and into better paying jobs that fit with their skills have also reduced the time that veterans remain unemployed. These efforts include greater recognition of the skills veterans learn during their service—such as discipline and timeliness—and the value of those skills in the workplace.


3.        One in six U.S. households with children were food-insecure at some time in 2015

In 2015, 16.6 percent of U.S. households with children (6.4 million households) were food insecure at some time during the year. In about half of these households, only adult household members were food insecure as the children had normal or near-normal diets and meal patterns. However, in 7.8 percent of households with children (3.0 million households) both children and adults were food insecure. In 0.7 percent of households with children (274,000 households), food insecurity among children was so severe that caregivers reported that children were hungry, skipped a meal, or did not eat for a whole day because there was not enough money for food. In some households with very low food security among children, only older children may have experienced the more severe effects of food insecurity while younger children were protected from those effects. In 2014, 1.1 percent of households with children reported very low food security among children.


4.       An Agenda for President-elect Trump to Move America Toward an Innovation Economy

President-elect Donald Trump made strong appeals during his campaign to restore economic opportunity for workers, particularly those displaced by changes in the manufacturing and energy sectors. An economy driven by transforming America's scientific research into good-paying jobs and high-growth businesses would deliver on the promises Trump made to voters. SSTI has a policy agenda to provide entrepreneurs and investors with the support they need to make this transition to an innovation economy. Read more...


5.       Local Impacts of Federal R&D Investments

As the United States undergoes a political transition, much remains to be seen in how the Trump Administration will approach the economy. One way to support economic development on both a federal and regional level is by leveraging research and development. Building capacity for scientific research is an underlying principle of the Innovative Science and Technology for Economic Prosperity (iSTEP) model – a comprehensive policy platform for converting the United States' strength in R&D into greater economic prosperity – which has received bipartisan support from an overwhelming majority of voters. Roughly three-fourths of prospective voters in the 2016 presidential election support increasing federal funding for research, according to bipartisan polling supported by the Innovation Advocacy Council, an initiative of SSTI. Recent research also shows that scientific R&D grants distributed at the federal level can have significant effects on regional economies. Read more...


1.       The Children's Health and Education Mapping Tool
An interactive mapping resource that focuses on education and health disparities among low-income children using geographic information systems (GIS). County-level data and statistics included for child health, education, and socioeconomic status.
Sponsoring organization: School-Based Health Alliance


2.       A Framework for Understanding Poverty: 10 Actions to Educate Students

Explore class differences and 10 actions you can implement in the classroom to improve the success of low-SES students. This webinar is based on Ruby Payne's book A Framework for Understanding Poverty, which has sold more than 1.5 million copies. Thursday, December 1, 2016, 11:00am-12:00pm CST  


3.       Webinar Series Will Get You Ready and Set to "GO" on a Community Food Sovereignty Assessment

First Nations Development Institute (First Nations) has scheduled a new series of four free First Nations Knowledge webinars that will help Native organizations and tribal communities get ready and set to "GO" on conducting a Community Food Sovereignty Assessment, with the last in the series focusing on moving forward with action planning after the assessment. Please register for each webinar individually:

Ø  December 13, 2016 @ 1:00 p.m. MST
"Go! Conducting Your Community Food Sovereignty Assessment"

Conducting the assessment; analyzing the data; dissemination and confidentiality of data; how to use data for strategic/project planning and grant proposals; how to use data for policy development. An organization or tribe will share experiences and best practices. Register here:


Ø  January 17, 2017 @ 1:00 p.m. MST
"Moving Forward! Community-Based Policy and Action Plans"

Developing action plans from the CFSA data; experience gained through community engagement during the CFSA. This webinar will highlight success stories from two organizations or tribes.  Register here:


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Rural Cooperative Magazine

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