Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Community Resources

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Federal, State, and Nonprofit Opportunities

Tribal Sexual Assault Services Program

The Tribal Sexual Assault Services Program provides funding directly to tribes, tribal organizations, and nonprofit tribal organizations to create, maintain, and expand sexual assault services within Indian country and Alaskan native villages. More information...
Location: Nationwide
Application Deadline: February 23, 2017 


Injury Prevention Program for American Indians and Alaska Natives 

The purpose of this Indian Health Service (IHS) cooperative agreement is to promote the capability of Tribes, Indian organizations and urban Indian organizations to build and maintain sustainable, effective injury prevention programs: a) increase the understanding of the injury problem by Tribes/Indian organizations/urban Indian organizations; b) promote Tribal capacity to implement effective strategies to prevent injuries in Tribal communities; and c) to improve the quality of life of AI/AN people. More information...
Location: Nationwide
Application Deadline: February 26, 2017


Indian Health Service Dental Externships 

If you're a third-year dental student in search of a rewarding and unique training opportunity, the IHS Division of Oral Health (DOH) Dental Externship Program can provide you with the perfect opportunity. You will gain valuable clinical experience in an Indian health facility, develop your clinical skills under expert supervision, and contribute to an interdisciplinary team of health care professionals. More information... 

Location: Nationwide 

Application Deadline: February 28, 2017


Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program Part C Capacity Development Grants 

This program provides funding to assist public and nonprofit entities in their efforts to strengthen their organizational infrastructure and to increase their capacity to develop, enhance, or expand access to high quality HIV primary health care services for people living with HIV or who are at risk of infection in underserved or rural communities. More information...
Location: Nationwide
Application Deadline: February 28, 2017


Summer Electronic Benefit Transfer for Children 

The President's FY 2017 Budget seeks to ensure all children have consistent and adequate access to nutritious food year round by proposing a permanent, nationwide expansion of the Summer Electronic Benefits Transfer for Children (Summer EBT) program. This program will provide families with children eligible for free and reduced price school meals access to additional food benefits during the summer. More information... 

Application Deadline: February 28, 2017 


Public Safety Innovation Accelerator Program 

The NIST Public Safety Innovation Accelerator Program seeks applications from eligible applicants for activities to accelerate research, development, production, and testing of key broadband technologies and capabilities for first responders. More information...
Location: Nationwide 

Application Deadline: February 28, 2017


Linking Actions for Unmet Needs in Children's Health in American Indian and Alaskan Native Communities, U.S. Territories, and Pacific Jurisdictions Cooperative Agreements (Indigenous - Project LAUNCH) 

The purpose of this program is to promote the wellness of young children from birth to eight years within tribes, territories and Pacific Island jurisdictions by addressing the physical, social, emotional, cognitive and behavioral aspects of their development. The goal of Project LAUNCH is for children to be thriving in safe, supportive environments, and entering school ready to learn and able to succeed. More information...
Location: Nationwide
Application Deadline: March 1, 2017


Grants to Expand Substance Abuse Treatment Capacity in Family Treatment Drug Courts 

The purpose of this program is to expand and/or enhance substance use disorder (SUD) treatment services in existing family treatment drug courts, which use the family treatment drug court model in order to provide alcohol and drug treatment (including recovery support services, screening, assessment, case management, and program coordination) to parents with a SUD and/or co-occurring SUD and mental disorders who have had a dependency petition filed against them or are at risk of such filing. More information...
Location: Nationwide
Application Deadline: March 3, 2017


Cooperative Agreements for Tribal Behavioral Health (Native Connections) 

The purpose of this program is to prevent and reduce suicidal behavior and substance use, reduce the impact of trauma, and promote mental health among American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) young people up to and including age 24. More information...
Location: Nationwide
Application Deadline: March 9, 2017


Community Connect Broadband Grant Program 

This program helps fund broadband deployment into rural communities where it is not yet economically viable for private sector providers to deliver service. More information... 

Location: Nationwide
Application Deadline: March 13, 2017


Telehealth Resource Center Grant Program 

The purpose of the Telehealth Resource Center Grant Program (TRCGP) is to support the establishment and development of Telehealth Resource Centers (TRCs) that will provide technical assistance to healthcare organizations, healthcare networks, and healthcare providers in the implementation of cost-effective telehealth programs to serve rural and medically underserved areas and populations. More information...
Location: Nationwide
Application Deadline: March 16, 2017


Public Transportation on Indian Reservations Program: Tribal Transit Program 

The primary purpose of these competitively selected grants is to support planning, capital, and operating assistance for tribal public transit services. More information...
Location: Nationwide
Application Deadline: March 20, 2017


Rural Energy for America Program Renewable Energy Systems & Energy Efficiency Improvement Loans & Grants

This program provides guaranteed loan financing and grant funding to agricultural producers and rural small businesses for renewable energy systems or to make energy efficiency improvements. More information... 

Applications are accepted at your local office.

Application Deadline: March 31, 2017

Source: USDA


American Indian/Alaska Native Health Equity Initiative 

The AI/AN Health Equity program will support programs that demonstrate effective promising practices that increase resiliency and protective factors within AI/AN youth, as well as build capacity among AI//AN serving healthcare professionals and paraprofessionals about providing trauma-informed, culturally appropriate health care services and interventions to AI/AIN youth. More information...
Location: Nationwide
Application Deadline: April 3, 2017 


Grant Opportunity Encourages Community Development Approaches for Libraries, Archives and Museums 

The initiative encourages projects that demonstrate the viability of adapting approaches from the collective impact, social well-being, and community development arenas for use by libraries, archives and museums. The projects will identify how libraries, archives and museums can determine at the local level which resources, partner organizations and practices can be used to better serve their communities. At the same time, the projects should represent models that can be adapted by other libraries, archives and museums. More information... 

Application Deadline: April 3, 2017


Economic Development Assistance Programs 

The Economic Development Administration's (EDA's) mission is to lead the Federal economic development agenda by promoting innovation and competitiveness, preparing American regions for economic growth and success in the worldwide economy. More information... 

Application Deadline: Rolling


Rural & Tribal Passenger Transportation Technical Assistance 

The rural program provides technical assistance for small communities of less than 50,000 people. The focus of the program is economic development: helping small and emerging businesses and stimulating economic development through new and improved public transportation.
The tribal program is designed to help Native American tribes enhance economic growth adn development by improving transportation services. Technical assistance is limited to planning and may support transit service improvements and expansion, system start-up, facility development, development of marketing plans and materials, transportation coordination, training and other public transit problem solving activities.
For more information and to register, click here. 

Location: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Rolling
Source: Community Transportation Association of America


Homegrown By Heroes

The Homegrown By Heroes label is a key differentiation for farmer veteran products in competitive markets. The HBH label gives farmer veterans the point-of-sale visibility they need to be successful in the marketplace. The HBH label also affords consumers a tangible way to support veterans while providing an avenue to share the veteran's story. More information...

Dates: Annually renewable

Location: Nationwide


Rural Business Development Grant 

A competitive grant designed to support targeted technical assistance, training and other activities leading to the development or expansion of small and emerging private businesses in rural areas that have fewer than 50 employees and less than $1 million in gross revenues. More information... 

Application Deadline: Applications are accepted through local or state Rural Development offices once every year. 


Helpful Tools and Internship Opportunities

Forest Service Releases 2016 Fall Tribal Relations Newsletter:

Click here to access the newsletter 


Hoeven Delivers Congressional Response to 2017 State of Indian Nations Address 

February 13, 2017 -- U.S. Senator John Hoeven (R-ND), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, delivered the Congressional Response to the 2017 State of Indian Nations address given by the National Congress of American Indians President Brian Cladoosby. In his remarks, Chairman Hoeven highlighted his legislative priorities for the committee, including jobs and economic development, health care, energy, housing, public safety, and veterans. He also emphasized the need to continue working in a bipartisan manner to advance safety, security and opportunity in Indian Country. Read more... 


The Office of Senator James Lankford Internship

The Office of Senator James Lankford is currently seeking applications for unpaid interns for the Spring 2017 semester in the Oklahoma City and Tulsa offices. Intern responsibilities may include but are not limited to: answering phones, performing administrative tasks, assisting with database management, contributing to the office correspondence process, supporting staff with projects, and conducting legislative research. Applicants should be highly organized and hardworking. They should also have strong written and verbal communication skills and have the ability to multi-task in a fast-paced environment. More information... 

Interested candidates should apply by emailing a resume, cover letter, and writing sample to interns@lankford.senate.gov

Application Deadline: April 14, 2017


Chuuk Women's Council Empowers Micronesian Women to be Healthcare Leaders 

November 2, 2016 -- Although there is only one state hospital for the 50,000 residents that inhabit Chuuk, a group of women is making a difference for the state's healthcare system and for Chuuk society as a whole. Read more... 


Training Opportunities

Overtime Law Workshops

Hear up-to-date information about the Fair Labor Standards Act, and its impact upon the nonprofit sector. The changes to overtime laws go into effect December 1, 2016.

Pauls Valley - March 30, 2017 


Standards for Excellence

Standards for Excellence 2.0 includes expanded and enhanced benchmarks for nonprofit best practices, including 79 benchmarks for best practices; new sample policies in social media and information technologies all nonprofits need to know; and improved information on outcome based measurements and logic models to prove mission impact.   

StillwaterFebruary 21-22, 2017 

TahlequahMarch 28-29, 2017 

MuskogeeApril 18-19, 2017  


Grant Writing Basics 

This workshop is designed to introduce you to the idea of writing grants for your organization. You will learn grant writing basics, terminology, tips for creating and sustaining funder relationships and ideas on how to present budgets and other relevant attachments for grants. 

Ponca City - February 21, 2017


Grant Writing 201 

This intermediate course will cover advanced communication and grantsmanship for fundraising, including: communicating with funders, writing your best grant narrative, and reporting and follow-up. 

Bartlesville - March 7, 2017


Grant Writing Summits 

Attend this intensive sessions to cover all the bases on grant writing. This day-long session will also include an opportunity to workshop a portion of your own grant narrative.
Oklahoma City - March 14, 2017
Tulsa - March 16, 2017


2017 Oklahoma Conference on Nonprofit Law & Finance

This two-day conference will feature local and regionally recognized speakers on topics including legal compliance, charitable giving, financial oversight, Oklahoma policy and advocacy, along with new horizons: cultural competency, cyber security, and the effects of immigration policy on the nonprofit sector. 

Oklahoma City University School of LawMarch 23-24, 2017 


Fundraising Summits

The Fundraising Summit provides nonprofit professionals an opportunity to gain extensive knowledge about fundraising in a short, 6-hour setting. Fundraising experts present in quick succession their knowledge about best practices on the many topics every nonprofit professional needs to know. Participants will learn insider-tips for applying for grants, tried-and-true tactics for making bold asks, and flawless management for annual fundraising plans.

Lawton - March 21, 2017
Enid - March 28, 2017 

Oklahoma CityApril 6, 2017
Ponca City - May 11, 2017


Funders Forums 

We all want to know the secrets to receiving funding from foundations and corporations. The Center's Funders Forum can help! This will consist of a morning session, networking lunch, and after-lunch session where the dynamic panel of corporate and foundation employees will offer you tips and share their expertise.
Oklahoma City - May 16, 2017
Tulsa - May 30, 2017 


Preparing for a Financial Audit 

Having an annual financial audit is a best practice as defined by the Standards for Excellence Institute, and requires significant work from the entire organization. This three-hour workshop will help participants understand the administrative responsibilities of a financial audit, from the perspective of an audit team. 

Tulsa - May 18, 2017 

Oklahoma CityJune 8, 2017  


Other Opportunities

Congressional Art Competition for Oklahoma High School Students 

Students submit artwork to their elected representative's office, and panelists select winners from each district. Winning works are exhibited at the U.S. Capitol, and winners have the opportunity to be recognized at an awards ceremony in Washington, D.C. More information...
The instructions for your entries are available through your representative's link below.
1st District - Congressman Jim Bridenstine
2nd District - Congressman Markwayne Mullin
3rd District - Congressman Frank Lucas
4th District - Congressman Tom Cole
5th District - Congressman Steve Russell 

2017 Voices of the Wilderness Alaskan Artist Residency Opportunity 

The Voices of the Wilderness artist residency is a unique opportunity. It is modeled after traditional residencies in the national parks...with a twist. Instead of staying at a remote wilderness cabin, our participating artists are paired with a wilderness specialist and actively engaged in stewardship projects, such as research, monitoring, and education. The idea is to give artists a sense of the stewardship behind America's public lands, fostering an artistic exploration of these natural and cultural treasures. More information...
Application Deadline: March 1, 2017

Click here to access the application.

Indian Health Service Health Professions Scholarship Program

The IHS Scholarship Program provides qualified American Indian and Alaska Native health professions students an opportunity to establish an educational foundation for each stage of your pre-professional careers. More information...

Location: Nationwide

Application Deadline: March 28, 2017


NOSORH Rural Health Grant Writing Institute

Don't miss this opportunity to learn how to write better grant proposals, turn rurality to your advantage, learn to connect with funders, and more. This web-based series is perfect for beginners seeking to gain the skills to research and draft winning proposals from various agencies. Class size is limited, so register today! More information...

Application Deadline: March 29, 2017


Runnerclick Accepting Submissions for Scholarship Program

Runnerclick feels that maintaining a healthy lifestyle, and remaining active in sports as well as other outdoor activities can be beneficial in building a strong mind and good character sportsmanship. The Runnerclick scholarship is awarded to three winners with an amount of $2,000. More information...

Location: Nationwide

Application Deadline: April 20, 2017


Fifth and Eighth-Grade Teachers Encouraged to Apply for Colonial Williamsburg Teacher Institute Fellowships

While at Colonial Williamsburg -- the world's largest living history museum -- Oklahoma teachers meet character interpreters of 18th-century people and are immersed in early American history through hands-on activities and reenactments of historic events. More information...
Application Deadline for 5th Grade Teachers: June 8-14, 2017
Application Deadline for 8th Grade Teachers: June 15-21, 2017


American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association Scholarship

Established to provide American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian students with financial assistance to earn a degree or certificate in the hospitality, tourism, recreation, culinary arts or related fields.  AIANTA will award three (3) individuals who have met all scholarship application criteria. AIANTA would like to encourage Indigenous students to build their careers in the tourism industry while sustaining and strengthening their cultural legacy. Access the application here! 

Application Deadline for Fall 2017 Semester: July 28, 2017
Application Deadline for Spring 2018 Semester: December 1, 2017 



Bringing Life Downtown After Hours: Arts, Shopping, Culture After 5

Being open evening hours is not just a matter of extending store hours. It is more like opening a whole different store with different customers. Becky McCray and Deb Brown be sharing ideas and examples from real small towns. Deb will share from her experience as a Chamber of Commerce director, and Becky will share from her perspective as a business owner in a small town. More information...

When: Webinar continually available. 


Good Greens (USDA Food and Nutrition Service)

Our next GoodGreens meeting is next Thursday, February 23rd, from 10:00 to 12:00 PM Central Time in FNS’ offices on the 20th floor at 77 West Jackson Boulevard, Chicago, or via call-in (to listen) and Live Meeting (to see presentations). Please see below for a final meeting agenda, instructions on how to attend, and grants & funding, resources, news, events, and other opportunities. 


If you’re attending in person, please be aware that we are in a federal building and you’ll need to pass through security. After passing through security, head to the third bank of elevators on the left and proceed to the 20th floor. Once you arrive on the 20th floor, look for GoodGreens signs.


If you have any questions or concerns, please email Alan Shannon or call 312-353-1044. We look forward to hearing from our speakers and talking with many of you on Thursday!


February 23rd Meeting Agenda and Attendance Options
10:00 - 12:00 PM Central Time

The first hour of our February meeting will focus on two USDA grant programs—Local Foods and Farmers Market Promotion Programs. As you’ll see from the agenda below, we’ll hear from organizations who have leveraged these grants, as well as from USDA staff who administer these programs.


First Hour: Local Foods & Farmers Market Promotion Grant Programs

Dewell Paez-Delgado, Grants Management Specialist, USDA-AMS, will share information on USDA-AMS's Local Food and Farmers Market Promotion grant programs (which are now accepting proposals). The programs fund projects that support the local food supply chain (LFPP) and direct-to-consumer local markets (FMPP). 


Pakou Hang, Hmong American Farmers Association, will share information about how her organization leveraged the Local Food Promotion Program grant in 2014 to expand the Alternative Markets Program. The program trains small-scale, low-income, and urban-dwelling farmers to access new markets in the Twin Cities metropolitan area. 


Brittany Bradd, Brightmoor Artisans Collective, will share information about how her organization leveraged the Local Food Promotion Program grant in 2015 to establish a cold storage and commercial kitchen to improve healthy foods access, education, and economic opportunities in the Brightmoor neighborhood of Detroit. 


Michael Howard, Fuller Park Community Development, will share information about how his organization leveraged the Farmers Market Promotion Program grants in 2012 and 2015 to grow the Eden Place Farmers Market, CSA program, and provide urban farm and food safety training for residents to serve Chicago’s Fuller Park community. 


Tera Johnson, Founder and Director of the Food and Finance Institute at the University of Wisconsin Extension, will share information about how her organization leveraged the Local Food Promotion Program grant in 2015 to help food hubs scale up. The Institute will provide financial/resource management training through a national network of at least 100 trained food hub managers and technical assistance providers. 


Linda Mallers, FarmLogix, will share information about how her organization leveraged the Local Food Promotion Program grant in 2014 and 2015 to expand their online supply chain portal that connects regional producers and distributors with schools. 


Fred Carter, Co-founder of Black Oaks Sustainability Center, will share information about how his organization leveraged the Local Food Promotion Program grant in 2014 to develop new market opportunities for farmers and ranchers in Pembroke, Illinois. The organization will provide training, working capital, and non-construction infrastructure improvements to improve the Healthy Food Hub’s existing food system facilities. 


Jessi Averill, Toledo Food Bank, will share information about how her organization leveraged the Farmers Market Promotion Program grant in 2015 to run a mobile market in NW Ohio that provides individuals with healthy guidelines, develops and distributes recipes to use fresh produce, and accepts Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits.                

Second Hour: Local Food Partners and Updates

Michaela Oldfield, Director Greater Cincinnati Regional Food Policy Council, will share information about the organizing of the Greater Cincinnati Regional Food Policy Council and its recent initiatives. The Council is comprised of government, health departments, universities, health care institutions, farmers markets, and other food and health organizations in Greater Cincinnati’s ten-county region.  In 2016, the council initiated the Cincy Good Food Fund and the Cincy Good Food Fellows programs. Michaela will speak on lessons learned from these initiatives, including the results of funding a project to run a free shuttle service to connect areas less accessible by public transport to Northside Farmer's Market, and where the Council will be focusing in 2017. The GCRFPC's parent organization, Green Umbrella, is also the fiscal sponsor for Produce Perks, funded by the City of Cincinnati Health Department and Creating Healthy Communities initiative. This program doubles the value of purchases for customers using SNAP benefits at ten farmers markets and one CSA program. Ana Bird, Manager of Produce Perks, will discuss the evolution of Produce Perks.


Joan Nelson, Executive Director, Allen Neighborhood Center, will share information about her organization, which functions as a hub for neighborhood revitalization and activities that promote the health and well-being of Lansing’s Eastside community and other stakeholders. Some of the organization’s programs include the Allen Farmers Market, the Hunter Park GardenHouse—an urban farm & garden education facility, youth programs, Incubator Kitchens, and the Exchange, mid-Michigan’s Food Hub.  All programs operate year-round. 


Sharing by member organizations of recent news/developments (All).

  • Illinois Farmers Market Association Annual Conference
     Kendall College - Chicago, IL
    Date: March 29th, 2017
    For more information, visit the organization's website

The Good Food Conference and Expo, hosted by FamilyFarmed
 UIC Forum - Chicago, IL
Date: March 16th-
18th, 2017
For more information, visit the event website.


Attending Remotely 

For those participating remotely, call-in and LiveMeeting/Webinar information is below. 

Call-in information is the same for both.

Call-in Information:

  • Number: 1-888-844-9904
  • Passcode: 7734875

Live Meeting/Webinar Information:

  • First Time Users: To save time before the meeting, check your system to make sure it is ready to use Microsoft Office Live Meeting
  • Download and install the Microsoft Live Meeting Client here
  • Click Join the meeting
  • Launch.rtc should download. Click it. Live Meeting Client should start.
  • If prompted for Meeting ID and Entry Code, they are: 
    Meeting ID: GGFebruary
    Entry Code: Strawberry

If you still cannot enter the meeting, contact support

Notice: Microsoft Office Live Meeting can be used to record meetings. By participating in this meeting, you agree that your communications may be monitored or recorded at any time during the meeting.


What is GoodGreens? 

GoodGreens is a collaboration facilitated by the USDA Food and Nutrition Service Midwest Region to share resources and best practices that support local food systems and increase consumption of healthy, locally grown foods. GoodGreens meetings are held monthly in person at the USDA Midwest Regional Office in downtown Chicago and via conference call and Live Meeting.

Interested in a specific topic or speaker at a future GoodGreens meeting? Please email Alan Shannon to let us know!


News, Resources, Grants and More... 

(click on the links below to see more)



Resources, Tools, & Technical Assistance

Grants & Funding

Data, Statistics, & Reports

Food Waste


Employment Opportunities


The Survey of Rural Challenges is open! Spread the word?

Howdy! We have just opened up the 2017 Survey of Rural Challenges for responses, and we'd love your help to get it in front of more rural people, so we can get the best participation possible. Here's the special link for you to spread: http://saveyour.town/surveypartner   


We' love it if you would like to share it in your emails, on social media, or anywhere else you can help reach more rural people. 


Here's the text we shared with our members, which you are more than welcome to copy/adapt/re-use: 


What are your rural challenges? Tell us on the survey


The challenges in your rural community are different from any other community. You have different assets and different people. But we all have some things in common.


That's why we are helping spread the Survey of Rural Challenges from SaveYour.Town. We want to know how best to help you. The overall data will be shared publicly, and we hope it will change some stereotypes out there about rural people! 


Take the survey here: http://saveyour.town/surveypartner    

Works from mobile, tablets and even big computers! 


You can also pass along the survey to other rural folks, in your newsletter, or on social media, if you want. We' love that! 


The survey will be open for 30 days, and then we'll collate and release results. We'll give you and our other sponsors and helpers first access to the detailed data when it's finished. You can see our 2015 survey results here: http://smallbizsurvival.com/survey-of-rural-challenges.html (I'll probably archive that page with a new URL when we finish the 2017 version, but I'll leave a link there to find it.) 


Thanks so much for your help, and hey, don't forget to take the survey yourself! 


Sample Tweet/Facebook: What are the challenges in your town? Every rural community is different, share your challenges on this survey: http://saveyour.town/surveypartner 


Orton Family Foundation

Free Talk: How Stories Lead to Action the Community Supports

Part of the power of story gathering is that stories can lead to action.

Sometimes one individual's story uncovers a discovery, as happened in Pennsylvania with an 1870s African-American church. Or stories can point to broad support for a place or project, such as a historic theater in Colorado. Either way, the community immediately rallies and action happens.


Three speakers share how storytelling enriches a community and leads to positive change.

Mimi Iijima is the Director of Programs and Special Projects for Pennsylvania Humanities Council. Mimi has seen how story gathering and listening has strengthened towns participating in Community Heart & Soul projects in the Keystone state.  


Dani Smith is the great-great-granddaughter of a Civil War soldier who served in the U.S. Colored Troops. Story gathering by the Greater Carlisle Heart & Soul Project led to the discovery of an African-American church and cemetery, where Dani’s family located their ancestor. Her family has since been instrumental in the early steps of preservation of the site.


Elaine Brett is a resident of the North Fork Valley in Colorado. She played a key role in creating the nonprofit that bought and renovated the town’s historic Paradise Theatre. Story gathering during the region's Community Heart & Soul project showed broad support for the downtown gem, a fact reinforced by the local financial support the theater restoration received.  

Heart & Soul Talks: Stories to Action—How Listening Can Lead to Change, Thursday, Feb. 23, 3-4 p.m. Eastern.

Register now »
(Can't join us live? Sign up and we will send you the call recording when it's available!)




Associate Professor and Community Development Specialist

Department of Agricultural Economics

Oklahoma State University

323 Agricultural Hall

Stillwater, OK 74078-6025


405-744-8210 – fax


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