Friday, July 21, 2017

Community Resources Newsletter July 21, 2017


Free Talk! Mobilizing Volunteers for Small Town Success

Small towns rely on volunteers for prosperity, but it can be a challenge to sustain volunteer energy and enthusiasm. With a resident-driven approach, Heart & Soul® towns rally community members to increase civic participation and create positive change. Listen in for ideas to keep volunteers motivated and engaged for the long run.

Thursday, July 27, 2017 from 3-4 p.m. Eastern
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·       Sara Lightner, senior associate of programs, training, Orton Family Foundation
Before joining Orton, Sara spent 13 years volunteering and working with volunteers in the Peace Corps. She was director of programming and training for the Eastern Caribbean and for Vanuatu in the South Pacific. Sara directed volunteer and partner trainings and programming opportunities, ensuring that volunteers received the support needed to be successful.

·        Debbie Moreno, project coordinator, Galesburg on Track
Debbie is a journalist, a poet, a parent, and an active volunteer—skills and experience that have transferred to her role as project coordinator of Galesburg on Track, a Community Heart & Soul® project in Galesburg, Illinois. Debbie is devoted to effective communication with residents and has built a strong and dedicated group of volunteers that represent the broad range of perspectives.

·        Fran Stoddard, moderator
A national award-winning producer of video programs, Fran produced and hosted Vermont Public Television’s weekly “Profile” interview program for more than a decade. She frequently serves as moderator for community events and has served on numerous non-profit boards.

EPA Region 4 to Host Finance Forum for Drinking Water Systems July 26

EPA Region 4 Finance Forum:  Water Rate Setting and Long-Term Fiscal Planning for Small Water Systems

July 26, 2017 from 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Marriott Shoals Hotel

Florence, Alabama

The Environmental Finance Center at the University of North Carolina, in collaboration with EPA’s Water Infrastructure Resiliency and Finance Center and the Alabama Department of Environmental Management, is hosting a finance forum for drinking water systems.

Water utilities generally get most of their revenue from user charges. In order to ensure proper funding of utilities, it is critical that small water systems fully understand both rate setting and long-term fiscal planning. Systems should understand how policy decisions that promote economic development or conservation can impact revenues and aim to set rates that promote utility priorities while recovering the full cost of operation.


The forum will help ensure the financial stability of your water system while providing safe, quality drinking water at fair rates. Topics include many aspects of financial management and planning of a water system fund including rates and rate setting, controlling costs, planning for capital expenses, benchmarking financial performance, and collaboration between nearby small systems.


This forum is designed for drinking water systems serving 10,000 or fewer people, especially targeting local government systems facing financial challenges. Owners of privately owned systems, consultants and technical assistance providers serving small water systems are also invited to attend, provided that there is space. This forum is being offered at no cost to participants.


Small drinking water systems in the following eight Region 4 states are invited to register:  Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee.  The forum has been submitted for CEUs to the various states.


Register and Learn More.


Choctaw Nation Opportunities

Oklahoma Hunting and Fishing License

The Choctaw Nation is excited to announce that hunting and fishing license will now be available for all Choctaw citizens residing within Oklahoma regardless of age or if they are a current Oklahoma lifetime license holder.

For more information or to access the online application you can click here.  



Federal, State, and Nonprofit Opportunities

Community Facilities Technical Assistance and Training Grant

The Agency will make grants to public bodies and private nonprofit corporations to provide associations Technical Assistance and/or training with respect to essential community facilities programs. The Technical Assistance and/or training will assist communities, Indian Tribes, and Nonprofit Corporations to identify and plan for community facility needs that exist in their area. More information...

Application Deadline: July 24, 2017


Socially Disadvantaged Groups Grant

The purpose of this program is to provide technical assistance to Socially Disadvantaged Groups in rural areas. Eligible applicants include Cooperatives, Groups of Cooperatives, and Cooperative Development Centers. This program supports Rural Development's (RD) mission of improving the quality of life for rural Americans and commitment to directing resources to those who most need them. More information...

Application Deadline: July 25, 2017


Rural Community Development Initiative Grants

Qualified private, nonprofit and public including tribal intermediary organizations proposing to carry out financial and technical assistance programs will be eligible to receive the funding. The Intermediary will be required to provide matching funds in an amount at least equal to the RCDI grant. The respective minimum and maximum grant amount per Intermediary is $50,000 and $250,000. The Intermediary must provide a program of financial and technical assistance to recipients to develop their capacity and ability to undertake projects related to housing, community facilities, or community and economic development that will support the community.

More information...

Application Deadline: July 25, 2017


Developing Future Victim Specialists for Indian Country

Grants for projects to identify and train students in relevant disciplines, such as sociology, social work, and psychology, who are interested in victim service positions specifically serving tribal communities. More information...

Application Deadline: August 9, 2017


Choice Neighborhoods Planning Grants 

With this publication, HUD is making available up to $5,000,000 for Planning Grants, including Planning and Action Grants.1. Planning Grants are two-year grants that assist communities with severely distressed public or HUD-assisted housing in developing a successful neighborhood transformation plan and building the support necessary for that plan to be successfully implemented.2. Planning and Action Grants are three and a half year planning grants that pair planning with action. More information...

Application Deadline: August 28, 2017


Capital Magnet Fund

Grants to finance affordable housing and community revitalization efforts that benefit low-income people and communities. More information...

Application Deadline: August 31, 2017


Centers for Agricultural Health and Safety (U54)

Funding to operate a Center for Agriculture Health and Safety, which will conduct research and help translate scientific discoveries focused on improving worker safety and health in the areas of agriculture, forestry, and fishing. More information...

Letter of Intent (Optional): September 29, 2017

Application Deadline: November 30, 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


Training & Workshop Opportunities

FREE Domestic Violence Training

Limited to the first 100 people. Please email to register. 

When: July 24, 2017,   9:30am - 4:00pm

Where: Choctaw Casino Conference Center (4216 US-69, Durant, OK 74701)

Access the Flyer HERE


Standards for Excellence 2.0

This includes expanded and enhanced benchmarks for nonprofit best practices, including 78 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.

·        Ardmore - July 19-20

·        Tulsa - July 26-27

·        OKC - August 8-9

·        Tahlequah - August 30-31

·        Durant - September 19-20

·        Tulsa - September 20-21


Managing Through A Budget Crisis

Gain skills and resources for setting and maintaining organizational priorities - and where to cut back - in the midst of uncertain economic times.

OKC - August 11, 9am - 12pm

Tulsa - August 25, 9am - 12pm


True Colors Workshop

This is a model for understanding yourself and others based on your personality temperament. The colors of Orange, Gold, Green, and Blue are used to differentiate the four central personality styles.

Tulsa - July 28, 9am - 12pm


American Indians Accessing Health Professions Workshop

Workshop for currently enrolled college students of American Indian/American Native background, designed to encourage more American Indian students to pursue health professions. More information...

Application Deadline: July 28, 2017


Webinar Series: Get More Grants

Maryn Boess, a veteran nonprofit professional, social entrepreneur, and leader in capacity-building and grantsmanship training, has won more than $42 million for her clients in a single ten-year period. Since 2000 she has focused on creating and delivering a portfolio of high-quality, low-cost grants information tools, resources, and workshops shared by thousands of nonprofits nationwide.

·        Power Writing for Nonprofits - August 2

·        Grants Research...with a Twist - October 4

·        Inside the Grantmaker's Black Box - December 6


Other Opportunities


Choctaw Talent Search

This is a general casting call for On-Air talent. You could be featured on commercials, project highlights and other various Video Production projects. Open to men and women of all ages.

For more information contact:


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 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. 


What is the Promise Zone? How does it benefit my community? 

The Promise Zone offers preference points on many federal grant applications the Choctaw Nation and our partners seek. To gain these preference points, the Choctaw Nation Promise Zone must certify and verify applications. These preference points give applications a "leg up" as they head to federal agencies for review. HUD Form 50153 must be signed by a Promise Zone Official before it's submitted with any grant. Sara Jane Smallwood is the Promise Zone Official for Choctaw Nation.

Please visit this link to obtain HUD Form 50153 and view the full list of grants with the Promise Zone preference points.


What are the Promise Zone's geographical boundaries? 

The Promise Zone is a place-based initiative, and is confined to a set of Census tracts in southeastern Oklahoma. These areas were chosen because of their high need and opportunity for grants and programs to positively impact communities. Promise Zone preference is assigned to these areas. However, many of our school districts and communities in southeastern Oklahoma cross Census tract lines. Contact the Promise Zone team to help determine Promise Zone eligibility or for any questions on the boundaries. We have created an interactive map of the Promise Zone to help determine and highlight the Promise Zone boundaries. It's easy to use, and users can type in addresses to see if they're in the Zone. This is a helpful and effective tool for Choctaw Nation and our partners.

Please visit this link to use the interactive Promise Zone map.



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