Friday, October 13, 2017

Community Resources 10-13-17


1.      Higher Education Multicultural Scholars Program (MSP) The purpose of this competitive undergraduate scholarship grant program is to increase the multicultural diversity of the food and agricultural scientific and professional workforce, and advance the educational achievement of all Americans by providing competitive grants to colleges and universities. More information...Application Deadline: October 31, 2017

2.      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...Application Deadline: November 30, 2017

3.      Community Food Projects (CFP) Competitive Grants Program The primary goals of the CFP are to: Meet the food needs of low-income individuals through food distribution, community outreach to assist in participation in Federally assisted nutrition programs, or improving access to food as part of a comprehensive service; Increase the self-reliance of communities in providing for the food needs of the communities; Promote comprehensive responses to local food access, farm, and nutrition issues; and Meet specific state, local or neighborhood food and agricultural needs including needs relating to: Equipment necessary for the efficient operation of a project; Planning for long-term solutions; or The creation of innovative marketing activities that mutually benefit agricultural producers and low-income consumers. More information...Application Deadline: December 4, 2017


4.      Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive Grant Program This program is to support projects to increase the purchase of fruits and vegetables among low-income consumers participating in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) by providing incentives at the point of purchase. More information...Application Deadline: December 13, 2017

5.      Solid Waste Management Grant Program This program reduces or eliminates pollution of water resources by providing funding for organizations that provide technical assistance or training to improve the planning and management of solid waste sites. More information...Application Deadline: January 2, 2018

6.      Water & Waste Disposal Technical Assistance and Training Grants. Funds may be used to pay expenses associated with providing technical assistance and/or training (TAT) to identify and evaluate solutions to water problems relating to source, storage, treatment, and distribution, and to waste disposal problems relating to collection, treatment, and disposal; assist applicants that have filed an pre-application with RUS in the preparation of water and/or waste disposal loan and/or grant applications; and to provide training that will improve the management, operation and maintenance of water and waste disposal facilities. More information...Application Deadline: January 2, 2018

7.      Value Added Producer Grant. This program helps agricultural producers enter into value-added activities related to the processing and/or marketing of new products. The goals of this program are to generate new products, create and expand marketing opportunities, and increase producer income. Applicants may receive priority if they are a beginning farmer or rancher, a socially-disadvantaged farmer or rancher, a small or medium-sized farm or ranch structured as a family farm, a farmer or rancher cooperative, or are proposing a mid-tier value chain. More information...Application Deadline: January 31, 2018

8.      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

9.      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. Inside the Grantmaker's Black Box - December 6


10.  Rural LISC Seeks a Disaster Recovery/Resiliency Coordinator and Job Openings at RCAC job descriptions for a Disaster Recovery/Resiliency Coordinator at Rural LISC, and up to two key positions at Rural Community Assistance Corporation (RCAC): Lending and Housing Director or Lending Director and Housing Director. We are hoping that you may know of an appropriate candidate for any of these positions. Lending and Housing Director. Provide overall leadership, vision and supervision for RCAC affordable housing programs; oversee and direct RCAC’s Loan Fund in its mission to provide low-cost financing for rural development projects; develop new products and help to secure funding for program operations and loan fund capitalization; work with the assistant directors and managers to lead and support their work and ensure that strategic plan outcomes are met. Represent the organization to borrowers, local partners, funders, investors and the communities we serve. Learn more at
Please send cover letter and resume via e-mail to: Suzanne Anarde Vice President LISC - Rural Subject Line: Disaster Recovery/Resiliency Coordinator.
LISC is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.


11.   Soil Amendments (Indigenous Food and Agriculture Initiative) In this webinar, we will discuss ways to identify potential routes of food contamination associated with soil amendments; explain soil amendment practices and soil amendment strategies to reduce food safety risks; discuss corrective actions if soil amendment creates a risk; and identify proper recordkeeping for monitoring and managing soil amendments. Register here. When: October 12, 2017, 2:00pm - 3:00pm CT

12.  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. 

13.  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 and 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

14.  As you work to make your town a better place, there is value in seeing it with new eyes. That’s the subject as Becky McCray and Deb Brown of Save Your Town host their October webinar. We encourage you to attend live on Friday, October 20 at 12 noon Central Time or on replay through November 4th. Not Your Father’s Downtown Walk-Through: Our Embedded Community Experience. Join us and learn what an Embedded Community Experience is and why it’s different from any other walkthrough you’ve been part of. Rather than trying to build consensus through voting or planning, our process is about finding and tapping the hidden potential for regular people to take immediate action. You’ll learn real steps you can take to make a difference and see examples of things that work. Register at:




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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