Food hubs, grants, broadband and other stuff

February compilation of news, grants and information for Tucker County

Food hubs and the farms they serve are located near urban areas

Farmers have two main channels through which to sell their food locally: directly to consumers (at farmers' markets, roadside stands, farm stores, etc.) and through intermediated marketing channels (defined to include sales to grocers, restaurants, schools, universities, hospitals, and regional distributors). In 2012, 163,675 farmers sold an estimated $6.1 billion in local foods overall, with an estimated $4.8 billion sold by 48,371 farmers through these intermediated marketing channels. The number of dedicated local food distributors, brokers, and aggregators serving these intermediated marketing channels, known as regional food hubs, increased by 288 percent between 2007 and 2014, to a total of 302. By engaging in market outreach activities and offering technical services to producers, food hubs provide markets for midsized farmers, and opportunities for small and beginning farmers to scale-up local food sales without increasing the time farm operators and their households spend on marketing activities. Most food hubs are located in metropolitan areas, and where farms with intermediated sales are most numerous. This map is found in the ERS report, Trends in U.S. Local and Regional Food Systems: Report to Congress, January 2015.

 

 

LEARNING

 

RECORDED WEBINAR:, "The Business of Broadband – Getting Started." The webinar recording is available at:http://www2.ntia.doc.gov/the_business_of_broadband_getting_started and the slides are available at:http://www2.ntia.doc.gov/files/business_of_broadband_webinar_slides_v2.pdf

 

NTIA is also now offering Technical Assistance under BroadbandUSA (http://www2.ntia.doc.gov/).  The purpose of BroadbandUSA technical assistance is to expand and promote the availability and adoption of broadband service in the United States.  The technical assistance program is designed to work collaboratively with a variety of partners and beneficiaries that include Federal agencies, state and local governments and network operators.  The program is delivered via online resources, regional events and one-to-one efforts to support community broadband projects.

 

BroadbandUSA's technical assistance program will:

- Share knowledge and expertise required for community broadband planning, adoption and implementation;

- Promote regional cooperation and interconnection among network operators and recipients of Federal funding; and

- Expand access to and use of broadband services to maximize the economic, social, healthcare and other benefits associated with broadband.

You can also view BroadbandUSA's Public Private Partnership Primer, which provides an overview of common broadband partnerships, the factors communities should consider in developing a successful partnership model, and tips and best practices NTIA has observed through its oversight of BTOP, at http://www.ntia.doc.gov/report/2015/broadbandusa-introduction-effective-public-private-partnerships

 

 

TOOLS

 

EPA Announces New Water Infrastructure and Resiliency Finance Center

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has launched a new resource for communities to improve their wastewater, drinking water, and stormwater systems through innovative financing and increased resiliency to climate change.  In addition to exploring innovative financial tools and emerging public-private partnership models, the Water Infrastructure and Resiliency Finance Center will support local communities as they develop sustainable sources of funding for water infrastructure and promote collaboration among federal agencies to maximize support for small communities.  Additional information on the new Infrastructure and Resiliency Finance Center is available here

 

 

FUNDING

 

Association of Fundraising Professionals Invites Nominations for National Philanthropy Day Honors - DEADLINE: February 16, 2015 (Video Applications)

The annual awards program recognizes extraordinary generosity and commitment on the part of donors, volunteers, foundations, businesses, and young people....

 

Legal Services Corporation Announces Opportunity for Pro Bono Innovation Fund Grants, Due February 23

The Legal Services Corporation (LSC) provides grants of federally-appropriated funds for civil legal services to low-income individuals and families. LSC is making available up to $3.8 million

for Pro Bono Innovation Fund grants commencing in October 2015. Current recipients of LSC funding may submit a Letter of Intent to Apply for these funds. The deadline to submit a Letter of Intent to Apply is 5:00 p.m., Eastern Time, on February 23, 2015More …

 

LLMA Seeks Submissions for Library Public Relations Award - DEADLINE: February 28, 2015

Eight awards of $10,000 will be given to public and private libraries in recognition of an outstanding public relations campaign....

 

KEEN Footwear Invites Nominations for Outdoor Recreation Grant Program - DEADLINE: March 1, 2015

Through its KEEN EFFECT II program, the Portland-based retailer will award ten grants of $10,000 to organizations that inspire responsible outdoor activity as a way to build strong communities, promote creative and sustainable thinking, and introduce new audiences to the outdoors....

 

College For Every Student Accepting Applications for Closing the Gap Awards - DEADLINE: March 1, 2015

The annual program awards grants of up to $37,500 over three years to help middle and high schools implement programs that prepare low-income students for college and a career....

 

Investing in Manufacturing Community Partnerships Applications are due April 1FRN Announcement

The Commerce Department's Economic Development Administration (EDA) announced the next round of competition for designation as a “Manufacturing Community” under the Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership (IMCP) initiative. IMCP is designed to revolutionize the way federal agencies leverage economic development funds. It encourages communities to develop comprehensive economic development strategies that will strengthen their competitive edge for attracting global manufacturer and supply chain investments. Through IMCP, the federal government is rewarding best practices – coordinating federal aid to support communities’ strong development plans and synchronizing grant programs across multiple departments and agencies.  

 

World of Children Accepting Nominations for 2015 Education, Humanitarian, Health, Youth Awards - DEADLINE: April 1, 2015

The program awards grants of up to $50,000 to recognize the efforts of individuals who have made a difference in the lives of children in the United States and around the globe....

 

William T. Grant Foundation Seeks LOIs for Distinguished Fellows Program - DEADLINE: May 5, 2015(Letters of Intent)

Through the program, fellowships of up to $175,000 will be awarded to help mid-career policy makers, practitioners, and researchers focused on youth between the ages of 5 and 25 work in settings that are outside their traditional roles....

 

DUE Apr. 30 – The U.S. Department of Labor will fund $100 million in grants to expand registered apprenticeship programs in high-skilled, high-growth industries like healthcare, biotechnology, information technology and advanced manufacturing. Registered Apprenticeships have long been known as one of the best training models for skilled trades ("earn while you learn"), yet the model remains underutilized in the United States. This unprecedented investment will help to transform apprenticeships for the 21st century and serves as a catalyst to increase the use of apprenticeship to meet employer needs in these sectors. Approximately 25 grants from $2.5 million to $5 million each will be awarded using funds collected from employers who use H-1B visas to hire foreign workers. The Funding Opportunity Announcement, which includes information on eligibility and how to apply, is available athttp://www.grants.gov. Prospective applicants are encouraged to view additional online resources athttp://www.dol.gov/apprenticeship/.