Rural Connections: Funding and Opportunities



How Did Rural Residents Fare on the Health Insurance Marketplaces? 
Examines 2014 premiums, issuers, and plans offered to residents of urban and rural counties. Disparities in both price and number of coverage choices were found between states with a small rural population and those with a significant rural population. Organization: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Date: 08 / 2014


Improving Access to Comprehensive Healthcare for Veterans 
Summarizes findings from recent VA research related to healthcare access. Includes studies on telemental health services for rural Veterans with PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder), barriers for rural Veterans at risk of suicide, and home-based primary care services for rural American Indian and Native American Veterans who receive care from both VA and the Indian Health Service. Organization: Veterans Health Administration. Date: 08 / 2014


Keeping Rural Communities Healthy 
This report by the Joint Economic Committee recognizes that keeping rural communities healthy is vital to the U.S. economy. The report provides an overview of characteristics of rural populations, rural health statistics, barriers to healthcare in rural areas, economic implications of rural healthcare, and relevant policy actions to keep rural America healthy. Organization: U.S. Congress Joint Economic Committee Democratic Staff. Date: 07 / 2014


Rural Connections: Challenges and Opportunities in America’s Heartland 
Report looks at the condition, use and safety of the nation’s rural transportation system and discusses recommendations to improve connectivity in America’s small communities and rural areas to access jobs, education and healthcare. Organization: TRIP. Date: 07 / 2014


Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and Rural Households 
Examines the use of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits (formerly known as food stamps) by household and place of residence, including a comparison of rural, micropolitan, and metropolitan areas. It also looks at the age of individuals in households receiving SNAP, recognizing that elder and child populations are most at risk of food insecurity. Argues the importance of SNAP in rural communities. Organization: Center for Rural Affairs. Date: 07 / 2014





Plum Creek Foundation Grants - Geographic Coverage: Available in areas of company operations in 18 states.
Application deadline: Applications accepted on an ongoing basis. Offers grants in 18 states to human service organizations; hospitals and medical programs, including funds for equipment; youth-serving organizations; community development projects; arts and culture projects; civic service organizations; and educational institutions.
Sponsor: Plum Creek Foundation


Nominations Invited for I Love My Librarian Award - DEADLINE: September 12, 2014. Up to ten librarians and/or library media specialists will be selected to receive a $5,000 cash award, a plaque, and a $500 travel stipend to attend an awards reception in New York City....


Seventh Generation Fund Accepting Applications for Indigenous-Led Initiatives - DEADLINE: September 15, 2014

Grants of up to $5,000 will be awarded to Native American community-based organizations and projects aligned with one of the fund's program areas....


Healthy Communities / Healthy America Fund - Application deadline: Sep 22, 2014 
Awards grants to free clinics to implement the CDC's National Diabetes Prevention Program. Sponsor: AMA Foundation


EPA Announces FY 2015 Brownfields Area-Wide Planning Grant - Click here for the solicitation.  Proposals are due by September 22.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is soliciting proposals from eligible entities to conduct research, technical assistance, and/or training activities that will enable the entity to develop an area-wide plan for brownfields assessment, cleanup, and subsequent reuse. Brownfields area-wide planning (BF AWP) grant-funded activities must be directed to one or more brownfield site(s) located in a specific area, such as a neighborhood, a district (e.g., downtown, arts or shopping area), a local commercial corridor, a community waterfront, or a city block. Each project funded under this grant must result in an area-wide plan which includes specific plan implementation strategies for assessing, cleaning up, and reusing the brownfields site(s) as well as related brownfields and project area revitalization strategies.


The total estimated funding available under this competitive opportunity is $4 million, subject to availability of funds, quality of proposals received, and other applicable considerations. The maximum amount of grant funding that applicants may apply for under each proposal is $200,000. Applicants may submit more than one proposal so long as each one is for a different project area and is submitted separately. However, if selected for funding, an applicant will not receive funding for more than one proposal, and the maximum amount of funding an applicant may receive under the FY15 BF AWP grant is $200,000. Project periods up to 24 months are allowed. EPA anticipates selecting approximately 20 projects through this competitive opportunity. Individuals, for-profit firms, and the FY10 and FY13 EPA BF AWP Program recipients are not eligible to apply.


The BF AWP Program is designed to produce measurable outcomes linked to the eventual assessment, cleanup, and subsequent reuse of brownfield sites. In this manner, BF AWP complements the EPA’s brownfields assessment, cleanup, revolving loan fund, and environmental workforce development and job training competitive grant opportunities and targeted brownfields assessment assistance.


U.S. Soccer Foundation Invites Letters of Interest for Safe Places to Play Grants - DEADLINE: September 24, 2014(Letters of Inquiry)

Grants of up to $200,000 each will be awarded to nonprofit organizations working to build or enhance a field space that enables children in underserved communities to stay active, healthy, and safe....


Baseball Tomorrow Fund Invites Applications from Youth Baseball and Softball Programs - DEADLINE: October 1, 2014

Grants will be awarded to finance a new program, expand or improve an existing program, undertake a new collaborative effort, or obtain facilities or equipment necessary for youth baseball and softball programs....


Road Runners Club of America Accepting Applications for Kids Run the Nation Fund Grants - DEADLINE: October 1, 2014

Grants of up to $1,000 will be awarded to running clubs and other nonprofit organizations in support of structured youth running programs....


Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Releases 2015 Future of Nursing Scholars Request for Proposals - DEADLINE:October 1, 2014

The three-year program provides scholarships of $125,000 as well as networking opportunities to Ph.D. students in nursing who are committed to a long-term career focused on bringing transformational leadership to nursing and health care in the United States....


Applications Invited for Soros Justice Fellowships in Advocacy and Media - DEADLINE: October 22, 2014

Fellowships of up to $110,250 will be awarded to support individuals working to implement innovative projects that advance reform and spur debate on a range of issues facing the criminal justice system in the United States.....


NIST Announces New Competition for Advanced Manufacturing Planning Awards - Pre-applications are required for this AMTech competition and are due by 11:59 p.m., Eastern Time, Sept.5, 2014. Full applications must be received by 11:59 p.m., Eastern Time, Oct. 31, 2014.  The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) announced a new competition for planning awards to support industry-driven consortia in developing research plans and charting collaborative actions to solve high-priority technology challenges and accelerate the growth of advanced manufacturing in the United States.

NIST's AdvancedManufacturing


Technology Consortia (AMTech) Program  anticipates awarding a total of $5.6 million in two-year grants during the young program's second competition. Awards will range between about $250,000 and $500,000, subject to the availability of funds. Applications are due Oct. 31, 2014, and selections will be announced during the first half of 2015.  Teaming and partnerships that include broad participation by companies of all sizes, universities and government agencies, driven by industry, are encouraged. Nonprofit U.S. organizations as well as accredited institutions of higher education and state, tribal and local governments are eligible to apply for the program.

AMTech's goal is to spur consortia-planned and led research on long-term, precompetitive technology needs of U.S. manufacturing industries. The program aims to help eliminate barriers to advanced manufacturing capabilities and to promote domestic development of an underpinning technology infrastructure, including high-performing supply chains. AMTech is designed to address a serious weakness in the nation's innovation ecosystem, an issue identified by the National Science and Technology Council (NSTC) and the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology, among other bodies.

NIST will host webinars on the AMTech funding opportunity on Aug. 7 and 14, 2014, beginning at 2 p.m. Eastern time. The events will offer guidance on the AMTech program and preparing proposals. Webinar participants will be able to ask questions. Advance registration is required. To register for the Aug. 7 webinar go to: To register for the Aug. 14 webinar go to:

The text of the FFO announcement also is available at  More information on the AmTech program is available at:


Chi Sigma Iota Issues RFP for 2014-15 Excellence in Counseling Research Grants - DEADLINE: November 15, 2014

Grants of up to $2,500 will be awarded in support of research projects focused on professional advocacy, wellness counseling, and developmental counseling.... - Grants of up to $5,000 will be awarded to nonprofit organizations for community-based athletic programs and to establish camps that teach active-lifestyle and team-building skills....


Applications Invited for Terri Lynne Lokoff/Children's Tylenol National Child Care Teacher Awards - DEADLINE:December 8, 2014

Fifty pre-K teachers will be selected to receive grants of $1,000 in honor of their dedication to providing high-quality child care....