Creating Opportunity and Prosperity through Strengthening Rural-Urban Connections

Creating Opportunity and Prosperity through Strengthening Rural-Urban Connections
From the National Association of Development Organizations

Metropolitan and rural America are highly connected and interdependent. To succeed, metropolitan America needs a healthy and sustainable rural economy and culture, and in turn rural America needs vibrant, well-functioning cities and suburbs to thrive and flourish. Yet, the prevailing national narrative pits urban versus rural for investments and public resources. A new issue brief from the NADO Research Foundation describes some ways in which regional development organizations and other regional entities are recognizing the importance of connecting rural regions and urban centers
 

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/.

Rural Connections: Funding and Opportunities

PUBLICATIONS

 

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

 

 

FUNDING

 

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: www.nist.gov/amo/amtech-webinar.cfm. To register for the Aug. 14 webinar go to: www.nist.gov/amo/amtech-webinar-2.cfm.

The text of the FFO announcement also is available at www.nist.gov/amo/funding.cfm.  More information on the AmTech program is available at: www.nist.gov/amo.

 

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....

 

http://philanthropynewsdigest.org/rfps/rfp4906-finish-line-youth-foundation-invites-applications-for-youth-athletic-programs-and-camps - 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....

 

Tucker County makes top 10 for business growth

Small Business is Big Business in Tucker County

It is always nice to start the day with positive news.  The state's Big Industry Growth Map report was published and shows that Tucker County businesses grew by 7.14% this last year.  To put this in perspective, Tucker County has been in the "top 10" for business growth for three years running amongst all 55 counties in West Virginia.

You can access it here: http://apps.sos.wv.gov/business/BIG/

Many of our businesses are small, employing just one or two people.  But in a small county this has a big impact on jobs, economic health and community spirit.  

There are many reasons for this positive business growth: but a few stand out to me:

Tucker County is a welcoming community and provides a quality of life where people want to live and work

Corridor H  and faster internet speeds are making it easier for people to work here

People are getting involved in their community programs like PRO, New HIstoric Thomas, Run For It

The county has been working together across municipalities in projects like Tucker County Day

Our County and state and representatives are actively involved with the success of business

WV Small Business Development Center has provided business coaching for our entrepreneurs including a dedicated business coach  for this region

WVU Extension and Potomac Highlands Food and Farm Initiatives have supported business growth for our farmers

Tucker County Development Authority Board has been dedicated its mission of supporting business while preserving our heritage.

Please celebrate this news by spending money at a local business today.

Grant $ for Rural Design

CIRD announces a Request For Proposals for rural communities facing design challenges. Selected communities will receive $7,000 to support the planning and hosting of a multi-day design workshop, and CIRD will work with the communities to assemble teams of specialists most qualified to address the communities' identified design challenges.

Due: May 6th at 9 pm

Click here for more information.