See the grant opportunities below.

Josh Allen
North Region Ag Education
204 Four Towers
Athens, GA 30602
706-552-4466 office
706-202-0770 cell

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*Some AMESOME GRANTS towards the bottom.*

*If I can help, let me know!*


*Community Vitality and Rural Healthcare Topic Guide *
this new guide, developed by RAC Information Specialist Kathleen Spencer
focuses on the linkage between rural healthcare and the economic strength
and overall vitality of the community. Thank you to Gerald Doeksen, Cheryl
St. Clair, and Fred Eilrich, National Center for Rural Health Works; David
Schmitz, Family Medicine Residency, Idaho State University Department of
Family Medicine; and Jo Anne Preston, Rural Wisconsin Health Cooperative
for their assistance in developing this guide.

*Fact Sheet: Increasing Investment in Rural America *
Jul 24, 2014 -- This week, the White House Rural Council will host the
inaugural Rural Opportunity Investment Conference (ROI) to promote
potential investment opportunities that exist throughout rural America. In
conjunction with this event, the White House Rural Council is announcing a
$10 billion dollar investment fund to promote rural economic development.
This fund will continue to grow the rural economy by increasing access to
capital for rural infrastructure projects. Target investments of this fund
will include rural community facilities with an emphasis on healthcare and
educational facilities. Source: *Office of the Press Secretary*

*Persistent Poverty Dynamics: Understanding Poverty Trends Over 50 Years *
Reports on high-poverty counties, with a poverty rate of 20% or more, based
on data from the 2007-2011 American Community Survey, compared to 1970,
1980, 1990 and 2000 Census data. Includes comparison of rural (micropolitan
and noncore) counties and metropolitan counties. Identifies counties with
persistent and intermittent high poverty, as well as newly high poverty
counties. Organization: Rural Policy Research Institute. Date: 07 / 2014

The latest issue of *EntreWorks Insights
has a great summary of the value of regional data and benchmarking, and
provides links to some good examples--useful if you are looking for ways to
tell your economic development story.

Promoting Educational Attainment at the Local Level
- Much of the wage growth in the United States over the last several
decades has gone to the most productive (and highly educated) workers.
A *Partners
Update* article looks at the implications for community and economic

*10 Greatest Hits from the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (#WIOA)
<> – *a quick round-up or count down of
the Workforce Act just passed and signed by the President.  And here is a
link to the press release -

*FCC Releases Broadband Report, Interactive Tool

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has released its latest
broadband report
The report provides summarized data on Internet access connections in the
U.S. (over 200 kilobits per second in at least one direction). The FCC also
released a web-based tool that allows users to interact with the broadband
data by changing geography, managing metrics, and ranking their
state/region on select broadband characteristics.

*Vermont Community Tries Pop Up "Third Places" *

Essex, Vermont discovered that the community really wanted a downtown
coffee shop—a "third place"—where people could meet, work, or hang out.
Rather than wait for one, they created pop up coffee shops, temporary
spaces around town where people could meet and get to know their local
businesses too, creating a win-win for the community.

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Free tool for collegial online video-based conversations
- This article discussed the use of Google hangouts as a free tool for
online discussions. This might be a useful tool for conducting working
group meetings or other group conversations normally done via conference
call. If you’d like to explore setting up a demo of this, contact Karen for
more... Read More »

*SBA: **SPECIAL EDITION | SBA: Helping Underserved Entrepreneurs
Succeed - *Special
bulletin full of resources to support underserved entrepreneurs (women,
minorities, Native Americans, veterans, 50+ and disabled individuals).

is a web portal to community development resources from all 12 Federal
Reserve Banks and the Fed's Board of Governors, including research, data
analyses, multimedia tools, publications/reports and news of events and


*WEBINAR: Policy Link will offer a webinar, “Growing and Funding Equitable
Food Hubs: A Strategy for Improving Access to Healthy Food”, *on Thursday,
August 14, 2014 at 2:00 PM ET. Food hubs have gained momentum as an
innovative retail strategy to expand healthy food access in low-income
communities by creating direct linkages between food growers and
producers and consumers. Click here
<> for details and to

*Webinar: Planning Your Web Re-design, Thursday, August 28, 2014, 2 to
3 p.m. EDT **Register Today!*
Thru National Cooperative Business Association. If you're considering a
website redesign, you're in good company. It can be a daunting process, but
creative service agency MindActive is ready to walk you through the top
trends and best practices. Led by MindActive's Phillip Hamilton and Byron
Sletten, the webinar *"Latest Trends for Planning a Re-design"* will unpack
the plannning process.

*RECORDED Webinar and Slides Available for Rural-Urban Connections Webinar *

On July 24, the NADO Research Foundation hosted the webinar, “Strengthening
Rural-Urban Connections to Support Competitive Regions.”
economic and workforce development to transportation to tourism to energy
to food systems and beyond, it is becoming clear that an effective
framework for understand urban and rural is through a prism of
interdependence and linkages, rather than division and isolation.
Presenters discussed strategies to improve rural-urban linkages and
promoting regional efforts that benefit both urban and rural communities.
The presenters were:  Brian Dabson, Associate Dean and Research Professor,
Harry S. Truman School of Public Affairs and Director of the Institute of
Public Policy at the University of Missouri; Paula Downs, Project Director,
South Central Kansas Prosperity Plan (Wichita, KS); and Chad Coburn,
Manager, Prosperous Places Program, Capital Area Council of Government
(Austin, TX).  Click here
to watch a recording of the webinar and to download the presentation
slides.  The webinar was supported by the U.S. Department of Housing and
Urban Development and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Questions?  E-mail Brett Schwartz at [log in to unmask]


*TOYOTA AND AUDUBON *are offering grants to nonprofits through the Toyota
TogetherGreen Innovation Grants program. Grants of $5,000 to $80,000 are
available to support creative and ambitious projects that engage diverse
communities and find innovative solutions to environmental challenges.
8/15/2014*. Click here
<> to review program

*The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services* will provide grants for
the provision of a Service Coordinator to coordinate supportive services
and other activities designed to help public and Indian housing residents
attain economic and housing self-sufficiency.  *Deadline:  8/18/2014.*
Click here <> for
program guidelines and an application.

*HUD is offering grants through the HOPE VI Main Street Grant Program* to
support small communities to assist in the renovation of an historic or
traditional central business district or “Main Street” area by replacing
unused commercial space in buildings with affordable housing units. The
application *deadline is 8/18/2014*. Click here
<> for
program guidelines.

*Delta Regional* Authority that a NOFA has been posted on the DRA website
Counties and states are encouraged to apply for the available funds in
“conjunction with economic development partners such as state and local
chambers of commerce, planning and development districts, 2 and 4 year
colleges/universities, and workforce development boards. Priority will be
given to applicants who have garnered the support and commitments from a
network of partners who will engage in a region-wide approach.”  DRA states
include 252 counties and parishes in  Alabama
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<> | Tennessee
<>.  DRA will
provide approximately 30 communities, with up to $50,000 per application,
in subawards, for the purposes of direct technical support and assistance.
Selected communities will be able to assess the skill levels and plan for
increased readiness by the use of technical assistance providers, much like
ACT Workready Program ( and Jobs for the
Future (

*Timeframe for Application Submission*

Round 1 will open July 23, 2014 and will close October 2.

Round 2 will open August 25, 2014 and close November 4, 2014.

*Outreach and Assistance for Socially Disadvantaged Farmers and Ranchers
and Veteran Farmers and Ranchers Program: USDA Announces Funding
Opportunity - *The USDA has announced a $9.1 million funding opportunity
under the “Outreach and Assistance for Socially Disadvantaged Farmers and
Ranchers and Veteran Farmers and Ranchers Program.”  Click here
<> for the
full notice.  Applications are due by August 25.

*Bush Foundation Accepting Applications for Native Nation Rebuilders
Program* <>*
- DEADLINE:* August 28, 2014

The program will provide emerging and existing Native leaders in the Upper
Midwest region served by the foundation with access to ideas and
information, peer networks, leadership training, and other resources....

*TD Charitable Foundation Invites Applications for 2014 Housing for
Everyone Grants*
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DEADLINE:* August 29, 2014

Grants of $100,000 will be awarded in support of neighborhood
revitalization and stabilization efforts in communities throughout TD
Bank's corporate footprint....

*Department of Education Announces Funding Opportunity to (1) Support
Transition Employment for Youth and Young Adults with Mental Health
Conditions, (2) Community Living and Participation *

Click here <>
for the funding announcement.  Eligible applicants are States; public or
private agencies, including for-profit agencies; public or private
organizations, including for-profit organizations; IHEs; and Indian tribes
and tribal organizations. Applications are due by August 29.  Click here
<> for the
corresponding statement of funding priorities.

*Inaugural Rural Entrepreneurship Challenge Launched*
American Farm Bureau Federation and Georgetown’s McDonough School of
Business Partner on Challenge*

Washington, D.C. – The American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) together with
Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business Global Social
Enterprise Initiative (GSEI) and the Georgetown Entrepreneurship
Initiative’s StartupHoyas today announced the Rural Entrepreneurship
Challenge. The first-of-its-kind challenge provides an opportunity for
individuals to showcase ideas and business innovations being cultivated in
rural regions of the United States. The Farm Bureau Rural Entrepreneurship
Challenge is a key component of the Rural Entrepreneurship Initiative, a
joint effort between AFBF and Georgetown McDonough.

The inaugural challenge is accepting applications through September 15,
2014. Ten semi-finalists will be announced at the National Summit on Rural
Entrepreneurship at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business on
Tuesday, October 14. The summit is sponsored jointly by AFBF, GSEI, and the
White House Rural Council.

“Through the challenge, we will identify rural entrepreneurs with
innovative ideas and help them remove any barriers standing between them
and a viable, emerging business,” said Lisa Benson, AFBF’s director of
rural development. “Winners will get initial capital, as well as mentoring
to take them from innovative concept, to strategy, to reality. Farm Bureau
recognizes that great business ideas can germinate anywhere, and we’re
excited to see what our members will bring to the table.”

Challenge finalists will pitch their business ideas to a team of judges at
the AFBF 96th Annual Convention, to be held in January in San Diego, Calif.
Participants, who must be based in a rural county, will compete for the
Rural Entrepreneur of the Year Award and prize money of up to $30,000 to
implement their ideas. To learn more about the challenge and submit an
online application, visit
There will also be a series of webinars.

*Rural Health Fellows Program*
year-long, intensive program designed to develop a community of rural
health leaders. *Application deadline: Aug. 31, 2014. *

*Vocational Rehabilitation Services Projects for American Indians With
- Application deadline: Sep 2, 2014. Grants to provide vocational
rehabilitation services to American Indians with disabilities who reside on
or near federal or state reservations. Sponsor: U.S. Department of

*Self Help Homeownership Opportunity Program (SHOP)*
- Application deadline: Sep 4, 2014
Funding to be used to facilitate and encourage innovative homeownership
opportunities. Sponsor: U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

*Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation Accepting Applications for USArtists
International Grant Program*
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DEADLINE:* September 5, 2014

Grants of up to $15,000 are available to American dance, music, and theater
ensembles that have been invited to perform at international festivals
anywhere outside the United States....

*Melinda Gray Ardia Environmental Foundation Seeks Applications for
Environmental Studies Grants*
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DEADLINE:* September 14, 2014 (Pre-proposals)

Grants of up to $1,500 will be awarded in support of curricula that empower
and encourage students to become involved in solving environmental and
social problems....

the following program areas: Arts and Cultural Expression, Environmental
Health and Justice, Human Rights, Sustainable Communities,
Intergenerational Leadership, and Women’s Leadership. Grants from $600 to
$5,000 are provided to Native communities that address one or more of the
Fund’s program areas. *Deadline; 9/15/2014*. Application guidelines and
forms are available on the Fund’s website *here*

*Wrigley Company Foundation Community Service Grant*
- Application deadline: Oct 1, 2014
Provides funding to dental hygienists for projects aimed at improving oral
health or providing oral health education. Sponsor: American Dental
Hygienists' Association

*American Indian/Alaska Native Early Head Start (EHS) Expansion and
EHS-Child Care Partnerships*
- Application deadline: Oct 6, 2014
Offers funding to expand Early Head Start programs for American
Indian/Alaska Native populations or to create partnerships with local child
care providers within a community, leveraging existing local resources to
provide a comprehensive array of health, mental health, nutrition, and
social services to infants, toddlers, and their families. Sponsor:
Administration for Children and Families

*Early Head Start (EHS) and Migrant and Seasonal EHS-Child Care Partnership
- Application deadline: Oct 6, 2014
Offers funding to expand Early Head Start programs for migrant and seasonal
populations or to create partnerships with local child care providers
within a community, leveraging existing local resources to provide a
comprehensive array of health, mental health, nutrition, and social
services to infants, toddlers, and their families. Sponsor: Administration
for Children and Families

*USDA* has announced that approximately $13 million in Farm Bill funding is
now available for organic certification cost-share assistance, making
certification more accessible for small certified producers and handlers.
The certification assistance is distributed through two programs within the
Agricultural Marketing Service. Through the National Organic Certification
Cost-Share Program, $11.5 million is available to all 50 states, the
District of Columbia, and five U.S. Territories. Through the Agricultural
Management Assistance Organic Certification Cost-Share Program, an
additional $1.5 million is available to organic operations in Connecticut,
Delaware, Hawaii, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Nevada, New Hampshire,
New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Utah, Vermont, West
Virginia, and Wyoming. For more information, click *here*

*New Details Announced on $1 Billion National Disaster Resilience

In conjunction with a meeting of the State, Local, and Tribal Leaders Task
Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience
President Obama has announced new strategies
to help communities deal with the impacts of climate change.  Among those
resources is the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s
(HUD) National
Disaster Resilience Competition
which will make $1 billion available to communities that have been struck
by natural disasters in recent years.  The competition will promote risk
assessment and planning and will fund the implementation of innovative
resilience projects to prepare communities for future storms and other
extreme events.

There are 67 eligible applicants for the National Disaster Resilience
Competition, including all states with counties that experienced
presidentially-declared major disasters in 2011, 2012, or 2013 (48 of 50
states plus Puerto Rico and Washington, DC) and 17 local governments that
received Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) disaster recovery funding
under the Disaster Relief Appropriations Act of 2013 (PL 113-2).  Click here
for a list of eligible applicants.  All successful applicants will need to
demonstrate that their proposals address unmet needs from the eligible
disasters that affected them and also prepare the community to address
future vulnerabilities and risks.

The competition will be structured in two phases: (1) risk assessment and
planning; and (2) design and implementation.  In Phase 1, funding and
technical assistance will help communities develop innovative, data-driven
approaches to recover from recent disasters and increase resilience to
future threats.  A subset of these communities will be invited to continue
in Phase 2 and design solutions for recovery and future resilience.  The
best proposals will receive implementation funding and serve as models for
other communities across the country.

Click here
for HUD’s fact sheet on the National Disaster Resilience Competition.
Application requirements will be published in a forthcoming Notice of
Funding Availability.  Click here
for information on the other resilience-related announcements the President
made recently.

Bryan J. Zulko

Management Analyst

USDA Rural Development

United States Department of Agriculture

355 E. Hancock Avenue, Athens, Georgia 30601-2768

Cell: 202-604-5976   “Committed to the future of rural communities”

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