New CPD Cross-Program Funding Matrix and Dashboard Reports Posted

These reports provide funding information for each city and state that receives CPD program funds, in a place-based format. The reports detail the size of each grant received over the past several years, as well as the total amount of funds currently available to be spent on affordable housing and community and economic development activities. To access the reports please visit the CPD Cross-Program Funding Matrix and Dashboard Reports page.

Virginia Doctor Tries Truck-Stop Medicine to Keep Family Practice Alive
Jan 19, 2015 -- Describes an innovative way of providing healthcare to truck drivers who often find no other time to receive the care they need. This doctor provides care at a rural truck stop in Virginia and, using health information technology, can send along any test results for healthcare recommendations to the driver's next stop. It's a unique approach to healthcare provision that is treating a hard to access population while bringing financial security to his small, rural practice.
Source: The Washington Post

Housing Assistance Council Releases New Report on Housing for Rural Seniors
The Housing Assistance Council has recently released a new publication that examines the housing needs of a growing senior population in rural America.  The publication, “Housing an Aging Rural America:  Rural Seniors and their Homes” explores the challenges and opportunities in providing affordable and quality housing for the country’s rapidly growing senior rural population, which consisted of over 25% of the U.S.’s senior population in 2010.  According to the report, “In far too many rural communities, the only housing options for seniors are their own homes or nursing homes. With the scope and magnitude of the looming demographic shift of seniors, rural communities will need to develop a range of housing options such as rental housing, rehabilitation and repair programs, housing with services, and assisted living. These options not only enhance the lives of seniors but are fiscally prudent measures that are more cost effective than long-term care options.”  Click here to read the report and here to watch a recording of a recent webinar covering highlights from the report. 


Webinar: The Federal Highway Administration’s (FHWA’s) Office of Freight Management and Operations and Office of Planning’s next monthly online is on January 27 from 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. ET, FHWA will hold a webinar on Regional Models of Cooperation, an initiative intended to encourage collaboration across planning agency boundaries in support of planning solutions and to reduce project delays and process inconsistencies.  To register for the webinar, please click here.

WEBINAR: Developing Local and Regional Food Systems in Nebraska, January 27, 2015, 1:30 PM -  Eastern Time

Nebraska has had little activity in building local and regional food systems. The state is large and rural towns are often times located at a good distance between them. This webinar will look at what we learned about the opportunities and challenges of production of local and regional foods in Nebraska, how this project resulted in our ability to bring these issues to state legislators, and the impact this project has had on Nebraska to date.


Dr. Charles Francis, has his B.S. in Agronomy from the University of California at Davis; his M.S. in plant breeding and Ph.D. in plant breeding from Cornell University. His interests lie in design of resource efficient cropping systems, long-term rotations and cover crops, spatially diverse field designs, integrated crop/animal systems, whole farm planning and watershed design for environmentally sound production systems; on-farm and participatory research and educational activities, collaborative research design; future farming systems, role of diversity and integrated resource management, value added enterprises and products, and relationships of small and moderate-scale family farms to viable rural communities.

Jon Bailey, J.D. directs the Rural Policy Program at the Center for Rural Affairs in Lyons, Nebraska. Jon is a 1980 graduate of Creighton University with a B.A. in Political Science and a 1983 graduate of the Creighton University School of Law. In 1996 he received a Master’s in Public Policy from The College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, VA. He was awarded a 1996 Presidential Management Intern award and served as a Special Assistant to the Associate Commissioner for Policy at the Social Security Administration in Washington, DC. In 1997, he became a Legislative Fellow for United States Senator Kent Conrad of North Dakota. Jon came to the Center for Rural Affairs in 1998. He has authored over 50 research briefs for the CRA that look at issues facing rural America.

Kathie Starkweather, Director Farm and Community Program, Center for Rural Affairs, has her undergraduate degree in sociology from the University of Nebraska. She worked as a rural sociologist for USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service prior to coming to work at the Center for Rural Affairs as part of the policy program. She has led an effort in Nebraska around building local and regional food systems including work on Farm to School and has helped some of the state’s most vulnerable populations get access to healthy local food. Her program works with beginning farmers to help them develop successful and sustainable farms and ranches.


Webinar: Release of the 2015 Assets & Opportunity Scorecard, Thursday, January 29, 2014 | Noon - 1 pm EST

Join CFED at noon EST on Thursday, January 29 for the webinar release of the 2015 Assets & Opportunity Scorecard. Each year, the Scorecard offers the most comprehensive look available at American’s financial security today and their opportunity to create a more prosperous future. It is a powerful research and advocacy tool that helps paint the full picture of household financial insecurity in America. This year's Scorecard brings together over 130 policy and outcome measures for all 50 states and the District of Columbia to help make the case for asset-based policy reform that expands economic opportunity for all Americans.

Key highlights from this year’s Scorecard include:

  • Top-level analysis on      the economic recovery at the household level.
  • New outcome measures,      including the scope of income inequality and the number of disconnected      youth in each state.
  • A comprehensive      assessment of the policies states should adopt to create opportunity for      their residents.
  • Analysis of how Scorecard      data can be used to affect meaningful change in your state.
  • An online liquid asset      poverty calculator.

As always, participation in this webinar is free, but advanced registration is required. To sign up, click here.

Webinar: Heart & Soul Talk: Use Community Network Analysis to Improve Participation and Results. Identifying the multiple layers of community can be the difference between success or failure of a project.
Orton’s Community Network Analysis (CNA) is a powerful way to understand who lives, works, and plays in your town and how best to reach them. Alece Montez-Greigo, director of programs, explains the tool. Heart & Soul practitioners join her to share on-the-ground experience using CNA. 4-5 p.m. EST, Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015. Free!  Register for the Talk »

Webinar: Heart & Soul Training: Intro to Building Better CommunitiesAlece Montez-Griego, director of programs, leads an interactive webinar that will give participants insight into what makes Community Heart & Soul a powerful, results-oriented, and successful approach to community development and planning. This hour-long overview is the first in a series of four online trainings to be offered this year. 3-4 p.m., EST, Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015. Free!

Register for the Training»

Video: Ed McMahon on the Importance of Place

Communities that can't differentiate themselves have no competitive advantage in today's economy, says renowned economic development and land use policy expert Ed McMahon. Ed gave a TEDx talk in Jacksonville, Florida, recently about the economic and social value of preserving the character of cities and towns across the country. Ed is resident senior fellow for sustainable land development at the Urban Land Institute and a trustee here at the Orton Family Foundation. 

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Replicating Evidence-Based Teen Pregnancy Prevention Programs (TPP) to Scale in Communities with the Greatest Need (Tier 1B) - Letter of Intent (Optional): Feb 1, 2015
Application deadline: Apr 1, 2015. Awards funding to replicate evidence-based teen pregnancy prevention programs in communities with documented disparities in teen pregnancy rates, including rural communities.
Sponsor: Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health

Capacity Building to Support Replication of Evidence-Based Teen Pregnancy Programs (Tier 1A) - Letter of Intent (Optional): Feb 1, 2015
Application deadline: Apr 1, 2015.  Will award funding to intermediary organizations working within a defined service area that will provide capacity building assistance to youth-serving organizations to replicate evidence-based teen pregnancy prevention programs. Sponsor: Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health

Compassionate Impact Grant Program Supports Nonprofit Capacity-Building - DEADLINE: February 6, 2015

The Foundation Beyond Belief will award a single grant of up to $65,000 to a nonprofit whose work impacts low-income communities in the areas of economic opportunity, education, health, and youth development....

NEWS: Delta Regional Authority launches Delta Challenge pitch competitions to identify and strengthen entrepreneurs in Delta
Entrepreneurship Network will cultivate innovation, growth in regional entrepreneurial community

CLARKSDALE, Miss. – The Delta Regional Authority has launched The Delta Challenge—a series of entrepreneurship pitch competitions—as part of a newly established program called the DRA Entrepreneurship Network to boost entrepreneurial success in the Delta region and Alabama Black Belt—DRA Federal Co-Chairman Chris Masingill announced today.

The Entrepreneurship Network builds on a key partnership with The Idea Village to identify, connect, nurture and grow entrepreneurs from across the Delta region and Alabama Black Belt by addressing regional deficiencies in capital, training, and best practices through a connected infrastructure of support organizations, investors, and educators.

The new program seeks to strengthen the entrepreneurial ecosystem of the Delta region and broaden the region’s cultural understanding of entrepreneurship.  The Delta Challenge pitch competitions will help regional leadership to identify up to 16 Entrepreneurship Network fellows and will take place in five communities across the region:

  • Cape Girardeau, Missouri      – February 24, 2015
  • Ruston, Louisiana –      February 26, 2015
  • Jackson, Mississippi –      February 27, 2015
  • Jonesboro, Arkansas –      February 28, 2015
  • Linden, Alabama – March      2, 2015

As a part of the Network’s development, DRA is also accepting applications from individuals and non-profit organizations that provide direct entrepreneurship support or educational services.  Representatives from up to 16 support organizations will be identified to join the Network.  Application guidelines and instructions for interested entrepreneurs and support organizations can be found at

The winners of the Delta Challenge competitions and those entrepreneurship support organizations selected will be designated as Entrepreneurship Network Fellows.

The fellowship will include participation in a special segment of New Orleans Entrepreneur Week (NOEW), produced by The Idea Village, on March 20-27, 2015. Network Fellows will showcase their ideas to investors, connect with fellow entrepreneurs, industry experts, and mentors, and participate in programmatic workshops. Entrepreneurship support organization representatives will receive access to emerging entrepreneurs, gain technical knowledge and training, expand their entrepreneurship support network, and learn additional entrepreneurial ecosystem development strategies.

Applications for both the Delta Challenge and the Entrepreneurship Support Organizations open January 15, 2015. Entrepreneurship Support Organization applications are due by midnight CST on February 15, 2015. Two webinars will be held to outline application guidelines and address any questions from the public on January 27 and February 3. To register for either webinar, visit

The Network continues DRA investments into the Delta region’s entrepreneurial community through the DRA’s Small Business & Entrepreneurship Initiative, directly aligning with the DRA’s Small Business and Entrepreneurship Policy Framework.

Health Professions Extern Program - Application deadline: Feb 6, 2015
Provides externship opportunities for Indian Health Service Scholarship recipients, as well as other health professions students. Sponsor: Indian Health Service

Sexual Assault Services Culturally Specific Grant Program - Application deadline: Feb 24, 2015
Funding to create, maintain, and expand sustainable culturally-specific sexual assault services for underserved populations. Sponsor: Office on Violence Against Women

NURSE Corps Loan Repayment Program - Application deadline: Feb 26, 2015
Offers loan repayment assistance to registered nurses, nurse practitioners, advanced practice nurses, and nursing school faculty who agree to work in underserved areas. Sponsor: Bureau of Health Workforce

ARPA-E Announces $125M Challenge for Disruptive Energy Technologies

The Department of Energy’s (DOE) Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) announced that it will commit up to $125 million for its 2015 OPEN competition to Support R&D projects on potentially disruptive new energy technologies. Via the 2015 OPEN program, DOE intends to make up to 50 awards across the full spectrum of energy applications. Concept papers are due February 27, 2015, with the full application due date yet to be determined. In 2014, SSTI members have been alerted to more than 1,500 funding opportunities – like the ARPA-E OPEN competition – through the SSTI Funding Supplement! Read more...


Ample Table for Everyone Accepting Applications for Food Security Projects - DEADLINE: March 2, 2015 (Preliminary Proposals)

Grants of up to $10,000 will be awarded in support of projects that help families in New York City secure an adequate supply of healthy food on a consistent basis....

Rural Recruitment and Retention Analysis Cooperative Agreement - Application deadline: Mar 9, 2015
Will award funding for research designed to identify and assess trends, tools, resources, and successful strategies used by rural communities to recruit and retain needed staff across key sectors of the rural healthcare delivery system. Sponsor: Federal Office of Rural Health Policy

Applications Available for ArtPlace America’s New Community Development Investments Program
ArtPlace America has announced a new program that will provide funding and support to place-based, non-governmental organizations that are interested in sustainably incorporating arts and cultural strategies into the organization’s planning and development work.  Selected organizations will receive up to $3 million and gain access to national creative placemaking experts, a financial capital consortium, a federal grants advisory team, and a community documentation and research team.  Eligible applicants include organizations from: Alaska or California; a nonmetropolitan area of Arizona, New Mexico, Texas or Minnesota; or a metropolitan area of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, or West Virginia.  Applications are due on March 12.  Additional information on the Community Development Investments program is available here.

Sillerman Center for the Advancement of Philanthropy Accepting Entries for Generous U Competition - DEADLINE: March 13, 2015

The $10,000 Sillerman Prize will be awarded to a student-based project that promotes philanthropy and philanthropic values on college campuses in the United States....

Grants to States to Support Oral Health Workforce Activities - Application deadline: Mar 16, 2015
Offers funding to states to develop and implement programs that address the dental workforce needs of designated dental health professional shortage areas.
Sponsor: Bureau of Health Workforce

Rural Health Value Program - Application deadline: Mar 23, 2015. Offers funding to establish and operate the Rural Health Value Program, which will inform rural healthcare providers and stakeholders about set policies impacting healthcare providers and the impacts of healthcare system delivery changes. The awardee will also offer technical assistance to rural providers seeking new approaches to healthcare delivery in their communities. Sponsor: Federal Office of Rural Health Policy

National Health Service Corps Loan Repayment Program - Application deadline: Mar 30, 2015
Provides loan repayment funding to primary healthcare professionals who agree to serve in Health Professional Shortage Areas. Sponsor: National Health Service Corps

Native American Health Service Resident Rotation Program - Application deadline: Apr 1, 2015
Provides second or third year dermatology students with a residency program that offers dermatologic care to the rural Navajo Nation population. Sponsor: American Academy of Dermatology

Community Economic Development (CED) Healthy Food Financing Initiative Projects - Application deadline: Apr 24, 2015. Awards funding to Community Development Corporations for projects designed to address food deserts and improve access to healthy, affordable foods. Bonus points will be given to projects that create jobs in a rural community. Sponsor: ACF Office of Community Services

Community Economic Development (CED) Projects - Application deadline: Apr 24, 2015
Offers funds to Community Development Corporations (CDCs) for projects designed to address the economic needs of low-income individuals and families through the creation of employment and business opportunities, including expansion or construction of clinics and health centers. Bonus points will be given to projects that create jobs in rural communities. Sponsor: Administration for Children and Families

NCTM School Invites Applications for In-Service Training Grants for Pre-K-5 Math Teachers - DEADLINE: May 4, 2015

Grants of up to $4,000 will be awarded to support the professional development and pedagogical content knowledge of pre-K-5 math teachers....