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Educational Opportunities, April 27, 2022



Rural Partners Network (RPN)
RPN is an alliance of federal agencies and civic partners working to expand rural prosperity through job creation, infrastructure development, and community improvement. Factsheet.

Thrive Rural Framework
The Aspen Institute offers as a new tool to help communities inventory, take action, and gauge progress on rural prosperity while gauging the readiness of people/leadership and organizations learn/act together.

Investing in Rural Prosperity
Published by the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis in collaboration with the Federal Reserve Board of Governors, this piece seeks to help rural individuals and communities achieve shared economic prosperity.

Vehicle to Everything: Memorandum of Understanding
U. S. Department of Energy and partners offer a First of Its Kind Collaboration to Accelerate "Vehicle-to-Everything" Technologies.

Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia | Community Development
Visit this site to tap into numerous development resources including their Reinventing Our Communities Cohort Program.

Reckoning with a Reckoning: How Cultural Institutions Can Advance Equity
Nonprofit Quarterly Article addressing learning practices to prioritize community justice to advance equity.

Placemaking Resources:


Events and Learning

National Small Business Week Virtual Summit hosted by the U.S. Small Business Administration and SCORE
May 2 and 5 | Webinar (Sign up live or to receive the recording)

eProject eXpress hosted by Department of Energy
May 9 | Webinar

2022 Rural LISC Seminar: Rural Talks on the Hill Series 
May 10-11 | Broadband & Infrastructure 
July 13-15 | Housing
Dec. 7-9 | Workforce & Small Business

USDA New Construction Funding for Off-Farm Labor Housing Loans and Grants Live Workshop
May 11 | Webinar

Lab-to-Market IDEA Summit (Ideas for Developing Equitable Access)
May 17 | Summit

Join America’s Seed Fund Startup Expo 
May 25 | Virtual Expo

USDA Local Food Purchase Assistance Cooperative Agreement Program 
Recorded Webinar

Innovation Matters, Educational Opportunities 04/20/2022



USDA Climate-Smart Resources:

Other Energy Information:


Events and Learning

Rural Workforce Innovation Network Virtual Workshop - How to Apply for and Manage Federal Grants
April 21 and 28 | Webinar

IIJA Broadband Programs Pre-NOFO Technical Assistance Webinar #4
April 27 | Webinar

EPA’s Creating the Water Workforce of the Future: Retaining a Strong and Resilient Utility Workforce
May 4 | Webinar

Meeting the Financial Services Needs of Native Americans: Native Bank On ONAC
May 11 | Webinar

Placemaking in Small and Rural Communities Online Conference 
May 23-24 | Virtual Conference

Clean Cities' New Electric School Bus Technical Assistance Series

EPA’s Creating the Digital Water Workforce of the Future

Innovation Matters, Educational Opportunities, 03/16/2022


Interagency Working Group (IWG) on Coal and Power Plant Communities & Economic Revitalization’s Centralized Funding Clearinghouse
The IWG created a centralized online clearinghouse for energy communities centralizing funding opportunities across the federal government. Access a recorded webinar for step-by-step instructions for navigation and guidance on search and filter functions.

A Guidebook to the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law 
The White House offers this Guidebook as a roadmap on funding available under the law. It explains, in as much detail as currently available, how much funding is available at the program level. The primary goal is to help partners know what to apply for, who to contact for help and how to prepare to apply for funding. Upcoming webinars to learn more about some of the programs covered in the Guidebook and BIL include:

Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy (C-PACE) Toolkit
The U.S. Department of Energy's offers this four-part compilation of resources that state and local governments can use to navigate barriers and benefit from C-PACE financing to make more informed decisions and ensure their programs achieve public purpose objectives.

Events and Learning Opportunities

U.S. Department of Agriculture Events:

3/17: USDA Actions on Nutrition Security

3/24: USDA NIFA American Rescue Plan Technical Assistance Investment Program Request for Applications Webinar (Applications Due: 6/1)

3/30: USDA’s Outreach and Assistance for Socially Disadvantaged and Veteran Farmers and Ranchers Program (2501 Program) Public Funding Guidance Webinar

Recorded: USDA NIFA | Women and Minorities in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Funding Webinar (Applications Due: March 31)

Recorded: USDA & HHS | Make Every Bite Count: Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2020-2025. Print Materials & Figures

Recorded: USDA Presents: Access to Capital in Rural America for Non-Regulated Lenders and the OneRD Guarantee Loan Initiative

Find past workshop recordings at the USDA Rural Development YouTube Channel 

Other Learning Opportunities:

3/29-30: Women’s Business Summit: “Ask an Expert” workshops, and fireside chats to help women-owned small businesses build, scale, and grow. The event will be held in co-sponsorship with the Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Center

3/30: Interagency Working Group (IWG) on Coal and Power Plant Communities and Economic Revitalization: Repurposing Fossil Energy Assets

3/30: 2nd Annual GSA Virtual Meet and Match: Supporting the Success of Women-Owned Small Businesses

4/6: Introduction to U.S. Women's Chamber of Commerce: Leveraging Your Women's Chamber to Grow Your Business

Recorded: SCORE for Women Entrepreneurs: Free Webinars & Find a free Mentor

Innovation Matters, Educational Opportunities 2/15/2022


Resources for Rural Entrepreneurs
U.S. Department of Agriculture

USDA Rural Development NEW guide to support rural entrepreneurs start and grow businesses, create good-paying jobs and strengthen America’s economy.

USDA Launches Major Initiative for Climate Smart Agriculture
USDA Radio News

Radio clip highlights this new programUSDA NRCS- Partnerships for Climate-Smart Commodities–Building Markets and Investing in America’s Climate-Smart Farmers, Ranchers & Forest Owners to Strengthen U.S. Rural and Agricultural Communities. Application Deadlines: 4/8/2022 and 5/27/2022.

USDA Expands Access to Four Key Loan Programs
U.S. Department of Agriculture
USDA Rural Development is expanding access to four loan guarantee programs that provide funding to help rural communities create jobs and improve local infrastructure.

Tribal Treaty Database
Various Organizations
USDA in partnership with the Department of the Interior and Oklahoma State University and the USDA Hall of Tribal Nations offer this informational database.

USDA Emergency Rural Health Care Grant - Comments Requested
U.S. Department of Agriculture
USDA Rural Development seeks comments on the Emergency Rural Health Care Grant, which provides emergency funding to help rural hospitals and local communities increase access to COVID-19 vaccines, health care services (including telehealth) and other support for the long-term sustainability. Comment Deadline: 3/4/22.

Charging Forward: A Toolkit for Planning and Funding Rural Electric Mobility Infrastructure U.S. Department of Transportation
Guidance to assist rural community members, towns, businesses, planning agencies and others identify key project partners and funding/financing to make their Electronic Vehicle project a reality.

Investing in Rural Recovery: Findings from a Rapid Assessment of Stakeholder Priorities for Rural Development
Regional Rural Development Centers
Findings from a survey on key priorities and critical investments for rural communities regarding recovery and growth. Indicators of Broadband Need Digital Map The National Telecommunications & Information Administration developed a mapping tool with multiple data sources to help users better understand the digital divide and connection between poverty and the lack of broadband.

Events and Learning Opportunities

USDA Rural Development Events:

2/16: National Entrepreneurship Week discussion on how USDA Rural Development assists small businesses and entrepreneurs

2/24-2/25: Agricultural Outlook Forum -- Sign up now!

Recorded: USDA Presents: Access to Capital in Rural America for Non-Regulated Lenders and the OneRD Guarantee Loan Initiative.

Find past workshop recordings at the USDA Rural Development YouTube Channel 

Other Learning Opportunities:

2/17: SBA’s Office of Women’s Business Ownership-Virtual Women’s Business Center Grant Program Applicant Workshop

2/23: BroadbandUSA–NTIA’s Deep Dive into the Digital Equity Act Programs & Parameters under the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act

2/24: ARC’s INSPIRE Pre-Application Workshop for the Investments Supporting Partnerships in Recovery Ecosystems Program. Letter of Intent Deadline: 3/3/2022

3/1-3/24: Project for Public Spaces: How to Create Successful Markets

4/4-4/7: Appalachian Regional Commission Outdoor Economy Conference

5/2-5/5: 2022 National Outdoor Recreation Conference



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