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Innovation Matters Funding Opportunities 5/26/2020

Funding Opportunities

Rural Infrastructure

HRSA Telehealth Network Grant Program
Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) is providing grants to promote rural tele-emergency services with an emphasis on tele-stroke, tele-behavioral health, and Tele-Emergency Medical Services. Application Deadline: June 15, 2020

Strategic Economic and Community Development (SECD)
USDA Rural Development is accepting applications for projects that support regional economic and community development planning. Funding is authorized through a Farm Bill provision for applications submitted through Community Facilities Loans, Grants and Loan Guarantees, Water and Waste Disposal Program Loans, Grants and Loan Guarantees, and Business & Industry Program Loan Guarantees. Specific requirements and application deadlines apply. Funds must be obligated by June 30, 2020

Distance Learning and Telemedicine Grant Program
USDA Rural Development is providing grants to help rural communities use the unique capabilities of telecommunications to connect to each other and to the world, overcoming the effects of remoteness and low population density. Application Deadline: July 13, 2020 via grants.gov

Federal Communications Commission COVID-19 Telehealth Program
Federal Communications Commission is providing funds for the adoption of a telehealth program to support healthcare providers respond to the coronavirus pandemic. Application Deadline: Open

Federal Communications Commission High Speed Broadband/Rural Opportunity Fund
The Federal Communications Commission is providing funds to bring high speed fixed broadband service to rural homes and small businesses that lack access. Application Deadline: Open

Quick Links to COVID-19 Resources Related to Rural Infrastructure:

Economic Development

Rural Energy Savings Program (RESP)
USDA Rural Development Is providing loans help rural families and small businesses achieve cost savings by providing loans to qualified consumers to implement durable cost-effective energy efficiency measures. Letter of Intent (Required) Deadline: Open

SBA Economic Injury Disaster Advance Loan and Advance 
U.S. Small Business Administration is accepting new Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) and EIDL Advance applications on a limited basis only to provide relief to U.S. agricultural businesses which includes those businesses engaged in the production of food and fiber, ranching, and raising of livestock, aquaculture, and all other farming and agricultural related industries. Other SBA Relief Options. Application Deadline: Open

FY 2020 Public Works and Economic Adjustment Assistance Programs (PWEAA)
The Economic Development Administration (EDA) is providing resources to economically distressed communities and regions to help finance construction, non-construction, planning, technical assistance, and revolving loan fund projects. Application Deadline: Ongoing

IMLS CARES Act Grants for Museums and Libraries
Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) program to support the role of museums and libraries in responding to the coronavirus pandemic. Application Deadline: June 12, 2020

Rural Communities Opioid Response Program-Planning (RCORP-Planning)
Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) funding to rural communities to enhance capacity to address substance use disorder to conduct planning activities, engage multi-sector consortiums and participate in the RCORP-Planning learning collaborative. Application Deadline: July 13, 2020

Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program (HBIIP)
USDA Rural Development program intended to increase significantly the sale and use of higher blends of ethanol and biodiesel by expanding the infrastructure for renewable fuels derived from U.S. agricultural products. Application Deadline: August 13, 2020

Quick Links to COVID-19 Resources to Support Rural Economic Development:

Innovation Matters Funding Opportunities 5/11/2020

 

Funding Opportunities

Rural Infrastructure

Revolving Funds for Financing Water and Wastewater Projects Program
This USDA Rural Development program supports predevelopment costs for water or wastewater projects to finance short-term and small capital projects that are not part of regular operation and maintenance costs for water and wastewater systems. Application Deadline: June 12, 2020

HRSA Telehealth Network Grant Program
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services provides grants to promote rural tele-emergency services with an emphasis on tele-stroke, tele-behavioral health, and Tele-Emergency Medical Services. Application Deadline: June 15, 2020

Strategic Economic and Community Development (SECD)
USDA Rural Development is accepting applications for projects that support regional economic and community development planning. Funding is authorized through a Farm Bill provision for applications submitted through Community Facilities Loans, Grants and Loan Guarantees, Water and Waste Disposal Program Loans, Grants and Loan Guarantees, and Business & Industry Program Loan Guarantees. Specific requirements and application deadlines apply. Funds must be obligated by June 30, 2020

Federal Communications Commission COVID-19 Telehealth Program
Federal Communications Commission funding for the adoption of a telehealth program to support health care providers respond to the coronavirus pandemic. FAQs. Application Deadline: Open

Federal Communications Commission High Speed Broadband/Rural Opportunity Fund
The Federal Communications Commission designed the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund to bring high- speed fixed broadband service to rural homes and small businesses that lack access. FCC Proposes the 5G Fund for Rural America. Application Deadline: Open

Quick Links to COVID-19 Resources Related to Rural Infrastructure:

Economic Development

Economic Injury Disaster Advance Loan and Advance 
U.S. Small Business Administration is accepting new Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) and EIDL Advance applications on a limited basis only to provide relief to U.S. agricultural businesses which includes those businesses engaged in the production of food and fiber, ranching, and raising of livestock, aquaculture and all other farming and agricultural related industries. Other SBA Relief Options. Application Deadline: Open

Small Business Innovation Research Program
USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture program offers competitive grants to qualified small businesses to support high-quality research related to important scientific problems and opportunities in agriculture that could lead to significant public benefits. Application Deadline: May 21, 2020

Farmers Market Promotion Program
USDA Agricultural Marketing Service program to help develop, coordinate and expand direct producer to consumer markets to help increase access to and availability and regionally produced agricultural products supporting both capacity building and community development, training and technical assistance projects. Application Deadline: May 26, 2020

Regional Food System Partnerships & Local Food Promotion Program
USDA Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) grants to support the development, coordination, and expansion of local and regional food business enterprises to help increase access and availability to locally and regionally produced agricultural products. Application Deadline: May 26, 2020

Program for Investment in Microentrepreneurs
U.S. Small Business Administration offers funding to provide assistance and guidance to disadvantaged microentrepreneurs and/or microenterprise development organizations. Applications Deadline: May 31, 2020

Community Food Projects Competitive Grant Program
USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture grants to plan or implement food projects designed to meet the needs of low-income individuals and increase community self-reliance concerning food and nutrition. Application Deadline: June 3, 2020

AFRI Rapid Response to Novel Coronavirus Impacts Across Food & Agricultural Systems
USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture offers grants to support critical and urgent research, extension, or integrated solutions in response to COVID-19 and its impacts on the nation’s food and agricultural systems. RFA. Application Deadline: June 4, 2020

Rural Telementoring Training Center
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services program to train academic medical centers and other centers of excellence to create or expand technology enabled collaborative learning and capacity building models and share resources to support training nationwide supporting rural and underserved areas. Application Deadline: June 16, 2020

Quick Links to COVID-19 Resources to Support Rural Economic Development:

Innovation Matters Funding Opportunities 4/28/2020

Spotlight: COVID-19 Resources

USDA Leadership from Farm Production And Conservation and Rural Development Update Stakeholders On Accessing SBA Relief Programs
USDA issued guidance on the resources provided in the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act (HR.266) recently passed by Congress and signed into law by President Trump.

USDA Launches COVID-19 Federal Rural Resource Guide
The COVID-19 Federal Rural Resource Guide will help our rural leaders, whether they be in local government, education, health care, faith leadership, or any other capacity, understand what federal assistance is available to them during this unprecedented time.

Visit www.coronavirus.gov for the latest news from the CDC on Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).

Visit www.rd.usda.gov/coronavirus for the latest news from Rural Development on how we are helping our partners, customers, and stakeholders impacted by COVID-19.

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Quick Links to COVID-19 Resources

USDA COVID-19 Relief Measures:

Additional Resources:

Additional COVID-19 resources are featured in the categories below.

Funding Opportunities

Rural Infrastructure

Housing Preservation Grant Program
USDA Rural Development offers grants to sponsoring organizations for the repair or rehabilitation of housing owned or occupied by low- and very-low-income rural citizens. Application Deadline: May 7, 2020

Rural Business Development Grant Program - Transportation Systems
USDA Rural Development offers grants to improve rural transportation systems for intermediaries seeking to provide rural communities with training and technical assistance to improve transportation services and facilities. Application Deadline: May 14, 2020

Revolving Funds for Financing Water and Wastewater Projects Program
USDA Rural Development program supports predevelopment costs for water or wastewater projects to finance short-term and small capital projects that are not part of regular operation and maintenance costs for water and wastewater systems. Application Deadline: June 12, 2020

HRSA Telehealth Network Grant Program
United States Department of Health and Human Services provides grants to promote rural tele-emergency services with an emphasis on tele-stroke, tele-behavioral health, and Tele-Emergency Medical Services. Application Deadline: June 15, 2020

Strategic Economic and Community Development (SECD)
USDA Rural Development is accepting applications for projects that support regional economic and community development planning. Funding is authorized through a Farm Bill provision for applications submitted through Community Facilities Loans, Grants and Loan Guarantees, Water and Waste Disposal Program Loans, Grants and Loan Guarantees, and Business & Industry Program Loan Guarantees. Specific requirements and application deadlines apply. Funds must be obligated by June 30. 2020

Distance Learning and Telemedicine Grant Program
USDA Rural Development offers support to help rural communities use the unique capabilities of telecommunications to connect to each other and to the world, overcoming the effects of remoteness and low population density. Application Guide. Application Deadline: July 13, 2020 via grants.gov

Quick Links to COVID-19 Resources Related to Rural Infrastructure:

Economic Development

EMPOWERED
U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) funding to support training programs that target professionals who interact with distributed energy resources, including solar energy systems, storage systems, “smart” building technologies, and alternative-fuel vehicles. Concept Paper: April 30, 2020

Assistive Technology Alternative Financing Program
Department of Health and Human Services Administration for Community Living can help finance assistive technology devices through a low-interest loan fund, an interest buy-down program, a revolving loan fund, a loan guarantee, or an insurance program. Application Deadline: May 15, 2020

Rural Community Development Initiative Program
USDA Rural Development offers grants to qualified intermediary organizations to provide technical assistance and training to help nonprofit organizations and communities develop their capacity to undertake housing, community facility or economic development projects in rural areas. Electronic Application Deadline: May 13, 2020 via grants.gov | Paper Application Deadline: May 18, 2020

SAMHSA Treatment, Recovery, and Workforce Support Grants
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) will make awards to support individuals in substance use disorder treatment to live independently and participate in the workforce. Application Deadline: June 1, 2020

Community Food Projects Competitive Grant Program
USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture grants to plan or implement food projects to meet the needs of low-income individuals and increase community self-reliance concerning food and nutrition. Application Deadline: June 3, 2020

Rapid Response to Novel Coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) Impacts Across Food and Agricultural Systems
USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) program focuses on critical and urgent research, extension, or integrated solutions in response to COVID-19 and its impacts on the nation’s food and agricultural system. Application Deadline: June 4, 2020

FY 2020 Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program - COVID-19 Supplemental
Federal Emergency Management Agency assistance to provide critically needed resources that equip personnel to respond to the COVID-19 public health emergency and support community resilience. Application Deadline: Open

Quick Links to COVID-19 Resources to Support Rural Economic Development:

Innovation Matters, Funding Opportunities 4/13/2020

Spotlight: COVID-19 Resources

New! USDA Launches COVID-19 Federal Rural Resource Guide The COVID-19 Federal Rural Resource Guide will help our rural leaders, whether they be in local government, education, health care, faith leadership, or any other capacity, understand what federal assistance is available to them during this unprecedented time.

USDA Rural Development COVID-19 Resources Fact Sheet
This resource provides a complete list of actions taken by USDA Rural Development to help rural residents, businesses, and communities impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Visit www.coronavirus.gov for the latest news from the CDC on Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).

Visit www.rd.usda.gov/coronavirus for the latest news from Rural Development on how we are helping our partners, customers, and stakeholders impacted by COVID-19.

In This Issue:

Spotlight: COVID-19 Resources

Quick Links to COVID-19 Resources

Funding Opportunities
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Rural Infrastructure 
    -Economic Development
    -Tribal-specific

Publications

Event Opportunities

Quick Links to COVID-19 Resources

USDA COVID-19 Relief Measures:

Additional Resources:

Additional COVID-19 resources are featured in the categories below.

Funding Opportunities

Rural Infrastructure

ReConnect Pilot Program
USDA's ReConnect Pilot Program is accepting applications for loans and grants to provide funds to build, improve or acquire facilities and equipment needed to provide broadband service in eligible rural areas. Application Deadline: April 15, 2020

Community Facilities Technical Assistance and Training Grant
USDA Rural Development grants to help rural communities expand their capacity to access financial resources for economic development. Electronic Application Deadline: April 30, 2020 via grants.gov. Paper Application Deadline: May 5, 2020

Rural Business Development Grant Program - Transportation Systems
USDA Rural Development offers grants to improve rural transportation systems for intermediaries seeking to provide rural communities with training and technical assistance to improve transportation services and facilities. Application Deadline: May 14, 2020

Revolving Funds for Financing Water and Wastewater Projects Program
USDA Rural Development program supports predevelopment costs for water or wastewater projects to finance short-term and small capital projects that are not part of regular operation and maintenance costs for water and wastewater systems. Application Deadline: June 12, 2020

HRSA Telehealth Network Grant Program
United States Department of Health and Human Services provides grants to promote rural tele-emergency services with an emphasis on tele-stroke, tele-behavioral health, and Tele-Emergency Medical Services. Application Deadline: June 15, 2020

Strategic Economic and Community Development (SECD)
USDA Rural Development is accepting applications for projects that support regional economic and community development planning. Funding is authorized through a Farm Bill provision for applications submitted through Community Facilities Loans, Grants and Loan Guarantees, Water and Waste Disposal Program Loans, Grants and Loan Guarantees, and Business & Industry Program Loan Guarantees. Specific requirements and application deadlines apply. Note: Rural Business Development Grant (RBDG) application deadline is April 15. Funds Must Be Obligated by June 30. 2020

Distance Learning and Telemedicine Grant Program
USDA Rural Development offers support to help rural communities use the unique capabilities of telecommunications to connect to each other and to the world, overcoming the effects of remoteness and low population density. Application Guide. Second Application Window Opens April 14, 2020. Additional information on how to apply will be available on grants.gov on April, 14.

Economic Development

Rural Energy Savings Program (RESP)
USDA Rural Development loans help rural families and small businesses achieve cost savings by providing loans to qualified consumers to implement durable cost-effective energy efficiency measures. Letter of Intent (Required) Deadline: Open

Economic Injury Disaster Loans and Loan Advance
U.S. Small Business Administration provides low-interest disaster loans to help businesses and homeowners recover from declared disasters. Other COVID-19 Resources. Application Deadline: Open

Rural Community Development Initiative Program
USDA Rural Development offers grants to qualified intermediary organizations to provide technical assistance and training to help nonprofit organizations and communities develop their capacity to undertake housing, community facility or economic development projects in rural areas. Electronic Application Deadline: May 13, 2020 via grants.gov | Paper Application Deadline: May 18, 2020

Community Food Projects Competitive Grant Program
USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture grants to plan or implement food projects designed to meet the needs of low-income individuals and increase community self-reliance concerning food and nutrition. Application Deadline: June 3, 2020

Small Business Administration’s Payment Protection Program
The Paycheck Protection Program is a loan designed to provide a direct incentive for small businesses to keep their workers on the payroll. SBA will forgive loans if all employees are kept on the payroll for eight weeks and the money is used for payroll, rent, mortgage interest, or utilities. Application Deadline: June 30, 2020

Quick Links to COVID-19 Resources to Support Rural Economic Development:

  

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