The U.S. Department of Agriculture is excited to share a new Rural Development funding opportunity authorized by Section 6025 of the 2014 Farm Bill. This new authority entitled Strategic Economic and Community Development (SECD) prioritizes projects that support the implementation of multi-jurisdictional plans under the Community Facilities Program, Water and Waste Disposal Program, Business and Industry Loan Guarantee Program, and Rural Business Development Grant Program. Under this provision, up to 10 percent of each programs annual appropriations can be set aside and made available to eligible SECD applicants. Many communities already working together to develop multi-jurisdictional plans with the help of strategic partners including non-profit organizations, institutions of higher education, university extensions, regional authorities, coalitions of counties/towns and federal special initiative coalitions such as: Stronger Economies Together, Promise Zones, Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy, Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnerships, Sustainable Communities, and Local Food, Local Places. The goal of SECD is to promote collaboration in rural communities and across Rural Development agencies and programs. Communities are incentivized to align resources, develop long-term community and economic growth strategies and engage federal, state and local partners. By promoting this regional focus USDA resources can be more effectively utilized and have a larger impact on rural capacity building and wealth creation.
In FY 2017 NIFA's CFP intends to solicit applications and fund two types of grants. The types are entitled (1) Community Food Projects (CFP) and (2) Planning Projects (PP). The primary goals of the CFP are to: Meet the food needs of low-income individuals through food distribution, community outreach to assist in participation in Federally assisted nutrition programs, or improving access to food as part of a comprehensive service; Increase the self-reliance of communities in providing for the food needs of the communities; Promote comprehensive responses to local food access, farm, and nutrition issues; and Meet specific state, local or neighborhood food and agricultural needs including needs relating to: Equipment necessary for the efficient operation of a project; Planning for long-term solutions; or The creation of innovative marketing activities that mutually benefit agricultural producers and low-income consumers. Apply for Grant/View RFA.
Closing Date: Wednesday, November 30, 2016
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) announced the availability of $17.7 million in grant funding to help train and educate the next generation of agricultural producers through the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program (BFRDP). The Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program helps fund organizations implementing programs throughout the United States that train beginning farmers and ranchers, through workshops, educational teams, training and technical assistance. Eligible applicants include collaborative state, tribal, local or regionally-based networks or partnerships of public or private entities such as state cooperative extension services, community-based organizations, colleges or universities; and other organizations providing services to beginning farmers and ranchers. 2017 applications are due Dec. 8, 2016.
The //foundationcenter.hosted.strongview.com/t/gckbbB1wQABKbJlD6a4SxFGZ5aaaa4SxBL4H31jaa?k=~@tAtCt&o=Srhsi3ezXoh.zhyS3e1_mnS.4inQ.qe5&;b=Oy&7=&h=zdndom2s-rEr-qC" target="_self">National Endowment for the Arts, in partnership with the //foundationcenter.hosted.strongview.com/t/gckbbB1wQABKbJlD6a4SxFGZ5aaaa4SxBL4H31jaa?k=~@tAtCt&o=Srhsi3ezXoh.zhyS3e1_mnS.4inQ.qe5&;b=Oz&7=&h=zdndom2s-rEr-qC" target="_self">Kresge Foundation, has announced the launch of a technical assistance program for the creative placemaking field. Through the program, Kresge and the NEA will collaborate with the //foundationcenter.hosted.strongview.com/t/gckbbB1wQABKbJlD6a4SxFGZ5aaaa4SxBL4H31jaa?k=~@tAtCt&o=Srhsi3ezXoh.zhyS3e1_mnS.4inQ.qe5&;b=PQ&7=&h=zdndom2s-rEr-qC" target="_self">Local Initiatives Support Corporation, the //foundationcenter.hosted.strongview.com/t/gckbbB1wQABKbJlD6a4SxFGZ5aaaa4SxBL4H31jaa?k=~@tAtCt&o=Srhsi3ezXoh.zhyS3e1_mnS.4inQ.qe5&;b=PR&7=&h=zdndom2s-rEr-qC" target="_self">National Creative Placemaking Program, and //foundationcenter.hosted.strongview.com/t/gckbbB1wQABKbJlD6a4SxFGZ5aaaa4SxBL4H31jaa?k=~@tAtCt&o=Srhsi3ezXoh.zhyS3e1_mnS.4inQ.qe5&;b=PS&7=&h=zdndom2s-rEr-qC" target="_self">PolicyLink to provide fourteen organizations and their partners with specialized technical assistance aimed at building each organization's capacity to lead placemaking projects that result in positive short- and long-term outcomes for their community. The program also will work to clarify standard practices in creative placemaking by sharing lessons learned and will inform future funding practices for NEA's Our Town program and Kresge's own investments in the field...
First Nations Development Institute (First Nations) is accepting applications for its “First Nations Native Agriculture and Food Systems Scholarship Program” that aims to encourage more Native American college students to enter the agricultural sector in Native communities. First Nations will award 10 scholarships of $1,000 each to Native American college students majoring in agriculture and related fields, including but not limited to: agribusiness management, agronomy, animal husbandry, aquaponics, environmental engineering, fisheries and wildlife, food production and safety, food-related policy and legislation, food science and technology, horticulture, irrigation science, nutrition education, and sustainable agriculture or food systems. Complete information and a link to the online application can be found at www.firstnations.org/grantmaking/scholarship. All applications must be completed and submitted by 5 p.m. Mountain Daylight Time on Wednesday, October 5, 2016.
EPA is requesting letters of interest for a new round of Building Blocks for Sustainable Communities technical assistance. EPA will select 25 communities to receive targeted assistance to help overcome barriers to smarter, more environmentally and economically sustainable growth. This assistance will help communities, local governments, and tribal governments improve their capacity to implement smart growth and other approaches that protect the environment, improve public health, and expand economic opportunity.
Deadline: 5:00 p.m. Eastern time on October 12, 2016.
Read the 2016-2017 Request for Letters of Interest for information on how to apply.
In August, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced over $40 million in available federal funding for a new DHS Center of Excellence (COE) for Homeland Security Quantitative Analysis via two federal funding opportunities (FFO). The proposed COEs will conduct end user-focused research to enhance the application of analytic tools that support real-time decision making and address homeland security-related threats and hazards. DHS also announced that it will provide free cybersecurity training and certification prep courses to military veterans through a new partnership with Hire our Heroes– a nonprofit focused on providing workforce services to transitioning military members. Read more...
Purpose: Recognizes standout communities that are addressing broad health needs in education, employment, family/social support, and community safety. Eligibility: Cities and towns/incorporated places and federally recognized tribes. Funding: $25,000. Deadline: November 3, 2017.
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced an initiative that will use USDA's rural development resources to help fill the need for transitional housing for people recovering from opioid and other substance use disorders. In January, President Obama tasked Vilsack, who is chair of the White House Rural Council, with leading a federal interagency effort focused on rural opioid use. The initiative is the result of a conversation Secretary Vilsack had in May in New Hampshire at the Hillsborough County Superior Court, where individuals involved with the state's drug court program told him that a lack of access to affordable housing made it challenging for participants to successfully complete their recovery from addiction.
Purpose: USDA’s Farm Service Agency provides financial and technical assistance to address agriculture conservation practices related to: drinking water protection, reducing soil erosion, preserving wildlife habitats, preserving/restoring forests/wetlands, and aiding farmers whose farms are damaged by natural disasters. USDA intends to help fund and assist organic farmers to establish 20,000 acres of new conservation buffers and other practices on and near their farms. Date: CRP continuous is ongoing. Location: Nationwide.
Purpose: Funds organizations projects that support processing and distribution of fresh produce and perishable food in 22 states. Eligibility: government agencies or 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations involved in local foods distribution. Funding: $2,000 to $10,000 grants. Deadline: September 15, 2016.
Purpose: Promotes farmer veterans point-of-sale visibility, business planning and food safety support from the Farmer Veteran Coalition, and an avenue to share the veteran’s story. The program is a marketing initiative started by the Kentucky Department of Agriculture and expanded nationally by the Veteran Farmer Coalition. Dates: Annually renewable. Location: Nationwide.
Purpose: Provides technical and financial support to install salad bars in schools. The initiative is jointly sponsored by United Fresh, the White House, the Center for Disease Control, and others. Dates: rolling application. Location: Nationwide.
Purpose: Funds variety of school wellness projects involving breakfast, nutrition, and physical activity. Eligibility: Select states. Funding: $500 - $5000 Breakfast grants; $500 - $1000 Game on Grants. Deadline: September 16, 2016.
Purpose: Awards school projects that help kids learn about and eat more fruits and vegetables. Sponsored by Skoop and Chef Ann Foundation. Eligibility: Schools participating in the National School Lunch Program. Schools with greater than 50% free and reduced eligible enrollment encouraged to apply. Funding: $2500/school. Deadline: Available until funding is depleted.
Purpose: Funds graduate level research projects in the areas of food, agriculture, natural resources, and human sciences. Eligibility: Colleges and universities, land grant institutions. Funding: $4,500 - $262,000. Deadline: October 11, 2016.