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Suzette's Funding Letter, October 7, 2016


  1. Strategic Economic and Community Development

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.

  1. 2.Community Food Projects (CFP) Competitive Grants Program

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


  1. 3.NIFA Announces the Availability of $17.7 Million to Train, Educate the Next Generation of Farmers and Ranchers

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.


  1. Performance Partnership Pilots (P3)
    Funds for pilot sites to test outcome-focused strategies focused on improving educational, employment, physical and mental health, and other key outcomes for disconnected youth by providing the flexibility to blend funds from existing federal programs and seeking waivers for associated program requirements to allow for innovative activities otherwise not allowed within program guidelines. Priority areas include working with youth in rural and tribal communities, among others.
    Geographic coverage: Nationwide
    Application Deadline: Oct 31, 2016
    Sponsor: U.S. Department of Education
  2. Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program Community Selection
    As part of the Continuum of Care program, HUD will select up to 10 communities to participate in the Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program (YHDP) to develop and execute a coordinated community approach to preventing and ending youth homelessness. Four of the selected communities will be rural. Applicants must be a collaborative registered through the 2016 Continuum of Care Program.
    Geographic coverage: Nationwide
    Application Deadline: Nov 30, 2016
    Sponsor: U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
  3. Academy of General Dentistry Foundation Grant Program
    Supports oral cancer education and research programs and nonprofit community-based programs that provide quality oral health care and/or oral cancer screenings for underserved populations.
    Geographic coverage: Nationwide
    Application Deadline: Dec 1, 2016
    Sponsor: Academy of General Dentistry
  4. Safer School Garden Grant
    Provides funding to start a school garden.
    Geographic coverage: Nationwide
    Application Deadline: Dec 1, 2016
    Sponsor: Safer Brand
  5. Garrett Lee Smith Campus Suicide Prevention Grant
    Grants to support a comprehensive public health approach to prevent suicide in institutions of higher education, including community colleges. The distribution of awards will be equitable in terms of geography (urban, rural, and remote settings), and balanced among populations of focus and program size.
    Geographic coverage: Nationwide
    Application Deadline: Dec 7, 2016
    Sponsor: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
  6. Solid Waste Management Grant Program (SWMFY2017)
    Offers funds to organizations to provide technical assistance that will reduce or eliminate pollution of water resources in rural areas and improve planning and management of solid waste sites in rural areas.
    Geographic coverage: Nationwide
    Application Deadline: Dec 31, 2016
    Sponsor: USDA Rural Development
  7. Water and Waste Disposal Technical Assistance and Training Grants
    Grants for organizations that assist communities with water or wastewater operations through technical assistance and/or training.
    Geographic coverage: Nationwide
    Application Deadline: Dec 31, 2016
    Sponsor: USDA Rural Development
  8. Indian Health Service Loan Repayment Program
    Provides loan repayment programs for health professions educational loans in return for full-time clinical service in Indian health programs.
    Geographic coverage: Nationwide
    Application Deadline: Oct 13, 2017
    Sponsor: Indian Health Service


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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...

Suzette's Funding Letter, September 30, 2016



  1. Native Agriculture & Food Systems College Scholarships

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/scholarshipAll applications must be completed and submitted by 5 p.m. Mountain Daylight Time on Wednesday, October 5, 2016.


  1. Accreditation Support Initiative (ASI) for Territorial and Freely Associated State Health Agencies
    Grants and technical assistance for territorial and freely associated state health agencies to design and implement a project to address self‐identified public health accreditation preparation needs.
    Geographic coverage: American Samoa, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Guam, Puerto Rico, Republic of the Marshall Islands, Republic of Palau, and U.S. Virgin Islands
    Application Deadline: Oct 20, 2016
    Sponsor: Association of State and Territorial Health Officials


  1. Exploratory/Developmental Surgical Disparities Research (R21)
    Grants to support developmental and exploratory research focused on understanding and addressing disparities in surgical care and outcomes in minority and health disparity populations.
    Geographic coverage: Nationwide
    Letter of Intent (Optional): Oct 4, 2016
    Application Deadline: Nov 4, 2016
    Sponsor: National Institutes of Health

  2. Surgical Disparities Research (R01)
    Grants to support investigative and collaborative research focused on understanding and addressing disparities in surgical care and outcomes in minority and health disparity populations.
    Geographic coverage: Nationwide
    Letter of Intent (Optional): Oct 4, 2016
    Application Deadline: Nov 4, 2016
    Sponsor: National Institutes of Health

  3. Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Fellows
    A fellowship program designed to develop the capacity of midcareer health professionals and behavioral and social scientists with an interest in health to participate in health policy processes at the federal level.
    Geographic coverage: Nationwide
    Application Deadline: Nov 15, 2016
    Sponsor: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

  4. Rural Health Network Development Grant Program (RHND)
    Grants for healthcare networks in rural areas to assist with increasing access to and improve the quality of healthcare services.
    Geographic coverage: Nationwide
    Application Deadline: Nov 28, 2016
    Sponsor: Federal Office of Rural Health Policy
  1. Building Blocks for Sustainable Communities

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.


  1. Accountable Health Communities: Track 1 – Awareness
    This funding opportunity announcement is for the Track 1 – Awareness track only and includes the following elements: (1) screening of community-dwelling beneficiaries to identify certain unmet health-related social needs and (2) referral of community-dwelling beneficiaries to increase awareness of community services.
    Geographic coverage: Nationwide
    Application Deadline: Nov 3, 2016
    Sponsor: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

  2. Delta Health Care Services Grant Program
    Provides financial assistance to address unmet health needs in the Delta Region through cooperation among health care professionals, institutions of higher education, research institutions, and other entities.
    Geographic coverage: Alabama, Arkansas, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Tennessee
    Application Deadline: Nov 7, 2016
    Sponsor: USDA Rural Development

  3. Service Area Competition Funding for Health Center Program (Areas Served with a Project Period Start Date of May 1, 2017)
    Funding to provide comprehensive primary health care services to an underserved area or population.
    Geographic coverage: Nationwide
    Application Deadline: Nov 7, 2016
    Sponsor: Bureau of Primary Health Care

  4. Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG)
    Offers grants to fire departments and EMS organizations for equipment, training, personnel wellness programs, capital funding, and collaboration efforts.
    Geographic coverage: Nationwide
    Application Deadline: Nov 18, 2016
    Sponsors: Federal Emergency Management Agency, U.S. Department of Homeland Security

  5. Farm to School Grant Program
    Grants to plan, establish, or sustain a Farm to School program that improves access to local foods in schools.
    Geographic coverage: Nationwide
    Application Deadline: Dec 8, 2016
    Sponsor: USDA Food and Nutrition Service

Suzette's Funding Letter, September 9, 2016


  1. 1.DHS Announces $40M to Support Cybersecurity Focused COEs, Free Cybersecurity Training for Vets

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...

  1. 2.Culture of Health Prize (RWJF)

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.


  1. 3.USDA Announces Initiative to Provide Transitional Housing for Rural Americans in Recovery from Substance Use Disorders

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.

  1. 4.USDA Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) and new assistance for organic farmers

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.

  1. 5.Transporting Health Food Grants (Conservation Fund)

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.


  1. 6.Homegrown By Heroes

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.

  1. 7.Let’s Move! Salad Bars to Schools

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.

  1. 8.Action for Healthy Kids Grants

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.


  1. 9.School Fruit and Veggie Grants

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.

  1. 10.Food and Agricultural Sciences Graduate/Postgraduate Fellowship Grants Program (NIFA)

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.



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