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PORH ACCEPTING NOMINATIONS FOR 2017 RURAL HEALTH AWARDS
The Pennsylvania Office of Rural Health (PORH) is accepting nominations for the 2017 Rural Health Awards. Nominations for the following categories will be accepted: State Rural Health Leader of the Year; Community Rural Health Leader of the Year; Rural Health Program of the Year; Legislator of the Year; and Rural Health Hero of the Year. The submission deadline is September 1. Click here for the 2017 nomination form and descriptions. The 2017 Rural Health Awards will be presented in the honoree's community during the week of National Rural Health Day, November 16, 2017. For more information, contact PORH Outreach Coordinator Terri Klinefelter at (814) 863-8214 or tjc136@psu.edu.

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GRANTS FOR COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT CORPORATIONS
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is offering grants to Community Development Corporations (CDCs) for a wide array of community development and economic development projects to enhance job creation and business development in low-income communities. The application deadline is July 24. More information is available here.  

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RURAL HEALTH OPIOID PROGRAM GRANTS AVAILABLE
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is offering grants through the Rural Health Opioid Program. The purpose of the program is to promote rural health care services outreach by expanding the delivery of opioid related health care services to rural communities. The program will reduce the morbidity and mortality related to opioid overdoses in rural communities through the development of broad community consortiums to prepare individuals with opioid-use disorder (OUD) to start treatment, implement care coordination practices to organize patient care activities and support individuals in recovery through the enhancement of behavioral counselling and peer support activities. This program will bring together health care providers (e.g., local health departments, hospitals, primary care practices, and substance abuse treatment providers) and entities such as social service and faith-based organizations, law enforcement, and other community-based groups to respond with a multifaceted approach to the opioid epidemic in rural communities. A consortium must include at least three health care providers. The program supports three years of funding and incorporates a range of objectives to respond comprehensively to the opioid crisis within rural communities. The application deadline is July 21. More information is available here.

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EMPOWERED COMMUNITIES FOR A HEALTHIER NATION INITIATIVE
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Minority Health has announced the anticipated availability of funds for Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 for cooperative agreement grant awards for the Empowered Communities for a Healthier Nation Initiative (ECI) program. The program provides support for minority and/or disadvantaged communities disproportionately impacted by the opioid epidemic, childhood/adolescent obesity, or serious mental illness. It seeks to prevent opioid abuse, increase access to opioid treatment and recovery services, and reduce the health consequences of opioid abuse; reduce obesity prevalence and disparities in weight status among children and adolescents; and reduce the impact of serious mental illness and improve screening for serious mental illness at the primary care level. The ECI seeks to demonstrate the effectiveness of collaborations that include academic medical centers, prevention research centers, teaching hospitals, or Tribal epidemiology centers, and community-based organizations to reduce significant health disparities impacting minorities and disadvantaged populations through the implementation of evidence-based interventions and promising practices with the greatest potential for impact. OMH anticipates funding up to 16 cooperative agreements for $300,000 to $350,000 each for approximately $5 million total, for a 1-year period of performance, for a project period of 3 years. Each application should address only one of the three focus areas of the ECI program: opioid abuse; childhood/adolescent obesity; or serious mental illness. The application deadline is August 1. More information is available here.

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PENNSYLVANIA DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES COUNCIL GRANTS FOCUS ON RURAL COMMUNITIES
The Pennsylvania Developmental Disabilities Council has reissued its 2017 Request for Proposals and is accepting grant applications for several targeted topics, two of which specifically target rural communities: Volunteer Rural Transportation Cooperatives and Rural Responsive Resources. The Volunteer Rural Transportation Cooperatives grant is to support local communities in creating cooperatives that make transportation available to people with disabilities through an "Uber-like" social media program or through the use of vans/buses that may sit idle through the week at churches or other organizations. The application deadline is July 12. The Rural Responsive Resources grant is to ensure that information, training, experts and services are readily available to rural people with disabilities. The application deadline is July 27. For more information, visit the council's website.

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USDA RURAL DEVELOPMENT GRANTS, LOANS AVAILABLE
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development has several loan and grant programs available for agricultural producers and rural small businesses. The Rural Energy for America Program offers guaranteed loan financing and grant funding to agricultural producers and rural small businesses to purchase or install renewable energy systems or make energy efficiency improvements. Agricultural producers with at least 50 percent of gross income coming from agricultural operations and small businesses located in eligible rural areas may apply. Value-Added Producer Grants help agricultural producers enter into value-added activities related to the processing and/or marketing of bio-based, value-added products. Generating new products, creating and expanding marketing opportunities, and increasing producer income are the goals of this program. Business and Industry Guaranteed Loans help bolster the existing private credit structure through the guaranteeing of loans for rural businesses, allowing private lenders to extend more credit than usual. Lenders with legal authority, sufficient experience, and financial strength to operate a successful lending program (i.e. federal or state chartered banks, savings and loans, farm credit banks, credit unions, etc.) may apply for this program. For more information on these loan and grant opportunities, contact the Pennsylvania USDA Rural Development office at 717-237-2189 or visit www.rd.usda.gov/pa.

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GRANTS FOR BUILDING RENOVATIONS, TECH UPGRADES, SAFETY IMPROVEMENTS
The Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation is offering grants through the foundation’s Community Partners Grant Program to nonprofit organizations and local municipalities undertaking high-need projects, such as building renovations and upgrades, grounds improvements, technology upgrades and safety improvements. Grants range from $2,000 to $100,000. Applications for the fall funding cycle will be accepted from July 3 to August 25. Visit the company’s website to review the giving guidelines and to take the eligibility quiz.  

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USDA ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR COMMUNITY FACILITIES TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE, TRAINING GRANT PROGRAM
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is offering grants through the Community Facilities Technical Assistance and Training Grant Program to public entities, non-profit organizations and federally recognized Tribes to identify, plan and finance community facility needs. The maximum grant is $150,000. The application deadline is July 24. Visit USDA’s website for more information.

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USDA ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR RURAL COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT INITIATIVE GRANTS
The U.S.Department of Agriculture (USDA) is accepting applications for grants to support economic development in rural communities through the Rural Community Development Initiative (RCDI). These grants support partnerships between community development groups and rural communities to develop essential facilities and create jobs and business opportunities. The application deadline is July 25. Visit USDA’s website for more information.

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OUR TOWN PROGRAM GRANTS TO SUPPORT ARTS ENGAGEMENT, CULTURAL PLANNING AND DESIGN
The National Endowment for the Arts is offering grants to nonprofit and public agencies through the Our Town Program. Grants will support arts engagement, cultural planning and design projects. The application deadline is September 11. For more information, Visit the National Endowment’s website

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FORD FAMILY FOUNDATION OFFERING YOUTH DEVELOPMENT AND EDUCATION GRANTS
The Ford Family Foundation is accepting applications for Youth Development and Education Grants, which support educational projects, programs and out-of-school time facilities in rural communities that encourage the development of skills, confidence and support needed for school-aged youth (5-18 years) to connect with quality mentors, excel in school, develop leadership skills, graduate with a plan for the future and become successful citizens. Typical grant sizes range from $25,000 to $150,000 per year. While there are exceptions, the foundation prefers to fund no more than one-third of the proposed budget. The fund types include programs, operating requests and capital projects. Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis. For more information, visit the foundation’s website.

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KELLOGG FOUNDATION GRANTS AVAILABLE
The W.K. Kellogg Foundation is accepting grants applications to support programs that focus on developing a healthy start and quality learning experiences for all children, helping families get stable, high-quality jobs and connecting employers with talented candidates, and/or advancing racial equity, developing leaders, and fostering community engagement. Award amounts have ranged from $5,000 to $1,500,000. Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis. To learn more and to apply, visit the foundation’s website.

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FORD FOUNDATION OFFERING GOOD NEIGHBOR GRANTS
The Ford Family Foundationis offering small grants to organizations working in rural communities with populations of less than 35,000 in response to unexpected needs or simple projects. These grants are highly competitive and limited; priority is given to short-term grant requests for simple projects, unforeseen emergencies that interrupt programming or services, and one-off events or activities. Grants can range from $1,000 to $10,000 and funds are released within 60 days. Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis. For more information, visit the foundation’s website.

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