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DEADLINES EXTENDED FOR RECONNECT PROGRAM GRANTS FOR BROADBAND DEVELOPMENT
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development has extended the deadlines for the ReConnect Program. The program is offering up to $600 million in loans and grants to help build broadband infrastructure in rural America. Telecommunications companies, rural electric cooperatives and utilities, internet service providers and municipalities may apply for funding through USDA’s new ReConnect Program. USDA will make available approximately $200 million for grants (applications now due to USDA by May 31), as well as $200 million for loan and grant combinations (applications now due by June 21), and $200 million for low-interest loans (applications now due by July 12). Projects funded through this initiative must serve communities with fewer than 20,000 people with no broadband service or where service is slower than 10 megabits per second (mbps) download and 1 Mbps upload. Approved projects must create access speeds of at least 25 Mbps upload and 3 Mbps download. Priority will be given for projects that propose to deliver higher-capacity connections to rural homes, businesses and farms. For more information, visit https://reconnect.usda.gov/s/.

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RURAL COMMUNITIES OPIOID RESPONSE PROGRAM - IMPLEMENTATION GRANTS
The Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA) Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP) will be making approximately 75 awards of up to $1 million each to rural communities to enhance service delivery for substance use disorder, including opioid use disorder. Over the course of a three-year period of performance, grant recipients will implement a set of core prevention, treatment, and recovery activities that align with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Five-Point Strategy to Combat the Opioid Crisis. Award recipients are strongly encouraged to leverage workforce recruitment and retention programs, such as the National Health Service Corps (NHSC). All domestic public and private entities, nonprofit and for-profit, are eligible to apply and all services must be provided in HRSA-designated rural areas (as defined by the Rural Health Grants Eligibility Analyzer). The application deadline is May 6. For more information, click here.

FORHP will hold a 90-minute webinar for applicants on Wednesday, March 27, 2019 from 11:30-1:00 pm ET. A recording will be made available for those who cannot attend. For the webinar dial-in and playback information, please reference page (ii) in the Notice of Funding Opportunity on Grants.gov. (Click “Preview” on the Package tab, and then “Download Instructions.”) Contact ruralopioidresponse@hrsa.gov with questions.

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RURAL COMMUNITIES OPIOID RESPONSE PROGRAM - EVALUATION GRANT
The Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA) Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP) is accepting applications for the Rural Communities Opioid Response Program – Evaluation Grant. The purpose of this cooperative agreement is to evaluate the impact of Rural Community Opioid Response Program (RCORP) initiatives, which currently include the RCORP-Planning, RCORP-Implementation, and RCORP-Technical Assistance (RCORP-TA) activities, and to develop valuable RCORP-based evaluation tools and resources for use in rural communities and to inform future rural health initiatives. Working with all RCORP award recipients, the RCORP-Evaluation anticipated activities include collecting and analyzing award recipient-reported data, defining and implementing impact indicators to assess the effectiveness of TA and award recipient activities, working with the RCORP-TA provider to identify RCORP best practices, using RCORP findings to identify research needs, and making recommendations to enhance RCORP activities and inform future rural health initiatives. Eligible applicants include domestic public or private, non-profit or for-profit organizations, institutions of higher education, faith-based and community-based organizations, tribes, and tribal organizations. Applicants may be a single entity or a consortium. The application deadline is May 6. For more information, click here.

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SMALL HEALTH CARE PROVIDER QUALITY IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM GRANTS AVAILABLE
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources and Services Administration is accepting applications for the Small Health Care Provider Quality Improvement Program (Rural Quality Program). The program supports the planning and implementation of quality improvement activities for rural primary care providers or providers of health care services, such as a critical access hospital or a rural health clinic, serving rural residents. These activities include providing clinical health services to residents of rural areas by funding projects that coordinate, expand access, contain costs, and improve the quality of essential health care services. The program goal is to promote the development of an evidence-based quality improvement culture and to promote the delivery of cost-effective, coordinated health care services in primary care settings. The application deadline is April 22. For more information, visit https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=307894.

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USDA ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR DISTANCE LEARNING, TELEMEDICINE GRANTS, TRADITIONAL AND OPIOID
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development is accepting applications for Distance Learning and Telemedicine Grants. Two funding opportunities are available: one is for the program as it has been traditionally operated 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 (now called “Traditional DLT”); and one for projects related to the prevention, treatment, or recovery for opioid use disorder in rural areas (now called “Opioid DLT”). For more information, visit https://www.rd.usda.gov/programs-services/distance-learning-telemedicine-grants.

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USDA TOOLKIT TO SUPPORT DEPLOYMENT OF HIGH-SPEED BROADBAND
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has launched a new toolkit to help support the deployment of high-speed broadband e-Connectivity in rural communities. The e-Connectivity Toolkit features 27 USDA programs that support broadband deployment. The easy-to-use resource is a simple guide that allows customers to identify their type of e-Connectivity project and locate resources the federal government offers for planning, equipment, construction, research and other e-Connectivity projects. Resources such as grants, loans and technical assistance are available from multiple Mission Areas at USDA, including Rural Development, National Institute of Food and Agriculture, Farm Service Agency, National Resources Conservation Service, and Forest Service. The toolkit also highlights examples of how e-Connectivity resources are being used to increase access to broadband services in rural communities. Click here for the toolkit.

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JOBS AVAILABLE WITH 2020 CENSUS
The U.S. Census Bureau is recruiting thousands of people across the country to assist with the 2020 Census count. A variety of temporary jobs, including census takers, recruiting assistants, office staff, and supervisory staff, are available. To be eligible, you must be at least 18 years old, have a valid Social Security number, and be a U.S. citizen. Candidates must complete an online job application, which includes assessment questions about your education, work, and other experience. For more information or to apply, click here.

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SMALL BUSINESS ADVANTAGE GRANTS AVAILABLE FROM DEP
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has announced $1 million of grant funding for Pennsylvania farmers and small business for pollution prevention, energy efficiency and natural resource protection projects through the Small Business Advantage grants. For the first time, grants will be available to farmers and ranchers for projects that reduce and prevent pollution on working lands. Natural resource protection projects include the opportunity to plant riparian buffers, install streambank fencing to keep livestock out of streams, and agricultural storm water management projects, with the goal of reducing sediment and nutrient loads in our waterways. Eligible projects are those that adopt or acquire equipment or processes that reduce energy use or pollution. Pennsylvania-based small business owners with 100 or fewer full-time employees are eligible. Projects must save the business a minimum of $500 and 25 percent annually in energy consumption, or pollution related expenses. Businesses can apply for 50 percent matching funds of up to $9,500 to adopt or acquire energy-efficient or pollution prevention equipment or processes. Only costs incurred between July 20, 2018 and June 30, 2019 are eligible. Applications will be considered on a first come, first served basis, and will be accepted until fiscal year 2018-19 funds are exhausted, or April 12, 2019, whichever occurs first. All applications must be submitted through the Commonwealth’s Single Application for Assistance website. Printed, faxed, and mailed applications are not accepted. The complete Grant Application package, which includes step-by-step instructions for completing the on-line application as well as all related forms, is available by visiting the DEP Small Business Ombudsman’s Office website.

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USDA LOANS, LOAN GUARANTEES FOR RURAL BROADBAND ACCESS
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is offering funding through the Rural Broadband Access Loan and Loan Guarantee Program. Loans and loan guarantees will provide funds for the construction, improvement, or acquisition of facilities and equipment needed to provide broadband service in eligible rural areas. The application deadline is September 30, 2019. Click here for more information.

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USDA RURAL DEVELOPMENT RELEASES OPIOID MISUSE GUIDE FOR RURAL COMMUNITIES
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development has released a new guide of federal programs that can be used to build resilient communities and address opioid misuse. The Rural Resource Guide to Help Communities Address Substance Use Disorder and Opioid Misuse highlights federal funding and partnership opportunities for rural communities. The guide was developed by the Rural Opioid Federal Interagency Working Group. The Working Group is co-chaired by the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy and USDA and includes the Departments of Commerce, Education, Health and Human Services, Housing, Justice, Labor, Transportation, and Veterans Affairs; the Corporation for National and Community Service; and the Appalachian Regional Commission. Earlier this month, USDA launched the Community Assessment Tool, an interactive database to help community leaders assess how and why the opioid epidemic is impacting their regions. The guide and assessment tool are part of the Community Opioid Misuse Toolbox which is available on USDA’s Rural Opioid Misuse Webpage.

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USDA RURAL DEVELOPMENT LAUNCHES DATA TOOL TO HELP RURAL COMMUNITIES ADDRESS OPIOID CRISIS
The U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development has released the opioid misuse Community Assessment Tool, which enables users to overlay substance misuse data against socioeconomic, census and other public information. This data will help leaders, researchers and policymakers assess what actions will be most effective in addressing the opioid crisis at the local level. The Community Assessment Tool is free and available to the public. Rural Development partnered with the Walsh Center for Rural Health Analysis at NORC at the University of Chicago to create the Community Assessment Tool. NORC at the University of Chicago is a non-partisan research institution that delivers reliable data and rigorous analysis to guide critical program, business and policy decisions. Click here to use the Community Assessment Tool.

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DEP AG PLANNING REIMBURSEMENT PROGRAM EXTENDED TO SECOND YEAR
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection has extended the Agricultural Planning Reimbursement Program to a second year. The program is open to all agricultural operators/landowners in Pennsylvania’s Chesapeake Bay watershed who’d like to be reimbursed for fees they’ve paid to consultants to create manure management plans, nutrient management plans, and agricultural erosion and sediment control plans. Plans developed after January 1, 2017, are eligible. The registration deadline is April 1, 2019. Reimbursement funds are allocated based on the impact to the Chesapeake Bay and are available on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, click here.

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USDA RURAL DEVELOPMENT LOANS AND GRANTS PROGRAMS
The U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development has the Water and Waste Disposal Direct Loan and Grant Program and Loan Guarantees Program available. The Water and Waste Disposal Direct Loan and Grant Program can provide funding for clean and reliable drinking water systems, sanitary sewage disposal, sanitary solid waste disposal, and storm water drainage to households and businesses in eligible rural areas. The Water and Waste Disposal Loan Guarantees Program can help private lenders provide affordable financing to qualified borrowers to improve access to clean, reliable water and waste disposal systems for households and businesses in rural areas. To learn more about either of these programs, contact your local Pennsylvania USDA Rural Development office here.

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RURAL LISC FUNDING TO DEVELOP, IMPROVE COMMUNITY FACILITIES
Rural LISC (Local Initiatives Support Corporation) is accepting applications for the Community Facilities Fund, which provides capital to help develop and improve essential community facilities in rural areas. Rural LISC uses this fund to provide permanent and construction-to-permanent financing for rural community facilities, including health care centers, hospitals, educational facilities, and other nonprofit and public facilities in rural communities with populations under 20,000. There is no application deadline. For more information, click here.

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PA’S ONE-STOP SHOP FOR BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT
Looking for help to start your own business or expand your existing business? Visit Pennsylvania’s Business One-Stop Shop at www.business.pa.gov. The site provides information and resources for businesses both large and small, and serves as the first point of contact for Pennsylvania business development concerns. The shop’s team helps connect and guide businesses through all stages of development — from planning and startup to operating and expanding. Visit www.business.pa.gov or call (833) 722-6778.

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COMMUNITY GRANT PROGRAM FUNDING
The Walmart Community Foundation is offering grants through its Community Grant Program. Grants are available to nonprofit organizations and agencies that work in one of the following areas: hunger relief and healthy eating, health and human services, quality of life, education, community and economic development, diversity and inclusion, public safety, or environmental sustainability. Awards range from $250 to $5,000. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Click here for more information.

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PENNSYLVANIA GRANT AND RESOURCE DIRECTORY AVAILABLE
The Pennsylvania House of Representatives Democratic Caucus has released the 2017-2018 Pennsylvania Grant and Resource Directory. The directory includes a general overview of state government programs, including grants and resources, along with contact information. The directory also includes a list of online grant writing guides and a list of Pennsylvania Community Foundations. Click here for a copy of the directory.

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GRANTS TO PROVIDE ARTISTS WITH BUSINESS TRAINING, FINANCIAL RESOURCES
The Surdna Foundation is offering grants to nonprofit organizations through its Thriving Cultures program. Through the program's Artists and Economic Development funding area, the foundation supports efforts that provide artists with business training and financial resources. The focus is on nonprofit organizations that: operate business and entrepreneurship training programs for artists and cultural organizations, provide financing to artists and artist-centered enterprises, and offer arts and culture-based programs and services that directly engage and support the people who live and work in the area as a strategy for equitable economic development. Letters of inquiry are accepted throughout the year. Visit the foundation’s website to review the program guidelines.  

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RURAL HEALTH INFORMATION HUB ONLINE
If you’re looking for an online source for current and reliable resources and tools on rural health needs and the work being done to address them, check out the Rural Health Information Hub (RHIhub), formerly the Rural Assistance Center. RHIhub is funded by the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy to be a national clearinghouse on rural health issues. RHIhub also provides free assistance customized to your needs. Call (800) 270-1898 or email info@ruralhealthinfo.org.

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