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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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CALL FOR ABSTRACTS FOR PUBLIC HEALTH CONFERENCE
The Pennsylvania Public Health Association (PPHA), the Pennsylvania Office of Rural Health (PORH), and the Penn State College of Medicine's Public Health Program announce a one-day conference, Invigorating Public Health in Pennsylvania through Community-based Initiatives, which will highlight community and public health issues for diverse and underserved populations. Abstracts are now being accepted on topics that address: community and public health strategies; best practices in improving the health of special and underserved populations, with a special focus on migrant and immigrant farmworkers; and the use of data-driven and evidence-based practices in public and community health. For more information, click here or call or email PORH Outreach Coordinator Terri Klinefelter at (814) 863-8214 or tjc136@psu.edu.

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IMLS GRANTS FOR MUSEUMS
The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) is offering the following three grants: the Inspire Grants for Small Museums, which are designed to inspire small museums to apply for and implement projects that address priorities identified in their strategic plan; the Museum Grants for African American History and Culture Program, which supports activities that build the capacity of African American museums and promote the growth and development of museum professionals; and the Native American/Native Hawaiian Museum Services Program, which provides support to sustain heritage, culture, and knowledge through strengthened activities in areas such as exhibitions, educational services and programming, professional development, and collections stewardship. The application deadline for all programs is November 1. For more information, click here.

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SELF-HELP HOMEOWNERSHIP OPPORTUNITY PROGRAM GRANTS AVAILABLE
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development is offering grants through the Self-Help Homeownership Opportunity Program (SHOP), which seeks to facilitate and encourage innovative homeownership opportunities on a national, geographically diverse basis. Homebuyers must be low-income and must contribute a significant amount of sweat equity towards the development of the SHOP units. The application deadline is November 12. For more information, click here.  

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SHAKESPEARE IN AMERICAN COMMUNITIES SCHOOLS AND JUVENILE JUSTICE PROGRAM GRANTS
The National Endowment for the Arts is offering funding through the Shakespeare in American Communities in cooperation with Arts Midwest. Funds will be distributed through two programs: Schools and Juvenile Justice. The Schools program aims to reach middle and high school students in underserved schools throughout the United States with high quality, professional productions of Shakespeare’s plays. Matching grants of $25,000 will be provided to up to 40 theater companies to support performances and related educational activities for middle and high school students from a minimum of 10 schools. The Juvenile Justice program will provide grants of $20,000 to $25,000 to six to 10 organizations to support theater education programs that reach young people within the juvenile justice system. No matching funds are required for this program. The organization is accepting intent to apply emails for both programs through December 7. Visit the Shakespeare in American Communities website for more information.  

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PROGRAM GRANTS TO ADDRESS DRUG AND OPIOID ABUSE, EDUCATION, AND PUBLIC SAFETY
The Corporation for National and Community Service (AmeriCorp/SeniorCorp) is offering funding for programs that are designed to strengthen communities and solve local problems, including those found in rural and underserved areas. Funding priorities in 2019 include prescription drug and opioid abuse, education, and public safety. The optional Letter of Intent deadline is December 12, and the application deadline is January 30. For more information, click here.

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RURAL HEALTH DATA INSTITUTE REGISTRATION NOW OPEN
Beginning on October 31, 2018, the National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health will launch the annual Rural Health Data Institute. Through a series of eight webinars, the Institute will assist rural health professionals, including clinical, administrative, and academic personnel, to develop a data-use skill set for those working with rural health data. Participants will learn to question, collect, organize, analyze, interpret, and share data to strengthen the rural health delivery network. Click here for more information about the Institute. Click here to register.

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FUNDING AVAILABLE TO DEVELOP INTEGRATED PEST MANAGEMENT METHODS
The Northeastern Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Center has announced the availability of funding through its IPM Partnership Grants Program, supported by the U.S. Department of Agriculture National Institute of Food and Agriculture. Up to $250,000 in total will be available for 2019—with a maximum of $60,000 per award—to fund projects that foster the development and adoption of integrated pest management methods. The program offers a Request for Applications (RFA) for each project type: IPM Issues, IPM Working Groups, and IPM Communications. Eligible applicants are public and private institutions or organizations, businesses, commodity groups, and private individuals are eligible to apply. Project Directors (PDs) must reside in the Northeast. Co-PDs may be from outside the region. Applications must be submitted online and are due November 15.

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YOUTH CALENDAR CONTEST TO RAISE AWARENESS OF SPOTTED LANTERNFLY
To continue raising awareness about the threat of the Spotted Lanternfly, the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture (PDA) is sponsoring a youth calendar contest for students across the state in grades 1 through 8. The contest will educate students about the threat posed by this invasive insect, help Pennsylvanians better identify it, encourage discussions among students and their families, and provide awareness and engagement across the state. The contest is open to all Pennsylvania residents in eligible grades, and entries should include: one fact about Spotted Lanternfly; artwork created by the student; 11” x 17” poster, horizontally oriented; original artwork, no copies will be accepted; and a completed contest submission taped to the back of the poster. The competition will run through October 31. Entries will be judged in four divisions: first and second grade; third and fourth grade; fifth and sixth grade; seventh and eighth grade. The top three winning entries per grade will be featured in a calendar, and the grand prize winner will appear on the cover. The grand prize winner will be announced during a recognition ceremony during the 2019 Farm Show, and his or her school will win a Spring assembly featuring prizes, activities, and a special guest. To enter, contestants should send their artwork to the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture Press Office, Room 210. 2301 N. Cameron Street Harrisburg, PA 17110. All submissions must be postmarked by October 31. For more information about Spotted Lanternfly, visit www.agriculture.pa.gov/spottedlanternfly, or extension.psu.edu/spotted-lanternfly.

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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 ENERGY GRANTS AND LOANS
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is offering funding through the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) Renewable Energy Systems and Energy Efficiency Improvements Grants and Guaranteed Loans. The program offers financing and grant funding for agriculture producers and rural small businesses to purchase, install, and construct renewable energy systems or complete energy efficiency improvements. The application deadline is October 31. For more information, visit USDA’s website.  

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RWJ FOUNDATION CULTURE OF HEALTH PRIZE GRANTS
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is accepting applications for the 2019 Culture of Health Prize. The foundation will award up to 10 grants of $25,000 each in recognition of outstanding community efforts and partnerships that are helping people live healthier lives. The application deadline is November 1 for Phase 1 applications. For more information, click here

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GRANTS TO IMPROVE LOW-INCOME, TRANSITIONAL HOUSING
The Home Depot Foundationis offering Community Impact grants of up to $5,000 for projects that repair, modify, weatherize, or otherwise improve low-income and/or transitional housing or community facilities. The application deadline is December 31. For more information, click here.  

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RURAL HEALTH NETWORK DEVELOPMENT PLANNING FUNDING OPPORTUNITY ANNOUNCED
The Federal Office of Rural Health Policy has announced the release of the FY 2019 Rural Health Network Development Planning Program funding opportunity announcement. This grant opportunity supports the development of an integrated health care network and aims to assist rural health care providers and health care service organizations better align resources and strategies. This program will bring together key parts of a rural health care delivery system, particularly those entities that may not have collaborated in the past under a formal relationship, to establish and improve local capacity and coordination of care. The program will support one year of planning with the primary goal of helping networks create a foundation for their infrastructure and effectively focus member efforts to address important regional or local community health needs. The Rural Health Network Development Planning Program will provide approximately $2.2 million in federal funding to rural communities across the U.S., awarding up to 22 programs for this funding cycle. Funded programs support the following statutory charges: achieve efficiencies; expand access to, coordinate, and improve the quality of essential health care services; and strengthen the rural health care system as a whole. Programs under previous funding opportunities have focused on a variety of health care needs including behavioral health, care coordination, infrastructure, health information technology, and health education. For more information, contact Sara Afayee at (301) 945-4169 or SAfayee@hrsa.gov or to submit an application, click here. If interested in applying for this funding, please call the Pennsylvania Office of Rural Health at (814) 863-8214 for assistance and to obtain a letter of support.

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PASDC RELEASES NEW REPORT ON HOMELESSNESS
The Pennsylvania State Data Center has released a new report that highlights the trends in homelessness throughout the Commonwealth from 2012 to 2017. Homelessness in the Commonwealth: A review of Point-in-Time Counts from 2012 to 2017 used the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Point-in-Time counts. The data show that while Pennsylvania’s homeless population has decreased in the past five years, its rank relative to other states and Washington D.C. climbed from 10th to 7th highest. The latest point-in-time counts suggest a homeless population of just over 14,000 persons in Pennsylvania. Click here for the report.

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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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DCNR EXPANDS STATE WOODLANDS INTERACTIVE MAP
The Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, working in cooperation with the Pennsylvania Game Commission, has rolled out an expanded interactive map that adds state game lands to a website (http://maps.dcnr.pa.gov/bof/huntmap/index.html) already increasingly popular with hunters and other visitors to state woodlands. The map shows viewers areas of timber harvests and various habitat types as well as state forest boundaries and Deer Management Assistance Program (DMAP) areas approved by the commission. Other map overlays include bear check station locations, elk management zones, and normally gated roads that will be opened in the fall. The website is geared to be an invaluable tool for hunters seeking prime locations for a variety of game, and is also useful for anyone planning a visit to state forest districts or game lands. In addition, the site lists hunting season information, deer harvest statistics, and legal hunting hours. The map also features GPS and mapping measurement tools enabling hunters and others to find the best routes on state forest lands to areas they may want to hunt or visit. More than 101,000 acres of DCNR land has been approved by the commission for participation in its Deer Management Assistance Program (DMAP) during 2018-19. Hunting map users can also find information on DMAP permits available, as well as details on the 15 participating state forests and other essential information. Three new state parks are participating: Caledonia, Cowans Gap, and Pine Grove Furnace. Others are: Bald Eagle, Beltzville, Blue Knob, Canoe Creek, Codorus, Cook Forest, Gifford Pinchot, Hickory Run, Keystone, Kings Gap, Moraine, Nescopeck, Ohiopyle, Oil Creek, Prince Gallitzin, Presque Isle, Raccoon Creek, Ricketts Glen, Ryerson Station, Shawnee, and Tobyhanna. The map can be viewed http://maps.dcnr.pa.gov/bof/huntmap/index.html. For more information on Pennsylvania's 20 state forest districts, visit DCNR's webpage at www.dcnr.pa.gov/StateForests/FindAForest/Pages/default.aspx.

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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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EMERGENT FUND RESOURCES AVAILABLE 
The Emergent Fundwas established to help provide quick resources to communities that include immigrants, women, Muslim and Arab-American communities, black people, LGBTQ communities, and all people of color. The fund focuses on grassroots organizing and power building in communities of color who are facing injustice based on racial, ethnic, religious, and other forms of discrimination. Grants are considered for the following: efforts that support emergent strategies that help communities respond to rapidly changing conditions, including resisting new or amplified threats and building power to move a proactive agenda; and efforts seeking long-term social justice and economic justice in a political and social climate that seeks to dismantle such efforts. The fund makes grants on a rolling basis throughout 2018. Click here for more information.

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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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FARM TOWN STRONG CAMPAIGN FOCUSES ON HEROIN/OPIOID CRISIS ON FARM COMMUNITIES
The American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) and the National Farmers Union (NFU) have launched a new campaign, “Farm Town Strong,” to raise awareness of the impact of the heroin/opioid crisis on farming communities. The campaign also provides resources and information to help farm communities and encourage farmer-to-farmer support to overcome the crisis. The groups have launched a new website, FarmTownStrong.org, to provide easy access to information and resources that can help struggling farm families and rural communities.  The Farm Town Strong campaign comes on the heels of a recent survey commissioned by AFBF and NFU that highlighted how the opioid epidemic has hit farmers and farm workers especially hard. While just under half of rural Americans say they, a family member, or friend have been directly impacted by opioid abuse, for farmers and farm workers it’s 74 percent.  A strong majority of respondents also support increasing public awareness of anti-opioid resources and reducing the stigma that surrounds addiction to help solve the opioid crisis.

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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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