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IUP CONFERENCE ON RECOVERY AND WELLNESS SCHEDULED JULY 10-14
The Mid-Atlantic Research and Training Institute for Community and Behavioral Health (MARTI) will hold its 27th MARTI Summer Conference at Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP) from July 10 through 14. The conference, Promoting Recovery and Wellness for Individuals, Families and Communities, will focus on the opiate and opioid addiction crisis as well as the suicide crisis that also seems to be prevalent throughout the nation. The conference will be held at IUP’s College of Humanities and Social Sciences Building in Indiana, PA. For more information or to register, visit the IUP marketplace.

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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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GRANTS FOR COMMUNITY SKATEPARKS
The Tony Hawk Foundation, dedicated to promoting the construction of new, quality skateparks located in low-income communities throughout the U.S., offers grants for projects that can demonstrate a strong grassroots commitment, particularly in the form of planning and fundraising by local skateboarders and other community groups. Priority is given to projects that are designed and built from concrete by experienced skatepark contractors and include local skaters in the planning, fundraising and design process. Grants of $1,000 to $25,000 are provided to nonprofit organizations and state or local agencies, including public school systems and public projects. The application deadline is June 14. For more information, visit the foundation’s website.

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USDA FUNDING FOR FOOD SAFETY OUTREACH PROGRAM
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is offering funding through the Food Safety Outreach Program. This program will build upon the National Food Safety Training, Education, Extension, Outreach, and Technical Assistance Competitive Grants Program national infrastructure, with a sustained focus on delivery of customized training to members of the target audiences. Awardees will develop and implement food safety training, education, extension, outreach and technical assistance projects that address the needs of owners and operators of small to mid-sized farms, beginning farmers, socially-disadvantaged farmers, small processors, or small fresh fruit and vegetable merchant wholesalers. Grant applications will be solicited directly from those in local communities - to include those from community-based organizations, non-governmental organizations, food hubs, farm cooperatives, extension, and other local groups. The application deadline is June 6. For more information, click here.

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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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FUNDING TO BUILD BICYCLING INFRASTRUCTURE
PeopleForBikes is offeringfunding for projects that leverage federal funding and build momentum for bicycling in communities across the U.S. Grants of up to $10,000 are provided for bicycle infrastructure projects and targeted advocacy initiatives that make it easier and safer for people of all ages and abilities to ride. Eligible applicants include nonprofit organizations with a focus on bicycling, active transportation, or community development; city or county agencies or departments; and state or federal agencies working locally. Applications for the fall 2017 Letter of Interest stage will be accepted from June 12 to July 21. The full application deadline is October 13. For more information, visit the PeopleForBikes website.

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WEBINAR SERIES FOR RURAL HEALTH CLINICS
The Pennsylvania Office of Rural Health, in partnership with the National Network of Libraries of Medicine-Middle Atlantic Region, is offering a series of free webinars for Rural Health Clinics. The webinars topics include Oral Health, MedlinePlus, and MedlinePlus Connect. Participants are able to earn free continuing education credits following the successful completion of a post-test. For more information on the webinars, visit http://porh.psu.edu/porh/oral-health-webinars or email Kelly Braun at kub277@psu.edu.

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NEPIRC RELEASES REPORT ON IMPORTANCE OF MANUFACTURING TO RURAL PA ECONOMY
The Northeastern Pennsylvania Industrial Resource Center (NEPIRC) has released the report, Manufacturing Fuels Rural Pennsylvania, which indicates that manufacturing is important to rural Pennsylvania’s economy. According to the report, which used data from EMSI, a leading labor market data analysis firm, the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry, and the Pennsylvania Center for Workforce Information and Analysis, manufacturing accounts for 14.7 percent of Pennsylvania’s non-urban jobs, making it the second largest employment sector within those communities. The report notes that the commonwealth’s more than 4,300 industrial firms provide total annual compensation of $11.23 million to nearly 175,000 workers – more than any other sector. Overall, 17.1 percent of total annual rural worker compensation is paid by manufacturers. To download the full report click here. For more information, call (570) 819-8966 or email Eric@NEPIRC.com.

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PA RURAL HEALTH ASSOCIATION RELEASES STATUS CHECK VI
The Pennsylvania Rural Health Association has released the report, Status Check VI, which highlights the health care challenges and opportunities present in rural Pennsylvania and provides policymakers with a guide to develop meaningful and informed policy. Key focus areas in the report include rural emergency services, the rural elderly, migrant farm worker health needs, oral health issues, telehealth services, behavioral health, and more. For a copy of Status Check VI, visit www.paruralhealth.org.

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STATE WORKGROUP RELEASES REPORT ON OPIOID OVERDOSE PREVENTION IN PENNSYLVANIA
The Pennsylvania State Epidemiological Outcomes Workgroup, a state substance abuse prevention initiative funded through the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, has released the report, Confronting an Epidemic: Opioid Overdose Prevention in Pennsylvania. The report is available on the Drexel Dornsife School of Public Health October News and Events page at http://drexel.edu/dornsife/news/latest-news/2016/October/PA-Opioid-Prevention-Data-Brief/.

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RURAL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT GRANTS AVAILABLE
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development is offering grants through the Rural Business Development Grant Program to rural public entities to support targeted technical assistance, training and other activities leading to the development or expansion of small and emerging private businesses that have fewer than 50 employees and less than $1 million in gross revenues in rural areas. For more information, contact the Pennsylvania USDA Rural Development office at (717) 237-2299 or visit www.rd.usda.gov/pa.

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PA INSURANCE DEPARTMENT UNVEILS ONE-STOP SHOP FOR FLOOD COVERAGE INFORMATION
The Pennsylvania Insurance Department has created a new webpage at www.insurance.pa.gov to provide a one-stop shop for information on flood insurance available to Pennsylvania homeowners and renters. Users should click on “Flood” under Top Pages. The webpage has flood insurance links for surplus lines insurers selling coverage in Pennsylvania, as well as Pennsylvania licensed insurers selling flood insurance. Licensed insurers typically provide coverage for only a very limited market at this time. The page also has a link to the National Flood Insurance Program, which may remain the only option for high risk properties. The webpage also lists the type of coverage written by each licensed insurer. For example, some insurers only offer contents coverage for renters, while others offer coverage for both the dwelling and its contents, for homeowners.

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USDA RURAL DEVELOPMENT 504 LOANS
The U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development is accepting applications for the Single Family Housing Repair Loans and Grants Program, also known as the Section 504 Home Repair program. The program provides loans to very-low-income homeowners to repair, improve or modernize their homes or grants to elderly very-low-income homeowners to remove health and safety hazards. Applications are taken year-round. For more information, call the USDA Rural Development Pennsylvania Office at (717) 237-2186 or visit http://www.rd.usda.gov/programs-services/single-family-housing-repair-loans-grants.

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USDA OFFERING FARM OWNERSHIP MICROLOANS
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will begin offering farm ownership microloans, creating a new financing avenue for farmers to buy and improve property. These microloans will be especially helpful to beginning or underserved farmers, U.S. veterans looking for a career in farming, and those who have small and mid-sized farming operations. For more information, visit http://www.fsa.usda.gov/programs-and-services/farm-loan-programs/microloans/index.

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