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COMMUNITY FACILITIES GRANTS FOR PROJECTS TO ADDRESS OPIOID EPIDEMIC
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development is reserving $5 million in the Community Facilities Grant Program to address the opioid epidemic in rural communities. In the Community Facilities grant program, rural communities, non-profit organizations and federally recognized tribes can apply through the usual Community Facilities grant application process for grants up to $150,000 for innovative projects such as mobile treatment clinics. Community Facilities grants may fund up to 75 percent of an eligible project. The application deadline is June 4. Applications are being accepted at the Pennsylvania State Office of USDA Rural Development, 359 East Park Drive, Suite 4, Harrisburg, PA 17111-2747. For more information, call (717) 237-2299 or visit www.rd.usda.gov/pa.

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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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AARP “QUICK ACTION” COMMUNITY CHALLENGE GRANTS
AARP is accepting applications for “Quick-Action" Community Challenge grants to make communities more livable for people of all ages. The application deadline is May 16, and projects must be completed by November 5. Eligible applicants are nonprofits, government entities, and other organizations that will be evaluated on a case by case basis. To learn more about the program or see examples of previous funded projects, visit www.AARP.org/CommunityChallenge.

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USDA RURAL DEVELOPMENT DISTANCE LEARNING AND TELEMEDICINE GRANTS AVAILABLE
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development is accepting applications for the Distance Learning and Telemedicine (DLT) Grant Program. The program helps rural communities acquire technologies to connect teachers and medical providers serving rural residents with other teachers, medical professionals and others. The program includes $29 million in funding for both distance learning and telemedicine projects and a $20 million supplement specifically targeted to combat the opioid crisis. Advanced technologies supported through the program give rural communities all the modern tools possible to fight the opioid epidemic including prevention, treatment and recovery. This DLT program also supports and can provide rural access to education in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) in rural schools. Eligible applicants include incorporated organizations, Indian Tribes or tribal organizations, state or local governments, and nonprofit or for-profit organizations. Grant funds may be used to acquire new equipment, such as computer hardware and software, computer network components, data terminal equipment, inside wiring, audio and video equipment, telecommunications terminal equipment and interactive audio/video equipment. Funds may also be used for instructional programming that is a capital asset, technical assistance, and instruction for using eligible equipment. The minimum grant request is $50,000 and the maximum is $500,000. Applicants must match a minimum equal to 15 percent of the grant amount requested and must use the match for eligible grant purposes. Matching funds can either be cash or equipment used for the project or may be in-kind contributions from a third party. The application deadline is June 4. For more information, visit www.rd.usda.gov/programs-services/distance-learning-telemedicine-grants.

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US DOJ FUNDING TO REDUCE CRIME
The U.S. Department of Justice is accepting applications for the Innovations in Community-Based Crime Reduction Program. The program offers funding to enhance the capacity of local and tribal communities to effectively target and address significant and violent crime issues through collaborative cross-sector approaches that are linked with broader neighborhood development goals. The application deadline is April 29. For more information, click here.

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GRANTS TO PROVIDE PRO BONO FINANCIAL PLANNING
The Foundation for Financial Planning is offering grants to nonprofit organizations to support the delivery of pro bono financial planning to populations who could not otherwise afford or access financial planning services. Grants ranging from $5,000 to $40,000 are available to support programs helping many diverse groups, including active military members and wounded veterans, people with cancer, seniors and family caregivers, domestic violence survivors, and low-income families. The application deadline is April 30. For more information, visit the foundation’s website.

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US DOJ FUNDING TO HELP WITH ADULT RE-ENTRY
The U.S. Department of Justice is offering grants through The Second Chance Act Comprehensive Community-Based Adult Reentry Program to nonprofits for community programs to help people who are reentering communities from incarceration. The application deadline is May 1. For more information, click here.

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GRANTS TO SUPPORT ADAPTIVE SPORTS ACTIVITIES FOR VETERANS
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is accepting grant applications from nonprofit and other organizations for programs to support adaptive sports activities for veterans within their home communities, as well as more advanced Paralympic and adaptive sports programs at the regional and national levels. The application deadline is May 2. Click here for more information.

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USDA OFFERING FARMERS MARKET GRANTS
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) isoffering grants for projects that assist in the development, improvement, and expansion of domestic farmers markets, roadside stands, community-supported agriculture programs, agritourism activities, and other direct producer-to-consumer market opportunities. The application deadline is May 7. For more information, click here.

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GRANTS TO PROVIDE RURAL BROADBAND SERVICE
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Utilities Service is accepting applications for the Community Connect Broadband Grant Program. The program provides grants for communities without broadband service to provide residential and business broadband services and connect facilities via broadband facilities such as police and fire stations, healthcare, libraries, and schools. The application deadline is May 14. Click here for more information.

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GREAT AMERICAN CLEANUP OF PA IS ON!
Join Pennsylvanians across the state – and Americans across the nation – for the Great American Cleanup. You can participate in the Great American Cleanup of PA by cleaning up litter and trash along roadsides, streams, beaches, parks, forests and neighborhoods. Additional events include holding recycling events for hard-to-dispose of items like tires and appliances, creating or enhancing green areas by planting plants, bulbs, and trees, removing or painting over graffiti that devalues your neighborhood, and other activities that help beautify your community. The Great American Cleanup of PA runs from March 1 through May 31. Registered events receive free cleanup supplies, as supplies last. Registered events can also access free or reduced cost disposal at participating facilities during Let's Pick It Up PA Days from April 7 through April 30, sponsored by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection and Pennsylvania Waste Industries Association. Visit http://gacofpa.org/ to register.

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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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PA RIVER SOJOURN GRANTS AVAILABLE
The Pennsylvania Organization for Watersheds and Rivers (POWR) is accepting applications for the 2018 Pennsylvania River Sojourns Grant cycle. These competitive grants are available for single and multi-day paddling events on Pennsylvania Rivers. Sojourns must incorporate significant educational programming, and be open to all participants (private trips are not eligible). Applicants may request $900 per day for multi-day sojourns and $500 for a single-day sojourn. The application deadline is Feb. 26. For more information, visit the Pennsylvania Environmental Council website.

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USDA COMMITS $17.5 MILLION TO COMBAT SPOTTED LANTERNFLY IN PA
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has committed $17.5 million in emergency funding to combat the Spotted Lanternfly in Pennsylvania. USDA, through its Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, will focus on managing the outer perimeter of the infestation, while the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture will focus on the core of the infestation. The Spotted Lanternfly is an inch-long black, red and white spotted insect native to Southeast Asia. Since it was first identified in Pennsylvania in 2014, it has spread to the 13 Pennsylvania counties of Berks, Bucks, Carbon, Chester, Delaware, Lancaster, Lebanon, Lehigh, Monroe, Montgomery, Northampton, Philadelphia, and Schuylkill. For more information on the Spotted Lanternfly, including resources residents can use to combat the pest, a map of the 13 quarantined counties, and information on how businesses in those counties can prevent spreading the bug through their shipments, visit agriculture.pa.gov/spottedlanternfly.

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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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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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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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