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$149 MILLION AVAILABLE FOR WATER, WASTEWATER AND STORMWATER PROJECTS
Pennsylvania USDA Rural Development has received a loan allocation of more than $149 million through its Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant Program and is seeking applications for funding water, wastewater and stormwater projects. The surplus money is to be used by August 1st. Eligible applicants are public bodies and non-profit organizations located in rural areas with populations of 10,000 or less. Funding may be used to construct, enlarge, extend or improve rural water, wastewater and storm wastewater facilities. For more details, visit https://www.rd.usda.gov/…/fa…/RD-FactSheet-RUS-WEPDirect.pdf and https://www.rd.usda.gov/programs-services/water-waste-disposal-loan-grant-program/pa.

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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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GRANTS TO EXPAND, ENHANCE ACCESS TO YOUTH OPIOID PREVENTION
The Department of Justice is offering grants to expand/enhance access to opioid prevention among youth. The application deadline is July 2. For more information, click here.

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GRANTS FOR YOUTH BASEBALL, SOFTBALL
The Baseball Tomorrow Fund, a joint initiative between Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association, is offering grants to nonprofit organizations, municipalities, and school districts involved in youth baseball or softball to finance a new program, expand or improve an existing program, undertake a new collaborative effort, or obtain facilities or equipment necessary for youth baseball or softball programs. Grants average $40,000. The application deadline is July 1. For more information, click here.

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GRANTS FOR RUNAWAY, HOMELESS YOUTH HOUSING AND RELATED SERVICES
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is offering grants to nonprofit and public agencies to provide housing and related services to runaway and homeless youth. The application deadline is July 4. For more information, click here.

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GRANTS FOR VETERAN HOUSING
The Home Depot Foundation is offering grants to nonprofit organizations through the Veteran Housing Grants Program for the new construction or rehabilitation of multifamily, permanent supportive housing, and transitional facilities for veterans. Grants ranging from $100,000 to $500,000 are available solely for the physical construction or repair of housing for veterans (hard costs), and the grant amount must comprise less than 50 percent of the total development cost of the project. Nonprofit organizations that have been in existence at least 5 years and have a current operating budget of at least $300,000 are eligible to apply. The application deadline is July 13. For more information, click here.

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OUR TOWN GRANTS SUPPORT CREATIVE PLACEMAKING PROJECTS
The National Endowment for the Arts is supporting creative placemaking projects that integrate arts, culture, and design activities into efforts that strengthen communities by advancing local economic, physical, and/or social outcomes through its Our Town grants program. This funding supports local efforts to enhance quality of life for existing residents through arts engagement, cultural planning, design, and/or artist/creative industry support, or to build and disseminate knowledge about how to leverage arts, culture, and design as mechanisms for strengthening communities. All applications require partnerships that involve at least two primary partners: a nonprofit organization and a local governmental entity. One of the two primary partners must be a cultural (arts or design) organization. Our Town offers matching grants starting at $25,000 for Place-Based and Knowledge Building projects. Initial application deadline is August 9. Click here for more information.  

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YOUTHBUILD GRANTS AVAILABLE
The U.S. Department of Labor is offering grants to nonprofit and public agencies through YouthBuild to provide construction skills training for at-risk youth ages 16-24. This year, all applicants can include a Construction Plus component. The application deadline is September 18. Click here for more information.

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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 DEPARTMENT OF AG SEEKING PUBLIC COMMENTS ON PA DAIRY
The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture is taking public comments on Pennsylvania's dairy market to identify areas of improvement and to formulate a plan to solidify the future of Pennsylvania dairy. Here’s the link to the comment form.

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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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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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