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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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USDA RURAL DEVELOPMENT FARM LABOR HOUSING DIRECT LOANS & GRANTS
The U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development is accepting applications for the Farm Labor Housing Direct Loans and Grants program. The program provides affordable financing to develop housing for year-round and migrant or seasonal domestic farm laborers. Eligible applicants include: farmers, associations of farmers and family farm corporations; associations of farmworkers and nonprofit organizations; most state and local government entities; and federally-recognized Tribes. The application deadline is August 27. For more information, click here.

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ARC COMMITS $20 MILLION FOR POWER GRANTS 
The Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) is accepting proposals for the 2018 POWER (Partnerships for Opportunity and Workforce and Economic Revitalization) Program. In this round of funding, ARC will commit up to $20 million to support efforts that create a more vibrant economic future for coal-impacted communities in the ARC region by cultivating economic diversity, enhancing job training and re-employment opportunities, creating jobs in existing or new industries, and attracting new sources of investment. The application deadline is August 29. Click here for more information.

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NOMINATIONS ACCEPTED FOR RURAL HOSPITAL LEADERSHIP AWARD
The American Hospital Association is accepting nominations for the Rural Hospital Leadership Award. The award provides an educational stipend to a small or rural hospital administrator or chief executive officer to attend an AHA Annual Meeting or Health Forum Leadership Conference. The application deadline is August 31. Click here for more information.

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GRANTS AVAILABLE THROUGH YOUTHBUILD PROGRAM
The U.S. Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration 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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HEALTH CENTER PROGRAM GRANTS AVAILABLE
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Health Resources and Services Administration is offering funding through the Health Center Program’s Service Area Competition (SAC). The Health Center Program supports public and private nonprofit community-based and patient-directed organizations that provide primary health care services to the nation’s medically underserved populations. The application deadline is August 20. Click here for more information.  

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GRANTS FOR ACCESS TO AFFORDABLE HOUSING
TD Charitable Foundation is accepting applications for the 2018 Housing for Everyone Grant, which focuses on the expansion of access to affordable housing. The grant is available to nonprofit and government organizations in Pennsylvania communities served by the TD Bank. Grants will be provided for programs that provide access to safe, clean, physically accessible affordable housing units for families, individuals, the elderly, new Americans, veterans, people with disabilities, women, and youth. The competition will also fund programs that educate and assist individuals in finding permanent or transitional housing opportunities that meet their needs. Twenty-five grants of $125,000 will be awarded. The application deadline is August 31. Visit the bank’s website for more information.  

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USDA RURAL DEVELOPMENT ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR HOUSING PRESERVATION GRANTS
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development is offering funding through the Housing Preservation Grant program. This program provides grants to sponsoring organizations for the repair or rehabilitation of housing owned or occupied by low- and very-low-income rural citizens. USDA Rural Development will award a total of $10 million in Housing Preservation Grant Program funding for the repair and rehabilitation of rural housing units. The application deadline is September 9. For more information, visit USDA Rural Development’s website.  

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AARP FOUNDATION GRANTS TO SUPPORT OLDER ADULTS
AARP Foundation is accepting applications for two grant opportunities: The Increasing Social Connectedness for Older Adults grant will support nonprofit organizations with innovative solutions to bring to scale proven approaches that increase social support and connectedness among low-income older adults; and the Tackling Senior Food Insecurity grant will support nonprofit organizations with innovative solutions to bring to scale proven approaches that increase food security for low-income older adults. The application deadline for both grants is September 28. For more information, visit the foundation’s website

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USDA RURAL DEVELOPMENT WEBSITE ON OPIOID MISUSE IN RURAL COMMUNITIES
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development has a new website at www.usda.gov/topics/opioids that addresses opioid misuse in rural communities. The site includes information on USDA’s response to the opioid crisis, its work to partner with communities in addressing the opioid epidemic, and funding that is available to support projects that address opioid misuse in rural communities. It also includes additional resources for communities. Visit www.usda.gov/topics/opioids for more information.

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NOMINATIONS BEING ACCEPTED FOR 2018 RURAL HEALTH AWARDS
The Pennsylvania Office of Rural Health is accepting nominations for the 2018 Rural Health Awards. The awards recognize one rural health program and four individuals who have made substantial contributions to rural health in Pennsylvania. The categories include: State Rural Health Leader of the Year; Community Rural Health Leader of the Year; Rural Health Program of the Year; Legislator of the Year; and Rural Health Hero of the Year. View the 2018 Award Nomination form and descriptions by clicking on the link. The 2018 Rural Health Awards will be presented in the honoree's community during Rural Health Week in Pennsylvania (November 12-16, 2018). The deadline for submissions is September 7, 2018. For more information, contact Pennsylvania Office of Rural Health Outreach Coordinator Terri Klinefelter at (814) 863-8214 or tjc136@psu.edu.

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FUNDING FOR RURAL BROADBAND, BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT, COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT
The Foundation for Rural Service is offering grants for rural communities in the areas of business development, community development, education, and telecommunications, with a priority for broadband enabled, technology-focused projects. The application deadline is September 15. For more information, click here.

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USDA FUNDING AVAILABLE FOR ECONOMIC, COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is offering funding through the Strategic Economic and Community Development program. The program allows USDA to give priority for projects that support the implementation of regional economic development plans through the following USDA Rural Development funding programs: Community Facilities Loans, Grants and Loan Guarantees; Water and Waste Disposal Program Loans, Grants and Loan Guarantees; Business & Industry Program Loan Guarantees; and Rural Business Development Grants. The application deadline is September 30. For more information, visit https://www.rd.usda.gov/programs-services/strategic-economic-and-community-development, contact the Pennsylvania Office of USDA Rural Development or contact Angela Callie in the national office at RDCED@wdc.USDA.gov.

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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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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’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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