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GRANTS TO EXPAND BREWING INDUSTRY IN PA
The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture is accepting grant applications to conduct promotion, marketing, and research projects to increase the quality, profitability, production, and sale of malt and brewed beverages produced in Pennsylvania. Priority will be given to projects that would increase the production, quality or yield, or both, of Pennsylvania-produced raw agricultural commodities (e.g. hops, barley) used by the beer industry, and those interested in marketing and integrating the commonwealth's beer industry into new or existing regional and statewide tourism initiatives. Interested applicants must deliver a one-page concept paper, plus a one-page draft budget, via email by August 2 to chariley@pa.gov. For application instructions and more information, click here.

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COMPREHENSIVE OPIOID ABUSE PROGRAM GRANTS AVAILABLE
The U.S. Department of Justiceis offering demonstration grants through the Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Program for projects designed to reduce the morbidity and mortality associated with opioid overdoses among individuals who come in contact with law enforcement or are involved in the criminal justice system in high-risk rural communities and regions. The application deadline is July 26. Click here for more information.  

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HHS REGIONAL PARTNERSHIP GRANTS AVAILABLE
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is offering funding through its Regional Partnership Grants for collaborative regional partnerships that provide activities and services designed to increase the well-being of, improve permanency outcomes for, and enhance the safety of children who are in, or at risk of, an out-of-home placement as a result of a parent's or caregiver's opioid or other substance abuse. The application deadline is July 31. Click here for more information.

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NACO, LISC, RCAP RELEASE RURAL BROADBAND MAPPING APP
The National Association of Counties (NACo), Rural Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), and Rural Community Assistance Partnership (RCAP) have created a mobile app that allows individual users to accurately identify areas with low or no internet connectivity. The data collected by the app are aggregated to identify gaps in broadband coverage and help guide advocacy for adequate funding and inform decision-making at federal, state, and local levels. To date, the mobile app has been downloaded 4,500 times and 190,000 tests have been run. Click here to access the landing page and download the app. Click here for the link to a one-page description of the app and  here to see the state-by-state data collected so far.

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DESIGN CHALLENGE PLANNING GRANTS AVAILABLE
The National Center for Mobility Management’s Community Mobility Design Challenge 2019 Planning Grants, with funding from the Federal Transit Administration, are available to support communities seeking innovative ways to address the particular mobility challenges experienced by low-income community members for whom a lack of transportation is an obstacle. The goals of the NCMM Community Mobility Design Challenge 2019 are to: support communities in creating mobility solutions that improve access for low-income residents in regard to the focus areas of economic opportunities, opportunities to improve health and well-being, and opportunities to become more integrated into their community; support the development of cross-sector partnerships that work together on transportation solutions for their community; and prepare communities to apply for opportunities for funding the implementation of community transportation solutions, such as federal transit funding, as well as other types of federal, state and local funding for which the designed projects may be eligible. The application deadline is August 1. For more information, click here.

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OUR TOWN GRANTS AVAILABLE
The National Endowment for the Artsis offering funding through Our Town grants that support projects that integrate arts, culture, and design activities into efforts to strengthen communities by advancing local economic, physical, or social outcomes. The application deadline is August 8. Click here for more information.

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GRANTS FOR AFFORDABLE HOUSING, COMMUNITY REVITALIZATION
The U.S. Department of Treasury is offering grants through the Capital Magnet Fund to finance affordable housing and community revitalization efforts that benefit low-income people and communities. The application deadline is August 26. Click here for more information.  

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FARM TO SCHOOL CENSUS SET FOR SEPTEMBER
The Food and Nutrition Service's Office of Community Food Systems has announced the launch of the third Farm to School Census in September. The Farm to School Census (the Census) is the only national survey that examines school districts’ farm to school activities, such as local food purchasing behaviors, the number and use of school gardens, and the frequency of agricultural education. The Census surveys all School Food Authorities participating in the USDA National School Lunch Program in all 50 states and U.S. territories. The USDA Food and Nutrition Service has contracted with the research firm Abt Associates to administer the 2019 Farm to School Census. Abt will start contacting state agencies and school districts later this summer. The Census is a valuable measure of the effectiveness, scope, and reach of farm to school activities, nationwide, over time. It’s important to participate in the Census, regardless of your school's current level of farm to school participation. Visit www.fns.usda.gov/cfs/usda-farm-school-staff for more information.

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HOME4GOOD GRANTS TO ADDRESS HOMELESSNESS
The Federal Home Loan Bank Pittsburgh (FHLBank) and the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency (PHFA) are partnering for a second year to fund programs across the state that work to address homelessness. FHLBank Pittsburgh is providing $3 million toward the Home4Good effort, and PHFA is providing $1.5 million, for a total contribution of $4.5 million in 2019. Funding will be distributed as grants to organizations with programs that help people retain or find housing, as well as those that provide supportive services. Interested groups are advised to submit proposals for Home4Good funding through a participating Continuum of Care (CoC) organization in the state, or directly to PHFA in the event there is not a participating CoC in their local area. All applicants will be teamed with FHLBank member financial institutions to further develop relationships that can help meet the service provider’s future funding needs, which is a long-term benefit of Home4Good. CoC organizations will then review and prioritize incoming proposals for funding consideration by FHLBank Pittsburgh and PHFA. Eligible organizations for funding include local governments, nonprofits, housing authorities and others. Successful Home4Good applicants will offer programs that prevent or reduce homelessness, collaborate with others to address established housing goals and have a track record of success. The deadline for service providers to apply for funding is Aug. 30. More information about Home4Good is available at www.fhlb-pgh.com, and at www.phfa.org at the bottom of the homepage, under the “Resources” header. Interested organizations can also contact Kate Swanson at kate.swanson@fhlb-pgh.com or Bryce Maretzki at bmaretzki@phfa.org for details.

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GRANTS TO SUPPORT DEVELOPING, ESTABLISHED PROGRAMS TO FIGHT HIV, AIDS
The Kent Richard Hofmann Foundation is a private foundation dedicated to the fight against HIV and AIDS. The foundation awards grants to community-based organizations providing care and direct services, education, and/or research in the areas of HIV and AIDS. Grants support both developing and established programs, with an emphasis on direct benefit to clients or target audiences. The foundation has an interest in smaller communities and rural areas. Click here to submit a Letter of Inquiry through the online grant portal by July 26. 

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DOJ GRANTS FOR CORRECTIONS TRAINING, TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE
The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Justice Programs (OJP) Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) is seeking applications for training and technical assistance providers in specific areas: support to Second Chance Act grantees and practitioners to improve reentry and reduce recidivism, and support to grantees and practitioners to improve correctional substance abuse treatment programming and outcomes for inmates/detainees post-release. The application deadline is July 31. Click here for more information.

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SMALL RURAL HOSPITAL TRANSITION (SRHT) PROJECT TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE
The Small Rural Hospital Transition (SRHT) Project provides technical assistance to small hospitals in rural, persistent-poverty areas to help prepare and assist them in moving from a fee-for-service and volume-based payment system to one that is dependent on value and quality. The deadline for the required Letter of Intent is September 15. The application deadline is October 16. Click here for more information.

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CITIZENS’ INSTITUTE ON RURAL DESIGN ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS
The Citizens’ Institute on Rural Design, a program of the National Endowment for the Arts, has issued a Request for Host Applicants. This is an opportunity to host a leadership initiative and/or participate in a learning cohort that connects rural communities to design resources, enabling communities to act on ideas for improvements to a community’s streets, buildings, public spaces, or landscapes to address the specific physical, environmental, social, and economic challenges facing rural areas. The application deadline is July 22. Click here for more information.

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NEW PHFA HOUSING POLICY FELLOWSHIP
With the goal of funding critical research and promoting leadership development, the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency has created a new Housing Policy Fellowship. The fellowship will fund a maximum of 12 months of research and study on a pressing housing or community development topic. With a monthly stipend of $1,000, the maximum funding available will be $12,000. The financial support can be for a variety of activities supporting the approved research, including interviews with experts, securing resources and study materials, travel for attending relevant conferences and more. The fellowship is intended to benefit the housing field by underwriting research on subjects that currently present housing or community development challenges. A secondary benefit of the fellowship will be its investment in an individual to promote growth as a housing leader. The fellowship will produce documented findings that will be publicly available for everyone’s benefit. The fellowship application is available on the agency’s website at www.PHFA.org; look under the “News” tab in the upper-left corner of the homepage, and then scroll down to “Housing Policy News.” All legal residents of the state over the age of 18 are eligible to apply, excluding PHFA staff and board members. The fellowship application deadline is Sept. 6. Questions about the fellowship may be directed to Bryce Maretzki at (717) 780-1867 or bmaretzki@phfa.org.

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STUDY AND GUIDEBOOK ON STRENGTHENING ECONOMIC RESILIENCE IN APPALACHIA
A new study published by the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC), Strengthening Economic Resilience in Appalachia, highlights the economic resilience of Appalachian communities that have absorbed, resisted, and recovered from an economic shock, such as an economy-wide recession or industry restructuring. The study was conducted by Downstream Strategies, the Northeast Regional Center for Rural Development, and Dialogue + Design Associates, and produced two documents: a technical report that describes the quantitative analysis used to explore the factors that increase a community’s ability to buffer an economic shock; and a guidebook that summarizes project findings, presents case studies, and suggests best practices and strategies for communities to employ to build resilience. Click here for the study and guidebook.

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USDA TOOLKIT TO SUPPORT DEPLOYMENT OF HIGH-SPEED BROADBAND
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has launched a new toolkit to help support the deployment of high-speed broadband e-Connectivity in rural communities. The e-Connectivity Toolkit features 27 USDA programs that support broadband deployment. The easy-to-use resource is a simple guide that allows customers to identify their type of e-Connectivity project and locate resources the federal government offers for planning, equipment, construction, research and other e-Connectivity projects. Resources such as grants, loans and technical assistance are available from multiple Mission Areas at USDA, including Rural Development, National Institute of Food and Agriculture, Farm Service Agency, National Resources Conservation Service, and Forest Service. The toolkit also highlights examples of how e-Connectivity resources are being used to increase access to broadband services in rural communities. Click here for the toolkit.

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JOBS AVAILABLE WITH 2020 CENSUS
The U.S. Census Bureau is recruiting thousands of people across the country to assist with the 2020 Census count. A variety of temporary jobs, including census takers, recruiting assistants, office staff, and supervisory staff, are available. To be eligible, you must be at least 18 years old, have a valid Social Security number, and be a U.S. citizen. Candidates must complete an online job application, which includes assessment questions about your education, work, and other experience. For more information or to apply, click here.

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USDA LOANS, LOAN GUARANTEES FOR RURAL BROADBAND ACCESS
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is offering funding through the Rural Broadband Access Loan and Loan Guarantee Program. Loans and loan guarantees will provide funds for the construction, improvement, or acquisition of facilities and equipment needed to provide broadband service in eligible rural areas. The application deadline is September 30, 2019. Click here for more information.

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USDA RURAL DEVELOPMENT RELEASES OPIOID MISUSE GUIDE FOR RURAL COMMUNITIES
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development has released a new guide of federal programs that can be used to build resilient communities and address opioid misuse. The Rural Resource Guide to Help Communities Address Substance Use Disorder and Opioid Misuse highlights federal funding and partnership opportunities for rural communities. The guide was developed by the Rural Opioid Federal Interagency Working Group. The Working Group is co-chaired by the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy and USDA and includes the Departments of Commerce, Education, Health and Human Services, Housing, Justice, Labor, Transportation, and Veterans Affairs; the Corporation for National and Community Service; and the Appalachian Regional Commission. Earlier this month, USDA launched the Community Assessment Tool, an interactive database to help community leaders assess how and why the opioid epidemic is impacting their regions. The guide and assessment tool are part of the Community Opioid Misuse Toolbox which is available on USDA’s Rural Opioid Misuse Webpage.

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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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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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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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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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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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