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WEBINAR SERIES ON GRANT WRITING
The Pennsylvania Office of Rural Health will be hosting a webinar series Grant Writing from A to Z, beginning January 16, 2020. This webinar series is designed for both novice and seasoned grant writers. Feedback on grant applications and other targeted technical assistance will be provided free of charge. The series costs $299. Space is limited. For more information or to sign up, click here. For questions, call or email Terri Klinefelter at (814) 863-8214 or tjc136@psu.edu.

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GRANTS TO HELP HOMELESS INDIVIDUALS
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is offering grants to nonprofits and public agencies to support the development and/or expansion of local implementation of a community infrastructure that integrates substance use disorder treatment, housing services, and other critical services for people experiencing homelessness. The Grants for the Benefit of Homeless Individuals deadline is December 16. Click here for more information.

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GRANTS TO SUPPORT YOUTH EDUCATIONAL GARDEN PROJECTS
KidsGardening.org, a national nonprofit dedicated to providing inspiration and support for parents and educators who are gardening with children, is accepting applications for Youth Garden Grants. The grants support school and youth educational garden projects that enhance the quality of life for students and their communities. Any U.S. nonprofit organization, school, or youth program planning a new garden program or expanding an established one that serves at least 15 youth between the ages of 3 and 18 is eligible to apply. The application deadline is December 16. Click here for more information.  

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FUNDING TO SUPPORT INNOVATIVE BROADBAND SOLUTIONS IN RURAL AREAS
NTCA-The Rural Broadband Association is offering funding to support the development and implementation of innovative broadband enabled solutions to support rural commerce, healthcare, public safety, economic development, education, energy, and other community-oriented initiatives. The application deadline is December 1. For more information, click here.

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$10M PUBLIC COMPETITION TO IMPROVE FINANCIAL HEALTH OF LOW-INCOME FAMILIES
The Economic Opportunity Challenge, a competition by Lever for Change, is a public competition to award $10 million to scale a game-changing solution aimed at improving the financial health of low-income families in the US. The Challenge will fund the most transformative evidence-based solutions to address barriers to improved economic opportunity, security, and mobility for individuals and families. The focus is on proven, data-driven solutions ready to serve as a model for implementation across the country. The registration deadline is January 28, 2020. Applications must be submitted by February 18, 2020. Click here for more information.

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PENNSYLVANIA PARTNERSHIPS FOR CHILDREN RELEASES ANNUAL STATE OF CHILDREN’S HEALTH CARE REPORT
Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children has released the report, State of Children’s Health Care in Pennsylvania: Powering Up Healthy Kids. Click here for a copy.

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PENNSYLVANIANS ENCOURAGED TO TAKE STATEWIDE SURVEY ON FAMILY SUPPORT SERVICES
Every five years, states receiving federal Maternal Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) dollars are required to complete a statewide needs assessment that gives them the opportunity to learn about the well-being of families of young children in local communities. PolicyLab, in coordination with the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services Office of Child Development and Early Learning (OCDEL), is conducting the 2020 assessment for Pennsylvania. Pennsylvanians are asked to complete the short survey at https://is.gd/surveypa (English) or https://is.gd/encuestapa (Spanish) to help the state learn more about the resources for families living in Pennsylvania communities.  Survey responses will be used statewide and locally to inform Family Support Services, like parenting classes and Home Visiting Services. The survey takes about 5-10 minutes to complete. For more information about the survey, contact Deanna Marshall at marshalldb@email.chop.edu.

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2020 FARM TO SCHOOL GRANTS AVAILABLE
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Office of Community Food Systems has announced the official release of the 2020 Farm to School Grant Program Request for Applications (RFA). Farm to school programs support local communities through a variety of activities, including taste tests, farm visits, local purchasing, food and agriculture education, and farmer and producer training. USDA will award up to $10 million in competitive grants to eligible entities through the Farm to School Grant Program in FY 2020. Each grant helps implement farm to school programs that increase access to local food in eligible schools providing students with nutritious meals, while also supporting local producers. In FY 2019, USDA awarded a record 126 grants across the U.S. Eligible applicants are schools and school districts, local agencies, Indian tribal organizations, small- to medium-sized agricultural producers or groups of small- to medium-sized agricultural producers, and non-profit organizations. The application deadline is December 13. Click here for more information and here for the grant RFA.

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DOWNLOAD TESTIT, THE RURAL BROADBAND MAPPING APP
To continue gathering data about broadband availability and speed, the National Association of Counties (NACo), Rural Local Initiatives Support Corporation (Rural LISC), Rural Community Assistance Partnership (RCAP), and National Association of Development Organizations (NADO) have created a mobile app that allows individual users to accurately identify areas with low or no broadband connectivity. The data from the app are aggregated to identify gaps in broadband coverage, 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. To download the app, click here. Click here for the link to a one page description of the app. Click here to see the state data collected so far.

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HRSA RURAL HEALTH NETWORK DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM GRANTS
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Health Resources and Services Administration is offering funding through the Rural Health Network Development Program to improve access and quality of health care in rural areas through network collaboration, adapting an evidence-based service model, and promoting sustainability of rural health networks through the creation of diverse products and services. The application deadline is November 25. Click here for more information.

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AMERICORPS GRANTS TO STRENGTHEN COMMUNITIES
The Corporation for National and Community Service is offering AmeriCorps state and national grants for programs that are designed to strengthen communities and solve local problems, including those found in rural and underserved areas. Funding priorities include prescription drug and opioid abuse, education and rural intermediary organizations. The application deadline is January 8, 2020. Click here for more information.

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EDUCATION GRANTS TO SUPPORT DIVERSITY, ANTI-BIAS IN SCHOOLS
Teaching Tolerance, a project of the Southern Poverty Law Center, is offering educator grants to help teachers and schools educate children and youth to be active participants in a diverse democracy. Teaching Tolerance Educator Grants support educators who embrace and embed anti-bias principles throughout their schools. These grants range from $500 to $10,000, and support projects that promote affirming school climates and educate youth to thrive in a diverse democracy. The grants fund projects at the school, classroom, and district levels. Educators nationwide in public or private K-12 spaces, as well as in alternative schools, therapeutic schools, and juvenile justice facilities are eligible to apply. Applications may be submitted any time. Click here to visit the Teaching Tolerance website for more information.

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ARTISTS LEAD GRANTS FOR CREATIVE PLACE-BASED PROJECTS
The National Crowdfunding Platform IOBY (In Our Backyards") and ArtPlace America are offering “Artists Lead,” a new funding opportunity for artists with a creative idea for a place-based project that strengthens their community. Selected artists will receive up to $15,000 in matching funds, plus one-on-one fundraising support, when they crowdfund with IOBY. For more information on IOBY and Artists Lead, click here

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PA FARM LINK RESOURCES FOR FARMERS, VETERANS
PA Farm Link, a 501(c)(3) non-profit dedicated to “creating farming opportunities for the next generation,” has an extensive library of resources available online for farmers and veterans. Resource Central has information on transition planning, farm business planning, preserved farm resources, farm transition checklists and more. Click here for Resource Central. Veterans Resource Central has information on a variety of farmer-veteran programs and outreach sources. Click here for Veterans Resource Central.

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PA DHS AND AGING ANNOUNCE KINCONNECTOR HELPLINE
The Pennsylvania Departments of Human Services and Aging have announced a new KinConnector helpline for families in kinship care situations, including grandparents, aunts, uncles and siblings raising children because of the opioid crisis. The KinConnector helpline connects families with available resources such as: health, financial, and legal services; training; parenting advice; locating physical or behavioral health services; school enrollment; support groups; and other services designed to help caregivers. Navigators will also be available to help families apply for federal, state, and local benefits. To reach KinConnector, call 1-866-KIN-2111 (1-866-546-2111). Assistance is available Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, visit www.dhs.pa.gov.

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SMALL BUSINESS ADVANTAGE GRANTS FOR SMALL BUSINESSES, FARMERS
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) announced the availability of $1 million in grant funding to Pennsylvania small businesses and farmers for energy efficiency, pollution prevention, and natural resource protection projects through the Small Business Advantage grant program. New to the program this year is the opportunity for small business owners to install solar hot water systems for their business operations. Eligible projects include adopting or acquiring equipment or processes that reduce energy use or pollution. Examples of eligible projects are HVAC and boiler upgrades, high-efficiency LED lighting, solvent recovery and waste recycling systems, and auxiliary power units deployed as anti-idling technology for trucks. Pennsylvania-based small business owners with 100 or fewer full-time equivalent employees are eligible. Projects must save the business a minimum of $500 and 25 percent annually in energy consumption, or pollution-related expenses. Businesses can apply for 50 percent matching funds of up to $7,000 to adopt or acquire energy-efficient or pollution prevention equipment or processes. Only costs incurred between July 1, 2019, and June 30, 2020, are eligible. Applications will be considered on a first-come, first-served basis, and will be accepted until fiscal year 2019-20 funds are exhausted or April 12, 2020, whichever occurs first. All applications must be submitted through the commonwealth’s Single Application for Assistance website. Printed, faxed, and mailed applications are not accepted. The complete grant application package, which includes step-by-step instructions and instructional videos for completing the online application, is available by visiting the DEP Small Business Ombudsman’s Office website.

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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 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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