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USDA ACCEPTING RECONNECT BROADBAND GRANT APPLICATIONS BEGINNING JANUARY 31
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development will be accepting applications for the second round of ReConnect Program grants and loans beginning January 31. The ReConnect Program offers loans, grants, and loan/grant combinations to facilitate broadband deployment in areas of rural America without sufficient access to broadband. USDA will make available up to $200 million for grants, up to $200 million for 50/50 grant/loan combinations, and up to $200 million for low-interest loans. Applications for all funding products will close no later than March 16, 2020. A full description of 2020 ReConnect Pilot Program funding is available on page 67913 of the Dec. 12, 2019, Federal Register (PDF, 336 KB). Beginning January 31, ReConnect funding applications can be submitted at www.usda.gov/reconnect.

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PHMC ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR KEYSTONE HISTORIC GRANT PRESERVATION PROGRAM
The Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission (PHMC) is now accepting applications for the Keystone Historic Grant Preservation Program. Nonprofit organizations and local governments are eligible to apply. Grants support projects that identify, preserve, promote and protect historic and archaeological resources in Pennsylvania for both the benefit of the public and community revitalization. A total of $2.65 million has been set aside for this program, increased from recent years due to continued popularity of the program. Two categories of grants - project and construction - are available for historic resources in Pennsylvania listed, or eligible for listing, in the National Register of Historic Places. Applicants may apply for only one type of grant. Applications are due March 2, 2020.  Grants will be awarded through a competitive selection process and are contingent on the availability of funds. For more information, click here.

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HIGH SCHOOL SENIOR INTERNSHIP PROGRAM WITH APPALACHIAN ENTREPRENEURSHIP ACADEMY
High school seniors enrolled in the 2020-2021 school year in the Appalachian region are invited to apply for the Appalachian Entrepreneurship Academy (AEA), a four-week, all expenses paid, immersive entrepreneurial experience in Pittsburgh, PA. The academy is a paid, residential summer program for the next generation of Appalachian innovators and entrepreneurs, which offers an opportunity for skill building tutorials in business planning, product development, and idea modeling. The academy was founded by the Appalachian Regional Commission and is made possible by the Institute for Educational Leadership. Applications are due March 6. For more information about the program, click here or here to download a flyer.

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CENSUS 2020 OUTREACH GRANTS AVAILABLE, APPLICATION DEADLINE IS FEB 14
The Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development is accepting applications for the Census 2020 Outreach Grant Program. The program supports grassroots outreach efforts in hard to count communities in rural, suburban and urban Pennsylvania. Grants are up to $50,000 per grantee. Final amount will be determined by the review committee. The application deadline is February 14. Award notifications will be made no later than March 15. For more information about the program including eligibility and application instructions, click here

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STATE WILDLIFE GRANTS AVAILABLE
The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission is now accepting applications for State Wildlife Grants. The deadline for submissions is February 19. The priority topic for the project will help support Pennsylvania’s amphibian and reptile Species of Greatest Conservation Need found in the 2015-2025 Pennsylvania Wildlife Action Plan. For more information and an application packet, click here.

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HEMP PROGRAM 2020 PERMIT APPLICATION NOW OPEN
The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture’s 2020 Hemp Program is now accepting applications from both commercial growers and processors. The 2020 application period is open now through April 1. This year, hemp growers and processors are required to apply. The permitting of processors is new for the 2020 program. Each individual property will require its own permit and application. A permit costs $150. For more information, click here.

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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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SMALL GRANTS AVAILABLE FROM CLIF BAR FAMILY FOUNDATION
The Clif Bar Family Foundation is offering grants through the Small Grants Program to nonprofit grassroots organizations that have the ability to engage local groups, positively impact their communities, and focus most of their resources on useful and positive actions. Through the Small Grants Program, the foundation supports innovative small and mid-sized groups working to protect the Earth’s beauty and bounty, create a healthy food system, increase opportunities for outdoor activity, reduce environmental health hazards, and build stronger communities. The application deadlines are February 1, June 1 and October 1. Click here for more information.

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GRANTS TO IMPROVE THE MANAGEMENT OF OPIOIDS AND OPIOID USE DISORDER IN OLDER ADULTS
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) is accepting applications for the Improving Management of Opioids and Opioid Use Disorder (OUD) in Older Adults program. The program goals are to develop, implement, evaluate, and disseminate strategies to improve the management of opioid use and opioid use disorder (OUD) in older adults in primary care settings, especially in settings with large segments of socially at-risk older adults. Applicants must propose a comprehensive plan that uses evidence-based interventions and quality improvement strategies designed to improve the management of pain, opioid use, and opioid use disorder for older adults in primary care. The application deadline is February 20. Click here for more information.

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RURAL HEALTH CARE COORDINATION PROGRAM GRANT FUNDING AVAILABLE
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources and Services Administration is accepting applications for the Rural Health Care Coordination Program (Care Coordination Program). The program supports rural health consortiums/networks aiming to achieving the overall goals of improving access, delivery, and quality of care through the application of care coordination strategies in rural communities. To achieve the goal of program, applicants are required to coordinate the health care delivery services in rural communities through the following four focus areas: 1) Collaboration: using a collaborative approach to coordinate and deliver health care services through a consortium, in which member organizations actively engage in integrated, coordinated, patient-centered delivery of health care services; 2) leadership and workforce: developing and strengthening a highly skilled care coordination workforce to respond to vulnerable populations’ unmet needs within the rural communities; 3) improved outcomes: expanding access and improving care quality and delivery, and health outcomes through evidence-based model and/or promising practices tailored to meet the local populations’ needs; and 4) sustainability: developing and strengthening care coordination program’s financial sustainability by establishing effective revenue sources such as expanded service reimbursement, resource sharing, and/or contributions from partners at the community, county, regional, and state levels. The application deadline is March 12. Click here for more information.

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2019-2020 PENNSYLVANIA GRANT AND RESOURCE DIRECTORY AVAILABLE
The Pennsylvania House of Representatives Democratic Caucus has released the 2019-2020 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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PA FARM LINK DATABASE HELPS KEEP PA LAND IN AGRICULTURE
Agriculture is one of Pennsylvania's top industries and it’s important to keep land in agriculture production and help the next generation keep it alive and thriving, Pennsylvania Farm Link offers an online database of farming opportunities for the next generation. There is a one-time fee of $100 to list on the database. Farmer information is kept completely confidential until famers decide they are ready to meet the interested farmer or landowner. Visit the PA Farm Link website at www.pafarmlink.org and click on either the "Find A Farm" or "Find A Farmer" tab to see what is currently available. For more information call (717) 705-2121 or email farmland@pafarmlink.org.

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HRSA ANNOUNCES OPIOID FAMILY SUPPORT PROGRAM FUNDING
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources and Services Administration is accepting applications for the Opioid Family Support Program. The purpose of this program is to enhance and expand behavioral health-related paraprofessionals’ knowledge, skills, and expertise to work as part of an integrated, inter-professional team in a high need and high demand area to support children whose parents are impacted by opioid use disorders and other substance use disorders, as well as their family members who are in guardianship roles. Additionally, this program will provide professional development opportunities and educational support to increase the number of paraprofessional trainees receiving a certificate upon completion of the program and entering into an apprenticeship program. Funding total is $11,500,000 and the award ceiling is $600,000. The application deadline is February 3, 2020. Click here for more information.

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GRANTS TO ESTABLISH AG INNOVATION CENTERS
The U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Developmentis accepting grant applications to establish and operate Agricultural Innovation Centers. These centers provide technical assistance to help rural businesses market value-added agricultural products. The application deadline is March 20, 2020. Click here for more information.

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USDA RURAL DEVELOPMENT GRANTS FOR RENEWABLE ENERGY SYSTEMS
The U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development is offering grants through the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP). Funding supports agricultural producers and rural small businesses to reduce energy costs and consumption by purchasing and installing renewable energy systems and making energy efficiency improvements in their operations. The application deadline is March 31, 2020. Click here for more information.

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ANGEL FLIGHT’S FREE, NON-EMERGENCY AIR TRAVEL FOR RUAL CHILDREN AND ADULTS
Angel Flight East (AFE), founded in Pennsylvania by Harry Morales, a general aviation pilot, is dedicated to rural health by facilitating free air transportation to children and adults in need of medical treatment far from home. AFE is based in Montgomery County, Pa., and serves the Northeast United States. While AFE flies patients from all over a 14-state territory, it has seen an even greater need for patients living in rural areas and those with rare medical conditions who often have to travel far distances for treatment. For more information, click here.

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STRENGTHENING RURAL AMERICA’S RURAL INNOVATION INFRASTRUCTURE
The Aspen Institute Community Strategies Group has released a new report called "Strengthening Rural America's Rural Innovation Infrastructure." This report focuses on the role, and aggregates the wisdom, of a specific set of intermediaries, called Rural Development Hubs, that are “doing development differently” in rural America. The report focuses on these Hubs because they are main players in advancing an asset-based, wealth-building, approach to rural community and economic development across the country. For a copy of the report, click here.

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AMERICA WALKS TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE
America Walks is now offering more intensive, Technical Assistance (T.A.) solutions to government, non-profit, and business clients. With more than 20 years of experience in advocacy campaigns and policy development, America Walks' T.A. program is based on proven strategies for engaging community stakeholders, building local walking movements, and developing the political will that leads to positive change. Click here for more information.

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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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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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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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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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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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