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GRANTS TO DEVELOP RURAL RESIDENCY PROGRAMS FOR HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONALS
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is accepting applications for the Rural Residency Planning and Development Program, which provides grants to support the development of new rural residency programs in a variety of fields, including family medicine, internal medicine, public health and general preventive medicine, psychiatry, general surgery, and obstetrics and gynecology. The program seeks to address the physician workforce shortages and challenges faced by rural communities. The application deadline is June 30. Click here for more information.

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GRANTS FOR ACTIVE MILITARY, VETERANS
The Infinite Hero Foundation is accepting grant applications for up to $100,000 from nonprofit organizations offering innovative and effective programs or treatments to active duty service members, veterans, and/or military families for service-related mental and physical injuries. Grants must be applied directly to program costs and cannot be used for fundraising or administrative overhead. The application deadline is July 1. Click here for more information.

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GRANTS FOR INNOVATIVE TRANSPORTATION SERVICES FOR VETERANS
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is offering grants for new organizations to assist veterans in rural areas through innovative transportation services to travel to VA medical centers and to otherwise assist in providing transportation services in connection with the provision of VA medical care to these veterans. The application deadline is July 17. Click here for more information.

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WORC GRANTS FOR RURAL COMMUNITIES
The U.S. Department of Labor is accepting applications for the Workforce Opportunity for Rural Communities (WORC) program, which funds projects supporting rural communities in aligning workforce development efforts with economic development plans, serving the Appalachian region, and the Lower Mississippi Delta region. The application deadline is July 29. Click here for more information.

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EDA ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR $1.5 BILLION TO RESPOND TO COVID-19 PANDEMIC
The U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) is accepting applications for EDA CARES Act Recovery Assistance Program, which will provide $1.5 billion for economic development assistance programs to help communities respond to and recover from the impacts of the coronavirus. The application deadline is ongoing. Click here for more information.

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CORONAVIRUS FOOD ASSISTANCE PROGRAM FOR AG PRODUCERS
The U.S. Department of Agriculture is accepting applications for the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP), which provides financial assistance to producers of agricultural commodities who have suffered a 5 percent or greater price decline or who had losses due to market supply chain disruptions due to COVID-19 and face additional significant market costs. The application deadline is August 28. Click here for more information.

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GRANT GUIDE FOR RURAL AREAS
The National Association of Towns and Townships has released, Rural Grant Guide: Grants to Support Projects in Rural Areas. The guide identifies potential funding opportunities to support community development, healthcare, broadband and energy, and water and wastewater projects in rural areas. These opportunities prioritize evidence-based, cost-effective programs for many of the most pressing issues that face rural communities. Click here for the guide.

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RURAL COMMUNITIES OPIOID RESPONSE PROGRAM PLANNING GRANTS AVAILABLE                                              
The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) is accepting applications for the Rural Communities Opioid Response Program-Planning (RCORP-Planning), a multi-year initiative with the goal of reducing morbidity and mortality resulting from substance use disorder (SUD), including opioid use disorder (OUD), in high risk rural communities. This funding opportunity will advance RCORP’s overall goal by strengthening and expanding the capacity of rural communities to provide SUD/OUD prevention, treatment, and recovery services. Eligible applicants include all public or private, nonprofit and for-profit organizations. The application deadline is July 13. Click here for more information.

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INTERACTIVE TOOL PROVIDES DATA ON CONSUMER CREDIT CONDITIONS
The Federal Reserve Banks of Philadelphia has announced that the Consumer Credit Explorer has been updated through the fourth quarter of 2019. The Consumer Credit Explorer uses data from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York/Equifax Consumer Credit Panel. This interactive tool is the only source of comprehensive, regional data on consumer credit conditions available to the public. The new quarters of data offer insights into the financial condition of consumers as they entered 2020.

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PASA SEEKING PRESENTERS FOR 2021 SUSTAINABLE AG CONFERENCE
The Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture (PASA) is seeking presenters for the 2021 Sustainable Agriculture Conference. PASA is closely monitoring coronavirus mitigation efforts and public health guidelines to determine whether its conference can happen in-person or if it will need to be a virtual event. During the proposal submission process, presenters should indicate if their session(s) can only be offered in-person, virtually, or both. If held in-person, the conference is scheduled for February 3–6, 2021 in Lancaster, Pa., at the Lancaster County Convention Center. If held virtually, the conference dates will be adjusted to allow it to take place over an extended period of time, rather than condensed into four days. Click here for more information.

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WALKWORKS GRANTS AVAILABLE
WalkWorks, a partnership of the Pennsylvania Department of Health and the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health Center for Public Health Practice created to build a network of fun, fact-filled, community-based walking routes and walking groups, is offering grants to municipalities and other governmental bodies to assist with the development of active transportation plans and related policies. Active transportation includes walking, wheeling, and public transit. Eligible applicants include municipalities, Metropolitan and Rural Planning Organizations (MPOs/RPOs) and other government agencies with the capacity to accomplish the proposed project. The application deadline is July 2. Click here for more information.

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REVOLVING FUNDS FOR WATER, WASTEWATER PROJECTS
The U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development is offering a program that supports predevelopment costs for water or wastewater projects to finance short-term and small capital projects that are not part of regular operation and maintenance costs for water and wastewater systems. The application deadline is June 12. Click here for more information.

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PA DEPARTMENT OF AG CONFIRMS STATE'S FIRST SPOTTED LANTERNFLY HATCH, ENCOURAGES RESIDENTS TO BE VIGILANT
The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture reported the first confirmed Spotted Lanternfly hatch of the year in late April. The first-instar nymph was located by a U.S. Department of Agriculture employee in western Philadelphia, near the University of Pennsylvania/Drexel University. The majority of Spotted Lanternfly hatches begin in southern Pennsylvania in mid to late April, with a lag in timing for Pennsylvania's more northern counties. As the first instars of Spotted Lanternfly hatch from eggs, they instantly seek tender plant tissue to feed. The Spotted Lanternfly is capable of decimating entire grape vineyards and damaging fruit orchards, hops, walnuts, hardwoods and decorative trees. In addition to endangering agriculture, this bad bug threatens the public’s ability to enjoy the outdoors during spring and summer months, as the bugs are known to swarm in the air, cover trees, and coat decks and play equipment with their excrement, known as honeydew. Scraping egg masses is the most efficient way to kill 30-50 of the invasive pests at once. If you discover Spotted Lanternfly egg masses, scrape them off using a putty knife, credit card, or other firm, blunt-edged tool. Penn State Extension has a helpful tutorial here on how to destroy egg masses. Currently, 26 Pennsylvania counties are in quarantine for this invasive pest. If you scrape an egg mass or squash a Spotted Lanternfly, always report your sighting here, or by calling 1-888-4BAD-FLY. For more information on Spotted Lanternfly, visit the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture.

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RHIHUB RURAL RESOURCES FOR COVID-19
Rural Health Information Hub (RHIhub) had developed an online guide to provide information about activities underway to address COVID-19, the disease caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus. Federal and state agencies, along with national organizations, are sharing resources and guidelines to help all communities and healthcare facilities, including rural areas, respond to this issue. Visit www.ruralhealthinfo.org/topics/covid-19 for the latest information.

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DISTANCE LEARNING AND TELEMEDICINE GRANT APPLICATION WINDOW EXTENDED
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development has opened a second application window for funding under the Distance Learning and Telemedicine (DLT) grant program. This window includes an additional $25 million that Congress recently provided to the program under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES Act). Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, USDA is providing this additional window for those who were not able to complete applications prior to the first application deadline for the DLT program. Any money not awarded under the first application window will be made available in addition to the $25 million. Electronic applications for the second application window may be submitted through grants.gov and are due no later than July 13, 2020. Paper applications will not be accepted. Eligible applicants include most state and local governmental entities, federally recognized tribes, nonprofits, and for-profit businesses. For more information, click here.

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USDA RURAL DEVELOPMENT ASSISTANCE FOR RURAL RESIDENTS, BUSINESSES AND COMMUNITIES AFFECTED BY COVID-19
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development has taken several immediate actions to help rural residents, businesses and communities affected by the COVID-19 outbreak. Visit USDA Rural Development’s webpage for more information on housing, business, and infrastructure grants, loans and assistance.

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CORONAVIRUS AID, RELIEF, ECONOMIC SECURITY ACT LOANS
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundationhas announced emergency loans through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act which allocated $350 billion to help small businesses and nonprofits keep workers employed amid the pandemic and economic downturn. Known as the Paycheck Protection Program, the initiative provides 100% federally guaranteed loans to eligible organizations.  Importantly, these loans may be forgiven if borrowers maintain their payrolls during the crisis or restore their payrolls afterward. Click here for a guide, Questions & Answers to some frequently asked questions, and more information on this relief measure.

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NATIONAL DISLOCATED WORKER GRANT FUNDING
The U.S. Department of Labor is offering National Dislocated Worker Grant funding to address the emergency response to COVID-19. The U.S. Department of Labor Employment Recovery Dislocated Worker Grants (DWGs) provide resources to states and other eligible applicants to respond to major economic dislocations, such as large, unexpected layoff events that cause significant job losses. Applications are accepted at any time, provided appropriated funding for the program is available. Click here for application guidelines.

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HOME DEPOT FOUNDATION'S COMMUNITY IMPACT GRANTS PROGRAM
Home Depot Foundation is offering grants through it Impact Grants Program to nonprofit organizations and public service agencies in the U.S. that are using the power of volunteers to improve their communities. The program focuses on support for organizations that serve veterans in local communities, as well as organizations that serve diverse and underserved communities. Grants of up to $5,000 are made in the form of Home Depot gift cards for the purchase of tools, materials, or services. Requests will be accepted on a rolling basis through December 31. Visit the foundation's website to submit an online application.

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FUNDING FOR REGIONAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is offering funding through the Strategic Economic and Community Development Program, which allows USDA to give priority for projects that support the implementation of regional economic development plans through several USDA Rural Development funding programs. The application deadline is June 30. Click here to review program guidelines.

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COVID-19 INFORMATION FROM PA STATE AGENCIES AND PA ATTORNEY GENERAL
Click the links for information on COVID-19 from these Pennsylvania state agencies, and the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General: Pennsylvania Department of Health, Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development, Pennsylvania Department of Aging, Pennsylvania Department of Human Services,  Pennsylvania Department of Education, Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry, Pennsylvania Department of Banking and Securities, and Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General.

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OFN ANNOUNCES GROW WITH GOOGLE SMALL BUSINESS FUND
The Opportunity Finance Network, the national association of community development financial institutions (CDFIs), has announced that it is working with Google to launch the Grow with Google Small Business Fund. The $125 million fund will deliver responsible financing to CDFIs to help thousands of small businesses and nonprofits hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition, Google will make a $5 million grant to OFN to help CDFIs to grow and build their capacity. These funds will enable OFN’s member CDFIs to improve access to capital for the most marginalized communities, particularly women and minority small business owners. Click here for more information.

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PA DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE TO OPERATE DISASTER HOUSEHOLD DISTRIBUTION PROGRAM
The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture has received federal approval to operate a Disaster Household Distribution program, through The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP), to provide critical food supplies to Pennsylvanians adversely affected as a result of statewide COVID-19 mitigation efforts. On March 28, the department received approval to use U.S. Department of Agriculture foods as part of a Disaster Household Distribution program being operated through the state’s network of food banks, food pantries, and pop-up distribution sites. The approval allows the department and its partners to more efficiently distribute a variety of foods – including meats, vegetables, fruit, canned goods, cereal, rice, pasta, eggs, and more – to those most affected by the closure of non-life sustaining businesses in Pennsylvania. Click here for more information.

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NEW GUIDEBOOK ASSISTS RURAL LEADERS WITH RESPONSE TO CRISIS OF ADDICTION
The Office of National Drug Control Policy has released a new guidebook to assist rural community leaders in building an effective local response to the crisis of addiction. The Rural Community Action Guide: Building Stronger, Healthy Drug-Free Rural Communities provides rural leaders with information they can put into immediate action to create change. It provides background information, recommended action steps, and promising practices to help manage the impact of substance use disorder on local communities and help persons with the disease of addiction. The topics are based on lessons learned from Department of Agriculture rural roundtable discussions held in over a dozen states, as well as the experiences of several rural stakeholder partners.  

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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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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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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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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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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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