May 2015 – Volume XIII, Number 4

Compiled & edited by Deb Miller Slipek, Ann Treacy, and Jane Leonard

–ACROSS THE FIELD
–FUNDING
–TRAINING/MEETINGS
–OPPORTUNITIES
–MISCELLANEOUS

Across the Field:

FUNDING

U.S. Bank Foundation provides grants to organizations that support: the preservation, rehabilitation and construction of quality affordable housing that assists low- and moderate-income populations and programs that provide home buyer counseling and related financial education to low- and moderate-income individuals and families. Deadline: varies by state. Click here to determine the deadline in your area.  Click here for funding guidelines.

— The U.S. Department of Agriculture is offering funding to schools, state and local agencies, Indian tribal organizations, agricultural producers, and nonprofits in implementing farm to school programs that improve access to local foods in eligible schools. Planning grant applications are due 5/20/2015. Click here for guidelines and instructions.

–The Corporation for National and Community Service is offering grants to nonprofit and public agencies for an Americorps youth internship specifically targeting youth that have been adjudicated in the juvenile justice system. This program will give disconnected youth (at least 17 but under 25 years old) the opportunity to participate in a national service program and provide them with meaningful mentoring while they are serving. Deadline: 5/20/2015. Click here to visit the program website for details.

–The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is offering funding to nonprofits and public agencies through the Partnerships to Increase Coverage in Communities II Initiative. Funding is offered for programs to educate various uninsured populations who are eligible for health coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace.  These populations include racial and ethnic minority people and those that are economically or environmentally disadvantaged (such as limited English proficient and immigrant and refugee populations).  Programs would offer education about the Marketplace and assist with enrollment and completion of the application process to determine eligibility and obtain or purchase health coverage offered through the Marketplace. Deadline: 5/22/2015. Click here for funding guidelines and an application.

—-The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is offering grants to nonprofit and public agencies that are eligible adaptive sports entities to plan, develop, manage, and implement programs to provide adaptive sports activities for disabled Veterans and disabled members of the Armed Forces. Deadline: 5/26/2015. Click here for grant guidelines.

–The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is offering grants to fund demonstration projects that provide eligible individuals with the opportunity to obtain education and training for occupations in the healthcare field that pay well and are expected to either experience labor shortages or be in high demand. Deadline to apply: 5/29/2015. Click here for funding criteria.

–The Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation supports nonprofit organizations and local municipalities undertaking high-need projects such as building renovations/upgrades, grounds improvements, technology upgrades, and safety improvements. Most grants range from $10,000 to $25,000. Deadline: 5/29/2015. Visit the company’s website here to take the eligibility quiz and submit an online application.

The East Central Regional Arts Council (ECRAC) has recently approved an additional round grant funding for artists and organizations located in Chisago, Isanti, Kanabec, Mille Lacs, and Pine Counties in Minnesota (Region 7E).  The deadline for the following grant applications is 4:30 p.m. Monday, June 1, 2015.   Information regarding these additional funding opportunities and application forms can be found and downloaded at the ECRAC website: www.ecrac.org/grants

The U.S. Department of Justice is offering grants to nonprofit organizations and federally recognized Indian tribes with a demonstrable history of providing community-based reentry programs and services for Latino/a youth. The objective of this program is to provide Latino/a youth with supportive services based on and matched to their assessed risks and needs and to support their successful reentry to the family and community. Deadline: 6/1/2015. Click here for additional funding guidelines.

— The U.S. Department of Justice is offering grants to nonprofit and public agencies to provide an array of new and expanded mentoring activities. Deadline: 6/2/2015. Click here for funding guidelines.

–The U.S. Department of Labor is offering grants to public or private nonprofit organizations through YouthBuild, a community-based alternative education program for youth between the ages of 16 and 24 who are high school dropouts, adjudicated youth, youth aging out of foster care, youth with disabilities, homeless youth, and other disadvantaged youth populations. The YouthBuild program simultaneously addresses several core issues important to low-income communities: affordable housing, education, employment, leadership development, and energy efficiency. Funding available: $700,000 to $1,100,000 over 40 months. Deadline: 6/5/2015. Click here for application guidelines.

The U. S. Department of Education is funding programs for American Indians with disabilities who reside on or near federal or state reservations so that they may prepare for and engage in high quality employment that will increase opportunities for economic self-sufficiency. Deadline: 6/8/2015. Click here for application guidelines.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is offering grants through the Assets for Independence (AFI) Demonstration Program. Deadline: 6/15/2015. AFI enables community-based nonprofits and government agencies to implement and demonstrate an assets-based approach for supporting low-income individuals and their families. View information about resources, trainings, and other assistance for grantees and potential applicants on the Assets for Independence Resource Center website here.

–The Tony Hawk Foundation is offering grants to nonprofit and public organizations for funding the construction of new, quality skateparks located in low-income communities throughout the United States. The Foundation primarily supports projects that can demonstrate a strong grassroots commitment, particularly in the form of planning and fundraising by local skateboarders and other community groups. Deadline: 6/17/2015. Visit the Foundation’s website here to review grant criteria and submit an online application.

–The HOME DEPOT Foundation’s Veteran Housing Grants Program is offering grants to nonprofit organizations nationwide that address the development and repair of veterans housing. Grants are provided for single family or multifamily housing, permanent supportive housing, and transitional housing projects. Grants ranging from $100,000 to $500,000 are awarded solely for the physical construction or repair of housing for veterans. Organizations that have previous experience developing, and either currently manage or own, veteran specific housing are eligible to apply. Deadline: 6/23/2015. Visit the Foundation’s website here for online application instructions.

The National Endowment for the Arts is offering grants to arts organizations, local arts agencies, arts service organizations, local education agencies, and other organizations that can help advance the goals of the Arts Endowment. The program seeks to support the creation of art that meets the highest standards of excellence, public engagement with diverse and excellent art, lifelong learning in the arts, and the strengthening of communities through the arts. Deadline: 7/23/2015. Click here to visit the website for details.

MEETINGS/TRAINING

The Will Steger Foundation has launched a series of 12 forums titled “Climate Minnesota: Local Stories, Community Solutions.” The forums aim to increase public awareness around local climate change impacts and build community resiliency through science, stories and place-based solutions. The first two forums were held April 14 in Bemidji and April 15 in Crookston. The remaining meetings will take place: May 12 in Burnsville; May 18 in Duluth; Sept. 15 in Owatonna; Sept. 21 in Mankato; Sept. 24 in Virginia, Oct. 12 in Rochester; Nov. 2 in Brainerd; Nov. 2 in Detroit Lakes; Nov. 12 in Minnetonka; and January 2016 (date TBD) in Marshall. The Minnesota Department of Commerce, Division of Energy Resources is an exhibitor and provides energy-related resources at the events. Read more.

The Midwest Solar Expo 2015 will be held May 13-14 in Minneapolis at the Downtown Hilton Minneapolis. The Minnesota Department of Commerce is a sponsor. Read more.

The Minnesota Department of Health and the Minnesota Department of Agriculture will host free agritourism workshops in May. The workshop is intended for owners or event planners of agritourism operations, such as farm tours, pizza farms, apple orchards and pumpkin patches. Topics to be covered include: petting zoo safety, food licensing and handling requirements, and much more.  Two dates are scheduled for the upcoming workshop: Wednesday, May 13, at the Chanhassen Recreation Center, and Tuesday, May 19, at the Coon Rapids Civic Center. The event is free and includes a boxed dinner for registered attendees. Download a copy of the invitation here: 2015 Agritourism Workshop   Registration is open until Tuesday, May 12. Register for the 2015 Agritourism Workshop For more information, contact Joni Scheftel at joni.scheftel@state.mn.us or 651-201-5414.

EDAM Webinar: Business Finance-Putting Puzzle Pieces Together will be held online from noon to 1:15PM on May 21st. You may register up until the day of the event. Cost is free to EDAM members and $25 to nonmembers. For more information and to register, please go to http://z.umn.edu/vzr.

Creating an Arts Destination Workshop  The 7 Rivers Alliance is hosting the workshop “Creating an Arts Destination” at the Minnesota Marine Art Museum in Winona on Wednesday, May 27, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

MN CARH’s 24th Annual Conference and Meeting will be May 27-28 at Jackpot junction Casino in Morton, MN.  Registration is now open.

Please review the conference brochure and registration form or visit www.mncarh.org for more information.

Rural Arts and Culture Summit – June 2-4, 2015, University of Minnesota Morris MORE

EDAM Summer Conference will be held on June 3–5 in Duluth at the Duluth Entertainment & Convention Center.  For more information go to:  http://www.edam.org/events/event_details.asp?id=462051

The 11th annual Small Wind Conference will be held June 15–17, 2015 at the Holiday Inn and Conference Center in Stevens Point, Wis. The event brings together small wind installers, site assessors, manufacturers, dealers and distributors, supply chain stakeholders, educators, public benefits program managers, and advocates. The Minnesota Department of Commerce is a sponsor. For more information and to register, read more.

The Midwest Farm Energy Conference will be held June 17-19 at the West Central Research and Outreach Center in Morris, Minn. The conference offers strategies for implementing energy-efficient and renewable energy systems on farms, with tours available of renewable energy systems in the region. Stacy Miller, solar policy specialist with the Minnesota Department of Commerce, will participate in a panel on “Incentives, Grants, and Loans for Renewable and Energy-Efficient Systems.” For registration and more information, read more.

–The 2015 Minnesota Rural Health Conference will be held June 29-30, 2015 in Duluth. Get more info https://minnesotaruralhealthconference.org/

Use Social Media to Promote Your Festivals and Events  In this one-week online course from the University of Minnesota Tourism Center, students will learn about a variety of applications for social media usage before, during and after an event or festival.

OPPORTUNITIES

Apply now for the Humphrey School 2015-2016 Policy Fellows program

Applications are now available for the 2015-2016 Policy Fellows program, one of the country’s most respected leadership programs for emerging and mid-career professionals. Connect with a cohort of 35 people across the work and political spectrum who will broaden your perspectives and expand your network as you engage in a high-level professional experience. Gain practical skills and experience to take your own career and civic work to the next level.  Applications are due June 1, 2015. Click here for more information and application form.

The Environmental Quality Board and the Department of Employment and Economic Development are working on a water report including results of a survey of water-related organizations in Minnesota. The survey results will help develop an economic profile that quantifies the current employment and wages in water-related organizations. The survey will go to public and private sector entities involved in (but not limited to) the research, development, treatment, manufacture, assembly, management, sales, or distribution of water-related products or services. Link to survey.

The goal is to understand their present employment, revenue, and products in the sector. This will be combined with administrative datasets to build a profile of water employment and wages in the state. It follows a method laid out by MN Clean Energy Economy Profile. For more information, contact Anna Sherman, anna.sherman@state.mn.us., 651-259-7468. 

MISCELLANEOUS

A great tool Community Broadband Planning Tool: What you need before you think about financing

OCC’s HelpWithMyBank.gov Web site, which provides answers to 300 common banking questions covering such topics as credit cards, bank accounts, mortgages, consumer loans, insurance, identity theft, and safe deposit boxes. The site also includes links and references to financial information and an online consumer complaint form.

CFED has released “Building Financial Capability: A Planning Guide for Integrated Services”, an interactive resource to help a wide range of community-based and social service organizations integrate financial capability services into their existing programs (e.g., housing, workforce development or Head Start). CFED developed the publication in partnership with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration for Children and Families’ Office of Community Services (OCS), with input from a number of local, state and national partners that tested and reviewed its 13 tools. Get the resource guide here.

Advancing K−12 Financial Education: A Guide for Policymakers The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) offers this resource guide designed to encourage financial education in schools. The guide contains strategies for furthering the development and implementation of financial education.

AARPSBA Webinars  AARP and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) host new webinars and republish previous webinars to educate people who want to start businesses or expand existing ones.

–The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has published new healthy community design data. The CDC estimates that, for every dollar invested in community design projects, between $1.20 and $3.80 is saved as a result of reduced health care utilization and fuel consumption. View the data here.

Enterprise Community Partners has released its 2015 Green Communities Criteria. Enterprise created these criteria in 2004 as the first green national standard designed specifically for affordable housing. These updated criteria incorporate resilient design features as well as Active Design criteria to improve resident health. Click here for a copy of the guidelines.

–The nation’s older adult population has grown and is continuing to grow dramatically, according to the Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies. The population 65 and older is expected to reach 73 million by 2030, an increase of 33 million over 20 years. The number of lower-income older adults is also increasing; from 2003 to 2013, the number of households aged 62 and older earning less than 50 percent of area median income (AMI) increased by 21 percent. To view the data, click here.

Frontier and Remote Area Codes Updated  The Economic Research Service, United States Department of Agriculture, has updated the Frontier and Remote Area (FAR) codes based on 2010 data. http://www.ers.usda.gov/data-products/chart-gallery/detail.aspx?chartId=52650

— At Main Street Project, the importance of women in the present and future of the agricultural system is recognized.  To read about this go to:  http://mainstreetproject.org/blog/2015/03/women-in-agriculture/

Minnesota ranked seventh for total wind-generated electricity in 2014 and was seventh in the nation for percent of its net electricity generated from wind power, according to data from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Energy Information Administration (EIA) and the U.S. Wind Industry Annual Market Report, released April 15 by the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA). In 2014, Minnesota generated 9,060 thousand megawatt hours (MWh) of wind power that provided 15.9 percent of all in-state electricity production, enough to power 830,000 homes. Read more.

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

Otter Tail County Seeks Tourism and Economic Development Director

The position will serve in a dual role as the economic development/tourism liaison for Otter Tail County and as the executive director of the Otter Tail Country Tourism and Economic Development Authority.

April 2015 – Volume XIII, Number 3

Compiled & edited by Deb Miller Slipek, Ann Treacy, and Jane Leonard

–ACROSS THE FIELD
–FUNDING
–TRAINING/MEETINGS
–OPPORTUNITIES
–MISCELLANEOUS

FUNDING

— The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is offering grants to nonprofits and public entities through the Assets for Independence program. The program supports innovative asset-building projects that enable low-income people to improve their economic status and become self-sufficient. Deadline: 4/20/2015. Click here to review funding guidelines. http://tinyurl.com/p8c2rko

–The Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota Foundation has issued “Healthy Communities: Health Equity in Action Request for Proposals (RFP)” which supports the efforts of nonprofit organizations working to improve the health of their communities throughout the state. The Foundation will fund community solutions that help create the following: equitable systems, stable lives, social connections, and vibrant communities. Grants ranging from $25,000 to $100,000 for one to two years will be provided. Deadline: 4/20/2015. Visit the Foundation’s website here to download the RFP.  http://tinyurl.com/ontxzcc

Community Economic Development (CED) Healthy Food Financing Initiative Projects award funding to Community Development Corporations for projects designed to address food deserts and improve access to healthy, affordable foods. Bonus points will be given to projects that create jobs in a rural community. Application deadline: April 24, 2015. http://www.raconline.org/funding/3579

Community Economic Development (CED) Projects offers funds to Community Development Corporations (CDCs) for projects designed to address the economic needs of low-income individuals and families through the creation of employment and business opportunities, including expansion or construction of clinics and health centers. Bonus points will be given to projects that create jobs in rural communities. Application deadline: April 24, 2015. http://www.raconline.org/funding/2098

Newman’s Own Awards Program offers grants to volunteer and nonprofit organizations supporting military families. Eligible applicants must be comprised primarily of volunteers or be a nonprofit organization, and be working with the families of Active Duty, National Guard, or Reserve units and/or veterans. Deadline: 4/29/2015. Visit the program’s website here to submit an online application.

USDA is offering REAP grants for up to 25 percent of total project costs and loan guarantees for up to 75 percent of total project costs for renewable energy systems and energy efficiency improvements. The REAP application window has been expanded. USDA will now accept and review loan and grant applications year-round. Eligible renewable energy projects must incorporate commercially available technology. This includes renewable energy from wind, solar, ocean, small hydropower, hydrogen, geothermal and renewable biomass (including anaerobic digesters). The maximum grant amount is $500,000, and the maximum loan amount is $25 million per applicant. Energy efficiency improvement projects eligible for REAP funding include lighting, heating, cooling, ventilation, fans, automated controls and insulation upgrades that reduce energy consumption. The maximum grant amount is $250,000, and the maximum loan amount is $25 million per applicant. 2015 application deadlines are April 30 and June 30. For more information go to: http://tinyurl.com/pvb77l8

–National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF), with generous support from Toyota Motor Sales USA, Inc., invites applications from nonprofits for capacity-building grants to protect, improve, and support responsible use of public land and water sites in the United States. Deadline: 4/30/2015. Click here to visit the website to learn more about these grants and the application process.

–The Foundation for Financial Planning will award grants to nonprofit organizations nationwide for pro bono activities that utilize financial planning practitioners in the delivery of services. Support is provided to organizations that provide services to specific target audiences that are underserved by the market, in need of financial guidance, or in a financial crisis. Online applications must be submitted by 4/30/2015. Grant guidelines and application information are available on the Foundation’s website here.

–The Lawrence Foundation is accepting proposals for program and operating grants from U.S. nonprofits working in the areas of the environmental, education, human services, disaster relief, and other issue areas. Deadline: 4/30/2015. Click here to visit the website for more information.

–The Department of Labor is offering grants to partnerships of private and public sector entities through the American Apprenticeship Initiative for innovative work-based learning and post-secondary earn-and-learn models. Deadline: 4/30/2015. Click here to review application information.

The Presbyterian Church is offering grants to nonprofit organizations addressing hunger and its causes in the United States. Grants ranging from $500 to $20,000 are provided in the following five categories: Development Assistance grants focus on creating a multi-faceted approach to the empowerment of poor people. Public Policy Advocacy grants encourage activities that advocate for political and economic policy changes that provide food for the poor. Lifestyle Integrity grants target programs that help the church to move toward sustainable lifestyles sensitive to the reality of the Earth’s limited resources. Education and Interpretation grants promote activities to educate the church and the public at large about the root causes of hunger. Direct Food Relief grants support programs that provide food to poor people in either acute or chronic conditions of hunger, with a focus on long-range solutions. Nonprofit organizations and Presbyterian congregations are eligible to apply. Deadline: letters of inquiry must be submitted by 4/30/2015. Visit the program’s website here to review the eligibility and criteria information.

–USDA is offering grants to nonprofit and public entities to implement farm to school programs that improve access to local foods in eligible schools. Deadlines: Training Grant Letter of Intent: 4/30/2015; application: 5/20/2015. Click here for funding guidelines.

FARM AID is offering grants of $3,000 to $10,000 in the three program areas described here: Growing the Good Food Movement supports programs that build local and regional food systems, connecting farmers directly to consumers and creating new value-added markets for family farmers. Helping Farmers Thrive focuses on projects that provide farmers with the resources needed to get started on the land, access new markets, transition to more sustainable farming practices, produce renewable fuels, and stay on the land in the face of financial crisis and natural disasters. Taking Action to Change the System funds organizations that promote fair farm policies and grassroots organizing campaigns to defend family farm agriculture. Deadlines: Letters of inquiry 5/1/2015; full proposals must be submitted by 8/1/2015. Grant application guidelines are available on the Farm Aid website here.

Now is the Time Project AWARE – Community Grants support the implementation of the NITT-AWARE-C program, which will train teachers and a broad array of actors at the community level who interact with youth through their programs, including parents, law enforcement, faith-based leaders, and other adults, in Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) or Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA). Rural specific training modules are available. Application deadline: May 1, 2015.

The Department of Health and Human Services is offering funding through the Refugee Individual Development Accounts Program that supports projects to establish and manage individual development accounts for low-income refugee participants. Applicants must have a partnership with a financial institution. Deadline: 5/4/2015.  Click here for funding details.

–The American Public Transportation Association (APTA) is offering grants for projects that focus on grassroots advocacy efforts that help achieve specific state and local public transportation goals. Funded activities could include initiatives to support public transportation in economically challenging times, programs in partnership with local Chambers of Commerce or other business organizations that support public transportation and community mobility, efforts to educate decision-makers about policies favorable to public transportation, etc. Deadline: 5/15/2015. Visit the APTA website here to review grant guidelines.

–The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is offering grants to nonprofit and public agencies that are eligible adaptive sports entities to plan, develop, manage, and implement programs to provide adaptive sports activities for disabled Veterans and disabled members of the Armed Forces. Deadline: 5/26/2015. Click here for grant guidelines.

–The HOME DEPOT Foundation’s Veteran Housing Grants Program is offering grants to nonprofit organizations nationwide that address the development and repair of veterans housing. Grants are provided for single family or multifamily housing, permanent supportive housing, and transitional housing projects. Grants ranging from $100,000 to $500,000 are awarded solely for the physical construction or repair of housing for veterans. Organizations that have previous experience developing, and either currently manage or own, veteran specific housing are eligible to apply. Deadline: 6/23/2015. Visit the Foundation’s website here for online application instructions.

MEETINGS/TRAINING

Rethinking Excellence in a Diverse Democracy: 2015 Minnesota Campus Compact Summit, Presidents’ Meeting, and Awards Ceremony will be held

April 16, 2015 at St. Catherine University in St. Paul. This annual convening focuses on key issues in our collaborative work and honors award recipients from across the state. A morning plenary will begin with powerful speakers, including Nekima Levy-Pounds, Professor of Law and Director of the Community Justice Project at the University of St. Thomas, and Andrew Seligsohn, the new president of national Campus Compact. Following the awards luncheon, afternoon breakout sessions will address:

  • Developing Cultural Agility in Ourselves, Our Students, Institutions, and Partnerships
  • Higher Education, Community Engagement, and the Changing World of Work
  • Skills for Conflict Resolution in Collaborative Work
  • Student Perspectives on Community Engagement and the College/University Experience
  • Supporting Low-Income Students’ Success: Transformative Systems Change

The full agenda is available here. With questions or to sign up as a sponsor, please contact Sinda.

Minneapolis to host International Biomass Conference & Expo April 20-22 at the Minneapolis Convention Center. The event, the largest gathering for biomass professional in North America, unites current and future producers of biomass-derived power, fuels and chemicals with waste generators, energy crop growers, municipal leaders, utility executives, technology providers, equipment manufacturers, project developers, investors and policy makers. Read more.

Seminar: Public Benefit Corporation Structure – A New Option      Please review the conference brochure and registration form or visit www.mncarh.org for more information.

Rural Arts and Culture Summit – June 2-4, 2015, University of Minnesota Morris MORE–The 2015 Minnesota Rural Health Conference will be held June 29-30, 2015 in Duluth. Sign up to receive email updates.–Use Social Media to Promote Your Festivals and Events In this one-week online course from the University of Minnesota Tourism Center, students will learn about a variety of applications for social media usage before, during and after an event or festival.

OPPORTUNITIES

The Minnesota Council of Nonprofits, in partnership with The McKnight Foundation, is pleased to announce its first annual Virginia McKnight Binger Unsung Hero Awards. The Unsung Hero Awards recognize individuals who have had a significant impact on the state of Minnesota and its communities, and yet have not been widely recognized in the past.Two Minnesotans (one from the Twin Cities metro and one from greater Minnesota) will each receive $10,000 in recognition of the significant impact they have had on the state and will be publicly celebrated at MCN’s 2014 Annual Conference. Nominations are currently being accepted with an application deadline of April 20, 2015. Nominate today » Eligibility and criteria details are also available online. For questions about the Virginia McKnight Binger Unsung Hero Awards, please contact 651-642-1904 or info@minnesotanonprofits.org.

The Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota Foundation seeks applicants to its Healthy Communities: Health Equity in Action program. Applications due April 20. Board Members and Grant Reviewers Needed! The East Central Regional Arts Council (ECRAC) is currently accepting applications from individuals wishing to serve on the board or on grant review panels. ECRAC is the primary funding source for artists and arts organizations in east central Minnesota, awarding about $300,000 in grants each year. Serving on the board or on a grant review panel gives an individual the opportunity to learn about arts activities in the region; to increase their knowledge of grant writing and the review process; to network with other artists and arts professionals; and to have input into matters that affect arts funding in the region.ECRAC is looking for individuals with knowledge of various art forms and perspectives. Active artists working in all disciplines; artists from communities of color; arts supporters/collectors; or individuals with knowledge of the regional arts community and arts organizations are all encouraged to apply. ECRAC meets the third Tuesday evening of each month at its office in Braham. Board members and panelists serve as volunteers, but can be paid a small stipend and mileage reimbursement for attending meetings. The deadline for submitting an application is April 30, 2015. Interested individuals may contact the ECRAC office at info@ecrac.org or call 320.396.2337 to receive a nomination form. You can also find the application online at:   Applications are now available for the 2015-2016 Policy Fellows program, one of the country’s most respected leadership programs for emerging and mid-career professionals. Connect with a cohort of 35 people across the work and political spectrum who will broaden your perspectives and expand your network as you engage in a high-level professional experience. Gain practical skills and experience to take your own career and civic work to the next level. Applications are due June 1, 2015.       

Southern Minnesota CVB Job Opportunities CVBs and Chambers in Owatonna, Northfield and Lanesboro are seeking qualified candidates to fill open positions.

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

New Wind Vision Report charts a robust wind energy future. With more than 4.5% of the nation’s electricity supplied by wind energy today, the U.S. Department of Energy has collaborated with industry, environmental organizations, academic institutions, and national laboratories to develop “Wind Vision: A New Era for Wind Power in the United States.” The report documents the contributions of wind to date and envisions a future where wind continues to provide key contributions to the nation’s energy portfolio. Read the report.

The University of Minnesota has compiled an assortment of biomass assessment tools, fuel pricing and project databases, wood energy videos, and information about State Wood Energy Teams. The Community Biomass Handbook and Wood Energy Financial App can quickly calculate the financial viability of wood heating projects, help screen project ideas, and answer initial project development questions about proven technologies. Read more

The Rural Assistance Center (RAC) has issued a new topic guide: Education and Training of the Rural Health Care Workforce.

MISCELLANEOUS

Click here for more information and application form.

Apply now for the Humphrey School 2015-2016 Policy Fellows program

http://ecrac.org/news/regional-arts-council-seeks-board-members-and-grant-reviewers 

MN CARH’s 24th Annual Conference and Meeting will be May 27-28 at Jackpot junction Casino in Morton, MN. Registration is now open.

The Midwest Solar Expo 2015 will be held May 13-14 in Minneapolis and will feature two days of educational and networking events that will provide solar companies with the tools to grow their businesses in the Midwest solar market. The Expo kicks off at the Solar Arts Building in downtown Minneapolis with a reception, dinner and keynote address on May 13 followed by a day of plenaries, breakout sessions, networking breaks, and North American Board of Certified Energy Professionals (NABCEP) and product trainings and exhibits at the Downtown Hilton Minneapolis. The Minnesota Department of Commerce is a sponsor. Read more.

Mark Your Calendars for the 2015 PedalMN Bicycle Conference The 2015 PedalMN Bicycle Conference will be May 4-5, 2015, in the third-most bicycle-friendly city in the nation, Minneapolis. http://www.smart-trips.org/event/2015-pedalmn-bicycle-conference/

Community Economic Development Symposium: Addressing the Income Gap Through Job CreationMay 1, 2015, Hamline University MORE

“Supporting the Desire to Age in Place: Important Considerations for the Aging Population,” a free statewide virtual conference, will take place May 1. The webinar will feature experts from the University of Minnesota and St. Cloud State University. Details and registration on the Minnesota Gerontological Society website.

Showcase Your Invention at the 
 Inspire™ 2015 Innovation Expo! Make Connections to Fuel Your Product Entry 
into the Marketplace. The event will be held April 30 – May 1 at the Minneapolis Convention Center. For more information see: www.inspireexpo.org

Could a public benefit corporation structure help you harness the power of your business to make a social impact? On April 21st a 1-hour free seminar co-hosted by Wilder Research and Gray Plant Moody law firm will explain a new structure for socially-minded for-profit businesses. 8:00 a.m. at Wilder Center, Saint Paul. 

Minnesota is a great place to live, work and play, and repeatedly ends up on top ten lists for quality of life. What has made the state so great? The 10,000 lakes? Sure. Serving as the lutefisk capital of the United States? Maybe.

One thing is certain. Minnesota’s greatness is due to its communities, and the people that serve them.

The Minnesota Council of Nonprofits, in partnership with The McKnight Foundation, is pleased to announce its first annual Virginia McKnight Binger Unsung Hero Awards. The Unsung Hero Awards recognize individuals who have had a significant impact on the state of Minnesota and its communities, and yet have not been widely recognized in the past.

Two Minnesotans (one from the Twin Cities metro and one from greater Minnesota) will each receive $10,000 in recognition of the significant impact they have had on the state and will be publicly celebrated at MCN’s 2014 Annual Conference.

Nominations are currently being accepted with an application deadline of April 20, 2015. Nominate today » Eligibility and criteria details are also available online. For questions about the Virginia McKnight Binger Unsung Hero Awards, please contact 651-642-1904 or info@minnesotanonprofits.org.

We are going to post time-sensitive items between newsletter as time-sensitivity dictates…

ECRAC is offering 10 free early bird registrations, a $100 value each, to the Rural Arts and Cultural Summit on this year’s theme “From the Ground Up: Cultivating Creative People and Places” at the University of Minnesota, in Morris, from June 2-4. 

Early bird registration for this offer is open until April 10. These registrations will fill quickly so respond to this email now. You must live in Chisago, Isanti, Kanabec, Mille Lacs, or Pine County to be eligible. Travel costs such as lodging and mileage will also be available for scholarship recipients. 

Here is what you need to do. Respond to this email,  by clicking here. Put “FREE ECRAC Registration” in the subject line and give us your name, email, phone number and address. If chosen you will be given further directions on how to register on the Rural Arts and Cultural Summit website.  

More information about the Rural Arts and Cultural Summit may be viewed by clicking here:  http://www.ruralartsandculturesummit.com/

 

March 2015 – Volume XIII, Number 2

Compiled & edited by Deb Miller Slipek, Ann Treacy, and Jane Leonard

  • –FUNDING
  • –TRAINING/MEETINGS
  • –OPPORTUNITIES
  • –MISCELLANEOUS

FUNDING

The Laura Jane Musser Fund is accepting applications for the Rural Arts and Environmental Initiative grant programs. The Fund’s Rural Arts program assists arts organizations in targeted states that offer artistic opportunities for adults and children in the areas of literary, visual, music, and performing arts. General operating grants of up to $10,000 and capacity building grants of up to $25,000 are provided to organizations in rural communities with a population of 20,000 or under throughout Colorado, Hawaii, and Wyoming, as well as rural communities in selected counties in Michigan and Minnesota. The goal is to promote public use of open space that improves a community’s quality of life and public health, while also ensuring the protection of healthy ecosystems. Organizations in Colorado, Hawaii, Michigan, Minnesota, and Wyoming are eligible to apply for grants of up to $35,000. Deadlines: applications for the Environmental Initiative must be submitted online by 3/13/2015; applications for the Rural Arts Program must be submitted by 3/20/2015. http://www.musserfund.org/

–The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) is offering grants to assist low-income individuals and communities in developing local and independent food systems. Community Food Projects involve the entire food system. Projects assess strengths and establish connections among existing food systems, resulting in improved food systems that support self-reliance. Grants are intended to help eligible, private, nonprofit entities in need of a one-time installment of federal assistance to establish and carry out multipurpose community food projects. Projects are funded from $10,000 to $300,000 and up to 36 months. Deadline: 3/17/2015. http://tinyurl.com/k9atlnc .

Enhanced Training and Services to End Abuse in Later Life Program Grants for training and services to address elder abuse, neglect, and exploitation, including domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking, involving victims who are 50 years of age or older. Application deadline: March 18, 2015. http://www.raconline.org/funding/1416

–William J. & Dorothy K. O’Neill Foundation provides capacity building, special projects, and general operations support for family-centered endeavors in the areas of education, health and wellness, self-sufficiency, economic development, housing, arts and culture, and environmental sustainability. Deadline: Letter of Intent by 3/25/2015. http://tinyurl.com/n46oo4y

The Department of Health and Human Services is offering grants through the Native Asset Building Initiative to Native American organizations that support low-income Native American, Alaskan Native, Native Pacific Islander, and Guam Native individuals and families to acquire long-term assets and improve their economic status. Deadline: 3/25/2015. http://tinyurl.com/kk3xy9y

The NFL Foundation and Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) are offering grants to nonprofit community-based organizations for financial and technical assistance to improve the quality, safety, and accessibility of local football fields. The NFL Foundation Grassroots Program seeks to redress the shortage of clean, safe, and accessible football fields in low- and moderate-income neighborhoods. Deadline to apply: 3/30/2015. http://tinyurl.com/a3kxnle

— The Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP) announced a new one-time funding opportunity: the Rural Outreach Benefits Counseling Program. The three-year program seeks to expand health insurance outreach, education and enrollment efforts to eligible uninsured and newly insured individuals and families in rural communities. Applications due March 30. http://tinyurl.com/pdabcey

The Social Security Administration is offering grants to nonprofit and public agencies to disseminate accurate information about work incentives programs and issues related to such programs to beneficiaries with disabilities (including transition-to-work aged youth). Deadline: 3/30/2015. http://tinyurl.com/oxhew3s

East Central Regional Arts Council reminds all local artists, art organizations, and schools within Region 7E (the Minnesota Counties of Chisago, Isanti, Kanabec, Mille Lacs, and Pine) that the next deadline to apply for funding is Wednesday, April 1st for: Art in Our Schools, Small/Art Project Assistance, Arts and Cultural Heritage Grants for Organizations, Arts and Cultural Heritage Grants for Individuals, and McKnight Individual Artist Grants. Additional information regarding these funding opportunities and all application forms can be found and downloaded at the ECRAC website: http://www.ecrac.org, or by visiting the ECRAC office located at 112 Main Avenue South, Braham, MN. For more information, please call 320-396-2337, or visit the website at: www.ecrac.org.

–Monsanto Fund: America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education Initiative helps farmers positively impact their communities and support local school districts. The program gives farmers in selected counties in 40 states the opportunity to nominate a rural public school district to compete for grants to promote science and math education. Once nominated by a local farmer, school district administrators are eligible to submit an application for either a grant of up to $10,000 or a grant of up to $25,000 to support a science and/or math educational program. The more farmers that nominate a school district, the more such nominations demonstrate community support and strengthens the school district’s application. Deadlines: farmers must submit nominations by 4/1/2015, and the deadline for schools to apply is 4/15/2015. http://tinyurl.com/q6j5dgy

–The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is offering grants to nonprofit and public agencies to provide an alternative for runaway and homeless youth who might otherwise end up in the law enforcement, child welfare, mental health, or juvenile justice systems. Deadline: 4/10/2015. http://tinyurl.com/pkpfaup

USDA is offering grants through the Outreach and Assistance for Socially Disadvantaged Farmers and Ranchers and Veteran Farmers and Ranchers Program to assist disadvantaged and veteran farmers and ranchers in owning and operating farms and ranches. This program will assist eligible nonprofit organizations, higher education institutions, and tribal entities in providing outreach and technical assistance to the targeted farmers and ranchers. Deadline: 4/13/2015. http://tinyurl.com/ouyvlcv

The National Science Foundation is offering grants to nonprofits, LEAs, and IHEs to provide superior STEM teacher preparation, along with better course materials and teaching methods. Deadline: 4/14/2015. For application guidelines, http://tinyurl.com/p6y9zrx

— The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is offering grants to nonprofits and public entities through the Assets for Independence program. The program supports innovative asset-building projects that enable low-income people to improve their economic status and become self-sufficient. Deadline: 4/20/2015. Click here to review funding guidelines.

–The Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota Foundation has issued “Healthy Communities: Health Equity in Action Request for Proposals (RFP)” which supports the efforts of nonprofit organizations working to improve the health of their communities throughout the state. The Foundation will fund community solutions that help create the following: equitable systems, stable lives, social connections, and vibrant communities. Grants ranging from $25,000 to $100,000 for one to two years will be provided. Deadline: 4/20/2015. Visit the Foundation’s website http://tinyurl.com/p8c2rko

Community Economic Development (CED) Healthy Food Financing Initiative Projects award funding to Community Development Corporations for projects designed to address food deserts and improve access to healthy, affordable foods. Bonus points will be given to projects that create jobs in a rural community. Application deadline: April 24, 2015. http://www.raconline.org/funding/3579

Community Economic Development (CED) Projects offers funds to Community Development Corporations (CDCs) for projects designed to address the economic needs of low-income individuals and families through the creation of employment and business opportunities, including expansion or construction of clinics and health centers. Bonus points will be given to projects that create jobs in rural communities. Application deadline: April 24, 2015. http://www.raconline.org/funding/2098

Newman’s Own Awards Program offers grants to volunteer and nonprofit organizations supporting military families. Eligible applicants must be comprised primarily of volunteers or be a nonprofit organization, and be working with the families of Active Duty, National Guard, or Reserve units and/or veterans. Deadline: 4/29/2015. Visit the program’s website http://tinyurl.com/mpyycpu

–National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF), with generous support from Toyota Motor Sales USA, Inc., invites applications from nonprofits for capacity-building grants to protect, improve, and support responsible use of public land and water sites in the United States. Deadline: 4/30/2015. http://tinyurl.com/qhnhvx4

–The Foundation for Financial Planning will award grants to nonprofit organizations nationwide for pro bono activities that utilize financial planning practitioners in the delivery of services. Support is provided to organizations that provide services to specific target audiences that are underserved by the market, in need of financial guidance, or in a financial crisis. Online applications must be submitted by 4/30/2015. Grant guidelines and application information are available on the Foundation’s website  http://tinyurl.com/o4gt8jz

–The Lawrence Foundation is accepting proposals for program and operating grants from U.S. nonprofits working in the areas of the environmental, education, human services, disaster relief, and other issue areas. Deadline: 4/30/2015. http://tinyurl.com/p2b5uxt

–The Department of Labor is offering grants to partnerships of private and public sector entities through the American Apprenticeship Initiative for innovative work-based learning and post-secondary earn-and-learn models. Deadline: 4/30/2015. http://www.grants.gov/search-grants.html

The Presbyterian Church is offering grants to nonprofit organizations addressing hunger and its causes in the United States. Grants ranging from $500 to $20,000 are provided in the following five categories: Development Assistance grants focus on creating a multi-faceted approach to the empowerment of poor people. Public Policy Advocacy grants encourage activities that advocate for political and economic policy changes that provide food for the poor. Lifestyle Integrity grants target programs that help the church to move toward sustainable lifestyles sensitive to the reality of the Earth’s limited resources. Education and Interpretation grants promote activities to educate the church and the public at large about the root causes of hunger. Direct Food Relief grants support programs that provide food to poor people in either acute or chronic conditions of hunger, with a focus on long-range solutions. Nonprofit organizations and Presbyterian congregations are eligible to apply. Deadline: letters of inquiry must be submitted by 4/30/2015. Visit the program’s website http://tinyurl.com/a5f733s

Now is the Time Project AWARE – Community Grants Supports the implementation of the NITT-AWARE-C program, which will train teachers and a broad array of actors at the community level who interact with youth through their programs, including parents, law enforcement, faith-based leaders, and other adults, in Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) or Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA). Rural specific training modules are available. Application deadline: May 1, 2015.

Sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. http://www.raconline.org/funding/3738

–The HOME DEPOT Foundation’s Veteran Housing Grants Program is offering grants to nonprofit organizations nationwide that address the development and repair of veterans housing. Grants are provided for single family or multifamily housing, permanent supportive housing, and transitional housing projects. Grants ranging from $100,000 to $500,000 are awarded solely for the physical construction or repair of housing for veterans. Organizations that have previous experience developing, and either currently manage or own, veteran specific housing are eligible to apply. Deadline: 6/23/2015. Visit the Foundation’s website http://tinyurl.com/nn9jv67

MEETINGS/TRAINING

On March 19th Ben Winchester will be conducting a webinar entitled “Rewriting the Rural Narrative” from Noon- 1PM. This is the first in a three part series. There is no charge. For more information and to register, please go to: http://z.umn.edu/ruralwebinar.

TECH CITIES will be held March 27th at the University of MN Carlson School of Management. For more information go to: http://carlsonschool.umn.edu/events/tech-cities-conference

2015 Nonprofit Technology and 
Communications Conference will be held Thursday, April 9, 2015 from 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency Minneapolis hosted by the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits. For information go to: http://tinyurl.com/7rawqvn

Rethinking Excellence in a Diverse Democracy: 2015 Minnesota Campus Compact Summit, Presidents’ Meeting, and Awards Ceremony will be held

April 16, 2015 at St. Catherine University in St. Paul. This annual convening focuses on key issues in our collaborative work and honors award recipients from across the state. A morning plenary will begin with powerful speakers, including Nekima Levy-Pounds, Professor of Law and Director of the Community Justice Project at the University of St. Thomas, and Andrew Seligsohn, the new president of national Campus Compact. Following the awards luncheon, afternoon breakout sessions will address:

  • Developing Cultural Agility in Ourselves, Our Students, Institutions, and Partnerships
  • Higher Education, Community Engagement, and the Changing World of Work
  • Skills for Conflict Resolution in Collaborative Work
  • Student Perspectives on Community Engagement and the College/University Experience
  • Supporting Low-Income Students’ Success: Transformative Systems Change

The full agenda and early-bird registration (deadline March 20, 2015) are available here. Member campuses are also welcome to sponsor a table (which includes eight tickets) for $500. With questions or to sign up as a sponsor, please contact Sinda. http://tinyurl.com/kno6eo7

Mark Your Calendars for the 2015 PedalMN Bicycle Conference The 2015 PedalMN Bicycle Conference will be May 4-5, 2015, in the third-most bicycle-friendly city in the nation, Minneapolis. http://tinyurl.com/ken7d9xRural Arts and Culture Summit – June 2-4, 2015, University of Minnesota Morris http://www.ruralartsandculturesummit.com

–The 2015 Minnesota Rural Health Conference will be held June 29-30, 2015 in Duluth. Sign up https://minnesotaruralhealthconference.org/Use Social Media to Promote Your Festivals and Events In this one-week online course from the University of Minnesota Tourism Center, students will learn about a variety of applications for social media usage before, during and after an event or festival. http://tinyurl.com/ky9fe8j

OPPORTUNITIES

The Council of Development Finance Agencies (CDFA) USDA Rural Development Partnership has announced the Rural Project Marketplace. The Marketplace will bring together rural communities and private sector investors to connect rural projects with financing and funding. CDFA will host two virtual marketplaces and one in-person marketplace annually. The online forum will be offered 3/23 and 3/24, 12:00-5:00 PM EDT. For more information, or to fill out an application form, click http://tinyurl.com/oydgjdx

–We are currently accepting applications for the Minnesota High Tech Association Foundation (MHTF) Scholarship. Deadline for application is April 1, 2015. The scholarships are for Minnesota undergraduate students in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) disciplines.

  • These awards include $2,500 and $5,000 awards and can include internship opportunities at MHTA member companies. MHTF supports diversity in this application and award process. Eligibility requirements:
  • Must be pursuing an undergraduate degree in a STEM field or in STEM teaching
  • Only students with sophomore through senior academic status in the current school year may apply. Sophomore status may include students who have achieved this status through advanced placement (AP) credit or post-secondary options (PSEO)s
  • Applicants must be enrolled at an accredited, Minnesota-based higher education institution.
  • In addition to traditional STEM fields, health science majors whose studies will NOT lead to participation in direct patient care are welcome to apply.For more information and to apply go to: http://tinyurl.com/o5cs665

Scholarships Available for Students Interested in Pursuing Careers in Cooperatives. The Minnesota Cooperative Education Foundation is pleased to announce the Edward Slettom Cooperative Leadership scholarships are being offered for high school, college, graduate and law school students interested in pursuing careers in cooperatives.Please visit http://mcef.coop/scholarships, call 651-209-8895, or e-mail charlene.vrieze@cooperativenetwork.coop for application documents and eligibility information. The application deadline is April 1, 2015.

Does your nonprofit use technology in innovative ways? Are you pioneering new approaches in communications? Is your organization’s website the envy of the sector? The Minnesota Council of Nonprofits invites you to nominate your organization for a 2015 Dot.Org Award. Presented at the 2015 Nonprofit Technology and Communications Conference on April 9, this year’s awards will recognize nonprofits that are using technology and communications in inspiring, effective and creative ways. Winning organizations receive two complimentary admissions to the conference, will be recognized during the conference plenary, in the program and on MCN’s website, and receive a complimentary exhibit booth at the conference where they can showcase their winning project.   

What is Rural – visit this newly updated topic guide to learn about some of the most commonly used federal definitions of rural, including why we need them and how they are used. The guide was developed by Kathleen Spencer, RAC information specialist, with assistance from Steve Hirsch, Federal Office of Rural Health Policy; John Cromartie, USDA Economic Research Service; and Mandi-Leigh Peterson, University of North Dakota Center for Rural Health.

MISCELLANEOUS

For more information and to apply, visit the Dot.Org Awards page on MCN’s website. Winners announced April 1st. http://tinyurl.com/nobhr79

The awards include $500 for high school students and $750 for college students attending a two or four-year institution, as well as $1,000 for students in graduate or law school. The awards are based on scholastic achievement, leadership, and an ability to contribute to co-ops in the future. Applicants must be residents of Minnesota but need not attend a Minnesota institution of higher education.

–COMPASS POINTS 2015. Just released — includes notable trends, key demographics, and a dashboard look at measures of progress for 13 topic areas. http://tinyurl.com/ndjontj

Zooming in:  Equity, access, and local action. The 2015 Compass Annual Meeting, held February 5, highlighted three key drivers for Minnesota’s continued success. Check out key trends and data from the day’s research presentations.  http://tinyurl.com/o6g3g8d

Child poverty is more common in rural Minnesota. Poverty is more common among children than among adults in Minnesota, and child poverty is highest in rural counties. These data are displayed visually in our Mapping Minnesota project with Catholic Charities of St. Paul and Minneapolis, and we highlight the findings in http://tinyurl.com/l9wsfwd

Regardless of where they live, children can be significantly affected by poverty in various ways, from lower academic performance to diminished social development. Minnesota lawmakers can reduce child poverty by enacting policies that improve opportunities for families to reach economic security.  Two solutions that can help lift families out of poverty are: increased funding for Basic Sliding Fee Child Care Assistance so parents can work while their children are well cared for; and expanding earned sick and safe time so workers don’t lose wages or their jobs if they take time to care for themselves or sick family members. http://tinyurl.com/m5bawnf

Net Neutrality Become a Reality. In February the FCC voted 3 to 2 to reclassify high-speed Internet service as a telecommunications service, instead of an information service, under Title II of the Telecommunications Act. http://wp.me/p3if7-328 The result wasn’t unexpected http://wp.me/p3if7-320 but to understand the implications, it’s valuable to look at the pros, cons and basics of Net Neutrality. http://wp.me/p3if7-30X

The Carsey Institute has co-published “CDFIs Stepping Into the Breach: An Impact Evaluation Summary Report”, with the U.S. Treasury Department’s Community Development Financial Institutions Fund. The report analyzes the impact of financial assistance awards and profiles recipients of the Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFI) Program. Click http://tinyurl.com/p82fscs

–The Corporation for National and Community Service has released its 2014 report on “Volunteering and Civic Life in America”. According to the report, 62.6 million Americans volunteered nearly 7.7 billion hours last year. Based on the Independent Sector’s estimate of the average value of a volunteer hour, the estimated value of this volunteer service is nearly $173 billion. Download the report http://www.volunteeringinamerica.gov/

–An article in The Atlantic, “Rural America’s Silent Housing Crisis” describes the need for safe and affordable housing in rural America and links housing to healthcare outcomes through the personal story of a Virginia woman. Read the article http://tinyurl.com/onrrlj9

–The Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco and the Urban Institute have published “Shared Measurement: Advancing Evaluation of Community Development Outcomes”. Maggie Grieve, vice president of Success Measures, has written an essay in the document that explores the benefits and challenges of using shared measures in community development. Get the document http://tinyurl.com/o3vperq

The Federal Communications Commission has issued a report on broadband deployment in the United States, with information specific to broadband access in rural and tribal communities. The report highlights the role of broadband in healthcare, provides maps showing rural broadband deployment, and includes state and county-level broadband access data. Get a copy of the report http://tinyurl.com/ntblsx6

–USDA Rural Development has a new website that offers information by topics, such as Rural Opportunities and a Rural Development blog. Visit the new site http://www.rd.usda.gov/

A Harvard Kennedy School paper, “The State and Fate of Community Banking”, reports that community banks play a major role in rural areas and in agriculture, small business, and residential mortgage lending. Get the report http://tinyurl.com/o5upygh

JOB OPPORTUNITIES

Spread the Word: Health Equity Service Year. Deadline: April 3, 2015. Learn more here. Do you know a graduating senior or graduate who is passionate about health equity, wants experience in community health, and is seeking a meaningful gap year opportunity? Minnesota Campus Compact is accepting applications for the MNCC 2015-16 College Health Corps AmeriCorps VISTA program–plus one VISTA Leader position open exclusively to VISTA alums.  Find out how to apply here. Contact Sinda or call 612-436-2080 for more information. http://tinyurl.com/omkkyzd

 

January-February 2015 – Volume XIII, Number 1

Compiled & edited by Deb Miller Slipek, Ann Treacy, and Jane Leonard

  • –FUNDING
  • –TRAINING/MEETINGS
  • –OPPORTUNITIES
  • –MISCELLANEOUS

FUNDING

  • 2015 REAP funding is available for rural small businesses and farmers. Financial assistance for renewable energy systems and energy efficiency improvements is available to rural small businesses and agricultural producers through the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP). A notice of solicitation of applications for REAP funding was recently issued for fiscal year 2015 by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Business-Cooperative Service, with deadlines posted. http://tinyurl.com/p2773rf
  • Nonprofits Assistance Fund (NAF) announced it is now offering long- term loans for facility and real estate projects. The loans are available to nonprofits serving low-income or special needs populations in Minnesota. Learn more https://nonprofitsassistancefund.org/loans
  • –The Federal Transit Administration is offering grants to federally-recognized Indian tribes and Alaska Native villages, groups, and communities for public transportation programs on Indian reservations. Deadline: 2/18/2015. Click  http://tinyurl.com/ocbetl7 for grant guidelines.
  • –NEA is offering Art Works Grants to nonprofits, units of state or local government, and federally recognized tribal communities or tribes. Objectives: The creation of art that meets the highest standards of excellence, public engagement with diverse and excellent art, lifelong learning in the arts, and the strengthening of communities through the arts. Deadline: 2/19/2015. Click http://tinyurl.com/oaz6vn6 for application guidelines.
  • The Dollar General Literacy Foundation supports nonprofit organizations, educational institutions, and libraries that offer literacy programs in communities served by Dollar General in 40 states. Following are descriptions of programs offering grants: adult literacy grants support nonprofit organizations that provide direct services to adults in need of literacy assistance; family literacy grants support family literacy service providers that combine parent and youth literacy instruction; and summer reading grants help nonprofit organizations and libraries with the implementation or expansion of summer reading programs for students who are new readers, below grade level readers, or readers with learning disabilities. Deadline: 2/26/2015. In addition the Foundation offers youth literacy grants to support schools, public libraries, and nonprofit organizations that work to help students who are below grade level or experiencing difficulty reading. The application deadline for this program is 5/12/2015. Visit the Foundation’s website http://tinyurl.com/7q9ohzf to access guidelines for each grant program.
  • Applications for the second year of the Made in Minnesota Solar Incentive Program will be accepted until February 28, 2015. The program, entering its second year, helps fund new solar electric and solar thermal systems for Minnesota residents, businesses, and communities. The program is administered by the Minnesota Department of Commerce.
    The Made in Minnesota Solar Incentive Program has an annual budget of up to $15 million for 10 years, including $250,000 per year for solar thermal rebates. Approximately 50 percent of the incentives will go to residential systems and 50 percent to commercial for both the solar thermal and solar PV parts of the program. The program is funded by 5 percent of each electric investor-owned utility’s total annual Conservation Improvement Program budget, with remaining funds provided through the Xcel Renewable Development Fund. More information on the Made in Minnesota program. Questions can be directed to the Department of Commerce Energy Information Center at energy. Info@state.mn.us or 651-539-1886 or 1-800-657-3710.
  • The U.S. Department of Justice is offering grants to nonprofits and Indian Tribes for programs that ensure the successful transition of young fathers from secure confinement facilities and out-of-home placement back to their families and their communities. Deadline: 3/2/2015. http://tinyurl.com/ngw5fet
  • Rural Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence and Stalking Assistance Program Funding for projects designed to address and prevent sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking in rural jurisdictions. Letter of Intent (Optional): Feb 11, 2015. Application deadline: Mar 4, 2015 http://www.raconline.org/funding/1413
  • –The Department of Health and Human Services is offering grants through the Administration for Native Americans’ Sustainable Employment and Economic Development Strategies program. The program supports community-based projects that will foster economic development through the creation of small businesses and sustainable job growth. Priorities include creation of sustainable employment opportunities, professional training and skill development that increase participants’ employability and earning potential; creation and development of small businesses and entrepreneurial activities; and a demonstrated strategy and commitment to keeping the jobs and revenues generated by project activities within the Native communities being served. The deadline is 3/4/2015. Click here for guidelines and an application. http://tinyurl.com/oh2y5od
  • The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is offering grants to nonprofit and public agencies that provide medical education and services for programs that improve medical knowledge about geriatric care. Deadline: 3/5/2015. For application guidelines, http://tinyurl.com/pxzmjhy
  • USDA is offering grants through the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program to encourage the next generation of farmers and ranchers, who will be integral to sustaining America’s agricultural future. Deadline to apply: 3/13/2015. Click http://tinyurl.com/qddhpqu
  • Enhanced Training and Services to End Abuse in Later Life Program Grants for training and services to address elder abuse, neglect, and exploitation, including domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking, involving victims who are 50 years of age or older. Application deadline: Mar 18, 2015 http://www.raconline.org/funding/1416
  • –William J. & Dorothy K. O’Neill Foundation provides capacity building, special projects, and general operations support for family-centered endeavors in the areas of education, health and wellness, self-sufficiency, economic development, housing, arts and culture, and environmental sustainability. Deadline: Letter of Intent by 3/25/2015. Click http://tinyurl.com/n46oo4y
  • The Department of Health and Human Services is offering grants through the Native Asset Building Initiative to Native American organizations that support low-income Native American, Alaskan Native, Native Pacific Islander, and Guam Native individuals and families to acquire long-term assets and improve their economic status. Deadline: 3/25/2015. Click http://tinyurl.com/kk3xy9y
  • The NFL Foundation and Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) are offering grants to nonprofit community-based organizations for financial and technical assistance to improve the quality, safety, and accessibility of local football fields. The NFL Foundation Grassroots Program seeks to redress the shortage of clean, safe, and accessible football fields in low- and moderate-income neighborhoods. Deadline to apply: 3/30/2015. Click http://tinyurl.com/a3kxnle to learn more about the program and funding guidelines.
  • — The Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP) announced a new one-time funding opportunity: the Rural Outreach Benefits Counseling Program. The three-year program seeks to expand health insurance outreach, education and enrollment efforts to eligible uninsured and newly insured individuals and families in rural communities. Applications due March 30. http://tinyurl.com/pdabcey
  • The National Science Foundation is offering grants to nonprofits, LEAs, and IHEs to provide superior STEM teacher preparation, along with better course materials and teaching methods. Deadline: 4/14/2015. For application guidelines, click http://tinyurl.com/p6y9zrx
  • Community Economic Development (CED) Healthy Food Financing Initiative Projects awards funding to Community Development Corporations for projects designed to address food deserts and improve access to healthy, affordable foods. Bonus points will be given to projects that create jobs in a rural community. Application deadline: April 24, 2015. http://www.raconline.org/funding/3579
  • Community Economic Development (CED) Projects offers funds to Community Development Corporations (CDCs) for projects designed to address the economic needs of low-income individuals and families through the creation of employment and business opportunities, including expansion or construction of clinics and health centers. Bonus points will be given to projects that create jobs in rural communities. Application deadline: April 24, 2015. http://www.raconline.org/funding/2098
  • –The Lawrence Foundation is accepting proposals for program and operating grants from U.S. nonprofits working in the areas of the environmental, education, human services, disaster relief, and other issue areas. Deadline: 4/30/2015. Click http://tinyurl.com/p2b5uxt to visit the website for more information.
  • –The Department of Labor is offering grants to partnerships of private and public sector entities through the American Apprenticeship Initiative for innovative work-based learning and post-secondary earn-and-learn models. Deadline: 4/30/2015. Click http://tinyurl.com/o3fgybc to review application information.

MEETINGS/TRAINING

 

  • –Arts + Community Development in Rural Communities February 12 & 13. Are you interested in understanding how the arts can contribute to community development in rural communities of Minnesota? MCF’s Arts and Culture Funders Network is hosting two sessions in greater Minnesota to discuss this important topic and to introduce a new grant program available at ArtPlace America designed for place-based non-governmental organizations with a primary mission of community planning and development that are interested in incorporating arts and cultural strategies into their work. Register to attend in person or by videoconference: http://www.artplaceamerica.org/
  • –Heart & Soul Talk: Use Community Network Analysis to Improve Participation and Results. Identifying the multiple layers of community can be the difference between success or failure of a project. Orton’s Community Network Analysis (CNA) is a powerful way to understand who lives, works, and plays in your town and how best to reach them. Alece Montez-Greigo, director of programs, explains the tool. Heart & Soul practitioners join her to share on-the-ground experience using CNA. 4-5 p.m. EST, Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015. Free! http://tinyurl.com/pfalqlx
  • The Rural Assistance Center will be hosting a two part webinar series from the National Advisory Committee on Rural Health and Human Services. Part one in the series will focus on the policy briefs the committee has issued on rural healthcare. Part two in the series will cover the briefs issued on rural human services. Please join RAC for these free webinars.
  • Part One of Two will be Wednesday, February 18, 2015 at 1:00 pm Central Time.The National Advisory Committee on Rural Health and Human Services has issued several recent Policy Briefs on rural healthcare. Since the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, the Committee has focused much of its work on how the ACA would be implemented in rural America. The webinar will address two briefs that cover enrollment in and pricing of insurance plans and premiums for rural populations on the 2014 Health Insurance Marketplaces. The third brief discusses the provision of hospice benefits to the rural population.
  • Title: Health Update from The National Advisory Committee on Rural Health and Human Services http://tinyurl.com/n5p8bsz
  • Affordable Care Act Plans and Premiums in Rural America, July 2014Rural Implications of the Affordable Care Act Outreach, Education, and Enrollment, January 2014
  • Rural Implications of Changes to the Medicare Hospice Benefit, August 2013
  • Register Now – http://tinyurl.com/n5p8bsz
  • Part Two of Two will be Thursday, February 26, 2015 at 1:00 pm Central Time.The National Advisory Committee on Rural Health and Human Services will discuss its recent Policy Briefs on Rural Humans Services. In its first Policy Brief, the Committee examined the intersection of federal human services programs and rural poverty and included two case studies about two different types of anchor organizations to coordinate rural Human Services. In the other Policy Brief they discuss the unique needs and characteristics of individuals and families experiencing homelessness in rural America.
  • Title: Human Services Update from The National Advisory Committee on Rural and Human Services http://tinyurl.com/kxvxvx4
  •  Homelessness in Rural America, July 2014
  • The Intersection of Rural Poverty and Federal Human Services Programs, January 2014 Register now: http://tinyurl.com/kxvxvx4
  • –The 2015 Agricultural Outlook Forum, “Smart Agriculture in the 21st Century”, will be held February 19-20, 2015 at the Crystal Gateway Marriott Hotel, in Arlington, Virginia. The forum will take a global, modern look at the complex aspects of today’s agriculture industry. Visit the website http://www.usda.gov/oce/forum/ for details.
  • Energy Design Conference is Feb. 23-25 in Duluth. The 25th annual Energy Design Conference & Expo, hosted by Minnesota Power, will be held at the Duluth Entertainment and Convention Center on Feb. 23-25. This event will offer a diverse set of seminars and workshops about the latest in energy-efficient building and technologies, renewable energy, best practices, and responsible design. The Minnesota Department of Commerce, Division of Energy Resources is a sponsor, exhibitor, and presenter. http://www.duluthenergydesign.com/
  • –Heart & Soul Training: Intro to Building Better Communities. Alece Montez-Griego, director of programs, leads an interactive webinar that will give participants insight into what makes Community Heart & Soul a powerful, results-oriented, and successful approach to community development and planning. This hour-long overview is the first in a series of four online trainings to be offered this year by the Orton Family Foundation. 3-4 p.m., EST, Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015. Free! http://tinyurl.com/oyslap9
  • The Minnesota Evaluation Studies Institute (MESI) will host its the annual evaluation Spring Training event March 9-13, intended for new evaluators, professional evaluators, program directors and staff, community agency staff, students and others interested in conducting or using evaluations. MESI Spring Training provides a unique opportunity to learn and reflect on contemporary issues in evaluation with national experts and practitioners in a small setting at a fraction of the cost of larger trainings and conferences.  http://www.cehd.umn.edu/OLPD/MESI/One- and two-day pre-training workshops include both introductory and advanced concepts and skills, including the Minnesota premiere of Michael Quinn Patton’s Principles-Based Evaluation workshop, as well as workshops from other esteemed leaders in evaluation. For more information about training sessions and to register, visit evaluation.umn.edu.
  • The Clean Energy Resource Teams (CERTs) 2015 Conference will be held March 10-11 at the River’s Edge Convention Center in St. Cloud. The conference will showcase successful energy efficiency and renewable energy projects and will offer a great opportunity for people who are planning clean-energy activities in their communities. It will provide ideas for clean energy projects and a chance to network with peers, exhibitors, and others who can help projects move forward. The Minnesota Department of Commerce, Division of Energy Resources is a conference sponsor and exhibitor and will provide a half-day poster session on several Conservation Applied Research and Development (CARD) grant projects. The Division’s lighting exhibit from the Minnesota State Fair will be displayed. To register and for more information, http://tinyurl.com/oyl4a9h
  • Rethinking Excellence in a Diverse Democracy: 2015 Minnesota Campus Compact Summit, Presidents’ Meeting, and Awards Ceremony will be held This annual convening focuses on key issues in our collaborative work and honors award recipients from across the state. A morning plenary will begin with powerful speakers, including Nekima Levy-Pounds, Professor of Law and Director of the Community Justice Project at the University of St. Thomas, and Andrew Seligsohn, the new president of national Campus Compact. Following the awards luncheon, afternoon breakout sessions will address:
  • April 16, 2015, St. Catherine University in St. Paul.
    • Developing Cultural Agility in Ourselves, Our Students, Institutions, and Partnerships
    • Higher Education, Community Engagement, and the Changing World of Work
    • Skills for Conflict Resolution in Collaborative Work
    • Student Perspectives on Community Engagement and the College/University Experience
    • Supporting Low-Income Students’ Success: Transformative Systems Change
  • The National Consumers League hosts LifeSmarts, an online competition for students in grades 6-12. Each month focuses on a different category important to teen consumers: personal finance, health and safety, consumer rights, technology, and the environment. Teams with the highest scores advance to state competitions in the early spring, and the winning teams advance to the National Championship (April 17-20 in Seattle, Wash.). Experts from these backgrounds are needed to serve as judges and officials at the state and national competitions. http://lifesmarts.org/
  • The Minnesota Department of Commerce was awarded a U.S. Department of Energy grant to decrease energy use at Minnesota municipal wastewater treatment facilities and scope opportunities for renewable energy generation. As part of the project’s objectives, Commerce and its core project partners (Minnesota Technical Assistance Program and Minnesota Pollution Control Agency) will engage municipal wastewater treatment facilities to participate in training and assessment activities in order to identify significant energy efficiency projects. http://tinyurl.com/mlajhwt
  • –The Minnesota Council of Nonprofits and The International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) Minnesota Chapter are pleased to host A Gift of Communication, where six nonprofits (chosen by lottery) will receive an afternoon of free consultation from seasoned IABC MN communications professionals on March 12 from 1 – 4:30 p.m. This event is geared towards nonprofits that are small enough to need help, but large enough to have some time and resources to devote to communications. Because of this we ask that participating organizations have an operating budget between $250,000 and $1 million. To enter your nonprofit, please fill out a short application. https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/15Gift
  • The East Central Regional Arts Council (ECRAC) is making space available for meetings, art production, rehearsal, performance, exhibition, and more.  Contact Executive Director Mary Minnick-Daniels  at (320) 396-2337 or by email at director@ecrac.org for more information and to discuss your, or your organization’s, needs.

MISCELLANEOUS

  • Minnesota on the move: Examining migration patterns. The state demographer’s office recently analyzed patterns of migration to better understand who is moving to Minnesota and who is moving away. State Demographer Susan Brower highlights some key findings, and gives her insight about what they mean. http://tinyurl.com/lqh4hv2
  • –The Pew Charitable Trusts has published a brief titled “Changing Patterns in U.S. Immigration and Population”. The analysis shows how the patterns are fueling population growth, and even reversing declines, in some surprising areas. Get a copy of the document http://tinyurl.com/kys669x
  • A New Majority: Low Income Students Now a Majority In the Nation’s Public Schools Provides data showing that a majority of students attending public schools come from low-income families and discusses implications of the findings.  http://tinyurl.com/kdqnj5cOlder adults soon to exceed school-age population. By 2020, Minnesota’s 65+ population is expected to exceed our state’s school-age population. Currently, at least 20 percent of residents are over age 65 in one-third of Minnesota’s counties. By 2030, this should be true for every county in Minnesota. http://tinyurl.com/lqh4hv2America’s Diverse Family Farms: 2014 Edition Most U.S. farms—97 percent in 2011—are family operations. Small family farms make up 90 percent of the count, though midsize and large-scale family farms produce 60 percent of value of production, per ERS’s latest Family Farm Report. http://tinyurl.com/omhxovx
  • –The National Rural Housing Coalition has released the results of a study called “Impact Report: The Economic and Human Impact of Nonprofit Organizations on Rural America”. The report includes success stories from rural housing organizations that provide affordable homes and rental housing opportunities in rural areas. Click http://tinyurl.com/p68wkqh to get a free copy.
  • Homeownership rates. The overall homeownership rate in Minnesota is about 72 percent, but that varies widely among major cities. A look at cities with populations of 20,000 or more shows Andover at #1 with a 94 percent homeownership rate, while Saint Paul and Minneapolis come in at the bottom with rates just below 50 percent. http://tinyurl.com/pf9csgd
  • –A new Housing Assistance Council report “Housing an Aging Rural America: Rural Seniors and Their Homes”, takes a look at rural elders and considers ways to provide them with quality, affordable housing. Get a copy http://tinyurl.com/ov69682
  • –The Center for Rural Affairs has released “Earned Income Tax Credit and Rural Households”, a report that looks at the Earned Income Tax Credit by place of residence. Authors discusses how this tax credit can be a safety-net effort and financial support to help rural families out of poverty. Download a copy.  http://files.cfra.org/pdf/EITC-final.pdf
  • –CFED has launched The Taxpayer Opportunity Network to support those who provide free tax preparation assistance for low-income communities. The Taxpayer Opportunity Network connects users with practitioners from across the country as well as tools and resources. The Network also facilitates advocacy for expanding resources for tax preparation services and creating a ‘right-side up’ tax code. To visit the site, click http://tinyurl.com/lnu4vtc
  • –The Housing Assistance Council’s publication Rural Voices analyzes the development and amelioration of poverty in rural America since the War on Poverty was declared 50 years ago. Download a copy http://tinyurl.com/pdk47hx
  • –CFED’s newest federal policy publication series, “Increasing Financial Well-Being through Integration”, chronicles policy changes that could increase the impact of social service programs by boosting families’ overall economic outcomes. The publication is available http://tinyurl.com/pp9ku27
  • –USDA Economic Research Service has released a report “Measuring Access to Healthful, Affordable Food in American Indian and Alaska Native Tribal Areas”. The study compares the distances to food markets that provide healthful and affordable foods in tribal areas to those of the rest of the country, and the effect of distance and limited food availability on the health of tribal populations. Download the summary report http://tinyurl.com/pjahu5c The full report can be found http://tinyurl.com/noz42no            The University of Minnesota’s Center for Urban and Regional Affairs offers an array of services through its community-strengthening programs. http://tinyurl.com/onqwkst

JOB OPPORTUNITIESResearch center connects university resources with community groups

  • From preschool to high school, programs aim to close Minnesota’s STEM achievement gap Hands-on educational experiences are exposing low-income students in Minnesota to the concepts and opportunities found in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics fields. http://tinyurl.com/otykm4z
  • State Export Data While a States actual agricultural export value cannot be measured directly, USDAs Economic Research Service (ERS) has developed a methodology that provides indirect estimates of exports using State export shares. Estimates of annual U.S. agricultural export values by State and commodity are provided using two methods: fiscal year (FY) (October-September) exports based on each States share of U.S. agricultural production and a new calendar year (CY) (January-December) series of export estimates based on U.S. farm cash receipts. ERS provided estimates based on both methods in 2011 but will update and maintain only the new calendar year farm receipts-based estimates for 2012 and forward. http://tinyurl.com/qzvyb6p
  • CFED has released the 2015 version of its Assets and Opportunity Scorecard. It assesses the 50 states and the District of Columbia on 133 outcome and policy measures, which describe how well residents are faring and what states can do to help them build and protect assets. Access the data http://assetsandopportunity.org/
  • Bringing Vitality to Main Street: How Immigrant Small Businesses Help Local Economies Grow Looks at the role immigrants play as neighborhood business owners. Includes strategies for assisting immigrant businesses as a way to impact neighborhood revitalization and economic development. http://tinyurl.com/mx26yj4
  • Mapping the Measure of America State and county-level maps showing key health indicators such as life expectancy, diabetes, and more. Also covers indicators that impact health, like educational attainment and income. Select a county by clicking on the map for a brief profile. http://www.measureofamerica.org/maps/
  • The National Center for Rural Health Works published their study on the economic impact of healthcare on rural communities. Types of impacts examined include hospital construction, critical access hospitals, primary care physicians, general surgeons, pharmacies, dentists and more. Get a copy http://tinyurl.com/q6cbpkz
  • Rural Schools and Health – visit this updated guide to learn about how rural schools can support the health of students and the community. Find school-based programs and strategies related to healthcare services, healthy eating, physical activity, health education, and more. http://www.raconline.org/topics/schools
  • Federal Office of Rural Health Policy has published a paper that identifies effective approaches to conduct health insurance outreach and enrollment activities in rural areas. The document describes challenges rural communities face when planning outreach and enrollment strategies and how to best overcome these challenges such as possible political resistance, limited access to internet, and geographic remoteness. Download a copy http://tinyurl.com/o3c4cvx
  • The Rural Assistance Center (RAC) has issued a new topic guide: Community Health Workers in Rural Settings and updated its Rural Mental Health and Oral Health in Rural Communities guides.
  • In the most recent issue of NEA Arts, the authors look at some of the innovative ways organizations are helping to positively change individuals and communities through the arts. From easing symptoms of trauma to changing the dynamics of the aging process, art is shown to have powerful healing properties. Read the article here. http://arts.gov/NEARTS
  • Trends in U.S. Local and Regional Food Systems: A Report to Congress ERS details current economic information on local food producers, consumers, and policies, based on findings from several national surveys and a synthesis of recent literature. http://tinyurl.com/qbxp68a
  • Structure and Finances of U.S. Farms: Family Farm Report, 2014 Edition
  • Farming is still an industry of family businesses. Ninety-seven percent of farms are family farms, and they account for 85 percent of farm production. Small farms make up 90 percent of the farm count and operate half of the Nation’s farmland. Most farm production, however, occurs on midsize and large-scale family farms. http://tinyurl.com/ozb2vn9
  • LifeSmarts Online Consumer Challenge
January – February 2015 (Nationwide)

OPPORTUNITIES

The University of Minnesota Crookston is Searching for a Director for the Center for Rural Economic Development. The University of Minnesota Crookston is hiring a Director for the Center for Rural Development. This person would work closely with the Center for Rural Economic Development Studies (CRES), EDA Center at the University of Minnesota Crookston, and the Northwest Region’s Small Business Development Center (SBDC) as well as partners across the state in matters related to economic development. To view the full position description, please go to http://www3.crk.umn.edu/humanresources/Admin&staff-positions.htm.

–Job Opening for a Rural Health Planner in the Office of Rural Health and Primary Care, $50,112-$73,853 annually. This position is the section and department expert on current and emerging rural health policy issues and analysis. Working with the Governor-appointed Rural Health Advisory Committee, the position leads these policy advisors in the identification of high-priority, wide-ranging rural health policy issues, and establishes goals and work plans for improving health status and health system performance in rural Minnesota. Find details and apply here: https://statejobs.doer.state.mn.us/JobPosting/View?_posting=14HEAL000535

Explore Minnesota Southern Region Coordinator Position Now Open

Explore Minnesota is accepting applications for the southern region coordinator position, located in Mankato. http://tinyurl.com/ntsgctd

We wanted to share this asap…

Job Opening in the Office of Rural Health and Primary Care

Rural Health Planner, $50,112-$73,853 annually

The Office of Rural Health & Primary Care at the Minnesota Department of Health is seeking a Rural Health Planner. This position is the section and department expert on current and emerging rural health policy issues and analysis. Working with the Governor-appointed Rural Health Advisory Committee, the position leads these policy advisors in the identification of high-priority, wide-ranging rural health policy issues, and establishes goals and work plans for improving health status and health system performance in rural Minnesota.

Please forward this posting to anyone who might be interested.

Find details and apply here: https://statejobs.doer.state.mn.us/JobPosting/View?_posting=14HEAL000535

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