November-December 2017- Volume XV, Number 11
Compiled & edited by Deb Miller Slipek, Ann Treacy, and Jane Leonard

  • FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES
  • TRAINING/MEETINGS
  • OPPORTUNITIES
  • MISCELLANEOUS
  • JOB OPPORTUNITIES

FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

–USDA has announced the availability of High Energy Cost Grants for public and private entities to assist energy providers and other eligible entities in lowering energy costs for families and individuals in areas with extremely high per-household energy costs (275 percent of the national average or higher.) Grant funds may be used to finance the acquisition, construction, or improvement of facilities serving eligible communities, and for the implementation of initiatives aimed at energy efficiency improvements and conservation measures, energy-saving appliances and devices, and improving the quality and cost of energy service. Deadline: 12/11/2017. Read the grant announcement here. High Energy Cost Grant forms are available here.

–THE AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION (AMA) Foundation is offering grants through The Community Health Grants program to community-based organizations such as free health clinics that offer services to vulnerable and underserved populations, including residents of inner cities and rural areas. The initiative supports innovative programs targeting the prevention and reduction of type 2 diabetes and hypertension. Grants will be awarded in amounts up to $60,000 and are renewable for up to three years. Nonprofit organizations in the continental U.S. that have been in existence for at least three years are eligible to apply. Deadline: 12/20/2017. Visit the Foundation’s website here to learn more about the program’s guidelines and to register for a pre-submission webinar.

–KATIE’S KROPS is accepting applications for youth garden grants. Gift cards of up to $500 will be awarded in support of youth-planted vegetable gardens that address local community needs. Deadline: 12/31/2017. Click here to review funding guidelines.

Improving Health in Rural America: Addressing the Leading Causes of Death
A technical assistance opportunity for states to develop and implement strategies to address the leading causes of death in rural areas. Application Deadline: Jan 5, 2018
Sponsor: National Governors Association

–The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) is taking applications for its Diesel Emissions Reduction Act grant program. The grant encourages owners of older, heavy-duty diesel engines to apply for funding to upgrade or replace old diesel engines. Since 2008, MPCA clean diesel grants have kept about 14.5 tons of soot out of the air, which is equivalent to taking 263,000 cars off the road. This summer, MPCA grants helped owners replace two beverage delivery trucks, two moving trucks, eight garbage and recycling trucks, several marine engines, and a crane engine. Deadline January 5, 2018.  Applications are now available.

–The U.S. Department of Energy has announced topics for the next round of funding in the Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer (SBIR/STTR) funding program. For the 2018 fiscal year, DOE plans to fund feasibility demonstration SBIR/STTR projects in four solar topics:

  • Devices and Methods for De-Energizing a Photovoltaic System.
  • Cybersecurity for Solar Energy Devices.
  • Peer-to-Peer Energy Transactions.
  • Research in Autonomous and Augmented Systems to Reduce Solar Costs.

Letter of Intent due January 8, 2018.  Learn more about the solar topics.

— USDA Value Added Producer Grants (VAPG) Program is taking applications.  The VAPG program helps agricultural producers enter into value-added activities related to the processing and/or marketing of new products. The grant covers 50 percent of the total project costs. Applications are due January 31, 2018.  Additional details are available at: https://www.rd.usda.gov/programs-services/value-added-producer-grants

Community Food Projects Technical Assistance One-on-one technical assistance, educational resources, and professional development opportunities for current grantees and potential applicants of the USDA Community Food Projects grant program.
Applications accepted on an ongoing basis.

Affordable Housing Loans for Low-Income Rural Communities  Short-term loans at below market interest rates to local nonprofits, for-profits, and government entities developing affordable housing for low-income, rural communities.
Applications accepted on an ongoing basis  Sponsor: Housing Assistance Council

Automated External Defibrillator (AED) Grant Program  Grants to eligible organizations to cover all or part of the costs associated with purchasing an automated external defibrillator (AED). Applications accepted on an ongoing basis  Sponsor: CPR Savers and First Aid Supply

–THE SURDNA FOUNDATION is offering grants to nonprofit organizations with its Thriving Cultures program.  Through the program’s Artists and Economic Development funding area, the Foundation supports efforts that provide artists with business training and financial resources enabling them to be, and create, valuable economic assets for their communities. The focus is on nonprofit organizations that operate business and entrepreneurship training programs for artists and cultural organizations, provide financing to artists and artist-centered enterprises, and offer arts and culture-based programs and services that directly engage and support the people who live and work in the area as a strategy for equitable economic development. Letters of inquiry are accepted throughout the year. Visit the Foundation’s website here to learn more about the Artists and Economic Development funding area.

TRAINING/ MEETINGS

–Minnesota Foundations 2018 – will be held Wednesday, December 13 from 1 – 4:30p.m. in 7 locations.  Join MCN for this annual analysis of the trends, staffing, program shifts and financial outlooks of more than 50 of the most important Minnesota foundations. The session will begin, 1 – 2:30 p.m., with a focus on foundations with statewide giving priorities (live in St. Paul, broadcast statewide). This portion of the session will take place live in St. Paul and will be broadcast statewide to our locations in BemidjiDuluthFergus FallsMankatoRochester and Sartell. The session will continue live in each location from 2:45 – 4:30 p.m., with a focus on foundations that give primarily in those regions.

Free Blandin Webinar Dec 14: Emerging trends in Minnesota Tele-Health – The Online Health Care Experience – Thursday, December 14 from 3-4 pm – Register Online

Understanding Health Disparities in Rural America – Insights from the CDC MMWR Rural Health Series Join us on December 18, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. Central for the next webinar in our series highlighting the findings from CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Reports. Featured speakers from the CMS Office of Minority Health and the CDC Office of Minority Health and Health Equity will discuss racial and ethnic health disparities in rural areas and will be joined by two FORHP Outreach grantees who are working to address health disparities in their communities.

— LqP County Frozen Farm Forum on Hemp Industry and Clean Energy
2018 Kick Off: Frozen Farm Forum Jan 11-12, 2018
Looking at the future of Lac qui Parle County is a good time to investigate new opportunities for farmers and emerging ag businesses. Two topics that are hot right now are Hemp and Clean Energy. So we at the LqP Economic Development Authority (EDA) have organized a 2-day conference to bring you the nuts, bolts and economic drivers for hemp and clean energy.
Days: January 11-12
Time: 8:30-4:30
Location: Madison Armory 504 3rd St, Madison, MN 56256
Cost: $25/day or $40/2 days (before Dec 8) OR $30/day or $50/2 days (after Dec 8)
Register Now!

–Mark your calendar now to attend the 2018 Explore Minnesota Tourism Conference, March 6-7, 2018, at the Verizon Wireless Center in downtown Mankato. If you are interested in being a sponsor or having a booth in the Marketplace, contact Lisa Havelka at 888-975-6766 or lisa.havelka@state.mn.us.  For additional conference questions, contact Lori Peterson at 651-757-1876 or lori.a.peterson@state.mn.us

–Save the Date! The 2018 Nonprofit Communications & Technology Conference is the place to go to consider the ways your nonprofit is balancing the art of communication in a world of high-speed technology.  It will be held Wednesday, March 21 from 7:30 a.m. – 4:15 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency Minneapolis.  Learn more and register today!

–Save the Date!  Minnesota Campus Compact 2018 Summit and Awards Ceremony will be April 19, 2018 at Hamline University.

OPPORTUNITIES

–Hmong Women Leadership Institute  Deadline: December 15, 2017 DETAILS

— MnTAP is currently accepting applications for microbrewers and distillers interest in getting a complete environmental assessment done at their facility before February 2018. Eligible companies would be brewers producing under 20,000 bbl/yr and distillers producing less than 40,000 bbl/yr.

  • Complimentary assessment for 8-10 eligible microbreweries or micro distilleries.
  • Sustain and Maintain – Learn to set up a checklist approach to sustainable practices
  • Up to $500 in equipment to implement reduction ideas – you will help determine what your company might need

This project is funded by a MPCA grant. MNTAP is a free, non-regulatory program that can facility information confidential upon request. More current and past project information with brewers and distillers in Minnesota found on the MNTAP Brewing and Distilling webpage. Apply today!

–Tribes can get technical assistance for energy planning, renewables. The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Indian Energy provides federally recognized Indian tribes, including Alaska Native villages, tribal energy resource development organizations, and other organized tribal groups and communities with technical assistance to advance tribal energy projects at no cost. On-Request Technical Assistance provides energy planning, housing and building energy efficiency, and much more. The Strategic Technical Assistance Response Team (START) assists in the development of tribal renewable energy projects. Learn more.

— Udall Scholarship offers scholarships to Native Americans and Alaska Native students pursuing careers related to tribal public policy, self-governance, native health, or the environment.  Application Deadline: Mar 8, 2018

— 2017-2018 Student Essay Contest  The Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis announces the 30th Annual Student Essay Contest open to all high school students in the Ninth Federal Reserve District. Essays due April 20, 2018.

–Grant Reviewers Needed ECRAC (East Central Regional Arts Council) is a Minnesota Regional Arts Council serves Region 7E the counties of Chisago, Isanti, Kanabec, Mille Lacs, and Pine) will be using more grant review panels this year.  If you are interested in assisting in the grant review process please contact us to volunteer! The time commitment is usually less then 10 hours and the learning opportunity is priceless.  Contact us at www.ecrac.org or 320.396.2337.

–The Facilitating Racial Equity Collaborative (FREC) Grants for Overcoming Racism Events in Greater Minnesota.  Deadline: Ongoing DETAILS

Help Wanted! Full Time Economic Development Project Manager at LqP EDA – The Lac qui Parle County Economic Development Authority in Madison, MN has an opening for a full time Economic Development Project Manager.

 MISCELLANEOUS

Rural America at a Glance, 2017 Edition  The rural population is shrinking due to outmigration of young adults, fewer births, increased mortality among working-age adults, and an aging population. Rural job growth since 2011 has been well below the urban growth rate.

–The Minnesota Solar Guide has been published by the Minnesota Department of Commerce and copies are now available. The guide is a listing of solar businesses in the state, from solar manufacturers and system developers and installers to the agencies that help finance solar projects. It helps solar businesses connect with one another and helps consumers find the solar products and services they need to plan and install solar on their homes and businesses. Printed copies can be obtained by contacting solar.help@state.mn.us. The guide is also available for downloading as a pdf on the Commerce website.

Rural Transit Fact Book 2017  Provides national, state-level, and county-level statistics and information on rural transit in America. Includes data regarding transit trips for medical purposes with an urban/rural comparison. Also, covers financial and operating statistics for agencies receiving section 5311 funding. Includes a section on tribal transit.

Rural Transportation: Challenges and Opportunities  Policy brief discusses a study on the challenges of implementing rural transportation services and their implication on transportation policy. Analyzes infrastructure, geography, funding, accessibility, support and public awareness, and socio-demographics as barriers to rural transportation systems.

–“Public Transportation’s Impact on Rural and Small Towns: A Vital Mobility Link,” a report by the American Public Transportation Association, looks at specific groups of non-drivers that require some form of public transportation, as well as the different types of transit available and the advantages they present to small, rural communities. Several case studies are presented, and myths about rural public transportation are addressed. Get the report here.

–The MPCA Small Business Program has created a new webpage for MN microbreweries, distilleries, wineries and cideries that covers environmental regulation and sustainability resources. MPCA is assisting these facilities and their consultants to become more aware they may need to comply with certain environmental regulations, including:

  • Air emissions
  • Construction stormwater
  • Hazardous waste
  • Industrial stormwater
  • Industrial wastewater
  • Recycling
  • Refrigerants
  • Community right-to-know reporting

It also offers information about environmental sustainability including greening your business, facility/building conservation for energy, water, and waste, and funding opportunities for all small businesses including grants and loans. Though some of the content is brewery/distillery-specific, there are practical tips and suggestions that are applicable to many emerging small business sectors.

–“Tackling the Opioid Crisis in a Rural Community,” a report by the American Hospital Association, highlights a partnership between a rural hospital physician and the director of a community counseling center to establish a medication-assisted treatment for opioid addiction in rural Maine. The report presents the program’s support structure, as well as the advantages of having an integrated treatment approach. Get the report here.

–The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality has released, “2017 National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Report: Chartbook on Rural Health Care.” The report summarizes trends in healthcare quality and disparities for rural populations, and includes quality measures for access to healthcare, patient safety, person- and family-centered care, care coordination, affordability, healthy living, and effective treatment. Click here to get the report.

Diabetes Mortality in Rural America: 1999-2015 Examines diabetes-related mortality, with a particular focus on the roles of rurality and race, during a 16-year period from 1999-2015.

Chronic Disease in Rural America This new guide provides an overview of chronic disease generally as well as specific conditions, including heart disease and stroke, cancer, diabetes, chronic respiratory conditions, arthritis, and HIV/AIDS.

National Environmental Public Health Tracking Network  Provides access to national, state, and county-level data on environmental health topics, including air quality, heat stress, exposure to pesticides, and other factors. Also includes data on health concerns impacted by the environment, including asthma, COPD, cancer, and heart disease.
Additional links: Data Query Tool,  Info by Location (County)

–Enterprise Community Partners has developed Opportunity360 Toolkit, a comprehensive approach to better understanding and addressing the challenges facing communities, and to improving outcomes for all residents in areas such as housing stability, quality education, health and well-being, economic security, and mobility. Through a user-friendly web interface, Opportunity360 features cross-sector data, community engagement, and measurement tools to help community development partners make smart investments, build more inclusive communities, and create collaborative solutions that transform communities across the country. Access the toolkit here.

–HUD’s Office of Recapitalization published two documents that guide owners through the process of developing a preservation strategy for their HUD-insured or -assisted multifamily affordable rental properties. The “HUD Preservation Workbook: Successful Stewardship of Multifamily Housing Recapitalization” is designed to support the exploration and decision-making that owners will undertake to preserve their properties. The workbook is meant to be used in tandem with the Recapitalization Excel Tool. The tool contains numerous spreadsheets for owners to enter baseline information about the property, its current Section 8 contracts and financing structure, financial performance, and physical condition. Get the Workbook here, and the Tool here

–The Carsey School of Public Policy has released “Employment, Poverty, and Public Assistance in the Rural United States.” The report reveals that despite the abundance of farmland in rural America, just six percent of rural workers depend on agriculture. Twenty-two percent depend on manufacturing, and the rest work in retail, sales, health care, construction, transportation, banking, services, tourist industries, and government – similar to their counterparts in cities and suburbs. Download the brief here.

Rural Poverty & Well-being ERS research in this topic focuses on the economic, social, spatial, and demographic factors that affect the income and poverty status of rural residents.

State Fact Sheets The ERS State Fact Sheets provide information on population, income, poverty, food security, education, employment, organic agriculture, farm characteristics, farm financial indicators, top commodities, and agricultural exports. Data are available for all States, and for metro/nonmetro breakouts within States. Links to county-level data are provided where available. This release provides the latest available (2016) U.S. and State-Level poverty estimates.

ERS County-level Data Sets  Provides access to county-level data on poverty rates, population change, unemployment rates, and education levels. Includes state maps illustrating the county data.

–NOTICE OF POSSIBLE CHANGES to Eligible Area Maps for USDA Rural Development Housing Programs. USDA Rural Development is conducting a review of all areas under its jurisdiction to identify areas that no longer qualify as rural for housing programs.  The last rural area reviews were performed in 2012-2013 using the 2010 census data. This review, which is done every five years, will utilize the 2015 American Community Survey (ACS) data.  Based on the 2015 ACS data and rural area guidance located in Handbook HB-1-3550, Chapter 5, the rural eligibility designation is under review for the following areas (please reference the corresponding map when reviewing the list below):
Minnesota
The following cities may be considered ineligible for Rural Development housing programs beginning in June 2018:

  1. Big Lake
  2. Buffalo
  3. Faribault
  4. Monticello
  5. Otsego
  6. Owatonna
  7. Waconia

The following city may be considered eligible for Rural Development housing programs beginning in June 2018:

  1. East Grand Forks

The public shall have 90 days from December 1, 2017 to submit comments regarding possible changes in eligible areas for Rural Development housing programs.  Comments are encouraged and should be sent to GeneralRDMN@rd.usda.gov or Housing Program Director, USDA Rural Development, 375 Jackson St., Suite 401, St. Paul, MN 55101. For questions or more information, stakeholders in affected communities are advised to contact the Area Director at the local Rural Development office responsible for serving the community.

JOB OPPORTUNITIES

–The University of Minnesota is seeking a College Health Corps VISTA to work with local, regional, state, and national opioid intervention and prevention partners through a new Duluth-based project. Do you know someone who wants to enhance opioid prevention efforts, build systems to reduce overdoses, and expand options for treatment? Interviews occur on a rolling basis. Apply now. Position starts Jan. 29, 2018. Contact Sinda with interest or questions or go to: https://my.americorps.gov/mp/listing/viewListing.do?id=77260&fromSearch=true

–Urban 4-H Program Coordinator, St. Louis Co. – Duluth, University of Minnesota Extension Center for Youth Development
Deadline: Open until filled DETAILS

–4-H Youth Development Program Coordinator, Otter Tail County, University of Minnesota Extension Center for Youth Development
Deadline: Open until filled DETAILS

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EDITORS’ NOTE: As always — please send us items to post, comments, ideas, etc. You can send them to Jane Leonard at minntwin@comcast.net. And thanks for getting to the end of this month’s issue!

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October 2017- Volume XV, Number 10
Compiled & edited by Deb Miller Slipek, Ann Treacy, and Jane Leonard
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  • FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES
  • TRAINING/MEETINGS
  • OPPORTUNITIES
  • MISCELLANEOUS
  • JOB OPPORTUNITIES

FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

— November 1, 2017, 11:59 p.m., is the East Central Regional Arts Council (ECRAC) grant deadline for:

  •  Art in Our Schools Grants: School districts may apply for arts-related funding up to $3,000.
  • Small/Art Project Assistance Grants: Nonprofit organizations, art groups, school districts, and local units of government may apply for arts-related funding ranging from $500-$5,000.
  • Arts and Cultural Heritage Grants for Organizations: Nonprofit organizations, art groups, school districts, and local units of government may apply for arts-related funding ranging from $5,000-$15,000.
  • Arts and Cultural Heritage Grants for Individuals: Individual artists may apply for arts-related funding up to $2,500. Eligible applicants must be permanent residents of Region 7E.
  • ECRAC Individual Artist Grants: Individual artists may apply for arts-related funding up to $1,000. Eligible applicants must be permanent residents of Region 7E.

For the grant application materials, information on past grants, and the link to the online grant portal go to: www.ecrac.org/grants

— Laura Jane Musser Fund  Rural Initiative Grants – Deadline: November 2, 2017 DETAILS

–The purpose of the Rural Hospital Planning and Transition Grant Program is to provide funds that assist small rural hospitals a) develop strategic plans that preserve or enhance access to health services, or b) implement transition projects to modify the type and extent of services provided, based on an existing strategic plan. The application is due November 3. For more information contact Craig Baarson at 651-201-3840.

–DEED Accepting Proposals for Competitive Grants.  The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) is accepting requests for proposals for competitive grant programs designed to increase economic opportunities for people of color, women, youth, people with disabilities and/or veterans.  Organizations may submit grant proposals for one or more of the following programs:

Capacity Building Competitive Grant Program
The program assists nonprofit organizations offering or seeking to offer workforce development and economic development programming deliver their mission and perform effectively by providing funding to improve organizational capacity.

Southeast Asian Economic Disparities Relief Competitive Grant Program
The program will address economic disparities in the Southeast Asian communities through workforce recruitment and development, job creation, increased capacity of smaller organizations and outreach.

Support Services Competitive Grant Program
The program will focus on low-income communities, young adults from low-income families and communities of color, offering job training, employment preparation, internships, job assistance to fathers, financial literacy, academic and behavioral intervention for low-performing students and youth intervention.

Requests for proposals (RFPs) are posted on the DEED website. Applicants must submit their proposals to DEED by 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, November 8 via email toAdultCompetitiveGrants.DEED@state.mn.us.

–Annie’s Grants for Gardens offers grants to develop edible garden projects that help connect kids to nutritious food. Geographic coverage: Nationwide. Deadline: 11/11/2017. Click here to visit the website for funding details.

Whole Kids School Garden Grant Program Grants to support new or existing edible gardens at K-12 schools and nonprofit organizations. Application Deadline: Nov 15, 2017.

–The Seventh Generation Fund for Indigenous Peoples is offering funding in the following program areas: Arts and Creativity, Health and Well-Being, Rights of Mother Earth, Sustainable Communities and Economies, Leadership Development, and Rights, Equity, and Justice. Grants from $250 to $10,000, with an average of $5,000, are provided to Native communities that address one or more of the Fund’s program areas. The remaining postmark deadline for 2017 is 12/1/2017. (Mini-grants of up to $500 are reviewed throughout the year.) Application guidelines and forms are available on the Fund’s website http://www.7genfund.org/apply-grant

Smart Rural Community Collaboration Challenge provides funding to support the development and implementation of innovative broadband-enabled solutions to support rural commerce, healthcare, public safety, economic development, education, energy, or other community-oriented initiatives. Application Deadline: Dec 1, 2017.

— USDA’s Rural Housing Service is accepting pre-applications for the Multifamily Preservation and Revitalization program. Properties serving census tracts in persistent poverty counties or other areas with special housing needs will get extra points. Pre-applications requesting multiple MPR funding tools are due 12/1/2017. Funding guidelines are available in the Federal Register notice here.

— USDA and the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture are offering grants to plan or implement food projects designed to meet the needs of low-income individuals and increase community self-reliance concerning food and nutrition. Deadline: 12/4/2017. Click here to review funding guidelines.

— The Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP) has announced that it will be accepting applications for its Rural Health Care Services Outreach Program through December 6, 2017. Successful awardees will receive up to $200,000 a year for three years to improve healthcare access in rural communities by implementing evidence-based or promising practice models. Applicants may apply under the regular Outreach track for projects that focus on any health-related topic, or under the newly created track addressing cardiovascular disease called Health Improvement Special Project (HISP).

Farm to School Grant Program Grants to plan, establish, or sustain a Farm to School program that improves access to local foods in schools. Application Deadline: Dec 8, 2017.

Youth Garden Grant  Awards funding and gardening supplies to schools and community organizations with youth-centered garden programs.  Application Deadline: Dec 8, 2017.

Community Food Projects Technical Assistance One-on-one technical assistance, educational resources, and professional development opportunities for current grantees and potential applicants of the USDA Community Food Projects grant program.
Applications accepted on an ongoing basis.
USDA Value Added Producer Grants (VAPG) Program is taking applications.  The VAPG program helps agricultural producers enter into value-added activities related to the processing and/or marketing of new products. The grant covers 50 percent of the total project costs. Applications are due January 31, 2018.  Additional details are available at: https://www.rd.usda.gov/programs-services/value-added-producer-grants

TRAINING/ MEETINGS

Emergency and Crisis Management for Festivals and Events  the University of Minnesota Tourism Center is offering an online course on emergency and crisis management for festivals and events.

–2017 Border to Border Broadband Conference.  Mark your calendar for the fall broadband conference October 25-26 at Madden’s on Gull Lake. The theme this year is Bridging the Gaps – Expanding the Impact. http://wp.me/p3if7-48o

–The Rural Health Information Hub (RHIhub) and the NORC Walsh Center for Rural Health Analysis will present the Rural HIV/AIDS Prevention and Treatment Toolkit designed to help rural communities plan, implement, and sustain rural HIV/AIDS programs. Developed by NORC on behalf of the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP), the toolkit identifies model programs and resources that will benefit rural communities seeking to implement HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment programs. This webinar will feature examples of successful programs, including lessons learned. It will beThursday, November 2, 2017 at 12:00 pm Central Time.

–The Minnesota Solar Energy Industries Association (MnSEIA) announced recently that it will hold the fourth-annual “MnSEIA – Midwest Gateway to Solar” Conference in Bloomington, Minn., on Nov. 14-15. This year’s conference will provide educational opportunities, networking, and exhibits. Read more to register and for more information.

–Save the date for the SciMathMN and Ignite Afterschool 2nd Biennial joint conference at the University of Minnesota Continuing Education Center on November 29-30.   Workshops will investigate, connect, and advance formal and informal STEM education and workforce development. Learn more.

–Mark your calendar now to attend the 2018 Explore Minnesota Tourism Conference, March 6-7, 2018, at the Verizon Wireless Center in downtown Mankato. If you are interested in being a sponsor or having a booth in the Marketplace, contact Lisa Havelka at 888-975-6766 or lisa.havelka@state.mn.us.  For additional conference questions, contact Lori Peterson at 651-757-1876 or lori.a.peterson@state.mn.us

–Save the Date!  Minnesota Campus Compact 2018 Summit and Awards Ceremony will be April 19, 2018 at Hamline University.

OPPORTUNITIES

–Got a broadband tool to share?  Blandin Foundation is looking to collect tools, templates, instructions that would be useful to other communities as they try to get/use better broadband. If you have a tool to share please contact Ann Treacy atreacy@treacyinfo.com.

— The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is awarding up to ten $25,000 Culture of Health Prizes to honor collaborative, community-based efforts that are prioritizing health and empowering people in the community to live healthier lives. Awards will honor entire communities, not single organizations or initiatives. The prize is intended to shine a light on communities that have created powerful partnerships and deep commitments to make changes that will lead to longer, healthier lives for community members. Eligible communities must be either a town, city, county, federally-recognized tribe, Native Hawaiian organization serving and representing the interests of Native Hawaiians in Hawaii, or region (contiguous towns, cities or counties). Deadline: Applicants must submit a brief, introductory essay by 11/3/2017. Click here to learn more and to apply.

NACCHO’s Model Practices Award  The National Association of County and City Health Officials recognizes outstanding local health officials and practices in the United States.  Application Deadline: Dec 6, 2017.

— Learn more about: National Rural Health Day and rural health care in America. Over 60 million Americans live in rural and frontier communities. Rural communities are wonderful places to live and work, but these communities also have unique health care needs, which is why the National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health sets aside the third Thursday of every November – November 16, 2017 – to celebrate National Rural Health Day!  Ways to Celebrate & Resources

Explore Minnesota Seeking Proposals to Host the 2019 Governor’s Fishing Opener To submit an application as a host community for the 2019 Governor’s Fishing Opener, please download the RFP and application here. Deadline for submissions is Friday, Nov. 17.  Please contact Nicole Lalum at 218-316-3330 or nicole.lalum@state.mn.us with questions.

Now Accepting Nominations for the Excellence in Tourism Awards The Excellence in Tourism Awards celebrate the people, events, marketing efforts, attractions and activities that make Minnesota a premier travel destination.

–November 22 is the nomination deadline for MN Excellence in Economic Development Awardshttp://wp.me/p3if7-4hD

— The First Nations Development Institute, through its Native Agriculture and Food Systems College Scholarship Program, is offering five $1,000 scholarships to encourage Native American college students to enter careers in agriculture and agriculture-related fields, with the ultimate goal of increasing food production, improving health and nutrition, and eliminating food insecurity in rural and reservation-based communities. Applicants must: be a full-time undergraduate or graduate student majoring in agriculture or an agricultural-related field, be able to provide documentation of tribal affiliation, have at least a 2.75 GPA, and demonstrate a commitment to helping communities reclaim local food system control. Deadline: 11/28/2017. To learn more and to apply, click here.

Udall Scholarship offers scholarships to Native Americans and Alaska Native students pursuing careers related to tribal public policy, self-governance, native health, or the environment.  Application Deadline: Mar 8, 2018

2017-2018 Student Essay Contest  The Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis announces the 30th Annual Student Essay Contest open to all high school students in the Ninth Federal Reserve District. Essays due April 20, 2018.

–Grant Reviewers Needed ECRAC (East Central Regional Arts Council) is a Minnesota Regional Arts Council serves Region 7E the counties of Chisago, Isanti, Kanabec, Mille Lacs, and Pine) will be using more grant review panels this year.  If you are interested in assisting in the grant review process please contact us to volunteer! The time commitment is usually less then 10 hours and the learning opportunity is priceless.  Contact us at www.ecrac.org or 320.396.2337.

MISCELLANEOUS

County older adult population growing  Today, at least one in five residents is an older adult in 39 of Minnesota’s 87 counties. It will be 59 counties by 2020 and 80 counties by 2030, according to projections. Read now.

New data on Minnesota Compass   Minnesota Compass has new data on health care coverage, poverty, median income, cost-burdened housing, immigration trends, proportion of adults working, crime rates, population trends by race, children and youth population trends, 8th grade math, and 3rd grade reading. To see highlights and analysis of the new data, go to New Data.

On the road with Minnesota Compass  Minnesota Compass staff have been on the road across Minnesota to hear from communities about the information and tools they need to better understand the opportunities and challenges facing their regions. Read now.

— New Research from the Carsey School of Public Policy on “Employment, Poverty, and Public Assistance in the Rural United States” provides a glimpse of the economic and demographic characteristics of life in the rural United States. Using data from the American Community Survey, they compare those living in low- and lower-middle-income counties to those living in upper-middle- and high-income counties. Get the brief here.

–“Heartache, Pain, and Hope: Rural Communities, Older People and the Opioid Crisis” is a report from Grantmakers in Aging that focuses attention on the opioid epidemic’s damage to rural communities, particularly the lives of older people, and describing providing program, innovative partnerships, policy recommendations, and scientific and medical responses for governments, communities, nonprofits, and philanthropies. Get the report here.

Rural Hospice and Palliative Care This guide has been updated to include new information and frequently asked questions including challenges faced by the hospice and palliative care workforce and how rural providers compare on quality of care and patient satisfaction measures. Also links to resources and funding related to hospice and palliative care.

— HUD has published in the Federal Register its list of 2018 qualified census tracts (QCTs) and difficult development areas (DDAs), which are eligible for as much as a 30 percent boost in basis while receiving low-income housing tax credits (LIHTCs). Get the list here.

— The Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s agencies of Rural Development and the Agricultural Marketing Service recently released “Harvesting Opportunity: The Power of Regional Food System Investments to Transform Communities.” This publication explores insights into the potential for regional food systems to promote economic growth for both rural and urban communities through the creation or enhancement of jobs and businesses. It also highlights how appropriately targeted policies and support can harness regional food system investments to advance the economic and financial security of low- and moderate-income households and communities. Get the publication here.

Food Environment Atlas The Food Environment Atlas is a web-based mapping tool developed by ERS that allows users to compare U.S. counties in terms of their food environment indicators that help determine and reflect a community’s access to affordable, healthy food. Food environment factors such as store/restaurant proximity, food prices, food and nutrition assistance programs, and community characteristics interact to influence food choices and diet quality. The Atlas currently includes over 275 indicators of the food environment. The year and geographic level of the indicators vary to better accommodate data from a variety of sources. The most recent county-level, State, or regional data are used whenever possible.

Public Transportation’s Impact on Rural and Small Towns: A Vital Mobility Link
Presents a report on rural and small-town public transportation. Looks at specific groups of non-drivers that require some form of public transportation, as well as the different types of transit and the advantages they present to small, rural communities. Provides several case studies and discusses a number of myths about public transportation in rural areas.

Rural Transportation Toolkit This new toolkit, developed by the NORC Walsh Center for Rural Health Analysis, provides information, strategies, and resources to help rural communities implement transportation programs. Browse program models and examples and learn how to implement, evaluate, and sustain a program in your community.

Toolkit for Operating a Rural Transportation Voucher Program  Discusses elements needed for a transportation voucher program. Identifies key players, examines ways to develop partnerships, acquire funding, develop policies, and publicize programs. Includes appendices with statistics on sample programs in 10 states, policy guidelines, a sample workbook, and transportation resources.

Rural Manufacturing Survival and Its Role in the Rural Economy (Amber Wavesfeature article) Manufacturing provides more jobs and higher earnings in rural areas than many other sectors. Manufacturing is also relatively more important to the rural than urban economy. However, U.S. manufacturing employment has been declining since the 1950s. A better understanding of the factors affecting the survival of rural manufacturing plants may help develop strategies to retain these jobs.

JOB OPPORTUNITIES

— Executive Director, Regional Sustainable Development Partnership, University of Minnesota

Deadline: Open until filled DETAILS

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EDITORS’ NOTE: As always — please send us items to post, comments, ideas, etc. You can send them to Jane Leonard at minntwin@comcast.net. And thanks for getting to the end of this month’s issue!

September 2017- Volume XV, Number 9
Compiled & edited by Deb Miller Slipek, Ann Treacy, and Jane Leonard

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

ACROSS THE FIELD: A summer of Minnesota partnerships, opportunity & pride
by Jane Leonard, Minnesota Rural Partners volunteer

I took my summer vacation early this year, at the end of May, spending five days walking across rural Scotland. Get up, eat a scrumptious breakfast, walk 15 miles, see the rugged Highlands — lots of sheep and Highland cattle — then enjoy a great supper, sleep soundly for eight hours, and get up and walk the next day.  A simple respite from the busy lives we lead.

The rest of the summer I spent doing many site visits as part of my day job, as broadband grant administrator for the Minnesota Office of Broadband Development, in the MN Department of Employment & Economic Development. It’s a privilege to drive the highways and byways of our state to visit the many broadband construction projects underway. After three years of state grant rounds matched by local funding, it’s awe-inspiring to see the broadband provider-community-state partnerships at work, chipping away towards the goal of Border-to-Border Broadband.

On those drives out to sites across the state, I’ve had time to think about both the arc of my career in community-economic-rural development, and the ways that our communities overcome adversity and create opportunities for vitality to flourish.  It always comes back to partnerships. When we make progress, it is because of partnerships: across places and sectors, between organizations, and people-to-people connections. Individual strengths meld at community, regional, and statewide levels to create a vibrant, diverse, resilient ensemble that can accomplish anything together.

As President Harry S. Truman said, “It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit.” This summer I’ve seen the amazing partnerships: citizens helping other citizens without a lot of fanfare, steadily get better broadband and the community and economic opportunity that comes with those improvements.  I’m so proud of my fellow citizens. Go team go. When we help one another, we help us all.

FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES
In early September, the Clean Energy Resource Teams (CERTs) will open its next round of funding for Seed Grants. The Seed Grants are designed to provide limited financial assistance for energy efficiency and/or renewable energy projects in Minnesota. Project funding can support labor costs only for projects in all seven Minnesota CERT regions: Central, Metro, Northeast, Northwest, Southeast, Southwest, and West Central. CERTs is a statewide partnership with a mission to connect individuals and their communities to the resources they need to identify and implement community-based clean energy projects. Would-be applicants of the Seed Grants can learn more.

–Foundation for Rural Service is offering grants to nonprofits seeking to create programs that promote business development, community development, education or telecommunications in rural communities served by National Telecommunications Cooperative Association (NTCA) members. Awards range from $250 to $5,000. Preference will be given to proposals that foster collaboration among and community engagement, and that can be fully funded by the grant or have 75 percent or more of the project currently funded. Deadline: 9/15/2017. To learn more and apply, click here.

–The Transportation Economic Development Infrastructure Program (TEDI) is a competitive grant program available to communities for road and public infrastructure projects that create jobs and support economic development. DEED’s program is combined with the Transportation Economic Development Program (TED) administered by the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) for highway projects. A total of approximately $22.6 million is available through the 2017 programs. This includes approximately $18.4 million in MnDOT trunk highway funds and approximately $4.2 million of DEED general obligation bond funding. The programs may provide a portion of the costs for trunk highway improvements and other road and infrastructure improvements.  Application Deadline – September 15, 2017. For full eligibility guidelines and application instructions, please see DEED’s website.

–Blandin Foundation Broadband Grants: Broadband Innovation and Robust Network Feasibility Fund grant award amounts range from $1,000 to $25,000, and matching funds are required. Grant application deadline September 22http://wp.me/p3if7-3M7

–HUD is offering grants to public and private agencies to promote a community-wide commitment to the goal of ending homelessness and to optimize self-sufficiency among those experiencing homelessness. Deadline: 9/28/2017. Click here to review funding guidelines.
Lowe’s Toolbox for Education Program  Grants to help schools and parent teacher groups with school improvement and to provide for the basic needs of their students. Application Deadline: Sep 29, 2017.

Explore Minnesota 2017-18 NEW EVENT GRANT PROGRAM GUIDELINES ARE NOW AVAILABLESeptember 30th is the next quarterly deadline.

Rural Broadband Access Loan and Loan Guarantee Program This U.S. Department of Agriculture, USDA Rural Utilities Service  program furnishes loans and loan guarantees to provide funds for the construction, improvement, or acquisition of facilities and equipment needed to provide broadband service in eligible rural areas. Application Deadline: Sept 30, 2017.
Tobacco-Free College Program for Community Colleges and Minority-Serving Institutions Funding and technical assistance to help minority serving institutions and community colleges advocate for, adopt, and implement a 100% tobacco-free college policy. Application Deadline: Oct 11, 2017.

–Local Initiatives Support Corporation and the NFL Grassroots Foundation have issued the 2017 RFP for proposals to provide nonprofit, neighborhood-based organizations, middle schools, and high schools with financing and technical assistance to improve the quality, safety, and accessibility of local football fields. Deadline: 10/16/2017. Click here for more information and to apply.

 

Minnesota Department of Health helps eligible applicants establish, operate, or subsidize clinic facilities and services to offer health services to American Indians who live off reservations in Minnesota through its Indian Health Grant Program. Nonprofit organizations, governmental and tribal entities are eligible to apply. Deadline: 10/18/2017. To learn more and to apply, click here.
Laura Jane Musser Fund has the following grants open.

Intercultural Harmony Grants – Deadline: October 19, 2017 DETAILS

Rural Initiative Grants – Deadline: November 2, 2017 DETAILS

 

Whole Kids School Garden Grant Program Grants to support new or existing edible gardens at K-12 schools and nonprofit organizations. Application Deadline: Nov 15, 2017. 

–The Seventh Generation Fund for Indigenous Peoples is offering funding in the following program areas: Arts and Creativity, Health and Well-Being, Rights of Mother Earth, Sustainable Communities and Economies, Leadership Development, and Rights, Equity, and Justice. Grants from $250 to $10,000, with an average of $5,000, are provided to Native communities that address one or more of the Fund’s program areas. The remaining postmark deadline for 2017 is 12/1/2017. (Mini-grants of up to $500 are reviewed throughout the year.) Application guidelines and forms are available on the Fund’s website http://www.7genfund.org/apply-grant

BNSF Railway Foundation offers grants to organizations that operate near a BNSF railway line. Among others, priority areas include health and human service organizations, programs that address chemical dependency treatment and prevention, spouse and child abuse, women’s and children’s aid, transitional shelters, hospitals, medical programs, and youth development programs. Applications accepted on an ongoing basis.

Stand Down Grants provides funding for events that offer homeless veteran populations a variety of social services.

Hearst Foundations Grants to support well-established nonprofit organizations working in the fields of education, health, culture, and social service.

Walgreens Community Grant Program  provides funding for access to health and wellness, pharmacy education programs and mentoring initiatives, civic and community outreach, and emergency and disaster relief.

TRAINING/ MEETINGS
–Midwest Energy Storage Summit is Sept. 15 at U of Minnesota.  The University of Minnesota’s Energy Transition Lab, in partnership with the Minnesota Energy Storage Alliance, will host the Midwest Energy Storage Summit on Friday, September 15, 2017, at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. The Summit will include over 300 participants from throughout the Midwest representing energy leaders from industry, the public sector, academia and nonprofit sectors. The goal of the Summit is to gather energy stakeholders and reach a shared understanding of energy storage trends, opportunities, and barriers in our region and nationally. The Summit will run from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and will be followed by a networking reception from 4-6 p.m. at the University of Minnesota Campus Club. The event is open to the public but space is limited so register today. For details and registration fees, read more.

–Be a part of this important discussion on Native American nutrition! Register here for the Second Annual Conference on Native American Nutrition September 18-20, 2017 at the Mystic Lake Casino Hotel in Prior Lake, Minnesota.
Tribal Community Perspectives on Higher Education will be September 26-27 in Minneapolis, MN. The Center for Indian Country Development at the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis presents a research, data, and experience-driven discussion of how higher education serves tribal communities and their students. Link

Register Now for the 2017 Scenic Byway Conference The 16th Annual Minnesota Scenic Byway Workshop will be held Oct. 3-4 at the Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites in downtown Duluth.

2017 Minnesota Council of Non-Profits Annual Conference will be held Thursday – Friday, October 12 – 13, 2017 at the Saint Paul RiverCentre, Saint Paul.
–Don’t miss the 2017 Minnesota Venture Conference! This year’s event will be held on Wednesday, October 25 from 7:15 am – 5:00 pm at the Minneapolis Convention Center. The conference will feature a day of knowledge-sharing, networking, and pitches from some of Minnesota’s most promising privately-held companies.  Startups can also sign up for the Entrepreneurial Showcase! Showcase participation is free for qualified registered companies and includes a one-page profile in the event book, a one-minute introduction on stage, and an information table. You can learn more about keynote speakers, presenting companies, and more by visiting mnventure.org

–2017 Border to Border Broadband Conference.  Mark your calendar for the fall broadband conference October 25-26 at Madden’s on Gull Lake. The theme this year is Bridging the Gaps – Expanding the Impact. http://wp.me/p3if7-48o

–The Minnesota Solar Energy Industries Association (MnSEIA) announced recently that it will hold the fourth-annual “MnSEIA – Midwest Gateway to Solar” Conference in Bloomington, Minn., on Nov. 14-15. This year’s conference will provide educational opportunities, networking, and exhibits. Read more to register and for more information.

Nov. 29-30: 2nd Biennial STEM and Afterschool conference  Save the date for the SciMathMN and Ignite Afterschool 2nd Biennial joint conference at the University of Minnesota Continuing Education Center on November 29-30.   Workshops will investigate, connect, and advance formal and informal STEM education and workforce development. Learn more.

Mark your calendar now to attend the 2018 Explore Minnesota Tourism Conference, March 6-7, 2018, at the Verizon Wireless Center in downtown Mankato.  The conference schedule begins with lunch and a keynote presentation on Tuesday, March 6, and will end on Wednesday afternoon. There will continue to be the now-traditional Monday afternoon educational sessions along with an evening event being planned by Visit Mankato. If you are interested in being a sponsor or having a booth in the Marketplace, contact Lisa Havelka at 888-975-6766 or lisa.havelka@state.mn.us.  For additional conference questions, contact Lori Peterson at 651-757-1876 or lori.a.peterson@state.mn.us

–Save the Date!  Minnesota Campus Compact 2018 Summit and Awards Ceremony will be April 19, 2018 at Hamline University.

OPPORTUNITIES

NBCC Foundation Rural Scholarships Offers scholarships to students residing in rural areas who are currently enrolled in a master’s level counseling program and are committed to practicing in rural communities after graduation. Application Deadline: Oct 31, 2017. 

All grain elevators and animal feed mills in Minnesota are subject to environmental regulations. However, many lack the best management practices, documentation, or permits they need to comply with state and federal requirements, and to address community complaints. Failure to meet requirements can lead to larger permit fees and possibly enforcement action and fines.

The MPCA has partnered with the MN Grain and Feed Association to offer free, confidential, on-site regulatory assistance to help grain elevators and animal feed mills in Minnesota evaluate their compliance with the following regulations:

  • Minnesota Nuisance Dust Rule
  • Minnesota Bulk Agriculture Rule
  • Federal New Source Performance Standard DD
  • Facilities that need or have a registration or individual state permit

Call now for your free assessment!  MPCA staff will visit your facility and offer a short but thorough confidential walk-through, identify any non-compliant areas, and provide prioritized next steps for your facility. Staff will also be available to help you implement the recommendations. For more information about the regulations, please visit the MPCA Grain Elevator assistance page. Call Nate Grand at 651-757-2166 to schedule your free assessment.

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is awarding up to ten $25,000 Culture of Health Prizes to honor collaborative, community-based efforts that are prioritizing health and empowering people in the community to live healthier lives. Awards will honor entire communities, not single organizations or initiatives. The prize is intended to shine a light on communities that have created powerful partnerships and deep commitments to make changes that will lead to longer, healthier lives for community members. Eligible communities must be either a town, city, county, federally-recognized tribe, Native Hawaiian organization serving and representing the interests of Native Hawaiians in Hawaii, or region (contiguous towns, cities or counties). Deadline: Applicants must submit a brief, introductory essay by 11/3/2017. Click here to learn more and to apply.

 

The First Nations Development Institute, through its Native Agriculture and Food Systems College Scholarship Program, is offering five $1,000 scholarships to encourage Native American college students to enter careers in agriculture and agriculture-related fields, with the ultimate goal of increasing food production, improving health and nutrition, and eliminating food insecurity in rural and reservation-based communities. Applicants must: be a full-time undergraduate or graduate student majoring in agriculture or an agricultural-related field, be able to provide documentation of tribal affiliation, have at least a 2.75 GPA, and demonstrate a commitment to helping communities reclaim local food system control. Deadline: 11/28/2017. To learn more and to apply, click here.

2017-2018 Student Essay Contest  The Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis announces the 30th Annual Student Essay Contest open to all high school students in the Ninth Federal Reserve District. Essays due April 20, 2018.

MISCELLANEOUS
Rural Manufacturing at a Glance, 2017 Edition Despite declining rural manufacturing employment between 2001 and 2015, the manufacturing sector is relatively more important as a source of employment and earnings to the rural economy than it is to the urban economy.

Read up on investing in regional food systems The new book Harvesting Opportunity: The Power of Regional Food System Investments to Transform Communities explores how regional food systems can promote economic growth in both rural and urban settings. From the Federal Reserve Board and the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, in partnership with USDA Rural Development and the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service. Link

–Food Research & Action Center released an interactive mapping tool that provides household participation rates for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as food stamps, by county in each state. SNAP Maps is based on American Community Survey (ACS) five-year data (2011–2015) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Characteristics of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Households: Fiscal Year 2015. Each county is grouped into one of three census categories: Metro, Small Town, and Rural. SNAP participation nationally was highest among households in rural (16 percent) and small town (16 percent) counties compared to households in metro counties (13 percent). Check out the tool, analysis and other resources here.

Connect to 50 Connecting Communities webinars The Federal Reserve System’s community development webinar series, Connecting Communities, recently held its 50th session! Browse presentations and related resources from all past sessions (and register for a September 14 session on regional food systems) on the series website.

HUD released a six-module video tutorial on “How to Use CDBG for Public Facilities and Improvements.” The tutorial guides the viewer on how to integrate infrastructure activities into your overall community development strategies, showing why that’s important from both federal and local perspectives, and offering ways to leverage other CDBG activities and non-CDBG resources to install and improve infrastructure systems. Watch the tutorial here.

Major Uses of Land in the United States, 2012 USDA ERS presents findings from the most recent (2012) inventory of U.S. major land uses, the only consistent accounting of all major uses of public and private land in all 50 States.

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EDITORS’ NOTE: As always — please send us items to post, comments, ideas, etc. You can send them to Jane Leonard at minntwin@comcast.net. And thanks for getting to the end of this month’s issue!

August 2017- Volume XV, Number 8
Compiled & edited by Deb Miller Slipek, Ann Treacy, and Jane Leonard

  • FUNDING
  • TRAINING/MEETINGS
  • OPPORTUNITIES
  • MISCELLANEOUS
  • JOB OPPORTUNITY

FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

–The Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation is offering grants through the Foundation’s Community Partners grant program to nonprofit organizations and local municipalities undertaking high-need projects such as building renovations and upgrades, grounds improvements, technology upgrades and safety improvements. Grants range from $2,001 to $100,000. Applications for the fall funding cycle will be accepted until 8/25/2017. Visit the company’s website here to review the giving guidelines and to take the eligibility quiz.

–HUD is awarding Choice Neighborhoods Planning Grants to support the development of comprehensive neighborhood revitalization plans which focus on directing resources to address three core goals: Housing, People and Neighborhood. To achieve these core goals, communities must develop and implement a comprehensive neighborhood revitalization strategy, or Transformation Plan. The Transformation Plan will become the guiding document for the revitalization of the public and/or assisted housing units while simultaneously directing the transformation of the surrounding neighborhood and positive outcomes for families. Deadline: August 28, 2017. Click here to learn more and to apply.

–The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services will provide funding to nonprofit agencies to enable refugees to obtain self-sufficiency by obtaining the means to secure professional or skilled employment drawing upon previously-acquired knowledge, skills, and experience. Deadline: 8/29/2017. Click here for funding guidelines.

–A new round of grant funding to develop and improve shooting ranges throughout the state is available for 2017 from the Department of Natural Resources. There is $1.2 million in grant funds available, with grants requiring a match from the applicant organization. The application deadline is Sept. 1.  There are two levels of grant funding available: those at or below $25,000, and those above $25,000. Each has a separate request for proposal (RFP) form, which can be found on the DNR website.

–The Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) is offering grants to support organizations led by low-income individuals as they work to break the cycle of poverty and improve their communities. CCHD’s grant programs include two types of grants: Community Development Grants support nonprofit organizations that nurture the participation of people living in poverty to change structures and policies that affect their lives: at least 50 percent of those benefiting from the applying organization’s efforts must be people experiencing poverty. Economic Development Grants support economic development institutions that include the voice of the poor and marginalized in developing new businesses that offer good jobs or develop assets that will be owned by local communities. Grants range between $25,000 and $75,000. Deadline: pre-applications for both programs may be submitted between 9/1/2017 and 11/1/2017. (Organizations are encouraged to submit their pre-application prior to the November 1 deadline.) Visit the CCHD website here for more information.

–The Kent Richard Hofmann Foundation is offering grants throughout the United States, with a particular focus in smaller communities and rural areas. The Foundation supports community-based nonprofit organizations that focus on HIV/AIDS care and direct services, education, or research. Grants are provided to developing or established programs, with emphasis on those that provide direct benefit to clients or target audiences. Requests are reviewed two times per year. Deadlines: letters of inquiry 9/1/2017; invited grant applications will be due 9/22/2017. Visit the Foundation’s website here to submit an online letter of inquiry.

–The National Endowment for the Arts is offering grants to nonprofit and public agencies through the Our Town Program. Grants will support arts engagement, cultural planning and design projects. Deadline: 9/11/2017. Click here for more information and to review funding guidelines.

Rosalinde Gilbert Innovations in Alzheimer’s Disease Caregiving Legacy Awards  offers a monetary award to programs or projects that focus on supporting family or informal caregivers of adults with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias, including projects that focus on rural and low-income communities.  Application Deadline: September 11, 2017.

–Foundation for Rural Service is offering grants to nonprofits seeking to create programs that promote business development, community development, education or telecommunications in rural communities served by National Telecommunications Cooperative Association (NTCA) members. Awards range from $250 to $5,000. Preference will be given to proposals that foster collaboration among and community engagement, and that can be fully funded by the grant or have 75 percent or more of the project currently funded. Deadline: 9/15/2017. To learn more and apply, click here.

–The Transportation Economic Development Infrastructure Program (TEDI) is a competitive grant program available to communities for road and public infrastructure projects that create jobs and support economic development. DEED’s program is combined with the Transportation Economic Development Program (TED) administered by the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) for highway projects. A total of approximately $22.6 million is available through the 2017 programs. This includes approximately $18.4 million in MnDOT trunk highway funds and approximately $4.2 million of DEED general obligation bond funding. The programs may provide a portion of the costs for trunk highway improvements and other road and infrastructure improvements.  Application Deadline – September 15, 2017. For full eligibility guidelines and application instructions, please see DEED’s website.

–Blandin Foundation Broadband Grants: Broadband Innovation and Robust Network Feasibility Fund grant award amounts range from $1,000 to $25,000, and matching funds are required. Grant application deadline September 22. http://wp.me/p3if7-3M7

–HUD is offering grants to public and private agencies to promote a community-wide commitment to the goal of ending homelessness and to optimize self-sufficiency among those experiencing homelessness. Deadline: 9/28/2017. Click here to review funding guidelines.

Rural Broadband Access Loan and Loan Guarantee Program This U.S. Department of Agriculture, USDA Rural Utilities Service  program furnishes loans and loan guarantees to provide funds for the construction, improvement, or acquisition of facilities and equipment needed to provide broadband service in eligible rural areas.
Application Deadline: Sep 30, 2017.

–LOCAL INITIATIVES SUPPORT CORPORATION AND THE NFL GRASSROOTS FOUNDATIONhave issued the 2017 RFP for proposals to provide nonprofit, neighborhood-based organizations, middle schools, and high schools with financing and technical assistance to improve the quality, safety, and accessibility of local football fields. Deadline: 10/16/2017. Click here for more information and to apply.

–The Seventh Generation Fund for Indigenous Peoples is offering funding in the following program areas: Arts and Creativity, Health and Well-Being, Rights of Mother Earth, Sustainable Communities and Economies, Leadership Development, and Rights, Equity, and Justice. Grants from $250 to $10,000, with an average of $5,000, are provided to Native communities that address one or more of the Fund’s program areas. The remaining postmark deadline for 2017 is 12/1/2017. (Mini-grants of up to $500 are reviewed throughout the year.) Application guidelines and forms are available on the Fund’s website http://www.7genfund.org/apply-grant

BNSF Railway Foundation offers grants to organizations that operate near a BNSF railway line. Among others, priority areas include health and human service organizations, programs that address chemical dependency treatment and prevention, spouse and child abuse, women’s and children’s aid, transitional shelters, hospitals, medical programs, and youth development programs. Applications accepted on an ongoing basis.

SBA Certified Development Company (504) Loan Program provides small businesses with long-term, fixed-rate financing for major fixed assets, such as land and buildings. 504 Loans are good options for healthcare practitioners who want to build a new office, or expand or renovate an existing medical building.

Stand Down Grants provides funding for events that offer homeless veteran populations a variety of social services.

Hearst Foundations Grants to support well-established nonprofit organizations working in the fields of education, health, culture, and social service.

Walgreens Community Grant Program  provides funding for access to health and wellness, pharmacy education programs and mentoring initiatives, civic and community outreach, and emergency and disaster relief.

TRAINING/ MEETINGS

— Water Quality Town Hall Meetings Across Minnesota Begin Monday in Rochester

A series of ten Water Quality Town Hall meetings began on Monday, July 31, 2017 in Rochester. Governor Mark Dayton and his administration have organized the ten town halls to offer Minnesotans an opportunity to discuss the water quality challenges facing their communities and our state, learn from experts, and engage with policymakers. The town hall meetings continue Governor Dayton’s efforts to protect and preserve Minnesota waters, including is “25 by 25” Water Quality proposal announced earlier this year.

Ten town hall meetings have been scheduled in communities across Minnesota. These town hall meetings are free to attend and open to the public. Each town hall meeting will run from 6:30-8:30 p.m. with registration beginning at 5:30 p.m. A complete list of dates and locations is available on the Environmental Quality Board website. RSVP for an event by visiting the Governor and Lt. Governor’s Facebook page. No advance registration is necessary.

Mankato – Water Quality Town Hall
Wednesday, August 16, 2017 – 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Minnesota State University, Mankato. Centennial Student Union – 620 S Road
South Central Minnesota Information Packet
Mankato Town Hall on Facebook

Marshall – Water Quality Town Hall
Thursday, August 17, 2017 – 6:30-8:30 p.m
Southwest Minnesota State University Conference Center, 1501 State Street
Southwest Minnesota Information Packet
Marshall Town Hall on Facebook

Crookston – Water Quality Town Hall
Tuesday, September 5, 2017 – 6:30-8:30 p.m.
University of Minnesota – Crookston.  Bede Ballroom –Sargeant Student Center, 2900 University Ave.
Northwest Minnesota Information Packet
Crookston Town Hall on Facebook

St. Cloud – Water Quality Town Hall
Wednesday, September 6, 2017 – 6:30-8:30 p.m.
St Cloud Community and Technical College Cafeteria, 1540 Northway Drive
West Central Minnesota Information Packet
St. Cloud Town Hall on Facebook

Ely – Water Quality Town Hall
Tuesday, September 12, 2017 – 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Grand Ely Lodge, 400 North Pioneer Road
Northeast Minnesota Information Packet
Ely Town Hall on Facebook

Bemidji – Water Quality Town Hall
Wednesday, September 13, 2017 – 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Bemidji State University  American Indian Resource Center, 1500 Birchmont Dr. NE
North Central Minnesota Information Packet
Bemidji Town Hall on Facebook

— Blandin Webinar Aug 10: Breaking broadband barriers with affordable computers and connectivity http://wp.me/p3if7-4cR Register now for this free webinar

–The 1st annual Minnesota Alliance of Rural Addiction Treatment Programs Late Summer Conference is August 23-24 in Willmar.

–Midwest Energy Storage Summit is Sept. 15 at U of Minnesota.  The University of Minnesota’s Energy Transition Lab, in partnership with the Minnesota Energy Storage Alliance, will host the Midwest Energy Storage Summit on Friday, September 15, 2017, at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. The Summit will include over 300 participants from throughout the Midwest representing energy leaders from industry, the public sector, academia and nonprofit sectors. The goal of the Summit is to gather energy stakeholders and reach a shared understanding of energy storage trends, opportunities, and barriers in our region and nationally. The Summit will run from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and will be followed by a networking reception from 4-6 p.m. at the University of Minnesota Campus Club. The event is open to the public but space is limited so register today. For details and registration fees, read more.

–Be a part of this important discussion on Native American nutrition! Register here for the Second Annual Conference on Native American Nutrition
September 18-20, 2017
Mystic Lake Casino Hotel
Prior Lake, Minnesota

2017 MCN Annual Conference will be held Thursday – Friday, October 12 – 13, 2017 at the Saint Paul RiverCentre, Saint Paul.

–2017 Border to Border Broadband Conference.  Mark your calendar for the fall broadband conference October 25-26 at Madden’s on Gull Lake. The theme this year is Bridging the Gaps – Expanding the Impact. http://wp.me/p3if7-48o

–The Minnesota Solar Energy Industries Association (MnSEIA) announced recently that it will hold the fourth-annual “MnSEIA – Midwest Gateway to Solar” Conference in Bloomington, Minn., on Nov. 14-15. This year’s conference will provide educational opportunities, networking, and exhibits. Read more to register and for more information.

Nov. 29-30: 2nd Biennial STEM and Afterschool conference  Save the date for the SciMathMN and Ignite Afterschool 2nd Biennial joint conference at the University of Minnesota Continuing Education Center on November 29-30.   Workshops will investigate, connect, and advance formal and informal STEM education and workforce development. Learn more.

–Save the Date!  Minnesota Campus Compact 2018 Summit and Awards Ceremony will be April 19, 2018 at Hamline University.

OPPORTUNITIES

–Share Your Expertise: Present a Workshop at a 2018 Nonprofit Conference sponsored by the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits. Does your nonprofit have a skill, system, strength or strategy that you’d like to share with other nonprofits? We’re now accepting workshop proposals for two exciting professional development events coming in early 2018.

2018 Communications & Technology Conference Request for Proposals coming to Minneapolis on March 21, 2018. Submission deadline, 8 a.m., August 23. We’re looking for a broad array of sessions on these themes: Marketing and Communications, Fundraising, Leadership, Website, Social Media, Program Delivery & Evaluation, Technology Planning & IT, Community Engagement or Demonstration/Skill-building.

2018 Finance Conference Request for Proposals coming to Brooklyn Center on April 19, 2018: Submission deadline, 8 a.m., September 18. We’re looking for workshops on themes such as fiscal management, ethics of finances and compliance, financial leadership, entrepreneurship, transparency and accountability, legal topics and government policy issues.

–In mid-July, the Minnesota Clean Energy Resource Teams (CERTs) will roll out the “Renewable Energy for Greater Minnesota II” program that will run through September 2019. A USDA Renewable Energy Development Assistance grant enables CERTs to perform small wind site assessments for Minnesota farms and small businesses and help people through the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) or other funding mechanism process. A fact sheet about the program is available. If you would like to discuss a potential project, email Fritz Ebinger or call him at 612-626-1028.

MISCELLANEOUS

Starting a Family Child Care Business  DEED is offering a free manual on how to start a family child care business. “First Considerations in Starting a Family Child Care Business” was created in response to a shortage of child care services in the state, particularly in Greater Minnesota.

Rural Minnesota Health System Tackles Opioid Epidemic Highlights the work of a rural Minnesota hospital to implement a care coordination program focused on prescription drug abuse in their community. The care team uses physicians, pharmacists, and social workers to manage prescription drug use and to address other patient concerns like behavioral health needs, homelessness, insurance, and transportation.

Rural Tobacco Control and Prevention Toolkit This new toolkit, developed by the NORC Walsh Center for Rural Health Analysis, provides information, strategies, and resources to help rural communities implement tobacco control and prevention programs. Browse program models and examples, and learn how to implement, evaluate, and sustain a program in your community and disseminate program results.

National Survey of Area Agencies on Aging 2017 Report and Toolkit  an overview of the work of Area Agencies on Aging (AAAs), covering staffing, budget and services, and initiatives underway at AAAs. Includes information on rural AAAs. Also provides access to state-level reports for states that met the required survey response rate, as well as a presentation slidedeck and brochure that agencies can customize and use.

–Minnesota Immigrant & Refugee Rights Helpline The Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota launched the Minnesota Immigrant & Refugee Rights Helpline. Immigrants and refugees in Minnesota can call the helpline at 651-287-3715 on Tuesdays 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. and Thursdays 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. to access an attorney for a free consultation.

–The New York Times, in an article “To Close the Digital Divide, Microsoft to Harness Unused Television Channels,” summarizes Microsoft’s announcement that it is harnessing the unused channels between television broadcasts, known as white spaces, to help get more of rural America online. Microsoft plans to soon start a white-spaces broadband service in 12 states including Arizona, Kansas, New York, and Virginia to connect two million rural Americans in the next five years who have limited or no access to high-speed internet. In an interview, Microsoft’s president, Brad Smith, said white spaces were “the best solution for reaching over 80 percent of people in rural America who lack broadband today.” Check out the full story here.

–The Citizens’ Institute on Rural Design has a free pre-recorded hour-long webinar on how farmers’ markets and food co-ops are addressing their local community needs while stimulating downtown development. In small towns, the local food movement is doing more than putting meals on plates—it is nourishing economies by keeping farms vital and downtowns alive. Speakers include Kelly Verel from Project for Public Spaces, Jason Moore from Montana Food Co-op, and more. Watch the webinar here.

–The new edition of Why Rural Matters, from the nonprofit, nonpartisan Rural School and Community Trust, provides an overall “priority” ranking of the 50 states, showing the greatest needs in rural education. The report also ranks the states and includes state-by-state data on demographics and poverty, student achievement, state resources, and college and career readiness. The new 50-state report urges state and federal leaders to make rural students and their communities a far greater priority. “While some rural schools thrive, far too many rural students face nothing less than a national emergency. Many rural schools and districts face vastly inequitable funding and simply cannot provide the opportunities that many suburban and urban schools do,” said Robert Mahaffey, the executive director of the Rural School and Community Trust, based in Washington, D.C. For key findings and to read the full report, click here.

JOB OPPORTUNITY

Executive Director, Regional Sustainable Development Partnership, Southwest
UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA. We would like to invite you to visit our employment site to complete your application.

If you are not a current University of Minnesota employee, please use the following link:
https://www.myu.umn.edu/psp/psprd/EMPLOYEE/HRMS/c/HRS_HRAM.HRS_APP_SCHJOB.GBL?Page=HRS_APP_JBPST&Action=U&FOCUS=Applicant&SiteId=1&JobOpeningId=318815&PostingSeq=1

If you are a current University of Minnesota employee, please use the following link instead:
https://hr.myu.umn.edu/psp/hrprd/EMPLOYEE/HRMS/c/HRS_HRAM_EMP.HRS_APP_SCHJOB.GBL?Page=HRS_APP_JBPST&Action=U&SiteId=1&FOCUS=Employee&JobOpeningId=318815&PostingSeq=1

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July 2017- Volume XV, Number 7
Compiled & edited by Deb Miller Slipek, Ann Treacy, and Jane Leonard This newsletter is also available online:

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

FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES –USDA is offering grants through the Community Facilities Technical Assistance and Training Grant Program. Public bodies, non-profit organizations and Federally- recognized Tribes are eligible to apply for this funding. The maximum grant is $150,000. Deadline: 7/24/2017. Click here for application guidelines. –The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is inviting applications for grants to support economic development in rural communities through the Rural Community Development Initiative (RCDI). These grants support partnerships between community development groups and rural communities to develop essential facilities and create jobs and business opportunities. Deadline: 7/25/2017. Click here to visit the RCDI website for more information on applying

— The State of Minnesota’s Border-to-Border Broadband Grant Program is up and running for a fourth round, with $20 million allocated by the state legislature and an application deadline of September 11, 2017.  The grant application is available for review now (click here for grant info and access to the application). The deadline for submitting applications is September 11, 2017 at 4 p.m.  However, please note, if you are considering submitting a broadband grant application, you must contact wireline broadband providers in your proposed project area by July 31 to comply with the pre-application notification portion of the application process (or six weeks before you file your application, if you file before September 11). —Empowered Communities for a Healthier Nation Initiative Grants to reduce significant health disparities impacting racial and ethnic minorities and/or disadvantaged populations through implementing evidence-based strategies with the greatest potential for impact, especially in communities disproportionately impacted by the opioid epidemic, childhood obesity, and serious mental illness. Application Deadline: Aug 1, 2017.

–The Walmart Foundation State Giving Program awards grants to nonprofit organizations throughout the U.S. and Puerto Rico for programs that give individuals access to a better life. There are three funding cycles per year; the first two funding cycles are targeted to specific states. For the final funding cycle of the year, requests are accepted from organizations nationwide in the following two categories: Hunger Relief supporting programs such as food pantries, backpack programs, and SNAP outreach; and Community Engagement supporting other programs that focus on the unmet needs of underserved low-income populations. Examples of eligible programs include career opportunity, disaster preparedness, education programs, healthcare access, shelters, etc. Grants range from $25,000 to $250,000; the average grant size is $40,000. Deadline: applications for the final funding cycle will be accepted from 8/7/2017 through 8/11/2017. Visit the Foundation’s website here to learn more about the State Giving Program.

Great Plains Center for Agricultural Health Community Outreach/Education Grants funding for new agricultural health and safety research, prevention, intervention, community outreach, and translation projects that have high likelihood of leading to more comprehensive projects or activities. Application Deadline: Aug 14, 2017.  –The Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation is offering grants through the Foundation’s Community Partners grant program to nonprofit organizations and local municipalities undertaking high-need projects such as building renovations and upgrades, grounds improvements, technology upgrades and safety improvements. Grants range from $2,001 to $100,000. Applications for the fall funding cycle will be accepted until 8/25/2017. Visit the company’s website here to review the giving guidelines and to take the eligibility quiz.

–THE KENT RICHARD HOFMANN FOUNDATION is offering grants throughout the United States, with a particular focus in smaller communities and rural areas. The Foundation supports community-based nonprofit organizations that focus on HIV/AIDS care and direct services, education, or research. Grants are provided to developing or established programs, with emphasis on those that provide direct benefit to clients or target audiences. Requests are reviewed two times per year. Deadlines: letters of inquiry 9/1/2017; invited grant applications will be due 9/22/2017. Visit the Foundation’s website here to submit an online letter of inquiry.

–The National Endowment for the Arts is offering grants to nonprofit and public agencies through the Our Town Program. Grants will support arts engagement, cultural planning and design projects. Deadline: 9/11/2017. Click here for more information and to review funding guidelines.

–Foundation for Rural Service is offering grants to nonprofits seeking to create programs that promote business development, community development, education or telecommunications in rural communities served by National Telecommunications Cooperative Association (NTCA) members. Awards range from $250 to $5,000. Preference will be given to proposals that foster collaboration among and community engagement, and that can be fully funded by the grant or have 75 percent or more of the project currently funded. Deadline: 9/15/2017. To learn more and apply, click here.

–The Transportation Economic Development Infrastructure Program (TEDI) is a competitive grant program available to communities for road and public infrastructure projects that create jobs and support economic development. DEED’s program is combined with the Transportation Economic Development Program (TED) administered by the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) for highway projects. A total of approximately $22.6 million is available through the 2017 programs. This includes approximately $18.4 million in MnDOT trunk highway funds and approximately $4.2 million of DEED general obligation bond funding. The programs may provide a portion of the costs for trunk highway improvements and other road and infrastructure improvements.  Application Deadline – September 15, 2017. For full eligibility guidelines and application instructions, please see DEED’s website.

–Blandin Foundation Broadband Grants: Broadband Innovation and Robust Network Feasibility Fund grant award amounts range from $1,000 to $25,000, and matching funds are required. Grant application deadline September 22. http://wp.me/p3if7-3M7

–The Seventh Generation Fund for Indigenous Peoples is offering funding in the following program areas: Arts and Creativity, Health and Well-Being, Rights of Mother Earth, Sustainable Communities and Economies, Leadership Development, and Rights, Equity, and Justice. Grants from $250 to $10,000, with an average of $5,000, are provided to Native communities that address one or more of the Fund’s program areas. The remaining postmark deadlines for 2017 are 8/4/2017 and 12/1/2017. (Mini-grants of up to $500 are reviewed throughout the year.) Application guidelines and forms are available on the Fund’s website http://www.7genfund.org/apply-grant

BNSF Railway Foundation offers grants to organizations that operate near a BNSF railway line. Among others, priority areas include health and human service organizations, programs that address chemical dependency treatment and prevention, spouse and child abuse, women’s and children’s aid, transitional shelters, hospitals, medical programs, and youth development programs. Applications accepted on an ongoing basis.

SBA Certified Development Company (504) Loan Program provides small businesses with long-term, fixed-rate financing for major fixed assets, such as land and buildings. 504 Loans are good options for healthcare practitioners who want to build a new office, or expand or renovate an existing medical building.

Stand Down Grants provides funding for events that offer homeless veteran populations a variety of social services.

TRAINING/ MEETINGS —2017 Nonprofit Fundraising Conference  co-hosted by Association of Fundraising Professionals Wednesday, July 19, 2017 at the Earle Brown Heritage Center, Brooklyn Center. –DEED is pleased to be partnering with the Council of Development Finance Agencies to offer the Development Finance Certified Professional Program.  The CDFA Summer School will be held August 7-11, 2017 Minneapolis. Complete Half of the DFCP Program in One Week!  [Note we ran into a temporary error trying when testing the following links – hopefully they will link at time of publication.]

— The 2017 Nonprofit Essentials Conference, will give you a back-to-basics overview of the many management topics essential to nonprofits, and re-focuses staff on the core elements of working and managing nonprofit organizations.  It will be held Thursday, August 10 from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. at the University of St. Thomas Minneapolis. Sessions include:

  • Grantwriting: Getting the Most Out of Your Grant Proposal
  • Human Resources Basics
  • Identifying Foundation and Corporate Grant Prospects
  • Nonprofits as Advocates
  • Principles and Practices for Nonprofit Excellence
  • Scholarships Whether you are a student, job-seeker, AmeriCorps member or are simply new to the nonprofit sector, MCN may be able to help you take advantage of this valuable learning opportunity. Learn more.

–The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Mental Health Promotion Branch, Division of Prevention, Traumatic Stress, and Special Programs, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in collaboration with the American Institutes for Research (AIR) are offering a Rural Behavioral Health Webinar Series. The last event in the series is A Focus on Suicide Prevention in Rural Communities, August 16, 2017, 3:00-4:30 PM EDT. Click here to register. —2017 MCN Annual Conference will be held Thursday – Friday, October 12 – 13, 2017 at the Saint Paul RiverCentre, Saint Paul. –2017 Border to Border Broadband Conference.  Mark your calendar for the fall broadband conference October 25-26 at Madden’s on Gull Lake. The theme this year is Bridging the Gaps – Expanding the Impact. http://wp.me/p3if7-48o –The Minnesota Solar Energy Industries Association (MnSEIA) announced recently that it will hold the fourth-annual “MnSEIA – Midwest Gateway to Solar” Conference in Bloomington, Minn., on Nov. 14-15. This year’s conference will provide educational opportunities, networking, and exhibits. Read more to register and for more information.

Nov. 29-30: 2nd Biennial STEM and Afterschool conference  Save the date for the SciMathMN and Ignite Afterschool 2nd Biennial joint conference at the University of Minnesota Continuing Education Center on November 29-30.

Workshops will investigate, connect, and advance formal and informal STEM education and workforce development. Learn more. –Save the Date!  Minnesota Campus Compact 2018 Summit and Awards Ceremony will be April 19, 2018 at Hamline University. OPPORTUNITIES –The application and nomination period for the 2017 Tekne Awards is open! The awards celebrate the individuals and organizations that play a significant role in discovering new technologies that educate and improve the lives of Minnesotans and people around the world. Now in its 18th year, the Teknes have honored hundreds of companies and leaders who continue to make Minnesota a home to cutting-edge innovation.

The 2017 Tekne Awards have 15 categories, and applications will be reviewed by an independent panel of judges with experience and expertise in each of the categories. Applications are due by Friday, July 28th. Finalists will be announced at a reception in September. The 2017 Teknes will recognize the growing importance of STEM education and our future workforce with an award honoring innovation in a Minnesota science or technology classroom.  New categories will also celebrate the rapid development in communications technology as well as building design and infrastructure that is driven by emerging technologies. 2017 Tekne Award Categories –ADVANCED MANUFACTURING –ANALYTICS –BUILDING DESIGN & INFRASTRUCTURE — NEW –COMMUNICATIONS TECHNOLOGY — NEW –COMMUNITY IMPACT –CYBER SECURITY –HEALTHCARE (Established Companies and Small & Growing Companies) –INDUSTRY IMPACT — NEW –INTERNET OF THINGS –SOFTWARE (Established Companies and Small & Growing Companies) –START UP –STEM EDUCATION — NEW –WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT For nominations and applications go to: http://www.tekneawards.org/
–In mid-July, the Minnesota Clean Energy Resource Teams (CERTs) will roll out the “Renewable Energy for Greater Minnesota II” program that will run through September 2019. A USDA Renewable Energy Development Assistance grant enables CERTs to perform small wind site assessments for Minnesota farms and small businesses and help people through the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) or other funding mechanism process. A fact sheet about the program is available. If you would like to discuss a potential project, email Fritz Ebinger or call him at 612-626-1028.

MISCELLANEOUS

Population & Migration  Non-metro areas in some parts of the country have experienced population loss for decades. However, 2010-16 marks the first period with an estimated population loss for non-metro America as a whole. Opportunities for population growth and economic expansion vary widely from one non-metro county to the next, and new regional patterns of growth and decline have emerged in recent years.

Rural Population Change Varies Across the United States Map showing nonmetropolitan counties that lost population, saw population growth below 4.5%, or grew 4.5% or more between 2010 and 2016.

Nonmetro Population Change, 2010-16 Map identifying which non-metro counties gained population and which lost population between 2010 and 2016.

Real Median Household Income by Residence, 2007-15 (in 2015 Dollars) Line chart comparing metropolitan and non-metro household income from 2007 through 2015.

In 2015, Annual Earnings in Rural Areas Were 15 Percent Lower than Earnings in Urban Areas  Bar chart showing rural and urban median earnings by industry, covering a variety of industries including mining, manufacturing, finance, agriculture, and recreation.

Minnesota high school graduation rates rise  Over the past decade, the proportion of Minnesota students graduating from high school on time has increased by nearly 7 percentage points. Black and Hispanic students’ on-time graduation rates have each increased by 24 percentage points, from 41 percent in 2006 to 65 percent in 2016. Read now.

Six facts about Minnesota’s 65+ population There are currently about 806,000 adults age 65 and older in Minnesota, making up about 15 percent of Minnesotans. Two decades from now, that population is projected to top 1.3 million. Wilder Research analyst Megan Chmielewski shares six interesting facts about this growing population of Minnesotans. Read now.

— With the support of The EDA Center, the University of Minnesota Extension Center for Community Vitality now has Economic Composition reports for all regions of Greater Minnesota available. The reports completed are: North CentralNortheastNorthwestHeadwatersSouthwestSoutheastSouth Central, Mid-Minnesota, Upper Minnesota River ValleyEast CentralCentral, and West Central regions. Please click on each region or go to the research publications page to go to each report.

–The Office of Broadband Development has posted new maps and statistics on broadband access. Goods news, almost 70 percent of the state meets the 2026 goals. http://wp.me/p3if7-49l Check it out to see how your county ranks based on speeds of 25 Mbps down 3 Mbps up (25/3) or 100 Mbps down and 20 Mbps up (100/20). http://wp.me/p3if7-49p (Speaking of maps, the FCC has also released fixed broadband deployment and CAF eligible areas maps. http://wp.me/p3if7-499)

Urban-Rural Divide: Mapping Broadband Access describes how access to broadband varies across the country. Includes a county-level map of broadband access. Discusses how broadband impacts rural people, including its impact on healthcare access.

Minnesota Veterans Behavioral Health Needs Assessment The Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs (MDVA) contracted with Wilder Research to conduct a behavioral health needs assessment of Veterans in Minnesota. This assessment set out to identify the mental and behavioral health needs of Minnesota Veterans, the existing mental and behavioral health resources available to them, and the opportunities to address any unmet mental or behavioral health needs of this population.

While Minnesota Authorities Focus on Opioid Abuse, Meth Is Making a Comeback Details the resurgence of methamphetamine use in Minnesota, now run primarily by cartels rather than by individuals with meth labs. Includes charts and data on the amount of meth seized, meth treatment admissions, and overdoses in Minnesota by year.

HRSA: Lists of Designated Primary Medical Care, Mental Health, and Dental Health Professional Shortage Areas Notice from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) announcing the availability of the complete lists of all geographic areas, population groups, and facilities designated as primary care, mental health, and/or dental care Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs). Lists are available on HRSA’s HPSA Find website, and are current as of May 1, 2017.

Health, United States, 2016: With Chartbook on Long-term Trends in Health  Presents an annual overview of national trends in health statistics. Covers health status and determinants, healthcare utilization, access, and expenditures. Includes data on rural areas – see index under “Metropolitan/nonmetropolitan data.” This year’s edition focuses on long-term trends in health, with 114 tables focused on health status and determinants, healthcare utilization, healthcare resources, and expenditures. Additional links: Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Charts and Tables

EMPLOYMENT

Arts Alert – Job Opportunity at the East Central Regional Arts Council!!!

The East Central Regional Arts Council in Braham is looking for an Office-Communications Coordinator. This position is open immediately and is up to 40 hours per week. Duties include maintaining: databases, the arts calendar, social media, the newsletter; and also performing receptionist and clerical tasks.  Applicants must have MS Office and Google App skills plus excellent interpersonal and written communication.

Artists or those with a strong arts interest are encouraged!

To apply send a cover letter, your work resume, and 2 professional letters of reference via email  to director@ecrac.org before July 15, 2017. No calls please.

June 2017- Volume XV, Number 6
Compiled & edited by Deb Miller Slipek, Ann Treacy, and Jane Leonard

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

ACROSS the FIELD: Help spread the word — Minnesota Border-to-Border Broadband Grant Application Informational Webinars to be held in June & July — $20 million available

A special shout out to those of you interested in broadband infrastructure investments — the State of Minnesota’s Border-to-Border Broadband Grant Program is up and running for a fourth round, with $20 million allocated by the state legislature and an application deadline of September 11, 2017.  Check out these upcoming informational webinars offered by the staff at the MN Office of Broadband Development:.

The first webinar will be held on Monday, June 26, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. (Central Time). There are three more scheduled, all repeats of the first:

  • Friday, July 7 at 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Monday, July 10 at 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Wednesday, July 12 at 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The first hour of each webinar will cover the grant program and application process details. The second hour will be available for any additional questions attendees may have.

To register to attend the webinars, please go to the registration links below for the date/time you wish to select, click on the URL, fill out the form, and then click on “Register Now.” Once registered, you will receive a confirmation email with instructions for joining the meeting.

To register for the Monday, June 26, 2017 meeting, go to: https://intercall.webex.com/intercall/j.php?RGID=r0d9c21dd3d7de63f4fd6ed318844adda

To register for the Friday, July 7, 2017 meeting, go to: https://intercall.webex.com/intercall/j.php?RGID=reac3f726ca1a5f828fbeec23be8530c2

To register for the Monday, July 10, 2017 meeting, go to:
https://intercall.webex.com/intercall/j.php?RGID=r769d112a67e75ef8c603112215f3f163

To register for the Wednesday, July 12, 2017, go to: https://intercall.webex.com/intercall/j.php?RGID=r60d39322f2fdba92781b563601eeda79

If you have difficulty with the registration process via the registration links above, please send an email with your contact information to deed.broadband@state.mn.us and OBD staff will assist you in registering for the webinars, or call 651-259-7610 to reach the office by phone.

The grant application is available for review now (click here for grant info and access to the application). The grant application filing period opens on July 3, 2017.

The deadline for submitting applications is September 11, 2017 at 4 p.m.  However, please note, if you are considering submitting a broadband grant application, you must contact wireline broadband providers in your proposed project area by July 31 to comply with the pre-application notification portion of the application process (or six weeks before you file your application, if you file before September 11).
FUNDING

–Community Development Financial Institutions Fund has announced the availability of funding through the New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) Program. This program provides tax incentives for investments in business or economic projects in distressed rural or urban counties, including capital investments in healthcare facilities. Investors give to Community Development Entities who then offer low-interest financing to businesses. Deadline: 6/21/2017. Visit the website here for details.

–State Farm is offering grants through the “State Farm Neighborhood Assist,” a program which provides grants of $25,000 for projects related to safety, community development or education. The program awards grants to 40 nonprofit organizations to help fund neighborhood projects involved in education, safety and community development. Deadline: 6/21/2017, or until 2,000 applications are received, whichever comes first. For more information on this opportunity, click here.

Strategic Economic and Community Development Program  A program that allows USDA to give priority for projects that support the implementation of regional economic development plans through several USDA Rural Development funding programs. Application Deadline: June 30, 2017.

–Wells Fargo is providing financial resources to local nonprofit housing organizations to create affordable and sustainable homeownership opportunities for low-to-moderate income (LMI) people through its Homeownership Counseling Grant Program (HCGP). This is a small grants program with an average size of approximately $7,500. The grants are provided for costs directly associated with programs or projects focused on homebuyer counseling, homebuyer education, and foreclosure prevention activities. Deadline: 6/30/2017. To learn more and apply, click here.

–The Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation is offering grants through the Foundation’s Community Partners grant program to nonprofit organizations and local municipalities undertaking high-need projects such as building renovations and upgrades, grounds improvements, technology upgrades and safety improvements. Grants range from $2,001 to $100,000. Applications for the fall funding cycle will be accepted from 7/3/2017 to 8/25/2017. Visit the company’s website here to review the giving guidelines and to take the eligibility quiz.

–USDA is offering grants through the Community Facilities Technical Assistance and Training Grant Program. Public bodies, non-profit organizations and Federally recognized Tribes are eligible to apply for this funding. The maximum grant is $150,000. Deadline: 7/24/2017. Click here for application guidelines.

–The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is inviting applications for grants to support economic development in rural communities through the Rural Community Development Initiative (RCDI). These grants support partnerships between community development groups and rural communities to develop essential facilities and create jobs and business opportunities. Deadline: 7/25/2017. Click here to visit the RCDI website for more information on applying.

Empowered Communities for a Healthier Nation Initiative Grants to reduce significant health disparities impacting racial and ethnic minorities and/or disadvantaged populations through implementing evidence-based strategies with the greatest potential for impact, especially in communities disproportionately impacted by the opioid epidemic, childhood obesity, and serious mental illness.
Application Deadline: Aug 1, 2017

–Foundation for Rural Service is offering grants to nonprofits seeking to create programs that promote business development, community development, education or telecommunications in rural communities served by National Telecommunications Cooperative Association (NTCA) members. Awards range from $250 to $5,000. Preference will be given to proposals that foster collaboration among and community engagement, and that can be fully funded by the grant or have 75 percent or more of the project currently funded. Deadline: 9/15/2017. To learn more and apply, click here.

–The U.S. Department of Education is offering grants to nonprofit and public agencies through the Veterans Upward Bound Program to prepare, motivate and assist military veterans in the development of academic and other skills necessary for acceptance into and success in a program of postsecondary education. Deadline 6/21/2017. Click here to review application guidelines posted in the Federal Register.

–The U.S. Department of Education is also offering grants through the Small, Rural School Achievement Program that provides support to local educational agencies to address the unique needs of rural school districts. Deadline: 6/30/2017. Click here to review application guidelines.

–The Transportation Economic Development Infrastructure Program (TEDI) is a competitive grant program available to communities for road and public infrastructure projects that create jobs and support economic development. DEED’s program is combined with the Transportation Economic Development Program (TED) administered by the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) for highway projects. A total of approximately $22.6 million is available through the 2017 programs. This includes approximately $18.4 million in MnDOT trunk highway funds and approximately $4.2 million of DEED general obligation bond funding. The programs may provide a portion of the costs for trunk highway improvements and other road and infrastructure improvements.  Application Deadline – September 15, 2017. For full eligibility guidelines and application instructions, please see DEED’s website.

For detailed information on how to apply, please join us for one of the informational sessions below.

Date City Location Time
June 13 Rochester MnDOT District 6 Office
Mississippi River East Room
2900 48th Street NW
Rochester, MN 55901
11:00 AM – 12:30 PM
June 15 Brainerd/Baxter MnDOT District 3 Office
7694 Industrial Park Rd.
Baxter, MN 56425
10:00 AM – Noon
June 16 Roseville MnDOT Waters Edge Building
Conference Rooms A-C
1500 W. County Road B-2
Roseville, MN 55113
10:30 AM – Noon
June 19 Mankato MnDOT District 7 Office
Northwoods Conf. Room
2151 Bassett Drive
Mankato, MN 56001
10:00 AM – Noon
June 20 Willmar MnDOT District 8 Office
Green Lake Conference Room
2505 Transportation Rd.
Willmar, MN 56201
1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
June 21 Thief River Falls Pennington County Joint Operations Facility (also MNDOT –Office)
248 125th Ave
Thief River Falls, MN 56701
10:00 AM – Noon
June 22 Detroit Lakes MnDOT District 4 Office
Conf. Rooms B109-B110
1000 Highway 10 West
Detroit Lakes, MN 56501
10:00 AM – Noon
June 28th Duluth MnDOT District 1 Office
1123 Mesaba Ave.
Duluth, MN 55811
10:00 AM – Noon

–Blandin Foundation Broadband Grants: Broadband Innovation and Robust Network Feasibility Fund grant award amounts range from $1,000 to $25,000, and matching funds are required. Grant application deadlines for 2017 are June 23 and September 22. http://wp.me/p3if7-3M7

— Asthma Friendly Schools The Minnesota Department of Health’s Asthma Program in partnership with the American Lung Association in Minnesota is offering mini-grant funding to create asthma friendly schools. Grant money up to $1,500 is available to implement a variety of school-based projects in elementary, middle or high school settings. The funds are available to public schools, charter schools, and private schools and can be applied to individual schools or across districts. Six project areas are available to choose from: Asthma Data; Environmental Policy; Partnering with Parents and Caregivers; Teaching an Asthma Self-Management Curriculum; Linking Schools and Health Care; and Health Office Staff Training. Applications are currently being accepted through June 30, 2017. For more information, go to the Minnesota Asthma Program–Asthma Friendly Schools Mini-Grant Program to learn how to submit your application. You may also contact the MDH Asthma Program at 651-201-5909 or asthma@health.state.mn.us

–The Seventh Generation Fund for Indigenous Peoples is offering funding in the following program areas: Arts and Creativity, Health and Well-Being, Rights of Mother Earth, Sustainable Communities and Economies, Leadership Development, and Rights, Equity, and Justice. Grants from $250 to $10,000, with an average of $5,000, are provided to Native communities that address one or more of the Fund’s program areas. The remaining postmark deadlines for 2017 are 8/4/2017 and 12/1/2017. (Mini-grants of up to $500 are reviewed throughout the year.) Application guidelines and forms are available on the Fund’s website http://www.7genfund.org/apply-grant

–The Walmart Foundation State Giving Program awards grants to nonprofit organizations throughout the U.S. and Puerto Rico for programs that give individuals access to a better life. There are three funding cycles per year; the first two funding cycles are targeted to specific states. For the final funding cycle of the year, requests are accepted from organizations nationwide in the following two categories: Hunger Relief supporting programs such as food pantries, backpack programs, and SNAP outreach; and Community Engagement supporting other programs that focus on the unmet needs of underserved low-income populations. Examples of eligible programs include career opportunity, disaster preparedness, education programs, healthcare access, shelters, etc. Grants range from $25,000 to $250,000; the average grant size is $40,000. Deadline: applications for the final funding cycle will be accepted from 8/7/2017 through 8/11/2017. Visit the Foundation’s website here to learn more about the State Giving Program.

–Border to Border Broadband Grant opportunity opens July 3! Office of Broadband Development is soliciting proposals for Minnesota Border to Border Broadband Development Grants. The grant application period opens on July 3, 2017. The application deadline is September 11, 2017. http://wp.me/p3if7-48f

–The National Endowment for the Arts is offering grants to nonprofit and public agencies through the Our Town Program. Grants will support arts engagement, cultural planning and design projects. Deadline: 9/11/2017. Click here for more information and to review funding guidelines.

–The Ford Family Foundation is offering small grants to organizations working in rural communities with populations of less than 35,000 in response to unexpected needs or simple projects. These grants are highly competitive and limited; priority is given to short-term grant requests for simple projects, unforeseen emergencies that interrupt programming or services, and one-off events or activities. Grants can range from $1,000 to $10,000 and funds are released within 60 days. Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis. To learn more and to apply, click here.

— The Ford Family Foundation is providing grants that support the development of physical places that are open to the public and have multiple uses in order to encourage civic participation, community collaboration and other ways of bringing residents together for the well-being of the community. Community Building Spaces grants may be used toward land acquisition, purchase of buildings, new construction and renovation, fixtures, furnishings and equipment, and architecture, engineering and planning fees in rural communities with populations of less than 35,000. Typical grant sizes range from $50,000 to $250,000, and funds requested may not exceed one-third of the project’s total budget. Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis. For more information on eligibility, criteria and how to apply, click here.

— The Ford Family Foundation (TFFF) supports educational projects, programs and out-of-school time facilities in rural communities that encourage the development of skills, confidence and support needed for school-aged youth (5-18 years) to connect with quality mentors, excel in school, develop leadership skills, graduate with a plan for the future and become successful citizens. Typical grant sizes range from $25,000 to $150,000 per year. While there are exceptions, TFFF prefers to fund no more than one-third of the proposed budget. The fund types include programs, operating requests and capital projects. Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis. Click here to learn more and to apply.

–W.K. Kellogg Foundation provides grants to support programs that focus on developing a healthy start and quality learning experiences for all children, helping families get stable, high-quality jobs and connecting employers with talented candidates, and/or advancing racial equity, developing leaders, and fostering community engagement. Award amounts have ranged from $5,000 to $1,500,000. Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis. To learn more and to apply, click here

TRAINING/ MEETINGS

–The Minnesota Rural Health Conference Shaping Sustainable Solutions will be held June 19-20 in Duluth.

–The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Mental Health Promotion Branch, Division of Prevention, Traumatic Stress, and Special Programs, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in collaboration with the American Institutes for Research (AIR) are offering a Rural Behavioral Health Webinar Series. The last two events in the series are: Responding to Natural Disasters in Rural Communities, June 21, 2017, 3:00-4:30 PMEDT; and A Focus on Suicide Prevention in Rural Communities, August 16, 2017, 3:00-4:30 PM EDT. Click here to register.

— Economic Development Association of Minnesota is hosting the 2017 Summer Conference June 28-30 at the Grand View Lodge in Nisswa. Please go to http://z.umn.edu/1d2w for more information. EDAM celebrates i’s 50th year of operation this year.

2017 Nonprofit Fundraising Conference  co-hosted by Association of Fundraising Professionals Wednesday, July 19, 2017 at the Earle Brown Heritage Center, Brooklyn Center

–DEED is pleased to be partnering with the Council of Development Finance Agencies to offer the Development Finance Certified Professional Program.  The CDFA Summer School will be held August 7-11, 2017 Minneapolis. Complete Half of the DFCP Program in One Week! Early Bird Rates Expire July 14, 2017

CDFA Summer School is a week long series of courses presented by the CDFA Training Institute held in Minneapolis, MN from August 7-11. These courses qualify for the CDFA Training Institute’s Development Finance Certified Professional (DFCP) Program. Complete three courses, and you will have fulfilled half of the requirements for the DFCP Program. Start down the road to personal and professional advancement today. Participants may register for one, two, or three courses during CDFA Summer School. Click on the course names below to learn more about the specific topics and agendas:

Monday August 7, 2017 – Fundamentals of Economic Development Finance Course

Tuesday & Wednesday August 8-9, 2017 – Intro Bond Finance Course Intro Brownfields Finance Course

Thursday & Friday August 10-11, 2017 – Intro Revolving Loan Fund Course Intro Energy & Water Finance Course

When you register for three courses during CDFA Summer School, you will receive a $200 discount off the total registration fee.  For complete information, including lodging details, scholarship options and registration, visit the CDFA website.

2017 MCN Annual Conference will be held Thursday – Friday, October 12 – 13, 2017 at the Saint Paul RiverCentre, Saint Paul.

–2017 Border to Border Broadband Conference.  Mark your calendar for the fall broadband conference October 25-26 at Madden’s on Gull Lake. The theme this year is Bridging the Gaps – Expanding the Impact. http://wp.me/p3if7-48o

–The Minnesota Solar Energy Industries Association (MnSEIA) announced recently that it will hold the fourth-annual “MnSEIA – Midwest Gateway to Solar” Conference in Bloomington, Minn., on Nov. 14-15. This year’s conference will provide educational opportunities, networking, and exhibits. Read more to register and for more information.

–Save the Date!  Minnesota Campus Compact 2018 Summit and Awards Ceremony will be April 19, 2018 at Hamline University.

OPPORTUNITIES

–The application and nomination period for the 2017 Tekne Awards is open! The awards celebrate the individuals and organizations that play a significant role in discovering new technologies that educate and improve the lives of Minnesotans and people around the world. Now in its 18th year, the Teknes have honored hundreds of companies and leaders who continue to make Minnesota a home to cutting-edge innovation.

The 2017 Tekne Awards have 15 categories, and applications will be reviewed by an independent panel of judges with experience and expertise in each of the categories. Applications are due by Friday, July 28th. Finalists will be announced at a reception in September.

The 2017 Teknes will recognize the growing importance of STEM education and our future workforce with an award honoring innovation in a Minnesota science or technology classroom.  New categories will also celebrate the rapid development in communications technology as well as building design and infrastructure that is driven by emerging technologies.

2017 Tekne Award Categories

ADVANCED MANUFACTURING
ANALYTICS
BUILDING DESIGN & INFRASTRUCTURE — NEW
COMMUNICATIONS TECHNOLOGY — NEW
COMMUNITY IMPACT
CYBER SECURITY
HEALTHCARE (Established Companies and Small & Growing Companies)
INDUSTRY IMPACT — NEW
INTERNET OF THINGS
SOFTWARE (Established Companies and Small & Growing Companies)
START UP
TEM EDUCATION — NEW
WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT

For nominations and applications go to: http://www.tekneawards.org/

MISCELLANEOUS

–The current issue of the Housing Assistance Council’s Rural Voices presents some of the highlights of their 2016 Rural Housing Conference: Building Rural Communities. Held in Washington, DC, November 29 through December 2, 2016, the conference offered educational and networking opportunities for rural housing practitioners to advance their efforts to provide decent and affordable housing for our nation’s rural poor. The issue includes several articles adapted from speeches given, a set of maps taken from a conference presentation by HAC’s Research Director providing a dramatic view of some current “ruralities” (the ways rural America’s demographics and housing are changing), and a series of five articles addressing a rapidly changing rural America on topics ranging from persistent poverty to creative placemaking. http://www.ruralhome.org/calendar/nrhconf

–As part of its Policy Brief series, the Centers for Disease Control has released a brief on rural health policy, specifically addressing mental health services for children in rural areas. This brief presents a selection of potential policies and practices that may help rural children with mental, behavioral, or developmental disorders (MBDDs) to access behavioral health services, including telemedicine, integration of behavioral health and primary care, and school-based care. Across the country, people with mental health issues may struggle to get care due to a shortage of providers, and this problem is magnified in rural areas. According to the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), 61 percent of areas with a mental health professional shortage are rural or partially rural. Read the full brief here.

–“Raising the Children of the Opioid Epidemic: Solutions and Support for Grandfamilies” is a report from Generations United that highlights the opioid epidemic and its impact on grandparents raising grandchildren. The report also offers recommendations to help guide the development of supportive federal and state policies and services for grandfamilies. Get the report here.

–The Census Bureau has a new tool called My Tribal Area that gives quick and easy access to detailed demographic, social, economic, and housing statistics for the nation’s American Indian and Alaska Native (AIAN) population from the American Community Survey (ACS). My Tribal Area is powered by the Census Application Programming Interface (API), and includes data from the 2011-2015 ACS. Check out the tool here.

–A National Public Radio article “In Some Rural Counties, Hunger Is Rising, But Food Donations Aren’t” highlights partnerships that have developed to address some of the underlying problems, including poverty, unemployment, poor health and a lack of health insurance. Read the article here.

–Feeding America has produced a map providing county-level data on food insecurity and child food insecurity. Data includes estimates of eligibility for nutrition programs among food insecure people, and identifies the annual food budget shortfall. Click here to view the interactive map.

–“Rural Community Violence: An Untold Public Health Epidemic” is a policy brief from the National Rural Health Association that examines the prevalence and nature of violent crime in rural communities across the U.S. The report examines the problem in a public health context, seeking to draw attention to an often overlooked and misunderstood issue, and provides a series of policy recommendations aimed at reducing violence in rural areas. Get the report here.

Deaths from Alzheimer’s Disease — United States, 1999–2014 Provides data on age-adjusted rates of Alzheimer’s mortality. Compares rates in 1999 and 2014 by urban-rural classification as well as by age, gender, race/ethnicity, and state. Also includes a map showing county-level average annual age-adjusted death rates from Alzheimer’s disease for 2005-2014.

Prevalence of Arthritis and Arthritis-Attributable Activity Limitation by Urban-Rural County Classification — United States, 2015  Provides detailed data on prevalence of arthritis and arthritis-attributable activity limitation for six urban-rural categories. Includes urban-rural data by age, gender, race/ethnicity, education, employment, body mass index, smoking status, physical activity, self-rated health, and functionally disabled status.

Prevention and Treatment of Substance Abuse in Rural Communities Webinar recording discusses the challenges and strategies in stemming the rate of substance abuse in rural communities. Introduces the Rural Prevention and Treatment of Substance Abuse Toolkit, designed to help communities implement substance abuse programs. Presents several examples of state level programs focused on increasing access to naloxone and training for first responders to recognize and prevent overdoses. Additional links: Audio RecordingPowerPoint HandoutWebinar Transcript

–Three new briefs are now available from the Office of Rural Health & Primary Care, all looking at changes in rural Minnesota since implementation of the Affordable Care Act.

KEY FINDINGS

From Health care access in rural Minnesota: Results from the MN Health Access Survey, produced in partnership with the Health Economics program:

  • The uninsurance rate dropped dramatically in rural Minnesota between 2013 and 2015.
  • Dental uninsurance rates were higher in rural than in urban areas.
  • Despite higher rates of health insurance, affordability and access issues remained in rural parts of the state, and disparities within rural Minnesota based on income and education persisted.

From Public and individual health insurance trends in rural Minnesota: Enrollment during implementation of the ACA:

  • Both before and after ACA implementation, rural Minnesota had a greater share of its nonelderly population enrolled in both Medical Assistance (MA) and MinnesotaCare than urban areas did (27 percent compared to roughly 20 percent).
  • In the individual market between 2015 and 2016, entirely rural counties had a much higher proportion of enrollees than other county types, with 14 percent of their population covered by individual policies compared to 6 percent of the state overall.
  • While individual enrollment via MNsure increased across county types, it did so most substantially in entirely rural counties (where enrollment via MNsure tripled) and in small town/rural mix counties (where enrollment increased by 70 percent).

From Finance in rural and urban hospitals:

  • From 2011 to 2015, the percent of total charges billed to public insurance programs (both Medicare and Minnesota state programs) increased among all Minnesota hospitals.
  • Compared to urban hospitals, rural hospitals continued to receive a larger percent of their revenue from self-pay charges.
  • Both CAHs and urban hospitals saw an increase in operating margins between 2011 and 2015, but non-urban hospitals had a lower median operating margin than urban hospitals.
  • More CAHs had a negative operating margin than other types of hospitals, and the number of CAHs with negative margins increased from 2011 to 2015.

The full briefs are available at Rural Health and Primary Care Reports & Briefs

EDITORS’ NOTE: As always — please send us items to post, comments, ideas, etc. You can send them to minntwin@comcast.net. And thanks for getting to the end of this month’s issue!

May 2017- Volume XV, Number 5
Compiled & edited by Deb Miller Slipek, Ann Treacy, and Jane Leonard

  • –ACROSS the FIELD
  • –FUNDING
  • –TRAINING/MEETINGS
  • –OPPORTUNITIES
  • –MISCELLANEOUS
  • –EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY

ACROSS THE FIELD:
FUNDING

–The Dollar General Literacy Foundation is accepting applications for its Youth Literacy Grant Program. Grants of up to $4,000 will be awarded to schools, public libraries and nonprofit organizations in support of efforts to help students who are reading below grade level or experiencing difficulty reading. Deadline: 5/18/2017. Click here to review funding guidelines.

–Kendal Charitable Funds is offering Promising Innovations grants to nonprofit organizations that work to meet the needs of a burgeoning population of elders. In 2017, the program is seeking proposals that support aging in place and combat isolation of older adults through engagement in purposeful and meaningful ways within the greater community, designed to affirm their value and connectedness. The program hopes to identify factors that lead to isolation and to address them before and/or after they occur, especially utilizing new, replicable models. Grants will range up to $50,000 for a two-year period. Deadlines: letters of intent must be submitted by 5/19/2017; invited proposals will be due 8/4/2017. Visit the Kendal website here to learn more about the application process.

–USDA is offering funding through the Rural Cooperative Development Grant program. The Program provides support to improve the economic condition of rural areas by assisting in the startup, expansion or operational improvement of rural cooperatives and other business entities. The application deadline is: electronic applications 5/26/2017; paper applications 6/2/2017. Click here to review funding guidelines.

–Minnesota Department of Education 21st Century Community Learning Centers Grants
Deadline: June 1, 2017  DETAILS

Phyllis and Milton Berg Family Respite Care Grant  Funding to help alleviate the cost of respite care for families caring for loved ones with Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia.  Application Deadline: June 1, 2017.

–USDA is offering funding through the Food Safety Outreach Program. This Program will build upon the National Food Safety Training, Education, Extension, Outreach, and Technical Assistance Competitive Grants Program national infrastructure, with a sustained focus on delivery of customized training to members of the target audiences. Awardees will develop and implement food safety training, education, extension, outreach and technical assistance projects that address the needs of owners and operators of small to mid-sized farms, beginning farmers, socially-disadvantaged farmers, small processors, or small fresh fruit and vegetable merchant wholesalers. Grant applications will be solicited directly from those in local communities – to include those from community-based organizations, non-governmental organizations, food hubs, farm cooperatives, extension, and other local groups. Deadline: 6/6/2017. Click here for more information and to apply.

–The Tony Hawk Foundation is dedicated to promoting 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. Priority is given to projects that are designed and built from concrete by experienced skatepark contractors and include local skaters in the planning, fundraising and design process. Grants of $1,000 to $25,000 are provided to nonprofit organizations and state or local agencies, including public school systems and public projects. Deadline: 6/14/2017. Visit the Foundation’s website here to review the grant criteria and to submit an online application.

–Blandin Foundation Broadband Grants: Broadband Innovation and Robust Network Feasibility Fund grant award amounts range from $1,000 to $25,000, and matching funds are required. Grant application deadlines for 2017 are June 23 and September 22. http://wp.me/p3if7-3M7

— Asthma Friendly Schools The Minnesota Department of Health’s Asthma Program in partnership with the American Lung Association in Minnesota is offering mini-grant funding to create asthma friendly schools. Grant money up to $1,500 is available to implement a variety of school-based projects in elementary, middle or high school settings. The funds are available to public schools, charter schools, and private schools and can be applied to individual schools or across districts. Six project areas are available to choose from: Asthma Data; Environmental Policy; Partnering with Parents and Caregivers; Teaching an Asthma Self-Management Curriculum; Linking Schools and Health Care; and Health Office Staff Training. Applications are currently being accepted through June 30, 2017. For more information, go to the Minnesota Asthma Program–Asthma Friendly Schools Mini-Grant Program to learn how to submit your application. You may also contact the MDH Asthma Program at 651-201-5909 or asthma@health.state.mn.us

–The Ford Family Foundation is offering small grants to organizations working in rural communities with populations of less than 35,000 in response to unexpected needs or simple projects. These grants are highly competitive and limited; priority is given to short-term grant requests for simple projects, unforeseen emergencies that interrupt programming or services, and one-off events or activities. Grants can range from $1,000 to $10,000 and funds are released within 60 days. Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis. To learn more and to apply, click here.

— The Ford Family Foundation is providing grants that support the development of physical places that are open to the public and have multiple uses in order to encourage civic participation, community collaboration and other ways of bringing residents together for the well-being of the community. Community Building Spaces grants may be used toward land acquisition, purchase of buildings, new construction and renovation, fixtures, furnishings and equipment, and architecture, engineering and planning fees in rural communities with populations of less than 35,000. Typical grant sizes range from $50,000 to $250,000, and funds requested may not exceed one-third of the project’s total budget. Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis. For more information on eligibility, criteria and how to apply, click here.

— The Ford Family Foundation (TFFF) supports educational projects, programs and out-of-school time facilities in rural communities that encourage the development of skills, confidence and support needed for school-aged youth (5-18 years) to connect with quality mentors, excel in school, develop leadership skills, graduate with a plan for the future and become successful citizens. Typical grant sizes range from $25,000 to $150,000 per year. While there are exceptions, TFFF prefers to fund no more than one-third of the proposed budget. The fund types include programs, operating requests and capital projects. Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis. Click here to learn more and to apply.

–W.K. Kellogg Foundation provides grants to support programs that focus on developing a healthy start and quality learning experiences for all children, helping families get stable, high-quality jobs and connecting employers with talented candidates, and/or advancing racial equity, developing leaders, and fostering community engagement. Award amounts have ranged from $5,000 to $1,500,000. Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis. To learn more and to apply, click here

TRAINING/ MEETINGS

— On May 16-17 the National Digital Inclusion Alliance and the St. Paul Public Library welcome digital inclusion practitioners, advocates, academics, Internet service providers and policymakers to Net Inclusion 2017: The National Digital Inclusion Summit. St. Paul, Minnesota. https://digitalinclusion.org/netinclusion2017/

–The 2017 Midwest Solar Expo returns to Minneapolis for its 4th annual conference, exhibition and Smart Energy Symposium on May 22-24 at the Renaissance Minneapolis Hotel, The Depot in Minneapolis. Participants will gain insights from solar industry experts, receive hands-on product training, and network with over 450 solar industry leaders from across the country. Read more.

— Early Bird Registration Open for the 2017 Rural Arts & Culture Summit  The 2017 Rural Arts and Culture Summit will take place June 6-8 at the University of Minnesota – Morris.

— 2017 Nonprofit Leadership Conference to be held at the University of MN in Minneapolis on Tuesday, June 13, 2017.

–The Minnesota Rural Health Conference Shaping Sustainable Solutions will be held June 19-20 in Duluth.

— Economic Development Association of Minnesota is hosting the 2017 Summer Conference June 28-30 at the Grand View Lodge in Nisswa. Please go to http://z.umn.edu/1d2w for more information. EDAM celebrates i’s 50th year of operation this year.

2017 Nonprofit Fundraising Conference  co-hosted by Association of Fundraising Professionals Wednesday, July 19, 2017 at the Earle Brown Heritage Center, Brooklyn Center

2017 MCN Annual Conference will be held Thursday – Friday, October 12 – 13, 2017 at the Saint Paul RiverCentre, Saint Paul.

–The Minnesota Solar Energy Industries Association (MnSEIA) announced recently that it will hold the fourth-annual “MnSEIA – Midwest Gateway to Solar” Conference in Bloomington, Minn., on Nov. 14-15. This year’s conference will provide educational opportunities, networking, and exhibits. Read more to register and for more information.

OPPORTUNITIES

–The 2017 Nurse Corps Scholarship Program Application cycle is now open. Applicants may view the 2017 Application and Program Guidance and the on-demand 2017 NURSE Corps Scholarship Technical Assistance Webinar. The webinar provides you with more information on the application process and the service requirements. The application deadline is May 11, 7:30 pm ET.

–Scholarships are available for individuals from the East Central region to participate in the 2017 Rural Arts and Culture Summit, which will be held in Morris, MN on June 6 ­ 8, 2017.   Scholarships are being awarded on a first come, first served basis for artists, arts enthusiasts, community and economic developers, and other community leaders. Carpooling is encouraged to allow as many people as possible to participate.  Participants will be reimbursed by the East Central Regional Arts Council for the attendance fee, $40 per night for lodging, and travel expenses ($0.53 per mile) with a maximum total reimbursement of $400.

Organized by Springboard for the Arts and the Center for Small Towns, the Summit gathers rural artists, arts organizations and community leaders to highlight arts ­based strategies to rural community and economic development. People from across the state and country will gather to celebrate the imaginative and creative thinking that has helped to create vibrant small town cultures.

For more information about the Summit and to register please go to their website: www.ruralartsandculturesummit.com  For information on these scholarships call 320­-396­-2337 extension 1 or email: info@ecrac.org before May 15, 2017.

— Nominations are now open for some amazing awards: The Nonprofit Mission and Excellence Awards and the Virginia McKnight Binger Unsung Hero Awards!  MCN and MAP for Nonprofits award six organizations Mission and Excellence Awards each year in the areas of Innovation, Anti-Racism Initiative, Advocacy, Responsive Philanthropy and Excellence (for large and small organizations).  Nomination Deadline: May 15 (Innovation, Anti-Racism, Advocacy, Responsive Philanthropy) and May 26 (Excellence).

Virginia McKnight Binger Unsung Hero is an individual who has had a significant impact on the state of Minnesota and its communities. This individual:

  • Has played a significant role on creating a positive impact on Minnesota and its communities.
  • Has not been widely recognized for his/her work in the past.

Nomination Deadline: May 19.  For more information on the awards and to nominate, head to the MCN website!

National Native American Youth Initiative (NNAYI)  Offers a summer program designed to prepare American Indian/Alaska Native high school students to pursue careers in the health professions and/or biomedical research.  Application Deadline: May 31, 2017.

–The American Indian College Fund, through its Full Circle Scholarships program, is providing a number of scholarship opportunities for American Indians and Alaska Natives who are pursing undergraduate degrees at a Tribal College. Eligibility and amounts vary by scholarship. Deadline: May 31, 2017. To learn more and to apply, click here.

–Meyer Foundation is accepting applications for nonprofit leader sabbaticals. Up to three organizations will be awarded grants of $50,000 each to allow their executives to take a three- to four-month sabbatical. Deadline to apply: 6/1/2017. Click here for an application.

–Humphrey School of Public Affairs Policy Fellows Deadline: June 1, 2017  DETAILS

Apply to Host the 2018 Governor’s Pheasant Hunting Opener  Explore Minnesota is seeking proposals to host the 2018 Governor’s Pheasant Hunting Opener.
MISCELLANEOUS

EOP: Promoting Agriculture and Rural Prosperity in America  Executive order revoking the establishment of the White House Rural Council, and directing the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to establish the Interagency Task Force on Agriculture and Rural Prosperity. Chaired by the Secretary of Agriculture, the USDA will provide funding and administrative support to maintain the Task Force. The Task Force will identify legislative, regulatory, and policy priorities to promote rural prosperity in the following areas: agriculture, economic development, jobgrowth, infrastructure improvements, technological innovation, energy security, and quality of life.

Rural Education at a Glance, 2017 Edition Educational attainment is growing in rural America, but gains vary across demographic groups. Low education in some rural areas is closely related to high poverty and unemployment rates.

Employment & Education ERS research in this area focuses on labor market conditions and educational attainment in rural (nonmetropolitan) America. Indicators of labor market conditions include the unemployment rate, employment growth, and earnings levels. Educational attainment is closely linked to labor market outcomes. While rural areas are closing the gap with urban areas in high school completion, there is a large and growing gap in college and postgraduate educational attainment, even among young adults.

The Role of Medicaid in Rural America  Uses data from the 2013-2015 American Community Survey to examine the role of Medicaid in rural areas, and discuss how potential expansions or cuts could affect rural healthcare. Highlights the importance of Medicaid for many rural residents who are often faced with limited access to insurance and providers, longer travel times, and greater health needs when compared to their urban counterparts. Includes several charts and graphs to illustrate important statistics and demographic comparisons.

–The County Health Rankings & Roadmaps program released their 2016 Key Findings Report, which demonstrates that rural counties have had the highest rates of premature death for many years, lagging far behind other counties. While urban counties continue to show improvement, premature death rates are worsening in rural counties. Ranking the health of nearly every county in the nation, the County Health Rankings illustrate what we know when it comes to what is keeping people healthy or making people sick. The Roadmaps show what we can do to create healthier places to live, learn, work and play. Download the full report here.

–National Endowment for the Arts has created a Creative Placemaking Artistic Field landing page on its website. Listed are creative placemaking-related news, features, videos, podcasts, resources, partnerships, funding guidelines and initiatives all in one place. Visit the page here.

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY

Position Opening at Park Rapids Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce & Tourism  The Park Rapids Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce & Tourism is seeking applications for President/CEO.

EDITORS’ NOTE: As always — please send us items to post, comments, ideas, etc. You can send them to minntwin@comcast.net. And thanks for getting to the end of this month’s issue!