September 2010 – Volume VIII, Number 9
Compiled and Edited by Deb Miller Slipek, Ann Treacy, and Jane Leonard
In this issue:
—ACROSS THE FIELD
ACROSS THE FIELD – Communities Share Pride and Purpose at State Fair
Communities from across Minnesota and their projects were honored on August 29 at the Minnesota State Fair at the 2nd annual Minnesota Community Pride Showcase and Awards Ceremony at Carousel Park.
Communities awarded Minnesota State Fair plaques and cash prizes for community improvement efforts included: Cook County, Ely, Inver Grove Heights, Iron Range, Itasca County, Maple Lake, Menahga, Mower County, Northfield, Pelican Rapids, Rice Lake, Redwood Falls, Roseau, Royalton, Waterville, Wells, and Winona County.
Participating communities staffed displays on their projects under the Showcase tent. Newsmakers, entertainers and artists combined their efforts on stage to create a fun and educational day for all fairgoers who stopped to see the Showcase. U.S. Senator Al Franken and Twin Cities area mayors and Minnesota Chief Justice Lorie Skjerven Gildea were among the newsmakers.
Musicians and other performers included Jim Walsh and the Mad Ripple Hootenanny, Charlie Maguire, Fred Grittner, Brave New Workshop, and Hmong performance artist Tou Ger Xiong. Communities and sponsors appeared in the daily State Fair parade, too.
The Minnesota Community Pride competition and Showcase is co-sponsored by the Minnesota State Fair, MinnPost.com, and Minnesota Rural Partners, Inc. They worked together to organize the recognition for community projects across the state that help Minnesota thrive. The Minnesota State Fair hosts the event and provides the awards, including $15,000 in cash prizes.
Personal Note from Jane Leonard: The Minnesota Community Pride event was my last official event as President of Minnesota Rural Partners, Inc. The next day I began working at the Bush Foundation. I will continue to serve on the board of Minnesota Rural Partners, Inc. to help transition projects we have underway, such as the Rural Urban Connections effort with USDA Rural Development. Please welcome Emily Kissane as the interim Executive Director!
— Ag Literacy Grant Program. Minnesota Agriculture in the Classroom (MAITC) is a unique public/private partnership between the MAITC Foundation and the Minnesota Department of Agriculture. Grant funds are provided courtesy of the Foundation based on annual funding provided by Minnesota’s agricultural community. The maximum grant request is $400. This grant program is targeted at K-12 practicing educators with cash awards offered to encourage educators to bring agriculture and food systems education “to life” by effectively integrating related content into their classroom or school. Non-formal education applications will also be considered contingent on available funds.
New applications are strongly encouraged in the areas of youth gardening, unique integration and innovation in the classroom, and field trip experiences. Field trip experiences might include working farms, agriculture industry tours, the MHS sites of Oliver Kelley Farm and FarmAmerica or the Minnesota Zoo Farm, to name a few.
Application deadlines are September 15, 2010 and February 1, 2011. For more information, see the MN Department of Agriculture web site: http://www.mda.state.mn.us/grants/grants/minigrant.aspx or contact Al Withers, MAITC Program Director at 651/201-6688 or firstname.lastname@example.org with questions or for clarification.
|—The Healthier Minnesota Community Clinic Fund released the 2010 Traditional Community Clinic Grant Guidance. http://tinyurl.com/2c87kys This three-year program focuses on sustainable initiatives that demonstrate the ability to ensure access and improve the quality of primary health care. Applicants may request up to $1 million in this grant cycle. Applications are due September 23rd. Contact information: Kristen Gloege at email@example.com or 612-599-1921.
–USDA Rural Development application deadline for the Rural Microentrepreneur Assistance Program (RMAP) http://tinyurl.com/2bk327y will be on a quarterly basis, starting with Sept. 30, 2010.
—MPCA Green Chemistry and Design Demonstration Project Grants. The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) requests applications from Minnesota manufacturers, retailers or other businesses with control over product design to use Green Chemistry and Design techniques. MPCA’s primary purpose in this project is to generate new or redesigned products that incorporate green chemistry and design, and case studies in the partnerships, resources and expertise necessary to develop those products. These green chemistry and design products will produce measurable life-cycle environmental and energy use impact reductions in such areas as direct and indirect (upstream or downstream in the supply chain) chemicals of concern replaced, production waste avoided or energy consumption reduced.
The MPCA has up to $76,500 for the project or projects which will be awarded in the amount needed to those who score the highest based upon the evaluation criteria stated in this Request for Proposals. Application materials and additional information regarding this RFP can be found at http://www.pca.state.mn.us/greenchemistry . The application deadline is October 7, 2010 at 2:00 pm.
–Applications for the Rural Health Network Development Planning Grant (HRSA-11-085) are due October 8. http://tinyurl.com/2dzsc5x
|— The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services-Office of Rural Health Policy (ORHP) is pleased to announce the release of the Rural Health Network Planning Grant Guidance. This one-year program focuses on the development of an integrated health care network. Some examples of activities include: conducting a needs assessment, hiring an HIT consultant to determine HIT readiness, developing an economic impact plan, and developing a strategic and business plan. An applicant can request up to $85,000. All applications must be submitted through www.Grants.gov. Click on Find Grant Opportunities, then Basic Search and type in the Funding Opportunity Number: HRSA-11-085 or CFDA number 93.912. All applications must be submitted electronically (no paper applications will be allowed this year). Applications are due October 8, 2010. ORHP strongly encourages applicants to apply ahead of the due date to avoid technical problems. For more information on the Network Planning Program, contact Eileen Holloran at firstname.lastname@example.org or 301-443-7529.
—Minnesota Campus Compact Collaborating for Change Mini-Grant Program. Approximately 8-10 mini-grants of up to $1,000 will be awarded to support innovative and promising student-led campus-community partnerships that address important public issues and engage students in project development and leadership.
All mini-grant proposals must be submitted by a team that includes at least one student, one community-based organization (non-profit, school, governmental unit, etc.), and one Minnesota Campus Compact member institution. Either the student’s institution or the community-based organization may serve as the fiscal agent. The student must have already been involved with the community partner for at least one semester/term. See the web site above to access a complete Request for Proposals, and to learn about technical assistance conference call being offered on October 8, 2010. Go to: http://www.mncampuscompact.org/minigrants Applications are due November 15. Questions? Contact John Hamerlinck at email@example.com
—Peoples Garden School Pilot Program. The USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) is announcing the opportunity for public and not-for-profit organizations to submit applications for a Peoples Garden School Pilot Program grant competition.
FNS has set aside $1 million for this pilot program. One grantee will be selected to enter into a cooperative agreement for the purposes of developing and running community gardens at eligible high-poverty schools; teaching students involved in the gardens about agriculture production practices, diet, and nutrition; contributing produce to supplement food provided at eligible schools, student households, local food banks, or senior center nutrition programs; and conducting an evaluation of funded projects to learn more about the impacts of school gardens. Applications are due by November 8, 2010. For more information, see http://www.fns.usda.gov/fns/outreach/grants/garden.htm
— Laura Jane Musser Fund Rural Initiative Program Grants. The Minneapolis-based Laura Jane Musser Fund supports collaborative and participatory efforts among citizens in rural communities that will help to strengthen their towns and regions in a number of civic areas including, but not limited to, economic development, business preservation, arts and humanities, public space improvements, and education. Priority is placed on projects that:
* Bring together a broad range of community members and institutions
* Provide the opportunity for diverse community members to work together
* Contain measurable short term outcomes within the first 12 to 18 months
* Include community members actively in all phases of the process
* Work toward an outcome of positive change within their community
Grants are available for planning (up to $5,000) or implementation (up to $25,000). Application deadline is November 10, 2010. For information on these grants, see http://www.musserfund.org/index.asp?page_seq=6
— The organizational Partnership Grant and Scenic Byway grant guidelines for 2011 grants are now available. The grant program is offered to assist communities in attracting travelers to Minnesota. Information on the program and guidelines for each type of grant will be posted on the industry website at: http://industry.exploreminnesota.com/grants. A significant change this year is reflected in the amount of in-state advertising allowed. Grantees are able to use up to 35% (up from 25%) of their grant dollars for in-state marketing.
If you are a Minnesota nonprofit tourism or scenic byway organization and want further information about guidelines contact your Regional Manager:
Central – Carol Altepeter , 888-629-6466 or David Bergman 888-563-7777
Metro – Gayle Junnila, 800-657-3637; 651-757-1852
Northwest – Carol Altepeter, 888-629-6466 or David Bergman, 888-563-7777
Northeast – Tim Campbell, 888-876-6784
Southern – Dave Vogel, 888-975-6766
OR call Explore Minnesota Tourism at 800-657-3637; 651-757-1848
—Clean up your school’s bus emissions for free! The Clean Energy Resource Teams (CERTs) are partnering with the Minnesota Environmental Initiative’s (MEI) Project Green Fleet to improve the environmental standards of older school buses. Project Green Fleet provides and installs air quality retrofit equipment, normally valued at $1,500-2,000, at no cost to fleets or districts.
Diesel vehicles account for 10% of traffic on Minnesota roads, but account for more than 50% of all traffic related air pollution. With a simple, free retrofit by Project Green Fleet, emissions can be reduced by 30 – 50% per vehicle. The emission reductions directly benefit students and employees that ride and work around the buses. Over 1,700 buses across the state have participated in Project Green Fleet so far. Together, CERTs and Project Green Fleet have the goal of retrofitting every eligible bus in the state.
See http://www.projectgreenfleet.org/participate/faq.html to check if your local school district has already participated in the program. To learn more or take next steps, visit the CERTs web site http://greenfleet.mncerts.org (note the Action Steps section) or see the Project Green Fleet web site at http://www.projectgreenfleet.org/
—Reduce Your Heating Costs with Hot Rebates for Solar Thermal. The Clean Energy Resource Teams (CERTs), a public/private partnership funded in part by the state, is working across Minnesota to help businesses, residences, schools and churches be more energy efficient by providing simple step-by-step guides – CERTified Campaigns – that detail how to take action and save energy. The third CERTified Campaign aims to connect interested residents and business owners with Minnesota solar thermal manufacturers and the limited-time rebate currently offered by the Department of Commerce’s Office of Energy Security for solar thermal heating systems. For more details on solar thermal and how to participate, visit: http://solarthermal.mncerts.org/.
|—SBA Small Business Resources Fair will be held September 15, 2010 from 8:00 am – 2:30 pm at the Earle Brown Conference Center in Brooklyn Center, MN. Exhibit Hall open from 8:00 am – 1:30 pm. FREE TO ATTEND! For more information go to: www.sba.gov/mn
—Clean Water and Climate Adaptation Summit 2010: September 16 – 17, Chaska, MN at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum. The theme for September 16 will be Green Infrastructure for Clean Water and for September 17 will be Adapting for an Uncertain Climate: Preparing for the Next 100 Years. Join local government officials and staff, industry leaders, natural resource professionals, scientists, and citizens to learn how climate trends might affect Minnesota and the region, how green infrastructure will be a key water-management strategy, and how to make informed decisions and enhance the economic viability of your community.
Concurrent sessions over the two days include, among others:
* Public Engagement: Sustainable Behavior
* Impacts of Climate on Streamflow
* Preparing for Extreme Events
* Policy and Planning: The Economic Argument for Green Infrastructure
* Low-Impact Development/Technical: Green Infrastructure Techniques for Streets and Transit Corridors
* Challenges of Change for Aquatic Resource Management
* Climate Gets Personal: Human Health
Attendees may register for both days, or for Thursday only, or Friday only. Cost is $60/day (or $120 for both days). Go to: http://www.arboretum.umn.edu/cleanwaterclimatechangeadaptationsummit.aspx Register online at the web site or call 952/443-1422.
— Clarifying the U.S. Visa Application Process. The U.S. Department of State has enhanced the efficiency, predictability, and transparency of the U.S. business and tourist visa application process. On Tuesday, September 21, Sadia Niazi, Consular Officer from the Office of Visa Services in Washington, D.C., will describe the support and services available to U.S businesses and other organizations who become involved in the U.S. visa application process. We invite you to bring your questions and learn how the visa application process can be demystified.
Who should attend? Members of the business community interested in bringing non-citizens to the United States who will be:
participating in training,
attending trade shows or conferences,
or a combination of the above.
The workshop is from 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. at the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development in St. Paul. Cost is $25. To link to registration information, click here. http://tinyurl.com/38h8bq5 For more information, please contact Colleen Tollefson at firstname.lastname@example.org or 651-757-1872.
—The Minnesota Council of Nonprofits is pleased to announce a brand new three-part training series on effective program development and evaluation. These workshops are targeted to nonprofit leaders, program managers, development officers, and/or board members serving on program committees in all types of nonprofit organizations. Details for all workshops:
Workshops may be attended individually or as a series.
Workshop 1: Program Design and Development, Thursday, September 23
Workshop 2: Evaluating Program Successes, Wednesday, October 13
Workshop 3: Completing the Circle: Using Evaluation Results to Strengthen Programs, Wednesday, November 3
Time for all: 9 a.m. – noon at the Neighborhood House/Wellstone Center, Room 212, 179 Robie Street East, St. Paul, 55107. Fees: $149 for members for all 3 events / $199 for nonmembers for all 3 events OR $65 for members per individual session / $85 for nonmembers per individual session. Visit MCN’s website for more information and to register at: http://www.mncn.org/event_management.htm#ProgramDevelopment
— Sustainable Communities Interdisciplinary Lecture featuring Joachim Eble – Tuesday, September 28. The lecture will highlight Eble’s experience in sustainable, “healthy” design and eco-city projects throughout Europe and Asia. The event will open with a brief summary of the the vision for a sustainable, University-founded community at UMore Park. Following Eble’s lecture, a reactor panel will share their expertise and perspectives on economic, environmental and social sustainability. The lecture will be held on Tuesday, September 28 from 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the 3M Auditorium in the Carlson School of Management on the University of Minnesota West Bank Minneapolis campus. A light reception will follow the lecture in the Carlson School of Management Atrium. Visit the lecture webpage to learn more and register to attend. http://tinyurl.com/3yl7se4
— Certificate in Volunteer Leadership. Earn your Certificate in Volunteer Leadership by completing an 8-topic training series in two days. Gain a way to demonstrate your expertise and professionalism to employers, peers and the community. October 19 and 20, 2010 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. – Lunch is included at Bremer Bank, 500 Willmar Ave. SE, Willmar, MN 56201.
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
• Capturing Volunteer Motivation and Conducting Effective Interviews
• Planning for Retention
• Managing Risk
• Recruiting Volunteers
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
• Supervising Volunteers
• Positioning Your Volunteer Program for Success
• Singing Your Praises…Measuring Your Impact
• Recognizing Volunteers
Cost: Both days. Full Certificate series (8 sessions) $102 MAVA members* $153 non-members . One day only: $76 MAVA members, $128 non-members. Scholarships available. Contact MAVA at 651-255-0469 or e-mail email@example.com to register.
— The Lake Superior Sustainable Farming Association (LS-SFA) is now accepting applications for its 2010-2011 Lake Superior Farm Beginnings program. The deadline for registration is October 1, 2010. Classroom sessions are located in Ashland WI this year. The program is appropriate for aspiring, beginning and experienced farmers located in the Lake Superior region of NE Minnesota and NW Wisconsin. The course is tailor-made for people of all ages and enterprise interests who are just getting started in farming, as well as established farmers looking to make changes in their operations.
Classes are led by farmers and other agricultural professionals from the region. The classes (nine in total) run from October 2010 through April 2011. They are followed by an on-farm education component (ten sessions in total) that includes farm tours and skills sessions on farms throughout the region. The field sessions run from May through September 2011. The program fee is $1,000 per farming partnership (flexible payment plan and partial scholarships available). See the web site http://www.lssfa.org/Education.html for more information and/or contact LS-SFA’s Cree Bradley at 218/834-0846 or firstname.lastname@example.org for an information and application packet.
–The 26th Annual Conference on Policy Analysis http://tinyurl.com/33wgayd on October 13, sponsored by the Minnesota College of Continuing Education, is a unique opportunity for nonprofit analysts and advocates to gather with other researchers, policymakers and policy implementers to have a shared discussion on issues that concern all Minnesotans.
This year, nonprofit employees can apply for a partial scholarship to cover the conference fee. The application deadline is September 17 – only a limited number of scholarships are available, so apply soon. Don’t forget to take advantage of scholarships available for fall Policy Analysis Conference! Find out more about the conference and how to apply for a scholarship. http://tinyurl.com/33wgayd
—NEW WORKSHOPS FROM THE ENTREPRENEUR FUND –
1. Connected: Establishing your Business Online – The question is no longer whether or not you should have a website. The question is now, how do I get online and what is the best way to use my website. This workshop focuses on the use of the internet for a business, how to get the most out of your website, setting up e-commerce, and how to market your company online. You will leave this workshop ready to effectively establish your business online. (Fee: $49)
October 19 | Duluth | 1 pm – 3 pm
October 20 | Virginia | 6 pm – 8 pm
October 27 | Grand Rapids | 1 pm – 3 pm
2. Logged In: Social Media for your Business – The use of social media in marketing is no longer revolutionary. It’s crucial. Social media has positioned itself into our daily lives and has given business owners and marketing teams an effective and interactive way to communicate with their audiences. This workshop focuses on practical guidelines for understanding social media, developing a social media marketing strategy, and implementing social media trends into your marketing campaigns. You will leave this workshop with a strategic plan on how you will use social media to position your business. (Fee: $49)
November 2 | Virginia | 6 pm – 8 pm
November 3 | Duluth | 1 pm – 3 pm
November 10 | Grand Rapids | 1 pm – 3 pm
To register for a class contact http://www.entrepreneurfund.org or
— The 2010 Minnesota Scenic Byways Workshop will be held on October 26 and 27 at Gunflint Lodge, located on the Gunflint Trail, which was recently designated as a National Scenic Byway by the Federal Highway Administration. The workshop will highlight the new Chic Wauk Museum and Nature Center and will feature programs on byway marketing, fundraising, project facilitation and other scenic byways issues. The program will also include an update on grant opportunities through the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment. For program and registration information, contact Holly Slagle, Minnesota Department of Transportation, 651-366-3623 or Holly.email@example.com.
—2010 Fall Civic Engagement Forums – Campus-Community Partnerships: Supporting Student Success and Economic Vitality.
Wednesday, September 22, 2010 | 10 a.m.-Noon | Century College
Tuesday, September 28, 2010 | 1-3 p.m. | Augsburg College
Thursday, October 21, 2010 | 2-4 p.m. | Winona State University
Tuesday, October 26, 2010 | 10 a.m.-Noon | University of Minnesota Morris
There is a strong consensus that the nation’s economic future hinges upon higher education’s ability to graduate the innovative thinkers and the diverse, skilled workforce necessary in a rapidly-changing world. Please join campus and community leaders for a rich discussion of civic engagement’s positive impact on these critical public priorities. Hear stories of specific, effective efforts across Minnesota. Share your own perspective. Learn about the growing body of literature documenting civic engagement’s contributions to student achievement and economic development. Build the movement advancing higher education’s public purposes.
If you have a powerful success story to share at a forum, please email John Hamerlinck or call 320-308-4271. Registration is free and open to all. Simply RSVP at the link below at least one week before the event.
–Minnesota’s Office of Rural Health and Primary Care and the Rural Health Advisory Committee released: Telemental Health in Rural Minnesota. The report includes:
descriptions of telemental health workforce, financial, legal and infrastructure issues case studies from Minnesota’s telemental health landscape. Summary and work group recommendations. Online at http://www.health.state.mn.us/divs/orhpc/pubs/rhac/tmh.pdf (PDF: 61 pgs/879KB).
–-Fuel for Food: Energy Use in the U.S. Food System. In 2007, the U.S. food system accounted for almost 16 percent of the Nation’s energy budget, up from 14 percent in 2002 Greater reliance on energy-intensive technologies throughout the food system, along with population growth and higher per capita food expenditures, boosted food-related energy consumption. See: :http://www.ers.usda.gov/AmberWaves/September10/Features/EnergyUse.htm
—Taxing Caloric Sweetened Beverages to Curb Obesity. Increased obesity among the U.S. population has prompted public health advocates to call for a tax on sweetened beverages Faced with such a tax, consumers are likely to substitute untaxed beverages, such as bottled water, juice, and milk. A tax that increases the price of caloric sweetened beverages by 20 percent could cause an average reduction of 3.8 pounds of body weight over a year for adults and 4.5 pounds for children. See: http://www.ers.usda.gov/AmberWaves/September10/Features/TaxingCaloricBeverages.htm
—AMBER WAVES, SEPTEMBER 2010, VOL. 8, NO. 3. Amber Waves presents the broad scope of ERS’s research and analysis. The magazine covers the economics of agriculture, food and nutrition, the food industry, trade, rural America, and farm-related environmental topics. Available on the Internet and in print, Amber Waves is issued in print four times a year (March, June, September, and December). The Internet edition, or “eZine,” includes links to web-only resources, such as podcasts and additional articles. See: http://www.ers.usda.gov/AmberWaves/September10/
—Clean Energy Resource Teams (CERTs) and Honeywell Programmable Thermostat Rebate. Programmable thermostats can save an Upper Midwest home over $200 a year in heating and cooling costs. CERTs and Honeywell are teaming up to offer a rebate for up to $10 back on a new Do-It-Yourself programmable thermostat.
How does the rebate work? Download and print your rebate form at the CERTs web site http://tinyurl.com/2a89pnp so you can “Come Home to Comfort” with a new programmable thermostat and start saving today! (Rebates are available starting August 26, 2010 until November 30, 2010.) If you want to learn more first, you can view the Campaign Kit and watch the video also at the web site.
–An article in the Center for Rural Affairs newsletter discusses the Rural Microbusiness Investment Credit and how it can help rural businesses prosper. To read the piece, go to http://www.cfra.org/rural-micro-credit