Newsletter – Rural Round Up


April 2019 – Volume XVII — Number 5
Compiled & edited by Deb Miller Slipek, Ann Treacy, and Jane Leonard
Also find online at: https://wp.me/pkVGJ-8F

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

ACROSS THE FIELD: WE ALL COUNT! Preparing for the 2020 Census Now.

One year from now, the 2020 Census will be in full swing. You can help ensure everyone counts in 2020.

It’s in the U.S. Constitution: Every ten years, the U.S. Census Bureau works to count every person in the United States, including everyone living in Minnesota. The resulting count will guide the distribution of billions of dollars to Minnesota’s communities, determine whether or not Minnesota keeps a congressional seat, and will update data in summary form that helps Minnesota government, nonprofits, foundations, and businesses make wise investments of public and private resources.

The 2020 Census is the responsibility of the Federal Government. But all of us need to do our part to make sure that all Minnesotans are counted.  We need to mobilize and get-out-the-count.

We Count. Minnesota is a collaboration of businesses, governments, non-profits, and community groups across the state. Its aim is to support a fair and accurate 2020 Census by educating Minnesotans about the importance of the census and promoting their participation in it.  The work of “We Count. Minnesota” complements the work being done nationally by the U.S. Census Bureau and the work that community organizations and individuals are doing through the Minnesota Census Mobilization Partnership, which is funded by a coalition of Minnesota foundations.

There are many challenges to 2020 Census operations –  heightened concerns about privacy with the online-option (60+% are expected to respond on a device or online) not to mention broadband barriers in Greater Minnesota, distrust in the government, a presidential campaign in full swing,  language barriers (some top Minnesota languages will not be translated by the Census Bureau), and apartment and rural PO Box address/enumeration challenges. Working together, we can address these concerns and keep Minnesota at the top of the response rate of U.S. States (we were #2 in 2010, just behind Wisconsin!).

The Minnesota Census Mobilization Partnership is moving legislation forward in the Minnesota State Legislature right now to provide $2.5 million for Minnesota-specific census support, including outreach to apartments and households with rural PO Boxes and historically undercounted populations (those living in rural areas, children under 5 years old, renters, communities of color, low income households, linguistically isolated households, and those living in non-traditional households) plus MN-specific translations. Learn more at  https://mcf.org/25-million-plan-state-minnesotas-census-2020-investment

FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

Summer Food Service Program Funding to provide free, nutritious meals and snacks to help children in low-income areas get the nutrition they need during the summer months.

–Explore Minnesota has an additional round for operations grants submissions has been added for the 2018-19 New Event Grant Program. Beginning April 1, 2019, applicants throughout the state are eligible to apply for the remaining $20,000 in grant funds for new events operations. Applications must be for events that begin after June 1, 2019, and end before May 1, 2021.

New Events Grant Guidelines 

New Events Grant Application 

The new events grant program is designed to generate economic impact and increase media awareness of the state as an event destination by securing or creating new events in communities. Applicants must meet the minimum eligibility requirements and point thresholds to be considered for this opportunity. Eligible events must be new to Minnesota and open to the public. Applicants must demonstrate support from a local tourism organization, have available lodging capacity, and agree to generate other funding (minimally two-thirds of cash expenses).  The minimum grant request is $5,000, with a maximum of $20,000 per event. State funding is capped at one-third of total cash expenditures per event, and all awarded grants are conditional based on the successful negotiation and execution of contracts.  For more information contact Lori Peterson or call 651-757-1876.

Distance Learning and Telemedicine Program Grants – Opioid  Grants to improve access to opioid treatment in rural areas through the use of telemedicine, computer networks, and related advanced technologies. Application Deadline: April 15, 2019.

Community Connect Broadband Grant Program  Grants for communities without broadband service to provide residential and business services and connect facilities, such as police and fire stations, healthcare, libraries, and schools. Application Deadline: April 15, 2019.

–U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is offering grants for tribal community-based organizations, tribes, and village governments for social and economic infrastructure development.  This program is focused on community-driven projects designed to grow local economies, strengthen Native American families, including the preservation of Native American cultures, and decrease the high rate of current challenges caused by the lack of community-based businesses, and social and economic infrastructure in Native American communities.  Native American communities include American Indian tribes (federally-recognized and non-federally recognized), Native Hawaiians, Alaskan Natives, and Native American Pacific Islanders.
Application deadline: 4/15/2019.  Click here to review program guidelines.

AARP Community Challenge Grants for projects that work to improve livability for all residents of a community. Application Deadline: April 17, 2019.

Newman’s Own Awards Grants for organizations working to improve quality of life for military members and their families, including programs for job training, housing, caregiver support, and mental health.  Application Deadline: April 25, 2019.

U.S. Department of Education is offering grants through the Small, Rural School Achievement Program.  The program seeks to address the unique needs of rural school districts by improving basic programs, supporting effective instruction, supporting language instruction for English learners and immigrant students, strengthening student support and promoting academic enrichment, and creating 21st century community learning centers. Deadline: 4/26/2019.  Click here to review program guidelines and to apply.

–USDA is offering up to $600 million in loans and grants to help build broadband infrastructure in rural America. Telecommunications companies, rural electric cooperatives and utilities, internet service providers, and municipalities may apply for funding through USDA’s ReConnect Program to connect rural areas that currently have insufficient broadband service.  Deadlines:  USDA will make available approximately $200 million for grants (applications due to USDA by 4/29/2019), as well as $200 million for loan and grant combinations (applications due 5/29/2019), and $200 million for low-interest loans (applications due by 6/28/2019).  Click here to review program guidelines and application requirements.

Foundation for Financial Planning is offering grants to nonprofit organizations nationwide to support the delivery of pro bono financial planning to populations that could not otherwise afford or access financial planning services. Deadline: 4/30/2019.  Click here to review guidelines and to apply.

Mary Kay Domestic Violence Shelter Grant Program Grants to support domestic violence shelters. The Foundation will award a grant to at least one domestic violence shelter in every state that applies, and many grants have gone to rural areas. Application Deadline: April 30, 2019.

Grain Bin Rescue Equipment and Training Contest  Awards for rural emergency first responders that include grain rescue tubes and hands-on rescue training. Application Deadline: April 30, 2019.

Bureau of Indian Affairs is offering grants to federally recognized tribes for implementing traffic safety programs and projects which are designed to reduce the number of traffic crashes, deaths, injuries, and property damage.  Deadline: 5/1/2019. Click here to review the guidelines and to apply.

–Corporation for National and Community Service is offering AmeriCorps Indian Tribes Grants for programs that are designed to strengthen tribal communities and solve local problems through service and volunteering.  Deadlines:  Letter of Intent (Optional): 4/10/2019; application 5/2/2019.  Click here to review program guidelines and to apply.

Rural and Tribal Passenger Transportation Technical Assistance Technical assistance for tribes and rural communities of less than 50,000 people to plan system start-up, transit service improvements, facility development, marketing, transportation coordination, and staff training. Application Deadline: May 3, 2019.

First Responders – Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act Cooperative Agreement Grants to allow first responders and members of other key community sectors to administer a drug or device approved or cleared under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act for emergency treatment of known or suspected opioid overdose. Over half of the total funding available is set aside for recipients serving rural communities with high rates of opioid abuse. Application Deadline: May 6, 2019.

Rural Communities Opioid Response Program – Implementation  Grants to strengthen and expand substance use disorder/opioid use disorder prevention, treatment, and recovery service delivery in high-risk rural communities. Application Deadline: May 6, 2019.

–MPCA grants for electric vehicle charging stations for fleet vehicles — due May 7. The MPCA recently released a request for proposal (RFP) to install Level 2 and/or Level 3 EV charging stations at Minnesota facility locations serving fleet vehicles. This program is intended to reduce air emissions through increased use of electric vehicles for fleet purposes in an effort to support a healthy environment for all Minnesotans and achieve emissions reductions across the state, especially in high population areas most impacted by vehicle pollution.

Eligible applicants include fleet owners at for-profit businesses, nonprofit organizations, and public entities including state, tribes, counties, municipalities, schools, and higher education institutions. The maximum award is $5,000 per single-station and $10,000 per dual-station with a 25% minimum match. Approximately $170,000 in funding is available. To learn more about this grant opportunity and download the application forms, visit the Grants for charging stations for EV fleets webpage.  Please email grants.pca@state.mn.us with questions. Apply now! Deadline: May 7, 2019.

USDA is offering funding through Distance Learning and Telemedicine (DLT) Grants, and is giving priority for applications addressing opioid abuse in rural communities.  The Distance Learning and Telemedicine program, initiated several years ago, is comprised of two funding steams – traditional DLT projects and opioid-specific projects. The traditional DLT fund helps rural communities use telecommunications to connect to each other and to the world. Projects may address opioid treatment but are not required to. Projects that do address opioid issues will receive 10 “special consideration points,” which can boost an applicant’s rankings in funding decisions. (Projects that have science, technology, engineering, and math [STEM] education as their primary purpose also qualify for consideration points.) Deadline:  5/15/2019.  Click here to visit Grants.gov to review guidelines and to apply.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is offering funding through The Transforming Lives Through Supported Employment Program that funds efforts to refine, implement, and sustain supported employment programs for transition-aged youth and young adults with serious emotional disturbance, and adults with serious mental illness or co-occurring mental and substance use disorders.  Deadline:  5/17/2019.  Click here to learn more about this program and to apply.

The Federal Highway Administration is offering Tribal Transportation Program Safety Funds to tribal governments for the purposes of transportation projects related to safety, safety planning, and safety/infrastructure.  Deadline to apply:  5/20/2019.  Click here to review program guidelines.

Household Water Well System Grants USDA RUS grants for qualified nonprofit organizations and tribes to create a revolving loan fund to increase access to clean, reliable water for households in eligible rural areas. Application Deadline: May 27, 2019.

Water and Waste Disposal Revolving Loan Funds USDA RUS grants to help nonprofit organizations establish revolving loan funds that will finance water and wastewater projects in rural communities. Application Deadline: May 27, 2019.

Rural Health Care Telecommunications Program Assistance to healthcare providers for eligible expenses related to broadband connectivity based on the urban-rural price difference in an area.
Application Deadline: May 31, 2019.

Rural Community Development Initiative (RCDI)  USDA RD funding to help nonprofit housing and community development intermediary organizations support housing, community facilities, and community and economic development projects in rural areas. Priority will be given to applications that address USDA’s goal to reduce the morbidity and mortality associated with Substance Use Disorder (including opioid misuse) in high-risk rural communities. Application Deadline: June 5, 2019.

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Pioneering Ideas Brief Proposals  Grants for innovative projects that are working to build a culture of health, ensuring that everyone has access to the care they need and all families have the opportunity to make healthier choices.  Application Deadline: October 15, 2019.

The Home Depot Foundation’s Community Impact Grants Program provides support to nonprofit organizations and public service agencies in the U.S. that are using the power of volunteers to improve their communities. The program focuses on support for organizations that serve veterans in local communities, as well as organizations that serve diverse and underserved communities. Grants of up to $5,000 are made in the form of The Home Depot gift cards for the purchase of tools, materials, or services. Deadline: requests will be accepted on a rolling basis through 12/31/2019. Visit the Foundation’s website here to submit an online application.

TRAINING/ MEETINGS

–Minnesota Compass is holding a series of free workshops around the state to share what they learned in listening sessions, highlight current demographic trends, and demonstrate how you can use the Minnesota Compass Build Your Own data tool to access data for your city, county, school district, legislative district and more. Space is limited, so register soon!

  • St. Cloud Wednesday, April 10, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Register.
  • Grand Rapids Tuesday, April 16, 10 a.m.-12.p.m. Register.
  • Bemidji Tuesday, April 30, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Register.
  • Stillwater Wednesday, May 8, 9-11 a.m. Register.
  • Worthington Wednesday, May 15, 9-11 a.m. Register.
  • Fergus Falls Wednesday, May 29, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Register.

–Explore Minnesota is beginning the process of developing our 2020/2021 Strategic Plan, and it’s extremely important for us to hear your views. We want to know what is working, what is not, and how we can work together to better grow tourism in the entire state. We will be conducting face-to-face Listening Sessions throughout the state in April and May. Specific dates and locations are available on the tourism industry website.

2019 Affordable Housing Summit – May 2, Minneapolis.  Join developers, contractors, nonprofits, investors, and more for the 2019 Affordable Housing Summit. More information is available at affordablehousingsummitmn.com.

–MHTA Annual Spring Conference – Registration Now Open for our May 9 Annual Spring Conference.  Accenture will kick off the conference by sharing their research and technology vision.  You’ll learn more about advanced technology and the workforce of tomorrow at workshops and demos throughout the day.  Visit online

Greater Minnesota Nonprofit Summit, Wednesday, May 15, Duluth. This day-long summit is designed to bring together staff, board members, and volunteers from across northern Minnesota to learn, network, and strategize.

— Minnesota NAHRO Spring 2019 Conference – May 22-24, Brainerd.  “Retool, Recharge, Rebuild.” More information is available at mnnahro.com.

–The Campus Compacts of the Great Plains, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, Oklahoma, and Wisconsin invite you to join us for the 2019 Midwest Campus Compact Conference, which will take place May 29 – 31, 2019, at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Whether you are new to community-engaged learning and scholarship, curious about learning the basics of community-campus partnerships, or a seasoned engaged scholar or community engagement professional seeking innovative approaches and discussion of important issues, this conference will provide opportunities to learn, explore, connect, and prepare for bold and thoughtful action. For more information go to: https://midwest.compact.org/

–21st Annual Minnesota Rural Health Conference June 17 – 18, 2019 in Duluth, MN.   Conference Website

–Hold the Dates:

  • The SciMathMN and The Works Museum joint conference on STEM education will be held on Wednesday, June 12, 2019 at the University of Minnesota Continuing Education Center.
  • Nonprofit Leadership Conference, June 13, 2019, Minneapolis (co-hosted with the Humphrey School).
  • Nonprofit Fundraising Conference, July 25, 2019, Brooklyn Center (co-hosted with AFP-MN).
  • The 2019 Rural Arts & Culture Summit will take place October 3-5 in Grand Rapids, Minnesota. This year they are particularly interested in session ideas that address the idea of “Creative People Power” in rural place.
  • 21-22 are the dates for the 2019 Gateway to Solar Conference, the Minnesota Solar Energy Industries Association (MnSEIA) has announced. The annual conference is Minnesota’s largest industry-led solar trade group conference and will be held at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Minneapolis. Read more.

OPPORTUNITIES

Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis 31st Annual Student Essay Contest  The Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis is asking students in its 31st annual essay contest to use economics to describe and defend an effective immigration policy. Compass could be a great resource for student writers, especially if they are looking for trends in immigration, the economy, or the workforce. The contest is open to all high school students in the Ninth Federal Reserve District.  Essays due April 19, 2019.   Learn more.

–AARP Minnesota and Pollen’s “50 Over 50” list celebrates and recognizes Minnesotans over the age of 50 who have made significant contributions and achievements in the nonprofit and for-profit sectors, in the arts and community, and in disrupting our outdated beliefs about aging. Honor someone in the categories of Nonprofit, Arts, Business, Community, and Disruption and highlight the opportunities that come with age.

Nominees from each of the five categories are judged on what they’ve done to lead and inspire others, make an impact on their community, and show the value of older Minnesotans through their actions.  For more information on eligibility and to nominate someone, visit the 50 Over 50 website. Nominations due May 13!

–Nominations Now Open for the 2019 Nonprofit Mission Awards.Nonprofit organizations make outstanding contributions to Minnesota’s high quality of life. The Minnesota Nonprofit Awards honor these contributions. Since 1987, the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits has been showcasing the work of Minnesota’s outstanding nonprofits through the Nonprofit Mission Awards in the categories of:

Visit our website or watch a video to learn more and nominate a nonprofit today! Nominations close May 17.

Agricultural Safety and Health: The Core Course Scholarship Awards scholarships to attend the Agricultural Safety and Health Core Course to be held in Iowa in June, 2019.

Indian Health Service Loan Repayment Program Loan repayment for undergraduate and graduate health professional educational loans in return for full-time clinical service in Indian Health Service programs. Application Deadline: Aug 15, 2019.

2020 Minnesota Census Jobs, United States Census Bureau

MISCELLANEOUS

2019 Compass Points now available  Minnesota Compass has released Compass Points 2019, our annual indicator report. The report includes data and analysis about notable trends, key demographics, and a dashboard that highlights how Minnesota is doing in key topic areas. The information is used by policymakers, business and community leaders, and others working to ensure the health and well-being of all Minnesota residents and communities.

Rural Poverty & Well-Being Provides information on poverty and well-being in the United States and includes charts and graphs showing poverty over time, demographic information, metro/nonmetro comparisons, and poverty by geographic region and well as by county.

2019 County Health Rankings Key Findings Report Analyzes health factors and outcomes to report on county-level health disparities throughout the U.S. Discusses housing affordability, housing costs, community conditions, and homelessness. Covers key findings and calls to action to improve health outcomes. Additional links: 2019 State Health Reports

LTC Focus (Long-term Care: Facts on Care in the US) Mapping tool presents long-term care data by a number of indicators nationally or on a state-by-state basis. Features data on facility characteristics, state policies, and resident characteristics, among other factors.

2019 Telehealth Policy Barriers Discusses existing policy barriers at the federal and state levels that inhibit the use of telehealth in rural and urban areas, including: reimbursement; malpractice; licensing; HIPAA, privacy, and security; prescribing; credentialing and privileging; and other influences on policy.

Improving Rural Net Migration Rates Were Most Common in Recreation and Retirement Destinations Map showing the change in net migration rates in nonmetropolitan counties from 2012-2013 to 2016-2017.

The National Governors Association (NGA) recently released “Rural Prosperity through the Arts and Creative Sector: A Rural Action Guide for Governors and States,” in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies. Arts-based economic development has been shown to be responsible for more than 600,000 jobs and $67.5 billion in economic activity in rural communities.  Get a copy of the report by clicking here.

When a disaster strikes a rural area, one of the most serious problems may be a lack of information about resources and assistance available for recovery efforts. Housing Assistance Council’s guide, “Picking Up the Pieces: Restoring Rural Housing and Communities After a Disaster,” is intended to help survivors and local organizations identify resources to rebuild their homes and communities. Get a copy of the guide by clicking here.

Student Homelessness Growing Fastest in Rural America  Examines trends in homelessness among rural students, which may contribute to disparities in health and academic outcomes. Explores challenges in identifying and supporting homeless families, funding in rural schools, and obstacles facing homeless rural students. Features statistics including percent change in number of homeless students from school years 2013-2014 to 2016-2017 in select states, with breakdowns by rural or nonrural locations.

–Take a Speed Test to Improve Broadband Maps! National Association of Counties, Rural LISC and Rural Community Assistance Partnership have released a tool to create better maps. Learn more and get instructions on how to test broadband in your area. https://wp.me/p3if7-4Yw

–Minnesota using Broadband to Help Opioid Crisis. The MN Department of Health’s Opioid Prevention Pilot Project reduces patient pill use while increasing both the numbers of Minnesotans getting treatment and the rural providers able to provide that care through telehealth networks. There’s a plan to extend the program. https://wp.me/p3if7-502

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!

MN Rural Partners Rural Roundup March 2019: Info on grants, opportunities, events

March 2019 – Volume XVII — Number 3
Compiled & edited by Deb Miller Slipek, Ann Treacy, and Jane Leonard
Also find online at: https://wp.me/pkVGJ-8F

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

ACROSS THE FIELD:

National Association of Counties (NACo)Rural LISC and Rural Community Assistance Partnership (RCAP) have partnered to address the critical need for high-speed internet for rural communities across the country. Currently, data indicating broadband availability and speed is reported twice a year by Internet Service Providers. However, there is no mechanism to verify the accuracy of the data, and anecdotal evidence suggests an entire ZIP code is oftentimes marked as “served” with broadband if just one home in the census block has coverage. Outdated broadband mapping techniques limit Congress’ ability to accurately identify and allocate broadband resources across much of America.

In response, NACo, Rural LISC and RCAP developed a mobile app that harnesses grassroots advocacy by empowering individual users to accurately identify areas with low or no internet connectivity. The data will be aggregated to identify gaps in broadband coverage. This information will help guide advocacy for adequate funding and inform decision-making at federal, state and local levels.

Join us in advocating for a stronger and more connected future for small towns everywhere. Follow these four short steps to join the movement!

Step 1:  Locate the iOS/Android App Store on your phone.

iOS App Store

Android App Store

Step 2:  Search for “TestIT” in your mobile app store (see icon below).

Step 3:  Download TestIT mobile app.

Step 4:  Open TestIT mobile app and click “Test Speed Here!”

(Repeat Step 4 as frequently as possible)

That’s it!  For further info, see the press release here, and NACo’s flyer: “Bridging the Economic Divide.”  P.S.  Help spread the word by encouraging friends, family and constituents to join in the effort!  Check out a sample Facebook post and sample tweets attached.

FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

–The Minnesota State Trade and Export Promotion (STEP) grant program is looking to award funds to Minnesota businesses planning to grow their exports.  The STEP program provides financial and technical assistance to qualifying Minnesota small businesses with an active interest in exporting products or services to foreign markets. Participants may be first-time exporters or companies that are currently exporting but are interested in expanding into new international markets. Learn more on the DEED Developments blog.

–U.S. Department of Justice is offering grants to nonprofit and public agencies through the Fiscal Year 2019 Consolidated Grant Program to Address Children and Youth Experiencing Domestic and Sexual Assault and Engage Men and Boys as Allies program to prevent violence against women.  Deadline: 3/14/2019.  Click here to review program guidelines.

–U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is offering grants to nonprofit and public agencies – “to develop and implement targeted strategies for substance use disorder treatment provision to address a specific population or area of focus identified by the community.” Maximum Amount: $375,000.  Deadline: 3/25/2019.  Click here for program guidelines and application materials.

–Indian Health Services is offering pre-graduate scholarships for American Indian and Alaska Native students to enroll in courses leading to a bachelor’s degree in pre-medicine, pre-dentistry, pre-podiatry, or pre-optometry.  Deadline to apply:  3/28/2019.  Click here for more information and to apply.

–Healthy Connections Funding from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of MN Foundation.  The Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota Foundation’s mission is to make a healthy difference in communities by advancing health equity and improving conditions where people live, learn, work and play. We’re pleased to announce a new funding opportunity for applicants focused on creating safe, welcoming and connected communities. A total of up to $1.4 million is available over two years. The deadline for this funding opportunity is Friday, March 29, 2019, at 4 p.m. Learn more on their website

–AARP Purpose Prize honors extraordinary individuals 50 years of age and older who use their life experience to make a better future for all. The Prize recognizes those with the passion and experience to create new ways to solve tough social problems. Five winners annually receive $60,000 each to celebrate their achievements and broaden the scope of their work. Nominees, who may be working for organizations in the nonprofit, public, or private sectors, must be legal residents of the U.S. or U.S. citizens living abroad who have started their work at the age of 40 or later. Nomination deadline: 3/31/2019. Visit the Purpose Prize website here to read the official rules and access the nomination form.

National Park Service is offering funding through The Historic Revitalization Subgrant Program.  The program supports the rehabilitation of rural historic properties listed in or eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places. Applicants must make subgrants for physical preservation projects. Deadline is 4/1/2019.  Click here for more information and to apply.

Alzheimer’s Disease Programs Initiative – Grants to States and Communities  Grants to support the development and expansion of dementia-capable home and community-based service systems in states and communities. Application Deadline: April 1, 2019.

Building Communities of Recovery  Grants to support the development, enhancement, expansion, and delivery of substance abuse recovery support services and recovery education. Application Deadline: April 2, 2019.

Action for Healthy Kids is offering funding through School Grants for Healthy Kids, an initiative of Action for Healthy Kids, to K-12 schools for school breakfast and physical activity programs. The following grant programs are being offered in 2019: School Breakfast Grants of $1,000, $2,000, or $3,000 will be provided to K-12 schools nationwide to introduce or expand a school breakfast program. Game On Grants of $1,000 will be provided to schools in selected states to improve or introduce new nutrition and physical activity programs. Parent-Led Grants of $1,000 will be provided to parents or parent groups in selected states to revamp or introduce fitness, nutrition, and other wellness programs so that all students have access to healthy choices. Deadline:  4/5/2019 for all three programs. Visit the Action for Healthy Kids website here to learn more about the programs and application process.

The Bush Prize for Community Innovation honors innovative nonprofit organizations and government entities with a track record of making great ideas happen in the regions the Bush Foundation serves: Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, as well as the 23 Native nations that share the same geography. The Bush Prize does not prioritize any specific issues and instead is open to community innovations that address all sorts of needs and opportunities. At least half of the Bush Prize winners will be organizations that address racial and economic disparities in the region. Prize winners will receive a package of recognition, along with a flexible grant of 25 percent of their last fiscal year budget, up to a $500,000 grant. Applications will be accepted from 3/5/2019 through 4/11/2019. Visit the Foundation’s website here to download the 2019 Bush Prize Info Packet.

National Endowment for the Arts is offering grants through Challenge America to support projects that extend the reach of the arts to underserved populations. Matching grants are for $10,000. Deadline: 4/11/2019.  Click here for program guidelines.

Distance Learning and Telemedicine Program Grants – Opioid  Grants to improve access to opioid treatment in rural areas through the use of telemedicine, computer networks, and related advanced technologies. Application Deadline: April 15, 2019.

Community Connect Broadband Grant Program  Grants for communities without broadband service to provide residential and business services and connect facilities, such as police and fire stations, healthcare, libraries, and schools. Application Deadline: April 15, 2019.

–U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is offering grants for tribal community-based organizations, tribes, and village governments for social and economic infrastructure development.  This program is focused on community-driven projects designed to grow local economies, strengthen Native American families, including the preservation of Native American cultures, and decrease the high rate of current challenges caused by the lack of community-based businesses, and social and economic infrastructure in Native American communities.  Native American communities include American Indian tribes (federally-recognized and non-federally recognized), Native Hawaiians, Alaskan Natives, and Native American Pacific Islanders.
Application deadline: 4/15/2019.  Click here to review program guidelines.

Newman’s Own Awards  Grants for organizations working to improve quality of life for military members and their families, including programs for job training, housing, caregiver support, and mental health.  Application Deadline: April 25, 2019.

–USDA is offering up to $600 million in loans and grants to help build broadband infrastructure in rural America. Telecommunications companies, rural electric cooperatives and utilities, internet service providers, and municipalities may apply for funding through USDA’s ReConnect Program to connect rural areas that currently have insufficient broadband service.  Deadlines:  USDA will make available approximately $200 million for grants (applications due to USDA by 4/29/2019), as well as $200 million for loan and grant combinations (applications due 5/29/2019), and $200 million for low-interest loans (applications due by 6/28/2019).  Click here to review program guidelines and application requirements.

Mary Kay Domestic Violence Shelter Grant Program Grants to support domestic violence shelters. The Foundation will award a grant to at least one domestic violence shelter in every state that applies, and many grants have gone to rural areas. Application Deadline: April 30, 2019.

Grain Bin Rescue Equipment and Training Contest  Awards for rural emergency first responders that include grain rescue tubes and hands-on rescue training. Application Deadline: April 30, 2019.

Bureau of Indian Affairs is offering grants to federally recognized tribes for implementing traffic safety programs and projects which are designed to reduce the number of traffic crashes, deaths, injuries, and property damage.  Deadline: 5/1/2019. Click here to review the guidelines and to apply.

–Corporation for National and Community Service is offering AmeriCorps Indian Tribes Grants for programs that are designed to strengthen tribal communities and solve local problems through service and volunteering.  Deadlines:  Letter of Intent (Optional): 4/10/2019; application 5/2/2019.  Click here to review program guidelines and to apply.

Distance Learning and Telemedicine Program Grants  Grants to improve telemedicine and distance learning services in rural areas through the use of telemedicine, computer networks, and related advanced technologies. Application Deadline: May 15, 2019.

Rural Health Care Telecommunications Program Assistance to healthcare providers for eligible expenses related to broadband connectivity based on the urban-rural price difference in an area.
Application Deadline: May 31, 2019.

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Pioneering Ideas Brief Proposals  Grants for innovative projects that are working to build a culture of health, ensuring that everyone has access to the care they need and all families have the opportunity to make healthier choices.  Application Deadline: October 15, 2019.

The Home Depot Foundation’s Community Impact Grants Program provides support to nonprofit organizations and public service agencies in the U.S. that are using the power of volunteers to improve their communities. The program focuses on support for organizations that serve veterans in local communities, as well as organizations that serve diverse and underserved communities. Grants of up to $5,000 are made in the form of The Home Depot gift cards for the purchase of tools, materials, or services. Deadline: requests will be accepted on a rolling basis through 12/31/2019. Visit the Foundation’s website here to submit an online application.

TRAINING/ MEETINGS

–AURI’s New Uses Forum will be held March 27-28 at the Minneapolis Marriott West.   The 2019 New Uses Forum is dedicated to the idea of accelerating innovation and investment. It brings together some of the most knowledgeable voices on topics related to new uses innovation, including development, investment and support. To register go to: <https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?oeidk=a07efzg2nct8147cbcd&oseq=&c=&ch=>

–Free Webinar: Civics, Civility, and Circles. In today’s fractionalized, tribalized world it seems what divides us is often more apparent than what unites us. Add the cacophonous soundtrack of incivility that dominates discourse, and a toxic environment emerges that is fraying the fabric or our communities. Most Americans would like to see things change.

We talk to leaders committed to making change happen using creative and innovative ways to educate, communicate, and engage residents, all designed to be used by anyone wishing to start positive change—right now. Guests: Emma Humphries, iCivics; Carolyn J. Lukensmeyer, National Institute for Civil Discourse, and Julie Mashack, Ben Franklin Circles.

Please join us for this free webinar.  Civics, Civility, and Circles—How to Restore & Create Community, Now!, Thursday, March 28, 1-2 p.m. Eastern.

–The Northwest Minnesota Tourism Conference, presented by the Riverland Association, will be held on Tuesday, April 2, at the University of Minnesota in Crookston. Northwest Minnesota Tourism Conference Is April 2 in Crookston

National expo to highlight zero energy schools April 8-9 in Saint Paul. Minnesota schools looking to achieve zero energy in the coming years and interested school stakeholders will have an opportunity to learn more from zero energy school case studies and lectures, thanks to the national Green Schools Conference & Expo (GBCE) that will be held April 8-9 at the Saint Paul RiverCentre in Saint Paul.

Among sessions focused on a variety of topics, the conference will offer two unique zero energy school educational sessions to help a wide variety of school staff, including facility coordinators, administrators, superintendents, and others, as well as school stakeholders to learn more. For more on these two sessions and the overall conference, visit http://greenschoolsconference.org/The Minnesota Department of Commerce’s Division of Energy Resources is a partner in the U.S. Department of Energy’s Zero Energy Schools Accelerator Program.

–MN Campus Compact Summit and Presidents’ Awards Luncheon will be held April 10, 2019 at St. Catherine University in St. Paul, MN.  For more information go to: https://mncampuscompact.org/event/2019-state-summit-and-awards-luncheon/

–MHTA Annual Spring Conference – Registration Now Open. For a limited time, MHTA is offering a 15% discount OFF the EARLY registration fee for our May 9 Annual Spring Conference.  Accenture will kick off the conference by sharing their research and technology vision.  You’ll learn more about advanced technology and the workforce of tomorrow at workshops and demos throughout the day.  Go to: https://web.cvent.com/event/bab44112-19cf-4b17-96e7-5865c95c6fdd/summary?utm_term=0_c20ce40c88-2fd69d99bf-189691937&utm_campaign=2fd69d99bf-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2018_11_13_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_source=TECHtuesday%20Subscribers

–The Campus Compacts of the Great Plains, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, Oklahoma, and Wisconsin invite you to join us for the 2019 Midwest Campus Compact Conference, which will take place May 29 – 31, 2019, at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Whether you are new to community-engaged learning and scholarship, curious about learning the basics of community-campus partnerships, or a seasoned engaged scholar or community engagement professional seeking innovative approaches and discussion of important issues, this conference will provide opportunities to learn, explore, connect, and prepare for bold and thoughtful action. For more information go to: https://midwest.compact.org/

–21st Annual Minnesota Rural Health Conference June 17 – 18, 2019 in Duluth, MN.   Conference Website

–Hold the Dates:

  • The SciMathMN and The Works Museum joint conference on STEM education will be held on Wednesday, June 12, 2019 at the University of Minnesota Continuing Education Center.
  • Nonprofit Leadership Conference, June 13, 2019, Minneapolis (co-hosted with the Humphrey School).
  • Nonprofit Fundraising Conference, July 25, 2019, Brooklyn Center (co-hosted with AFP-MN).
  • The 2019 Rural Arts & Culture Summit will take place October 3-5 in Grand Rapids, Minnesota. This year they are particularly interested in session ideas that address the idea of “Creative People Power” in rural place.
  • 21-22 are the dates for the 2019 Gateway to Solar Conference, the Minnesota Solar Energy Industries Association (MnSEIA) has announced. The annual conference is Minnesota’s largest industry-led solar trade group conference and will be held at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Minneapolis. Read more.
  • MCN Annual Conference, October 24 – 25, 2019, Rochester.

OPPORTUNITIES

–DOT solicitation is now open.  The U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT) is one of 11 federal agencies that participates in the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program. U.S. DOT’s highly competitive SBIR program awards contracts to domestic small businesses to pursue research on and develop innovative solutions to our nation’s transportation challenges.   READ MORE

–Xcel Energy opened its 2019 Solar*Rewards Program for residential and commercial customers on Jan. 28, 2019, with approximately $1 million of the $10 million program earmarked for its Income-Qualified Customers program. The low-income carve out is designed to offer solar options to Xcel’s income-qualified customers with limited resources and to those who serve low-income constituents.

General residential qualifiers of Solar*Rewards will receive an annual production incentive of 7 cents per kWh for the first 10 years of the system; general commercial qualifiers will receive 6 cents per kWh for 10 years. Single-family qualifiers of the Solar*Rewards Income-Qualified Program will receive an upfront payment of $2 per watt and annual production incentives of 7 cents per kWh over the first 10 years. To qualify for the incentive as a single family, applicants must be qualified as a Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) or Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) participant. Read more about the Solar*Rewards Program and other utility solar incentive programs.

National Center for Farmworker Health Bobbi Ryder Migrant Health Champion Award
Scholarships for individuals pursuing or continuing their career in the migrant health field, thus contributing to the development of the Community/Migrant Health Center workforce. Application Deadline: March 29, 2019.

Leadership Awards Now Open! The Minnesota Council of Nonprofits (MCN) is committed to building the strength and integrity of the nonprofit sector statewide. We are honored to open nominations for the 2019 Nonprofit Leadership Awards.

This year, the Center for Integrative Leadership (CIL) at the University of Minnesota will join MCN in recognizing nonprofit leaders with three distinct awards:

  • Catalytic Leader (emerging leader award) – This leader effectively leads from the middle and uses informal authority to shape the direction and progress of their work, and that of the organization.
  • Visionary Leader (mid-career leader award) -This leader demonstrates the ability to develop and implement creative and effective organizational leadership strategies.
  • Transformational Leader (experienced leader award) – This leader effectively demonstrates commitment to the nonprofit sector, having served in a strategic or significant nonprofit role and with at least 20 years of professional experience.

Nominate someone today who exemplifies these characteristics! Nominations are open until March 30.  For more information and to submit your nomination, visit our website. 

Foster G. McGaw Prize for Excellence in Community Service  Monetary awards that honor hospitals that have demonstrated exceptional commitment to community service. Application Deadline: April 5, 2019.

–Join the Million Women Mentors/Minnesota for their next Trailblazers event at Mall of America on April 18th.   Free to attend.  Trailblazers connects female professionals in STEM careers with female students in high school and college to support the pursuit of STEM careers.

–The National Development Council, in partnership with Center for Creative Land Recycling (CCLR) and the EPA Technical Assistance to Brownfield Communities (TAB), is seeking feedback to expand the National Economic Development Mentoring Network. The Network is a new program that will facilitate exchange and mentoring among economic development practitioners and their communities.  Fill out the brief survey linked here.

Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis 31st Annual Student Essay Contest  The Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis is asking students in its 31st annual essay contest to use economics to describe and defend an effective immigration policy. Compass could be a great resource for student writers, especially if they are looking for trends in immigration, the economy, or the workforce. The contest is open to all high school students in the Ninth Federal Reserve District.  Essays due April 19, 2019.   Learn more.

Agricultural Safety and Health: The Core Course Scholarship Awards scholarships to attend the Agricultural Safety and Health Core Course to be held in Iowa in June, 2019.

LifeSmarts Online Consumer Challenge  The National Consumers League hosts LifeSmarts, an online competition open to all students in grades 6-12. LifeSmarts celebrates 25 years of empowering teens to become smart, savvy consumers. Each month, LifeSmarts focuses on a different category important to teen consumers: personal finance, health and safety, consumer rights, technology, and the environment. Students compete online and in-person throughout the year to win scholarships and prizes. Experts in LifeSmarts subject areas are also needed to serve as judges and officials at the state and national competitions.

NGPF Nationwide Scholarship Contest Next Gen Personal Finance sponsors this scholarship contest for high school students. Ten $5,000 and numerous $500 Honorable Mention scholarships will be awarded nationwide.

2020 Minnesota Census Jobs, United States Census Bureau

MISCELLANEOUS

e-Connectivity @ USDA: Broadband Resources for Rural America  Provides an overview of e-connectivity and briefly covers its benefits related to healthcare, education, the economy, and public safety. Describes the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) role in e-connectivity in rural areas. Includes a USDA e-connectivity resource matrix highlighting 27 programs to serve as a guide for planning, researching, and implementing e-connectivity activities and projects. Covers USDA program success stories that expanded broadband access in their rural communities.

American Broadband Initiative Milestones Report  Highlights steps for the federal government to take to increase broadband access and increase private-sector investments in broadband. Discusses broadband and mobile broadband deployment and adoption in the U.S. and offers statistics by urban, rural, and tribal lands. Provides recommendations discussing strategies, objectives, and overcoming barriers to increase broadband in urban and rural areas and tribal lands.

Evidence-Based Strategies for Preventing Opioid Overdose: What’s Working in the United States  A guide for community leaders, public health, law enforcement, and others working to address the opioid crisis in their community. Identifies evidence-based practices that have been successfully implemented in the U.S. and are effective in reducing rates of opioid overdose. Includes strategies focused on naloxone distribution, medication-assisted treatment (MAT), addressing opioid use in criminal justice settings, syringe services, and more.

Social Determinants of Health for Rural People  This topic guide has been updated throughout, and includes a new Frequently Asked Question on ways healthcare providers can address social determinants for their patients.

Advancing Tobacco Prevention and Control in Rural America  Discusses different contexts for rural tobacco prevention and control, such as sociodemographic risk factors, culture, and infrastructure. Includes statistics on the national prevalence of tobacco users in the past month by rural and urban adults. Describes three types of tobacco control and prevention efforts in rural areas: cessation, prevention of initiation, and smoke free air. Offers recommendation on rural tobacco prevention and control for federal and state agencies, and communities, tribes, and other stakeholders. Additional links: Executive Summary

The Prosperity Now Scorecard provides advocates, policymakers and practitioners with national, state, and local data to begin a conversation about solutions and policies across five issue areas: financial assets and income; businesses and jobs; homeownership and housing; and health care and education. Click here to learn more and access the Scorecard.

Data Feature: Rural Population Trends The decline in U.S. rural population, which began in 2010, has reversed for the first time this decade. In 2016-17, the rural population increased by 0.1 percent, adding 33,000 people. This small overall increase continues an upturn in rural population since 2011-12, which stems from increasing rates of net migration from urban (metro) areas. Since 2011, fewer people have been moving out of rural areas and more people have been moving in. People moving to rural areas tend to persistently favor more densely settled rural areas with attractive scenic qualities, or those near large cities. Fewer are moving to sparsely settled, less scenic, and more remote locations, which compounds economic development challenges in those areas. The overall rural population has remained close to 46.1 million since 2013.

–Can Veggie Burgers Boost Rural Economies?  In Great Falls, Montana, economists are rethinking ways to attract investment in local agriculture, eyeing venture capital that has been mostly targeted in places like Silicon Valley and the Northeast. Increased demand for plant-based proteins like tofu, lentil burgers, and roasted chickpeas opens the door for agritech processing using crops that have been grown in the region for generations. Great Falls, one of the state’s agriculture hubs, has created the Great Falls Agritech Park to attract this type of investment. Read more in this article featured in Route 50.

–2018 Farm Act Highlights and Implications.  Go to: https://www.ers.usda.gov/agriculture-improvement-act-of-2018-highlights-and-implications/

The 2018 Farm Bill (P.L. 115-334): Summary and Side-by-Side Comparison 
Analyzes the 2018 Farm Bill by comparing House and Senate versions of the bill and the previous 2014 bill. Includes important rural provisions addressing substance abuse treatment, telemedicine funding, broadband access, and rural hospital loans.

— The Minnesota Association of Convention & Visitor Bureaus has been building an Online Tool Kit designed as a one-stop repository of information pertinent to CVB/DMOs in Minnesota. MACVB’s Tool Kit Is Live

— The Bicycle Alliance of Minnesota (BikeMN) wants you to put your brain in gear to help them learn more about what Minnesota needs to make walking and biking easy, safe and fun for everyone. Take the Great Minnesota Walking & Biking Survey

–Abdo Eick & Meyers have recently come out with a report about 5 key trends that will impact nonprofit in 2019. In this article, they discuss everything including government funding, technology, and the often-discussed donor advised funds. Take a look at what they suggest you should look out for!

Planning and Partnerships: Coordinating Rural Resources for Emergency Preparedness and Response Rural healthcare facilities must plan and prepare for a wide range of natural and man-made disasters.

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!

MN Rural Partners Rural Roundup January 2019: Info on grants, opportunities, events

February 2019 – Volume XVII — Number 2
Compiled & edited by Deb Miller Slipek, Ann Treacy, and Jane Leonard
Also find online at: https://wp.me/pkVGJ-8x

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

ACROSS THE FIELD:

FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

–The Blooming Prairie Foundation provides grants to nonprofit organizations nationwide that conduct any of the following activities: developmental, research, and educational efforts in the organic industry and the cooperative community; the development of organic and natural products; and cooperative development in the natural products industry. Deadline: 3/1/2019.  Visit the Foundation’s website here to review the grant guidelines.

Increasing Access to Healthy Foods Innovation Grants  Grants for working with local park and recreation agencies to implement at least one of three selected innovation strategies to increase access to healthy foods within underserved communities. Application Deadline: Mar 6, 2019.

–Various grants from the Laura Jane Musser fund are upcoming:

  • Rural Arts Deadline: March 12, 2019 – Online proposals will be accepted starting February 12, 2019.
  • Environmental Initiative Deadline: March 19, 2019 – Online proposals will be accepted starting February 19, 2019.

For more information go to:  https://www.musserfund.org/index.asp?page_seq=1

–U.S. Department of Justice is offering grants to nonprofit and public agencies through the Fiscal Year 2019 Consolidated Grant Program to Address Children and Youth Experiencing Domestic and Sexual Assault and Engage Men and Boys as Allies program to prevent violence against women.  Deadline: 3/14/2019.  Click here to review program guidelines.

–U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is offering grants to nonprofit and public agencies – “to develop and implement targeted strategies for substance use disorder treatment provision to address a specific population or area of focus identified by the community.” Maximum Amount: $375,000.  Deadline: 3/25/2019.  Click here for program guidelines and application materials.

–Indian Health Services is offering pre-graduate scholarships for American Indian and Alaska Native students to enroll in courses leading to a bachelor’s degree in pre-medicine, pre-dentistry, pre-podiatry, or pre-optometry.  Deadline to apply:  3/28/2019.  Click here for more information and to apply.

–AARP Purpose Prize honors extraordinary individuals 50 years of age and older who use their life experience to make a better future for all. The Prize recognizes those with the passion and experience to create new ways to solve tough social problems. Five winners annually receive $60,000 each to celebrate their achievements and broaden the scope of their work. Nominees, who may be working for organizations in the nonprofit, public, or private sectors, must be legal residents of the U.S. or U.S. citizens living abroad who have started their work at the age of 40 or later. Nomination deadline: 3/31/2019. Visit the Purpose Prize website here to read the official rules and access the nomination form.

Alzheimer’s Disease Programs Initiative – Grants to States and Communities  Grants to support the development and expansion of dementia-capable home and community-based service systems in states and communities. Application Deadline: April 1, 2019.

–U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is offering grants for tribal community-based organizations, tribes, and village governments for social and economic infrastructure development.  This program is focused on community-driven projects designed to grow local economies, strengthen Native American families, including the preservation of Native American cultures, and decrease the high rate of current challenges caused by the lack of community-based businesses, and social and economic infrastructure in Native American communities.  Native American communities include American Indian tribes (federally-recognized and non-federally recognized), Native Hawaiians, Alaskan Natives, and Native American Pacific Islanders.
Application deadline: 4/15/2019.  Click here to review program guidelines.

–USDA is offering up to $600 million in loans and grants to help build broadband infrastructure in rural America. Telecommunications companies, rural electric cooperatives and utilities, internet service providers, and municipalities may apply for funding through USDA’s ReConnect Program to connect rural areas that currently have insufficient broadband service.  Deadlines:  USDA will make available approximately $200 million for grants (applications due to USDA by 4/29/2019), as well as $200 million for loan and grant combinations (applications due 5/29/2019), and $200 million for low-interest loans (applications due by 6/28/2019).  Click here to review program guidelines and application requirements.

Mary Kay Domestic Violence Shelter Grant Program Grants to support domestic violence shelters. The Foundation will award a grant to at least one domestic violence shelter in every state that applies, and many grants have gone to rural areas. Application Deadline: April 30, 2019.

Rural Health Care Telecommunications Program Assistance to healthcare providers for eligible expenses related to broadband connectivity based on the urban-rural price difference in an area.
Application Deadline: May 31, 2019.

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Pioneering Ideas Brief Proposals  Grants for innovative projects that are working to build a culture of health, ensuring that everyone has access to the care they need and all families have the opportunity to make healthier choices.  Application Deadline: October 15, 2019.

–Rural LISC (Local Initiatives Support Corporation) created the Community Facilities Fund to provide capital to help develop and improve essential community facilities in rural areas. Rural LISC utilizes this fund to provide permanent and construction-to-permanent financing for rural community facilities, including health care centers, hospitals, educational facilities, and other nonprofit and public facilities in rural communities with populations under 20,000. Deadline: ongoing. Click here for more information.

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).

TRAINING/ MEETINGS

Minnesota Compass Build Your Own Data Workshop – February 20 on Wednesday, February 20, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the Great River Regional Library in St. Cloud. During the event, Minnesota Compass Research Scientist Ellen Wolter will share what was learned in statewide listening sessions, demonstrate how you can use the BYO data tool to access data for the central region, and highlight current demographic trends. The event is free, but registration is required. Learn more and register.

–The 95th annual Agricultural Outlook Forum (AOF) will take place February 21-22, 2019 at the Crystal Gateway Marriott Hotel in Arlington, Virginia. The event will offer a platform for exchanging ideas, information and best practices among producers, processors, policymakers, government officials, and non-governmental organizations, both domestic and foreign. Click here for more information and to register.

–The 29th annual Energy Design Conference & Expo will be held Feb. 26-27 in Duluth to provide the latest in energy-efficient building and technologies, renewable energy, best practices, and responsible design. The conference, hosted by Minnesota Power, will feature more than 40 sessions from some of the best educators in the energy field and provides participants with opportunities to connect with peers and other energy-conscious attendees. Early-bird registration with discounted fees ends Feb. 1, 2019. To register and for details, read more.

–The Aspen Institute will host “All Together Now: Advancing 2Gen Strategies in Rural America” via live streaming and an in-person event Thursday, February 28, 2019, 12:00 to 1:30 pm EST in Washington, D.C.  How can local organizations, businesses and parents partner to help struggling and striving rural families get ahead – and stay there? Over the past decade, innovative “two-generation (2Gen)” or “whole family” approaches have emerged as a promising answer. The 2Gen approach aims to intentionally coordinate and align often-isolated programs for kids and their parents (or grandparents) in ways that help accelerate progress on three fronts: (1) parents with family-supporting jobs; (2) children meeting developmental milestones; and (3) families able to fully support and promote their children’s development.  To register to watch or attend in person by clicking here.

Economic Development in Indian Country: Challenges and Opportunities.  This free event will be held at the Minneapolis Fed on February 28 at 7:00 p.m. and is preceded by an optional tour.  Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis Assistant Vice President and Director of the Center for Indian Country Development (CICD) Patrice Kunesh for a conversation focusing on Native communities, the Center’s strategies to impact socioeconomic outcomes, and its aim to close disparity gaps. The CICD is a nationally recognized thought leader and clearinghouse for resources and initiatives concerning Native economic development.

–Minnesota GreenStep Cities on March 6 at 9 a.m. will host “Shared Mobility & Electric Vehicles: What We’ve Learned,” a workshop dedicated to shared mobility (think bike share programs), electric vehicles, and autonomous vehicles. City and tribal government staff, elected officials, and appointed officials are invited to attend this free workshop to learn more about this local government sustainability topic. Attend in person at the League of Minnesota Cities building in St. Paul or attend remotely via GoTo Meeting. Learn more.

–The 2019 Nonprofit Communications & Technology Conference, happening on March 7 at the St. Paul RiverCentre, is the place to focus your lasers on the latest and greatest in all things nonprofit communications and tech. Join the conference to engage in conversations about digital design, cybersecurity, content strategy, social media, online fundraising, and so much more! Get ready to propel your nonprofit further and faster in 2019. Register today!

Cultivating Resiliency for Women in Agriculture: Increasing Your Joy and Happiness While Living a Farm Life March 8th from 12:00 – 1:30 p.m. Central Time sponsored by
American Agri-Women, University of Minnesota Extension, Upper Midwest Agriculture Safety and Health Center. doris@sunriseag.net

–AURI’s New Uses Forum will be held March 27-28 at the Minneapolis Marriott West.   The 2019 New Uses Forum is dedicated to the idea of accelerating innovation and investment. It brings together some of the most knowledgeable voices on topics related to new uses innovation, including development, investment and support. To register go to: <https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?oeidk=a07efzg2nct8147cbcd&oseq=&c=&ch=>

–MN Campus Compact Summit and Presidents’ Awards Luncheon will be held April 10, 2019 at St. Catherine University in St. Paul, MN.  For more information go to: https://mncampuscompact.org/event/2019-state-summit-and-awards-luncheon/

–21st Annual Minnesota Rural Health Conference June 17 – 18, 2019 in Duluth, MN   Conference Website

–Hold the Dates:

  • The SciMathMN and The Works Museum joint conference on STEM education will be held on Wednesday, June 12, 2019 at the University of Minnesota Continuing Education Center.
  • Nonprofit Leadership Conference, June 13, 2019, Minneapolis (co-hosted with the Humphrey School)
  • Nonprofit Fundraising Conference, July 25, 2019, Brooklyn Center (co-hosted with AFP-MN)
  • MCN Annual Conference, October 24 – 25, 2019, Rochester

OPPORTUNITIES

–The National Development Council, in partnership with Center for Creative Land Recycling (CCLR) and the EPA Technical Assistance to Brownfield Communities (TAB), is seeking feedback to expand the National Economic Development Mentoring Network. The Network is a new program that will facilitate exchange and mentoring among economic development practitioners and their communities.  Fill out the brief survey linked here.

National Health Service Corps Loan Repayment Program Loan repayment assistance for primary healthcare professionals who agree to serve in Health Professional Shortage Areas.  Application Deadline: February 21, 2019.

Udall Scholarship Scholarships for Native Americans and Alaska Native students pursuing careers related to tribal public policy, self-governance, native health, or the environment. Application Deadline: March 7, 2019.

–MPCA is seeking a Minnesota-based company to host one green chemistry & engineering intern this summer. The maximum grant funding is $10,000. The host company and intern gain experience advancing green chemistry and engineering practices to one or more of the company’s products or components in any way that supports improved product safety.  For more details, visit the MPCA Green and Safer Chemistry webpage. Submit questions to grants.pca@state.mn.us, with the subject line “Green Chemistry & Engineering Internship Q&A”.  Company applications are due March 13, 2019.

Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis 31st Annual Student Essay Contest  The Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis is asking students in its 31st annual essay contest to use economics to describe and defend an effective immigration policy. Compass could be a great resource for student writers, especially if they are looking for trends in immigration, the economy, or the workforce. The contest is open to all high school students in the Ninth Federal Reserve District.  Essays due April 19, 2019.   Learn more.

Agricultural Safety and Health: The Core Course Scholarship Awards scholarships to attend the Agricultural Safety and Health Core Course to be held in Iowa in June, 2019.

LifeSmarts Online Consumer Challenge  The National Consumers League hosts LifeSmarts, an online competition open to all students in grades 6-12. LifeSmarts celebrates 25 years of empowering teens to become smart, savvy consumers. Each month, LifeSmarts focuses on a different category important to teen consumers: personal finance, health and safety, consumer rights, technology, and the environment. Students compete online and in-person throughout the year to win scholarships and prizes. Experts in LifeSmarts subject areas are also needed to serve as judges and officials at the state and national competitions.

NGPF Nationwide Scholarship Contest Next Gen Personal Finance sponsors this scholarship contest for high school students. Ten $5,000 and numerous $500 Honorable Mention scholarships will be awarded nationwide.

2020 Minnesota Census Jobs, United States Census Bureau

MISCELLANEOUS

Rural Philanthropy Toolkit  This new toolkit, developed in collaboration with the NORC Walsh Center for Rural Health Analysis, is designed to help rural organizations create and maintain partnerships with philanthropies. Includes guidance on conducting outreach, model programs, emerging strategies, and a wealth of resources.

2020 Census Needs Funder Support to Ensure Rural Inclusion  Discusses the importance of an accurate count in the upcoming census, especially in rural areas where it can be more difficult to arrive at an accurate count. Census numbers are used to determine federal funding distribution as well as things like hospital sites and where investments in infrastructure are made. Highlights one foundation in Minnesota that has been heavily invested in ensuring an accurate census count in their area and includes tips for how other foundations can do the same.

The Farm Bill Shows a Shift to a More Innovative Rural America  Details portions of the recently passed Farm Bill designed to encourage the work of innovators, entrepreneurs, and small business owners in rural areas. This includes funding for technology infrastructure, digital job training centers, and other physical locations like makerspaces and co-working offices.

— How many Minnesotans lack broadband? Microsoft recently unveiled an interactive map that compares FCC broadband maps to their own research on what their customers seem able to access. The FCC reports that 409,000 people lack access in Minnesota; Microsoft reports 3 million. https://wp.me/p3if7-4Ub

–How does Minnesota rank? Minnesota is top ten in State Technology & Science Index, but slipped to number eight. https://wp.me/p3if7-4Tv

–Next Century Cities has released a toolkit that offers a step-by-step guide on how to assess and establish broadband options. Among the steps the toolkit recommends are having a dedicated staff member to oversee broadband access, building community support and prioritizing digital inclusion to bring in underserved residents.  Access the toolkit here.

It’s been a decade since the Great Recession ended. How has Minnesota recovered? At a high level, our state continues to see progress on several economic measures. But it would be inaccurate to conclude that the progress our state has made has delivered for all.

No change in poverty in most Minnesota counties  Most Minnesota counties saw no change in poverty between 2012 and 2017, but 11 counties saw statistically significant declines.

HHS: Annual Update of the HHS Poverty Guidelines Announces the updated 2019 Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) federal poverty guidelines for the 48 contiguous states, Alaska, and Hawaii, which took effect January 11, 2019. The HHS poverty guidelines are a simplified version of the poverty thresholds issued by the U.S. Census Bureau and are used to determine eligibility for several federal programs.

–RHIHub has updated its “Rural Emergency Preparedness and Response Guide.” The guide shows how rural communities can prepare for and effectively respond to disasters and other large-scale emergencies. Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health has published “Rural Communities in Crisis: A Critical Count to Save Lives During the Opioid Epidemic.” The toolkit suggests a method that rural communities can use to estimate the size and characteristics of the population who inject drugs, and includes a toolkit describing the approach and an online calculation tool that can be used to estimate service needs in a community related to the opioid crisis. Access the toolkit here.

Telehealth Changes Will Increase Rural Broadband Demand  Discusses policy changes from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) which will likely lead to expanded use of telehealth. It it expected that telehealth expansion will similarly drive broadband development, especially because of the effectiveness of using telehealth to address opioid use disorder.

Rural Hospitals Retreat from Delivering Babies; Small Towns Pay the Price   Details rural obstetrics units closing in Minnesota and across the country and discusses the impact this can have on rural communities. Not only does it directly impact new mothers and their babies, but it can deter young families from moving to those rural areas entirely.

Rural Care Coordination Toolkit  This toolkit, created in partnership with the NORC Walsh Center for Rural Health Analysis and the University of Minnesota Rural Health Research Center, has received updates throughout, including substantial revisions to the Implementation module. This module delves into considerations for workforce and staffing, different populations, quality improvement, and adopting a whole-person mindset.

–Culture of Health Blog at Robert Wood Johnson Foundation features an article “Data Maps the Impact of Where a Child Grows Up.”  The post details the Opportunity Atlas, a collaboration between researchers at the Census Bureau, Harvard University, and Brown University, which provides county-level data on children’s outcomes into adulthood. Data from each county can be analyzed by race, gender, income, and by location-specific details like access to good schools, affordable housing, safe neighborhoods, and quality healthcare. The post includes some discussion of how this data can be used and the value of local solutions. Click here to access the data.

Rural Communities in Crisis: A Critical Count to Save Lives During the Opioid Epidemic  A method rural communities can use to estimate the size and characteristics of the population who inject drugs. Includes a toolkit describing the approach and an online calculation tool that can be used to estimate service needs in a community related to the opioid crisis. Additional links: Calculation ToolToolkit: Applying Population Estimation Methods in Rural America

Community Health Center Chartbook, 2019 Features graphs, figures, and maps to document services provided by health centers, characteristics of the patients served, and progress made in improving access to healthcare, including in rural areas. Reports on health centers’ financial health, workforce status, economic impact, challenges to meeting the demand for healthcare needs, and more. Includes statistics on telehealth service offerings with breakdowns by urban or rural status.

EMS Agenda 2050: A People-Centered Vision for the Future of Emergency Medical Services Serves as an update to the 1996 EMS Agenda for the Future. Reports the vision of emergency medical services (EMS) of the future and describes 6 guiding principles to help EMS and communities create a more people-centered EMS system. Discusses challenges specific to rural communities, such as EMS workforce issues.

— This is the final year residents can claim the full 30% federal Residential Renewable Energy Tax Credit. For residents considering a solar energy system (PV or hot water), small wind system, ground source heat pump, or other eligible systems, 2019 is a good time to install it. The current tax credit means a taxpayer may claim a credit of 30% of qualified expenditures for a system that serves a dwelling unit located in the United States that is owned and used as a residence by the taxpayer. The tax credit for all eligible systems will phase down over the next three years from 30% in 2019, 26% in 2020, and 22% in 2021, and it will end in 2022. There is a similar Business Energy Investment Tax Credit (ITC) available for businesses, with a similar phase down schedule. Read more (pdf) about the tax credit and other –incentives for renewables.

–How does a bill become a law in MN and who can you contact about it? https://wp.me/p3if7-4Vl

–Council of Development Finance Agencies (CDFA) publishes an “Opportunity Zones Update Newsletter” featuring articles, resources and events.  See the latest issue by clicking here, and click here to subscribe.

–A field report by National 4-H Council and The Bridgespan Group, “Social Mobility in Rural America,” showcases rural communities that are surmounting obstacles and helping their young people build a brighter future.  Click here to read and download the report.

–Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs) are starting to feel squeezed by on-going threats to many of the funding sources that have helped make their work in affordable housing, health, and small businesses possible. To ensure that CDFIs can continue to serve communities, the industry must innovate and attract new sources of financing and investment.  In a Spotlight on the state of the industry, LISC (Local Initiatives Support Corporation) Institute has compiled resources to help practitioners understand how industry leaders are thinking about changes in the community development financing field, and what the industry needs to consider to keep up with the needs and demands of our communities, as well as to engage new investors.  Access all the resources by clicking here.

–An article in Shelterforce, “How to Fund Land Banks,” illustrates that the number of land banks grew dramatically in the wake of the foreclosure crisis, and so has our understanding of how to successfully fund them. Read the article by clicking here.

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!

JANUARY 2019 – Volume XVII — Number 1
Compiled & edited by Deb Miller Slipek, Ann Treacy, and Jane Leonard
Also find online at: https://wp.me/pkVGJ-8x

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

ACROSS THE FIELD:  Rural Round-Up: Seventeen Years & Counting

Here’s a shout-out to the best friends & colleagues in the world: the co-editors of this publication, Deb Miller-Slipek and Ann Treacy! They have volunteered since Day One in the life of this erstwhile, electronic, and monthly MN Rural Partners Rural RoundUp. They keep the tank full of stories and the web carrier deck primed to lift off yet another issue. Today begins our 17th year and approximately 193rd issue (not counting the months – a few – when we –usually me — just couldn’t get one out to you). The RoundUp is the proud remainder & reminder of a once robust state rural development partnership in Minnesota and in the nation.

For any new readers or those of you who may have missed the history….Minnesota was blessed to have one of the best State Rural Development Partnerships in the USA, started along about 1995 as a federal-state-tribal-private and non-profit sector rural resource and inter-agency coordinating council. About six years earlier, Federal government agencies that assisted Rural America, from Health & Human Services, Commerce, Veteran’s Affairs and more, actually donated some of their “extra” funds each budget year to create a shared fund administered by USDA Rural Development to pay for federal-state coordination of rural development planning and strategy. A “New Governance” model, it quite literally crossed traditional lines of funding and administrative authority. Minnesota’s Rural Partnership – about 22 agencies and organizations crossing sectors, disciplines, and political administrations – joined the National Partnership after the first round of pilot states, and operated with just over $100,000/year from the national office.

Unfortunately, over the next decade, federal funding dwindled, and state partnership councils, while authorized still by Congressional action, were strongly encouraged to become non-profit organizations and seek their own funding sources. Minnesota Rural Partners, Inc. incorporated in 1999 (20 years ago!) and that’s when the model fell apart because the “partnership” was now competing with its partners for grant funds.

We closed shop around 2010, except for the MRP Rural RoundUp. It has remained intact because of Deb’s amazing ability to find incredibly helpful bits and pieces of rural news, updates, research (Deb was MRP’s founding partner from USDA in MN), and because of Ann’s wonderful ability to keep our web presence going on fumes (Ann is a certified web wizard, active since Day One of the Internet in MN). And you, dear readers, thank you for sending us enough encouraging notes over the years to keep us keeping on. I remain, too, as an often humbled and always persistent co-editor, keeping my day job in the Cities so the home farm taxes get paid.
–Jane Leonard

FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

–The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) announced grant funding opportunities for park and trail projects across Minnesota. Applications are now being accepted for the following grant programs:

These grants help local governments throughout the state create partnerships with the DNR to fund projects including local parks, regional trails and trail connections. Eligibility requirements, deadlines, and other details can be found on the DNR website at mndnr.gov.

–BIG READ is accepting grant applications for Community-Wide Reading Programs. Seventy-five grants of up to $15,000 will be awarded to nonprofit organizations for community-wide reading programs that encourage reading and participation by diverse audiences. Deadline: 1/24/2019. Click here to review funding guidelines and to apply.

–CLIF BAR Family Foundation is accepting grant applications for the Foundation’s Small Grants Program.  General support grants of up to $7,000 as well as funding for specific projects will be awarded to nonprofits working in one or more of the foundation’s five focus areas — promoting Earth’s beauty and bounty; creating a robust, healthy food system; increasing opportunities for outdoor activity; reducing environmental health hazards; and building stronger communities.  Deadline:  2/1/2019.  For program guidelines and to apply, click here.

–The National Endowment for the Arts has released new guidelines for FY 2020 Art Works grants, including new deadlines and application information for each discipline. Deadline: 2/14/2019. This will be the only opportunity to apply for Art Works funding in the Design discipline in 2019. Applications in February are for funding starting on January 1, 2020. Click here to review the guidelines.

–The Healthy Food Financing Initiative (HFFI), a public-private partnership administered by Reinvestment Fund on behalf of USDA Rural Development, is currently offering grants ranging from $25,000 to $250,000 as well as technical assistance to eligible healthy food retail projects across the country to overcome the higher costs and initial barriers to entry in underserved areas. Funded projects must 1) plan to expand or preserve the availability of staple and perishable foods in underserved areas with low- and moderate-income populations by maintaining or increasing the number of retail outlets that offer an assortment of perishable and staple foods in those areas, and 2) accept benefits under the supplemental nutrition assistance program (SNAP). Eligible applicants include nonprofit organizations, for-profit business enterprises, cooperatively-owned businesses, institutions of higher education, state and local governmental agencies, and tribal governmental agencies. Deadline: 2/14/2019. Visit the HFFI website here to learn more about the eligibility guidelines and application process.

Rural Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, and Stalking Assistance Program  Grants for collaborative projects designed to address and prevent sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking in rural communities.
Letter of Intent (Optional): Jan 29, 2019.  Application Deadline: February 14, 2019.

–The AMERISOURCEBERGEN Foundation is offering funding through the Opioid Resource Grant Program. The Program will provide nonprofit organizations in communities across the United States with grants ranging up to $100,000 to combat the epidemic of opioid misuse. Priority will be given to organizations addressing the following three key areas of focus: safe disposal, education around prevention, and innovative solutions. (Funding requests for treatment, recovery, or treatment-related research will not be considered.) 2019 Deadlines: Letters of intent will be accepted from January 1 through February 15 and July 1 through August 15. Visit the Foundation’s website here to download the Opioid Resource Grant Program guidelines.

Environmental Justice Small Grants Program Grants to support community-driven projects designed to engage, educate, and empower communities to better understand local environmental and public health issues and develop strategies for addressing those issues, building consensus in the community, and setting community priorities. Application Deadline: February 15, 2019.

–Various grants from the Laura Jane Musser fund are upcoming:

  • Rural Arts Deadline: March 12, 2019 – Online proposals will be accepted starting February 12, 2019.
  • Environmental Initiative Deadline: March 19, 2019 – Online proposals will be accepted starting February 19, 2019.

For more information go to:  https://www.musserfund.org/index.asp?page_seq=1

–USDA is offering up to $600 million in loans and grants to help build broadband infrastructure in rural America. Telecommunications companies, rural electric cooperatives and utilities, internet service providers, and municipalities may apply for funding through USDA’s ReConnect Program to connect rural areas that currently have insufficient broadband service.  Deadlines:  USDA will make available approximately $200 million for grants (applications due to USDA by 4/29/2019), as well as $200 million for loan and grant combinations (applications due 5/29/2019), and $200 million for low-interest loans (applications due by 6/28/2019).  Click here to review program guidelines and application requirements.

–Rural LISC (Local Initiatives Support Corporation) created the Community Facilities Fund to provide capital to help develop and improve essential community facilities in rural areas. Rural LISC utilizes this fund to provide permanent and construction-to-permanent financing for rural community facilities, including health care centers, hospitals, educational facilities, and other nonprofit and public facilities in rural communities with populations under 20,000. Deadline: ongoing. Click here for more information.

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).

TRAINING/ MEETINGS

–January 15 Opportunities for Bipartisan Tech Policy in DC and Livestreamed in St Paul. A  half day event bringing together members of Congress, community leaders, and policy experts. Keynote conversations and panel discussions will work to determine key policy goals and action steps for the new Congress, with a specific focus on rural broadband, digital privacy and security, and spectrum legislation.
https://wp.me/p3if7-4U6

January 16: St. Croix Valley Foundation Conversations of the Valley

Minnesota Compass Research Scientist Ellen Wolter will present “What the Future Holds – How our region is changing and what does that mean?” with data trends from across the region, and how to access and use Minnesota Compass resources. Learn more and register.

January 24: Economic Development Association of Minnesota winter conference

Minnesota Compass Project Director Allison Liuzzi and James P. Shannon Leadership Institute Director Damon Shoholm will present on “Changing Demographics & the Future of Minnesota.” Learn more and register.

Explore Minnesota Tourism Conference Location Announced Explore Minnesota is excited to announce the 2019 Tourism Conference will be held in Minnesota’s capital city, St. Paul, on February 4-6, 2019.

–The 95th annual Agricultural Outlook Forum (AOF) will take place February 21-22, 2019 at the Crystal Gateway Marriott Hotel in Arlington, Virginia. The event will offer a platform for exchanging ideas, information and best practices among producers, processors, policymakers, government officials, and non-governmental organizations, both domestic and foreign. Click here for more information and to register.

–The 2019 Nonprofit Communications & Technology Conference, happening on March 7 at the St. Paul RiverCentre, is the place to focus your lasers on the latest and greatest in all things nonprofit communications and tech. Join the conference to engage in conversations about digital design, cybersecurity, content strategy, social media, online fundraising, and so much more! Get ready to propel your nonprofit further and faster in 2019. Register today!

–AURI’s New Uses Forum will be held March 27-28 at the Minneapolis Marriott West.

–MN Campus Compact Summit and Presidents’ Awards Luncheon will be held April 10, 2019 at St. Catherine University in St. Paul, MN.  For more information go to: https://mncampuscompact.org/event/2017-state-summit-and-awards-luncheon/

–21st Annual Minnesota Rural Health Conference June 17 – 18, 2019 in
Duluth, MN   Conference Website

–Hold the Dates:

  • Nonprofit Leadership Conference, June 13, 2019, Minneapolis (co-hosted with the Humphrey School)
  • Nonprofit Fundraising Conference, July 25, 2019, Brooklyn Center (co-hosted with AFP-MN)
  • MCN Annual Conference, October 24 – 25, 2019, Rochester

OPPORTUNITIES

–Women’s March Minnesota (WMM) is working to better serve/promote women throughout Minnesota. Please complete the survey to help them know how they can better reach everyone with our ideals, events and ongoing communication. Entries that include email addresses will be put in a hat for a chance to win one of three $50 Visa gift cards.  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/RMWKPM6

Native American Congressional Internship A summer internship for Native American and Alaska Native students who wish to learn more about the federal government and issues affecting Indian country. Application Deadline: January 31, 2019.

–2019 Charles Benton Digital Equity Champion Award Applications Open
NDIA is looking for nominations for the fourth annual Charles Benton Digital Equity Champion Award. This year, we are excited to announce that not only one award will be presented, but two. In addition to recognizing an outstanding person who has truly made a difference in the field of Digital Equity, we wish to recognize an up and coming Digital Inclusion Practitioner as well.
Eligibility for this award is limited to U.S. residents. The nomination form can be completed here: Nomination Form The deadline for nominations for this year’s award is midnight Eastern Daylight Time February 1, 2019. For more information and to see past awardees  –  Charles Benton Digital Equity Champion Award

National Health Service Corps Loan Repayment Program Loan repayment assistance for primary healthcare professionals who agree to serve in Health Professional Shortage Areas.  Application Deadline: Feb 21, 2019.

Udall Scholarship Scholarships for Native Americans and Alaska Native students pursuing careers related to tribal public policy, self-governance, native health, or the environment. Application Deadline: March 7, 2019.

LifeSmarts Online Consumer Challenge  The National Consumers League hosts LifeSmarts, an online competition open to all students in grades 6-12. LifeSmarts celebrates 25 years of empowering teens to become smart, savvy consumers. Each month, LifeSmarts focuses on a different category important to teen consumers: personal finance, health and safety, consumer rights, technology, and the environment. Students compete online and in-person throughout the year to win scholarships and prizes. Experts in LifeSmarts subject areas are also needed to serve as judges and officials at the state and national competitions.

NGPF Nationwide Scholarship Contest Next Gen Personal Finance sponsors this scholarship contest for high school students. Ten $5,000 and numerous $500 Honorable Mention scholarships will be awarded nationwide.

Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis 31st Annual Student Essay Contest  The Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis is asking students in its 31st annual essay contest to use economics to describe and defend an effective immigration policy. Compass could be a great resource for student writers, especially if they are looking for trends in immigration, the economy, or the workforce. The contest is open to all high school students in the Ninth Federal Reserve District.  Essays due April 19, 2019.   Learn more.

2020 Minnesota Census Jobs, United States Census Bureau

MISCELLANEOUS

Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018: Highlights and Implications  The United States addresses agricultural and food policy through a variety of programs, including commodity support, nutrition assistance, and conservation. The primary legal framework for agricultural policy is set through a legislative process that occurs approximately every 5 years.

America’s Diverse Family Farms: 2018 Edition Ninety-eight percent of U.S. farms are family farms, and they account for 87% of production.

–Minnesota’s aging population is increasing dramatically. According to Minnesota Compass, between 2010 and 2030, our state’s 65+ population is expected to nearly double. While that projection becomes a reality, according to the AARP, available caregivers are to decline dramatically as the Boomer Generation transitions from caregivers to care recipients. Meanwhile, according to a Pew survey, “nearly half (47%) of adults in their 40s and 50s have a parent age 65 or older and are either raising a young child or financially supporting a grown child.”

This emerging group is referred to as the sandwich generation and there is little understanding surrounding the complexities and challenges of the caregiving they provide.> Click here to read more about this upcoming work.

–Energy Efficiency Potential Study: Minnesota utilities can continue to meet or exceed energy-savings goals over next decade.  Minnesota utilities should be able to continue to meet or exceed their annual energy-savings goals over the next decade, according to the “Minnesota Energy Efficiency Potential Study: 2020-2029,” a study prepared for the Minnesota Department of Commerce and released on Dec. 4. The study outlines how utilities can continue their success with both existing and new energy-saving measures that benefit Minnesota households and businesses. It estimates that by 2029 utility conservation programs could decrease demand for electricity by 14% and by 11% for natural gas. Read the full study (pdf).

–A new study commissioned by the Minnesota Commerce Department finds that Minnesota could achieve 10% solar energy by 2025 at costs comparable to natural gas generation. The study’s findings also suggest that expected cost reductions for solar, wind and storage could enable Minnesota to achieve 70% solar and wind by 2050.The Solar Potential Analysis Report was prepared by Clean Power Research on behalf of the MN Solar Pathways initiative, a three-year project funded by a competitive grant from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar Energy Technologies Office. The project focuses on strategies for meeting Minnesota’s solar energy goal of 10% by 2030.

Minnesota is on track to exceed its current Renewable Electricity Standard of 25% by 2025, and it is also close to meeting the current Solar Electricity Standard of 1.5% by the end of 2020. Read the full Solar Potential Analysis Report (pdf) or download a press release (pdf) about the report.

–Minnesota’s clean energy progress is continuing at a strong pace. Overall, renewable energy generated 24.9% of the state’s electricity in 2017 compared to 8.4% in 2007, an increase of about 300% in the past decade, according to the most recent Minnesota Renewable Energy Update from the Minnesota Department of Commerce. Wind alone generated 18.2% of Minnesota’s electricity in 2017, and large increases in wind power are expected over the next three years from projects that are already approved and currently under construction or in development. Meanwhile, electricity produced in the state from coal dropped to 39% in 2017 from 59% in 2007. For the first time, renewables surpassed nuclear energy (23%) as the second largest source of electricity generated in Minnesota.

As a result of forward-looking state policies such as the Renewable Electricity Standard, along with technological advances and lower costs for renewables, Minnesota utilities are moving ahead with ambitious plans to expand their electricity generation from clean energy such as wind and solar. For specific updates on wind and solar and utility plans for expanded renewable energy, read the Minnesota Renewable Energy Update, November 2017.

America’s Health Rankings Annual Report 2018 provides a national and state-by-state overview of population health by analyzing 35 measures to describe health outcomes in the U.S. Provides rural specific information and statistics by residence, obesity, excessive alcohol use, physical inactivity, smoking, diabetes, health status, mental and physical distress. Additional links: Executive Summary

Roundup of 2018 Approved State Telehealth Legislation summarizes telehealth legislation enacted in 2018, including some rural specific initiatives. Covers a variety of legislative topics, such as cross-state licensing, Medicaid reimbursement, network adequacy, demonstration project, online prescribing, and more.

Rural Long-Term Care Facilities this topic guide has been updated with new information throughout, including two Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on quality initiatives and oral healthcare.

HHS, in Partnership with Industry, Releases Voluntary Cybersecurity Practices for the Health Industry announces the release of “Health Industry Cybersecurity Practices (HICP): Managing Threats and Protecting Patients,” a four volume publication providing voluntary cybersecurity practices to help healthcare organizations of all types and sizes reduce their cybersecurity risks.

Promoting Mental Health in Rural Areas discusses the importance of self-care to promote good mental health for farmers and ranchers and offers tips to help reduce stress.

–Couldn’t make it to the Minneapolis Fed’s Innovation in Early Childhood Development and K-12 Education event last October 23-24? Videos of the conference sessions are available for viewing here.

–Looking for more information on community development issues and best practices? Connect to hundreds of resources from the Federal Reserve System at FedCommunities.org, an online portal that can be browsed by region, resource type, or topic.

Broadband Subscription Rate for U.S. Counties Bar chart showing average broadband subscription rates for households with incomes under $50,000 and incomes of $50,000 or more, for mostly urban, mostly rural, and completely rural counties.

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!

DECEMBER 2018 – Volume XVI — Number 11
Compiled & edited by Deb Miller Slipek, Ann Treacy, and Jane Leonard
Also find online at: https://wp.me/pkVGJ-8t

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

ACROSS THE FIELD: https://wp.me/pkVGJ-8t

This month we’re going with an opportunity that Ann Treacy is working on through Women’s March MN. We may hear from Jane next week after the Thriving by Design meeting:

MNxMN is a community of Minnesota activists and advocates working together to empower civic engagement in Minnesota. They hold an annual civic activism conference that focuses on deepening attendees’ understanding of issues, teaching them skills and tools, and connecting them with other activists as well as with activist and advocacy organizations.

It’s a great opportunity to meet other organizations and help them understand what you do. It would be nice to see representative from all of Minnesota corners of MN! Please consider joining the conference and talking about what you do and why you do it. You could:

  • Present a session
  • Have a table at the event
  • Sponsor an event
  • Endorse the event
  • Become a partner organization
  • Help promote the event
  • Attend the event

Last year they had more than 400 attendees, 100 presenters and trainers, and 40 sessions covering everything from Legislative Action 101, Protest Organizing 101, (there were lots of 101s), Human Trafficking/Sexual Violence, Building an Authentic Alliance with Muslims, How to set up a campaign to take on US Bank, Involving High School Students in Progressive Politics, Re-imagining relevant schools, Getting money out of politics, Building leadership for the long haul.

This year’s conference is called MNxMN2019: Beyond The Vote and is happening on Feb 24th at Harding High School in St. Paul. Again the focus for MNxMN2019 is on issues, skills and building relationships, so that attendees can take their activism to the next level and more effectively support and add their muscle to the work of the organizations working on the frontline like yours.

Consider submitting a proposal to present!

FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

Youth Garden Grant awards funding and gardening supplies to schools and community organizations with youth-centered garden programs. Application Deadline: Dec. 17, 2018.

DNR Seeking Applicants for $100,000 in Shooting Range Grants  The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources announced that $100,000 in matching shooting range grants is available to improve existing five-stand, pistol, rifle, skeet or trap ranges.  Due December 28th.

–Home Depot Foundation is offering grants of up to $5,000 for projects that repair, modify, weatherize, or otherwise improve low-income and/or transitional housing or community facilities. Deadline to apply: 12/31/2018. Click here to review funding guidelines.

Rural Economic Development Loan and Grant Program (REDL and REDG)
Loans and grants to assist in the economic development of rural areas, including funds for healthcare facilities and equipment, telecommunications networks, and job creation projects. Application Deadline: Dec 31, 2018.

–The AMERISOURCEBERGEN Foundation is offering funding through the Opioid Resource Grant Program. The Program will provide nonprofit organizations in communities across the United States with grants ranging up to $100,000 to combat the epidemic of opioid misuse. Priority will be given to organizations addressing the following three key areas of focus: safe disposal, education around prevention, and innovative solutions. (Funding requests for treatment, recovery, or treatment-related research will not be considered.) 2019 Deadlines; letters of intent will be accepted from January 1 through February 15 and July 1 through August 15. Visit the Foundation’s website here to download the Opioid Resource Grant Program guidelines.

Small Rural Hospital Improvement Program (SHIP)  provides funding to small rural hospitals, through their State Office of Rural Health, to help them do any or all of the following: purchase equipment or training to attain value-based payment and care goals; join or become an accountable care organization; and purchase health information technology, equipment, or training. Application Deadline: Jan 3, 2019.

–Federal Office of Rural Health Policy, Health Resources and Services Administration,  U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is offering grants through the Rural Communities Opioid Response Program – Planning. Planning grants designed to strengthen the capacity of multi-sector consortia to address prevention, treatment, and recovery from substance use disorder, including opioid use disorder in rural counties identified to be at the highest risk. Deadline to apply: 1/15/2019. Click here to review application guidelines and to apply.

–BIG READ is accepting grant applications for Community-Wide Reading Programs. Seventy-five grants of up to $15,000 will be awarded to nonprofit organizations for community-wide reading programs that encourage reading and participation by diverse audiences. Deadline: 1/24/2019. Click here to review funding guidelines and to apply.

Environmental Justice Small Grants Program Grants to support community-driven projects designed to engage, educate, and empower communities to better understand local environmental and public health issues and develop strategies for addressing those issues, building consensus in the community, and setting community priorities. Application Deadline: Feb 15, 2019.

–Various grants from the Laura Jane Musser fund are upcoming:

  • Rural Arts Deadline: March 12, 2019 – Online proposals will be accepted starting February 12, 2019.
  • Environmental Initiative Deadline: March 19, 2019 – Online proposals will be accepted starting February 19, 2019.

For more information go to:  https://www.musserfund.org/index.asp?page_seq=1

–USDA is offering funding through the Rural Broadband Access Loan and Loan Guarantee Program. Loans and loan guarantees will provide funds for the construction, improvement, or acquisition of facilities and equipment needed to provide broadband service in eligible rural areas. Deadline: 9/30/2019. Click here for program guidelines and application materials.

–RURAL LISC (Local Initiatives Support Corporation) created the Community Facilities Fund to provide capital to help develop and improve essential community facilities in rural areas. Rural LISC utilizes this fund to provide permanent and construction-to-permanent financing for rural community facilities, including health care centers, hospitals, educational facilities, and other nonprofit and public facilities in rural communities with populations under 20,000. Deadline: ongoing. Click here for more information.

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).

TRAINING/ MEETINGS

— Learn what’s happening at Minnesota’s largest foundations on December 18. Join the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits (MCN) in one of seven locations throughout Minnesota on December 18 for Minnesota Foundations 2019—annual analysis of the trends, staffing, program shifts and financial outlooks of more than 50 of Minnesota’s most active private, community and corporate foundations. This forward-looking session focuses on foundations with statewide giving priorities, as well as those with a regional focus (depending on workshop location). Participants receive a copy of MCN’s 2019 Minnesota Grants Directory.

Minnesota Foundations 2019 will be held on Tuesday, December 18 from 1  – 4:30 p.m. in St. PaulBemidjiDuluthFergus FallsMankatoRochester, and St. Cloud. The workshop will also be available in Marshall on Wednesday, December 19.

Explore Minnesota Tourism Conference Location Announced Explore Minnesota is excited to announce the 2019 Tourism Conference will be held in Minnesota’s capital city, St. Paul, on Feb. 4-6, 2019.

–The 95th annual Agricultural Outlook Forum (AOF) will take place February 21-22, 2019 at the Crystal Gateway Marriott Hotel in Arlington, Virginia. The event will offer a platform for exchanging ideas, information and best practices among producers, processors, policymakers, government officials, and non-governmental organizations, both domestic and foreign. Click here for more information and to register.

–AURI’s New Uses Forum will be held March 27-28 at the Minneapolis Marriott West.

–MN Campus Compact Summit and Presidents’ Awards Luncheon will be held April 10, 2019 at St. Catherine University in St. Paul, MN.  For more information go to: https://mncampuscompact.org/event/2017-state-summit-and-awards-luncheon/

–Hold the Dates:

  • Nonprofit Leadership Conference, June 13, 2019, Minneapolis (co-hosted with the Humphrey School)
  • Nonprofit Fundraising Conference, July 25, 2019, Brooklyn Center (co-hosted with AFP-MN)
  • MCN Annual Conference, October 24 – 25, 2019, Rochester

OPPORTUNITIES

All-New Explore Minnesota Tourism Awards Now Accepting Nominations  Honoring the best and brightest in the Minnesota tourism industry, the reinvented Explore Minnesota Tourism Awards will be presented on Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019, at the InterContinental Saint Paul Riverfront Hotel, in conjunction with the 2019 Explore Minnesota Tourism Conference.  Due December 14th!

–NBCC Foundation is offering scholarships for 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. Deadline to apply: 12/15/2018. Click here to review program guidelines.

Bloomberg Fellows  is a fellowship for individuals who want to achieve a Master’s or PhD degree in Public Health, as well as on-the-ground training and experience. The program is looking for leaders working in the areas of addiction and overdose, environmental challenges, obesity and the food system, risks to adolescent health, and violence. Application deadline is December 30, 2018.

–RFP Open Now for 2019 MCN Conferences. The Minnesota Council of Nonprofits, along with our various co-hosts, welcomes your proposals for breakout sessions for three conferences coming in 2019. This is your chance to network and share your skills with your nonprofit peers!

Submit a proposal now for the following conferences:

  • Nonprofit Leadership Conference, June 13, 2019, Minneapolis (co-hosted with the Humphrey School)
  • Nonprofit Fundraising Conference, July 25, 2019, Brooklyn Center (co-hosted with AFP-MN)
  • MCN Annual Conference, October 24 – 25, 2019, Rochester

Want help crafting your proposal? Consider joining MCN for a FREE 1-hour virtual training starting at 1 p.m. on January 16. During this 60-minute conversation, we’ll guide you to consider ways to create a strong proposal that is likely to result in a successful conference workshop. Submissions must be completed by the end of the day, Wednesday, January 23, 2019. Find more info and submit yours on our website!

Native American Congressional Internship A summer internship for Native American and Alaska Native students who wish to learn more about the federal government and issues affecting Indian country. Application Deadline: January 31, 2019.

Udall Scholarship  Scholarships for Native Americans and Alaska Native students pursuing careers related to tribal public policy, self-governance, native health, or the environment. Application Deadline: March 7, 2019.

LifeSmarts Online Consumer Challenge  The National Consumers League hosts LifeSmarts, an online competition open to all students in grades 6-12. LifeSmarts celebrates 25 years of empowering teens to become smart, savvy consumers. Each month, LifeSmarts focuses on a different category important to teen consumers: personal finance, health and safety, consumer rights, technology, and the environment. Students compete online and in-person throughout the year to win scholarships and prizes. Experts in LifeSmarts subject areas are also needed to serve as judges and officials at the state and national competitions.

NGPF Nationwide Scholarship Contest Next Gen Personal Finance sponsors this scholarship contest for high school students. Ten $5,000 and numerous $500 Honorable Mention scholarships will be awarded nationwide.

Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis 31st Annual Student Essay Contest  

The Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis is asking students in its 31st annual essay contest to use economics to describe and defend an effective immigration policy. Compass could be a great resource for student writers, especially if they are looking for trends in immigration, the economy, or the workforce. The contest is open to all high school students in the Ninth Federal Reserve District.  Essays due April 19, 2019.   Learn more.

Open Positions on Explore Minnesota Tourism Council The Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State released notice of vacancies for various state boards, councils and committees that are accepting applications.

MISCELLANEOUS

Rural America at a Glance, 2018 Edition provides an overview of social and economic factors affecting rural America. Includes statistics and data on trends in employment, infrastructure, population, race/ethnicity, poverty, and income.

— Census 2020 – why is it important for rural Minnesota? The U.S. Constitution mandates that everyone in the country be counted every 10 years. The first census was in 1790 and to this day the goal of the census is to count every person living in the U.S. once, only once, and in the right place. Why is the census important? Here are three reasons from the Minnesota State Demographic Center:

  • Equal representation. Every 10 years, the results of the census are used to reapportion the House of Representatives, determining how many seats each state gets. After each decade’s census, state officials redraw the boundaries of the congressional and state legislative districts in their states to account for population shifts. It is possible that Minnesota may lose one district (it currently has 8). One less voting district means each district would have to represent about 100,000 more people.
  • Fair distribution of resources. The distribution of more than $675 billion in federal funds, grants and support to states, counties and communities are based on census data. That money is spent on schools, hospitals, roads, public works and other vital programs. That means, for instance, that at least $1,532 per person is allocated by the federal government to Minnesota each year.
  • Data to make smart decisions. Businesses use census data to decide where to build factories, offices and stores, which create jobs. Local governments use the census for public safety and emergency preparedness. Residents use the census to support community initiatives involving legislation, quality–of–life and consumer advocacy.

Rural areas often face challenges in delivering an accurate census count. Let’s make sure all areas of Minnesota are accurately represented. Visit the Minnesota State Demographic Center’s Census 2020 website to learn how to support and get involved in planning for the next United State’s Census!

New resource with regional data, key measures, and trends Northeastern Minnesota Compass Points 2018 is now available with at-a-glance key measures and trends related to housing, education, workforce, the economy, and more. The resource was developed in partnership with the Northland Foundation to highlight key demographic and wellbeing measures for the seven counties of northeastern Minnesota. See the data.

Net Migration by Metropolitan Status: 1986-2018 Line chart showing net migration in nonmetropolitan areas compared to principal cities and other metro areas from 1986 through 2018.

Rural Poverty, Part 1 showcases two papers from the Rural Policy Research Institute’s (RUPRI) March 2018 “Rural Poverty: Fifty Years After The People Left Behind” Conference. Covers the causes and consequences of rural poverty and discusses the evolving research agenda to address the issue to improve economic opportunities. Includes data comparing rural and urban poverty rates and includes information on rural and urban poverty rates by gender, education, marital status, and employment.

Indicators of early childhood development in Minnesota Results from the 2018 Minnesota Early Childhood Risk, Reach, and Resilience project are now on Minnesota Compass. Explore data on 12 economic, family stability, and health measures of risks to the well-being of young children, and coverage of 11 publicly funded programs serving the early learning, health, and basic needs of young children. See the data.

–Annie E. Casey Foundation is offering 2018 Kids Count Data Book that looks at trends in child wellbeing, revealing improvements in some economic indicators. Thirteen percent of the nation’s children still live in high-poverty communities, and the Data Book can help support advocacy, agenda-setting, and fundraising efforts. Get the Data Book here.

DEED Launches Tool to Measure and Report Broadband Access.  DEED Launched a new tool that will allow Minnesotans to test, map and report various broadband internet speeds across the state.CheckSpeedMinnesota.com is a benchmarking tool designed to gather information about the high-speed internet consumer experience in Minnesota. Follow the link to take the test.

Map to Prosperity  discusses the potential of broadband’s effects on the rural economy, especially for farming operations and small businesses. Describes broadband access in rural areas. Includes rural versus urban comparisons for rural broadband access and funding and technical assistance programs to increase broadband adoption.

–A report from the Federal Reserve System “Board of Governors Explores Affordable Housing Challenges in Rural Communities” finds that high levels of rental cost burdens are a challenge for rural communities. Despite the need, the analysis reveals that resources provided by the federal government to address rental cost burdens in rural areas is at a low point compared with recent history. Additionally, the report finds that the low-income housing tax credit (LIHTC) is an important tool for the production and preservation of affordable housing in both urban and rural communities. Get the report by clicking here.

Rental Housing for a 21st Century Rural America  analyzes seven indicators to describe the supply, demand, and affordability of housing in rural areas by census tracts. Offers suggestions on future rural rental housing needs and policy recommendations.

–The NYU Furman Center and Abt Associates recently launched LocalHousingSolutions.org, an interactive resource dedicated to helping counties, cities, and towns create and implement strategies to increase the supply of affordable housing and promote housing affordability. The site serves as a one-stop shop for local leaders to understand the housing needs of their communities and policies effective at addressing those needs. Access the resource by clicking here.

Adults with bachelor’s degree now largest share of Minnesota’s adults Over the last decade, we’ve seen a flip in the share of adults with lower and higher levels of educational attainment. Minnesota’s adults with a high school degree or less formed the largest share of our adult population until 2014. But starting in 2014, adults with a bachelor’s degree or higher became the largest share of our adult population. See more educational attainment 

Federal Student Loan Forgiveness and Loan Repayment Programs provides an overview of federal student loan forgiveness and repayment programs, including those administered by the Health Resources and Services Administration. Addresses program components, effects, cost, and issues for Congress to consider.

Rural Education Levels Are Increasing, but Still Lag Behind Urban Areas  Bar chart comparing rural and urban education levels for adults aged 25 and older in 2000 and 2016.

The Health and Economic Concerns of Rural Americans presentation features a discussion on the role social and economic disparities play in the health of people in rural communities. Highlights the effect the opioid crisis has had in rural areas and discusses ways communities can use local resources to combat opioid abuse.

–Rural Health Research Gateway has published “Rural Health Research Recap: Rural Communities: Age, Income, and Health Status,” that provides a summary of key findings from the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy funded Rural Health Research Centers’ most recent research on the demographics and health status of rural residents. The report features statistics comparing mortality and incidence of various health conditions in rural and urban areas, and poverty rates in the South, West, Midwest, and Northeast United States. Click here to get the report.

Rural Pharmacy and Prescription Drugs We’ve updated our Topic Guide on Rural Pharmacy and Prescription Drugs. Check it out for new Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on telepharmacy, key contacts on rules and regulations on pharmaceutical services in rural healthcare facilities, and more. Also features updated statistics throughout.

–An article in U.S. News and World Report, “Rural Pharmacies Are Closing: Where Does That Leave Patients?” discusses rural pharmacy closures and the wide-reaching impact these closures can have on their communities. The article also touches on some of the causes of closures including bigger chain pharmacies and low reimbursement rates. Click here to read the article.

–The state of Minnesota launched a new assistive technology website guide to help make sense of all the options available to people with disabilities. Assistive technology is any technology designed to help people with disabilities. Each disability can come with its own set of unique challenges and therefore requires its own unique technology to help people adapt. The Minnesota Guide to Assistive Technology exists to help people with disabilities find the specific device they may need.

–Release of a new community assessment tool that allows users to access data on the opioid epidemic in counties across the county, see the epidemic’s relation to demographic and socioeconomic factors, compare county-level data to the rest of the state and country, and track how data has changed over time.

National Food Affordability: A County-Level Analysis explores sociodemographic factors contributing to food affordability, with emphasis on differences between rural and urban areas. Features statistics on select food-related characteristics of U.S. counties, with breakdowns by rural or urban location and by Appalachian or Delta counties and other counties.

–Comptroller of the Currency Joseph Otting took the first step in moving toward Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) reform. The OCC issued an advanced notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPR) on CRA that asks for input on a number of questions. The entire ANPR can be found and comments can be submitted through the Federal eRulemaking Portal at www.regulations.gov by searching for “Docket ID OCC-2018-0008”.

–Fed Governor Randy Quarles gave a speech on the particular issues faced by community banks in rural areas at the Fed’s annual conference on community banking.  Quarles discussed the generally positive performance of rural banks, and the impacts felt when these rural community banks fail. Continue reading here.

–Living Cities has published “Facilitator’s Guide for Continuous Improvement Conversations with a Racial Equity Lens.” The racial equity guide provides information and tools on applying a racial equity lens to projects and achieving population-level change. Click here to get the guide.

–The latest issue of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco’s Community Development Innovation Review presents opportunities for community development to play a role in mental health promotion; including emerging themes such as the prevalence of trauma, community resilience in the face of climate change, and the power of arts and culture to engage and activate a community. Get the publication by clicking here.

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!

MN Rural Partners Rural Roundup September 2018: Info on grants, opportunities, events

VOTE ON NOVEMBER 6TH!

OCTOBER 2018 – Volume XVI — Number 9
Compiled & edited by Deb Miller Slipek, Ann Treacy, and Jane Leonard
Also find online at: https://wp.me/pkVGJ-8i

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

ACROSS THE FIELD: Community Development Turns 50!  Call for Presentations closes November 15

If you’ve been doing community development that involves civic engagement and interconnections between sectors and across disciplines, or community leadership development, or community entrepreneurship development, or community change, community improvement, and/or community innovation work, or community, economic, urban, rural and/or international development work in general, you will want to join your colleagues and head to Columbia, Missouri, next summer  (July 14-17, 2019) for the 50th anniversary of the Community Development Society (CDS) and annual international conference, Coming Home to Cultivate the Future.   (By the way, Minnesota boasts three past-presidents of this august organization: Brent Hales, John Kuester, and Jane Leonard, and a slew of past board members and past and current members.)

You can be a part of presenting that community development history and can help cultivate the future, too, if you get your presentation proposal in by November 15, 2018!  Please read more about the 2019 anniversary theme and submit  your presentation, paper, roundtable, poster, Impact of CDS session, and preconference workshop proposals at: https://www.comm-dev.org/networking/2019-conference/call-for-presentation-2019 

And, PLEASE FORWARD this message far and wide to others to SAVE THE DATE and plan to attend the 50th Anniversary of the Community Development Society & Annual International Conference,July 14-17, 2019, Columbia, Missouri, USA.

Born in Missouri on the Mizzou campus, and now spread worldwide, the founding of CDS brought together many disciplines 50 years ago and started a movement making clear that  community development is “a radical profession….based on the belief that people can give purposeful direction to their collective future. How this occurs is based on the community, the issues, the current capacity of people and the resource base that is present…Community development is gaining knowledge and empowerment through a process of collaboration and action.” (Practicing Community Development, Donald W. and Doris P. Littrell, University of Missouri Extension, 2006).

The 50th anniversary year is a golden opportunity to express and explore the extreme relevance and responsibility of the community development field and CDS to be proactive change agents, to help create conditions for and help foster shared and welcoming communities. It’s a chance to remember and re-embrace the ideals with which our founders also struggled, to articulate what was happening and what they could do to help amidst the chaotic changes of the 1960s. Much is the same as 50 years ago: waves of radical action and radical grace in the face of community and world-wide disruptions. Much has changed. We are more fragmented even as we are more widely and thinly connected. Community is fragile, beloved, and yearned. How can we help cultivate a future seeking and needing community to thrive?

Questions?  Please contact Jane Leonard, CDS VP of Programs and 2019 Program Chair at jane@growthandjustice.org

FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

–MPCA offers $1.1 million in grants to upgrade non-road diesel equipment.  The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) encourages private and public owners of older non-road diesel equipment to apply for MPCA’s Diesel Emission Reduction Act Grant (DERA). The $1.1 million grant funding will focus on non-road diesel equipment such as forklifts, cranes, excavators, barge towboats and locomotive engines that operate in Minnesota. The grant money will dramatically help cut pollution by replacing old, dirty, diesel engines with new, far-cleaner engines. In some cases, funds can help to replace the entire machine. Visit the DERA webpage for all application materials and details. The application period ends October 23, 2018.

Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) Renewable Energy Systems and Energy Efficiency Improvements Grants and Guaranteed Loans  Financing and grant funding for agriculture producers and rural small businesses to purchase, install, and construct renewable energy systems or complete energy efficiency improvements. An example of a potential project may be the installation of solar panels for hospitals or clinics to improve energy costs. Application Deadline: October 31, 2018.

Reeve Foundation Quality of Life Grants are to nonprofit organizations that provide services to improve the daily lives of people with paralysis and their families. Application Deadline: Oct 31, 2018.

–The East Central Regional Arts Council (ECRAC) wishes to announce to all local artists, organizations providing arts programming, and schools within Region 7E (the Minnesota Counties of Pine, Isanti, Chisago, Kanabec, and Mille Lacs) that there are five November 1 art grant deadlines! There will also be two additional grant deadlines for fiscal year 2019 which are February 1, and April 1.

November 1, 2018, 11:59 p.m., is the East Central Regional Arts Council (ECRAC) grant application deadline for:

* Art in Our Schools Grants: School districts may apply for special 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 and need to have an open to the public event.

* ECRAC Individual Artist Grants: Individual artists may apply for arts project 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 application portal go to: ECRAC Grants Page!

The online grant application processes for November 1 are open now. For further information, please call 320-396-2337 extension 2 or email: grantinfo@ecrac.org

America’s Farmers Grow Communities Project  Farmers enroll for a chance to direct $2,500 to local nonprofit organizations that are important to them and their communities. Geographic coverage: Available in selected counties in 41 states. Application deadline is November 1.

Annie’s Grants for Gardens are to develop edible garden projects that help connect kids to nutritious food. Application deadline is November 1.

Senior Corps Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) Funding to develop and support Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) projects for volunteers 55 years and older in serving specific local and community needs in areas that currently do not have an RSVP grant. Application Deadline: Nov 7, 2018.

Rural Health Network Development Planning Program  Grants to promote the planning and development of rural healthcare networks in order to achieve efficiencies; expand access to, coordinate, and improve the quality of essential healthcare services; and strengthen the rural healthcare system as a whole. Application Deadline: Nov 30, 2018.

–SAFER BRAND is offering funding to start a school garden with the goals of encouraging children to be active outside and to engage students in learning about nutrition and the environment. Deadline: 12/1/2018. Click here to visit the website for more information about this grant.

Farm to School Grant Program are to plan, establish, and/or sustain a Farm to School program that improves access to local foods in schools. Application Deadline: Dec 4, 2018.

–Corporation for National and Community Service is offering funding for programs that are designed to strengthen communities and solve local problems, including those found in rural and underserved areas. Funding priorities in 2019 include prescription drug and opioid abuse, education, and public safety. Deadline: Letter of Intent 12/12/2018 (optional); application 1/30/2019. Click here to review program guidelines.

Youth Garden Grant awards funding and gardening supplies to schools and community organizations with youth-centered garden programs. Application Deadline: Dec 17, 2018.

–Home Depot Foundation is offering grants of up to $5,000 for projects that repair, modify, weatherize, or otherwise improve low-income and/or transitional housing or community facilities. Deadline to apply: 12/31/2018. Click here to review funding guidelines.

Small Rural Hospital Improvement Program (SHIP)  provides funding to small rural hospitals, through their State Office of Rural Health, to help them do any or all of the following: purchase equipment or training to attain value-based payment and care goals; join or become an accountable care organization; and purchase health information technology, equipment, or training. Application Deadline: Jan 3, 2019.

–RURAL LISC (Local Initiatives Support Corporation) created the Community Facilities Fund to provide capital to help develop and improve essential community facilities in rural areas. Rural LISC utilizes this fund to provide permanent and construction-to-permanent financing for rural community facilities, including health care centers, hospitals, educational facilities, and other nonprofit and public facilities in rural communities with populations under 20,000. Deadline: ongoing. Click here for more information.

TRAINING/ MEETINGS

–BroadbandUSA is offering a webinar, “Federal Broadband Funding: Policies and Programs to Connect America” on October 17, 2018 at 02:00 PM EDT. Speakers will provide an overview of federal funding options to support increased broadband access in communities across the United States, and recent program and policy updates from officials representing the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration (EDA). Click here to register.

Attend the Annual Minnesota Heartland Meeting in Thief River Falls, Oct. 18 The annual meeting of the Minnesota Heartland Association, the regional tourism association for Northwest and Central Minnesota, will take place in Thief River Falls on Thursday, Oct. 18.

–Oct. 22-24 – Eighth Annual Cyber Security Summit, Minneapolis Convention Center, More info and registration.

–Border to Border Broadband: Transforming Minnesota Oct 23-24. Join policymakers, economic and community development professionals and community broadband champions from across the state for this annual opportunity to learn, connect and engage. https://wp.me/p3if7-4E8

–The annual Many Faces of Community Health Conference will be held October 25-26 in Bloomington.

–Registration opens Wednesday for an upcoming conference about the financial, legal and planning challenges associated with redeveloping contaminated sites. DEED is sponsoring Brownfields and Beyond: 2018 MN Redevelopment Conference, scheduled for Thursday and Friday, Nov. 1-2, at the River’s Edge Convention Center in St. Cloud. Visit the DEED website for more program details and registration information.

–Minnesota Venture Conference: Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018 at the Radisson Blu Minneapolis Downtown.  New format: The conference agenda will feature modules on hot technologies such as artificial intelligence, blockchain and cyber security.

  • Thought leaders and industry experts will lead off each module followed by an investor panel discussion, wrapping with pitches by top start-up companies in Minnesota and the upper Midwest.
  • Investor panels will include venture capitalists, angel investors, corporate/strategic investors, academic institutional investors and federal funding resources.
  • Featured content will shine a spotlight on Minnesota’s tech hubs–medical, financial, ag, food, sports and advanced manufacturing industries.

Look for more opportunities to connect entrepreneurs, investors and service providers throughout the day.  Registration information at http://mnventure.org/

–MnSEIA Midwest Solar Conference dates change to Nov. 12-13!!  The Minnesota Solar Energy Industries Association (MnSEIA) will host the fifth-annual MnSEIA Midwest Gateway to Solar Conference on at the Hilton Hotel in Bloomington, Minn. The conference will focus on the state of solar in Minnesota, the Midwest, and the nation. It will bring together solar industry practitioners from all over the country for education, networking, and MnSEIA’s plans to grow Minnesota’s solar market. To register and for more details, read more.

Register for the 2018 Minnesota Scenic Byway Workshop  The 2018 Scenic Byway Workshop will be held Nov.14-15 in Fergus Falls, hosted by the Otter Trail Scenic Byway.

–November 14 and 15 at the St. Paul RiverCentre is the MCN’s Annual Conference: Choosing Hope in Times of Disruption.

–Rural Health and Safety Education webinar series, “Combating Opioids,” is hosted by Purdue University Extension and the North Central Regional Center for Rural Development (NCRCRD). “Dreamland: America’s Opiate Epidemic and How We Got Here” will be held December 7, 2018 at 2:00 PM ET. To join the webinar, click here.

Explore Minnesota Tourism Conference Location Announced Explore Minnesota is excited to announce the 2019 Tourism Conference will be held in Minnesota’s capital city, St. Paul, on Feb. 4-6, 2019.

–MN Campus Compact Summit and Presidents’ Awards Luncheon will be held April 10, 2019 at St. Catherine University in St. Paul, MN.  For more information go to: https://mncampuscompact.org/event/2017-state-summit-and-awards-luncheon/

OPPORTUNITIES

–Rural Health Listening Sessions, 2018.  The purpose for our upcoming October rural health listening sessions—in Alexandria, , , Marshall and Waseca—is to gather information to inform our Rural Hospital Flexibility Program (Flex) and other state Office of Rural Health and Primary Care projects. The Flex Program was created to improve access and quality, and focuses on Minnesota’s Critical Access Hospitals (CAH) as the hub of rural systems of care.

The target audience for these rural health listening sessions is anyone who works in, works with or uses rural health care. If you would like to attend or get more information, please contact: Emma Distel at 651-201-3528.

  • Wednesday, October 10 (11:00 a.m. — 2:00 p.m.)
    MN Agricultural Interpretive Center (MAIC) 7367—360th Avenue Waseca, MN 56093
  • Wednesday, October 24 (11:00 a.m. — 2:00 p.m.)
    Avera Marshall Regional Medical Center 300 South Bruce Street Marshall, MN 56258
  • Tuesday, October 30 (4:00 p.m. — 6:00 p.m.)
    Alomere Health (KFA Douglas County Hospital)111–17th Avenue East Alexandria, MN 56308

If you would like to attend or have further questions, please contact: Emma Distel at 651-201-3528.

–Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has announced the 2019 Culture of Health Prize. Up to ten grants of $25,000 each will be awarded in recognition of outstanding community efforts and partnerships that are helping people live healthier lives. Deadline: 11/1/2018 (Phase I applications). Click here to review guidelines and to apply.

Country Doctor of the Year Award  is to a physician who best exemplifies the spirit, skill, and dedication of America’s rural medical practitioners. Application Deadline: Nov 15, 2018.

Proposals Sought for 2020 Governor’s Fishing Opener  Now in its 72nd year, the Governor’s Fishing Opener is an event established to promote our natural resources, uphold our fishing heritage and shine an intense media spotlight on our communities.

Bloomberg Fellows  is a fellowship for individuals who want to achieve a Master’s or PhD degree in Public Health, as well as on-the-ground training and experience. The program is looking for leaders working in the areas of addiction and overdose, environmental challenges, obesity and the food system, risks to adolescent health, and violence. Application deadline is December 30, 2018.

Native American Congressional Internship A summer internship for Native American and Alaska Native students who wish to learn more about the federal government and issues affecting Indian country. Application Deadline: January 31, 2019.

Udall Scholarship  Scholarships for Native Americans and Alaska Native students pursuing careers related to tribal public policy, self-governance, native health, or the environment. Application Deadline: March 7, 2019.

LifeSmarts Online Consumer Challenge  The National Consumers League hosts LifeSmarts, an online competition open to all students in grades 6-12. This September, LifeSmarts celebrates 25 years of empowering teens to become smart, savvy consumers. Each month, LifeSmarts focuses on a different category important to teen consumers: personal finance, health and safety, consumer rights, technology, and the environment. Students compete online and in-person throughout the year to win scholarships and prizes. Experts in LifeSmarts subject areas are also needed to serve as judges and officials at the state and national competitions.

NGPF Nationwide Scholarship Contest Next Gen Personal Finance sponsors this scholarship contest for high school students. Ten $5,000 and numerous $500 Honorable Mention scholarships will be awarded nationwide.

MISCELLANEOUS

–Different Approaches to Rural Broadband in MN.  The City Pages features RS Fiber, Windomnet, Paul Bunyan and Lake Connections as rural broadband providers that have come up with innovative ways to get local residents the bandwidth they need. https://wp.me/p3if7-4Jh

Poverty declines in Twin Cities, stagnates in greater Minnesota

Poverty rates across the Twin Cities and greater Minnesota have been diverging in recent years. While the Twin Cities has seen sustained declines in poverty since 2014, greater Minnesota’s poverty rate has largely stagnated. See more data on poverty.

–Health insurance coverage drops slightly in 2017.  The latest Census data show a drop in the number of Minnesotans covered by health insurance in 2017. This comes at a time when various policy changes threaten Minnesotans’ ability to see a doctor or get their medication when they need it. In 2017, 4.4 percent of Minnesotans went without health insurance at some point during the year, compared to 4.1 percent last year. Minnesota has long worked towards all of us having affordable health care; we shouldn’t retreat from those goals.  http://www.minnesotabudgetbites.org/2018/09/12/new-census-data-highlights-minnesotas-long-term-progress-in-health-coverage-and-the-need-to-continue-to-invest/

–Minnesotans of color are left out of top-line economic gains shown in Census data.  The latest state-level Census data on Minnesota’s economy show the state continues to perform better than the nation in terms of economic well-being. In 2017, the income of the median Minnesota household increased to $68,388, more than $8,000 above the national level. The share of Minnesotans living in poverty, 9.5 percent, is also well below the national figure of 13.4 percent. http://www.minnesotabudgetbites.org/2018/09/13/more-new-census-data-shows-minnesotas-prosperity-isnt-reaching-all-minnesotans/

–A report from Pew Charitable Trusts, “About a Quarter of Rural Americans Say Access to High-Speed Internet Is a Major Problem,” shares the views of rural residents describing their access to high speed internet and the scope of the problem. Includes information on internet use, smartphone ownership, and home broadband by rurality. Click here to get the report.

–USDA Economic Research Service has published a collection of charts showing data on food insecurity in the pre-recession period of 2001-2007, the 2008-2009 recession, and the 2010-2017 post-recession period. It includes data for metropolitan and nonmetro areas. Click here to review the data. USDA has also published a report on household food security; click here to get the report.

–“Rental Housing for a 21st Century Rural America: A Platform for Preservation,” a report from Housing Assistance Council, indicates that significant numbers of Section 515 properties will no longer be affordable as the loans mature in the next few decades. Over 13,000 rental properties and 415,000 affordable units throughout rural America are financed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) through its Rural Rental Housing Loans program, Section 515. Many maturing Section 515 properties are located in markets, mostly in the South and Midwest that are either declining or growing rapidly, putting their affordability at risk.

The Opportunity Atlas  Interactive mapping tool that provides estimates for children’s future earnings, incarceration rates, and other outcomes in adulthood by parental income, race, and gender by census tract. For some low population census tracts, there may be insufficient data to allow for all features.

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!

 

MN Rural Partners Rural Roundup September 2018: Info on grants, opportunities, events

SEPTEMBER 2018 – Volume XVI — Number 8
Compiled & edited by Deb Miller Slipek, Ann Treacy, and Jane Leonard

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

ACROSS THE FIELD: Mast Year for Acorns. Bumper crop harbinger of other amazing occurrences?
by Jane Leonard

I just gotta say that it’s been a loud and busy summer out here in the Oak Savanna. Acorns started dropping mid-summer and are dropping again now, setting off unexpected & loud noises from roofs, gutters, metal-plated vehicles and happy squealing from squirrels and other creatures grateful to have a bumper crop for winter’s storehouse.

The trees somehow know every 3 to 5 to 7 years that they should/could overproduce (10,000 acorns from one mature tree — we have about a dozen such trees close to the house!). The overproduction allows for all the animals to have their food needs met, and for there to be enough seeds to survive and make it through germination to get the next generations of mighty oaks underway.

It makes me wonder if people came out like that in full force once in a regular while to invest in the precious but unseen future together. How might that set up a generation of progress for Minnesota’s humankind (and treekind, too!)?  You can find out this fall while the acorns drop. Find a Thriving by Design community meeting near you, or host one.  Several will soon be underway across the state later this month and into October. Check out www.thrivingbydesignmn.org for more information and then like a mast of acorns, drop by to plant seeds for our shared future.

And in the meantime, check out these web sites for more info on this acorn phenomena:
https://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2018/08/31/good-question-nuts-acorns/     http://www.myminnesotawoods.umn.edu/2018/08/why-are-there-so-many-acorns-this-year/

FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

Applications Open Aug. 1 for $11 Million in Legacy Grants  Groups that want to restore, protect or enhance public land or land permanently protected by conservation easements can apply for Conservation Partners Legacy (CPL) grants that help pay for work on Minnesota prairies, forests, wetlands or other habitat for fish and wildlife. Nonprofit organizations and government entities are eligible to submit applications for traditional and metro grant cycles until 4 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 24, on the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources website at mndnr.gov/cpl.

Applicants may request up to $400,000 with a total project cost not exceeding $575,000. Projects also must have a 10 percent match from a source outside a state agency. Potential applicants are encouraged to review the request for proposal and the “how to apply” tab on the website, which guides users through the application process.  Questions can be directed to Jessica Lee, CPL grant program coordinator for the DNR, jessica.lee@state.mn.us or 651-259-5233.

–AARP Foundation has issued the following Requests for Applications (RFAs): The Increasing Social Connectedness for Older Adults RFA will support nonprofit organizations with innovative solutions to bring to scale proven approaches that increase social support and connectedness among low-income older adults. The Tackling Senior Food Insecurity RFA will support nonprofit organizations with innovative solutions to bring to scale proven approaches that increase food security for low-income older adults. The application deadline for both is 9/28/2018. Visit the Foundation’s website here to learn more about each grant opportunity.

–USDA seeks applicants for Rural Broadband Access Loans https://wp.me/p3if7-4xT  Deadline is September 30th.

TARGET is accepting applications for a K-12 Field Trip Program. Grants of up to $700 will be awarded to educators interested in leading field trips for K-12 students. Deadline to apply: 10/1/2018. Click here to review application guidelines.

Department of Health and Human Services is offering grants through The Healthy Tomorrows Partnership for Children Program for programs that support community-based services aimed at improving the health status of children, adolescents, and families in rural and other underserved communities by increasing their access to health services. Deadline: 10/1/2018. Click here for funding guidelines.

2019 Tourism Marketing Grant Guidelines The new 2019 Tourism Marketing Grant Guidelines & Request for Funding forms are available on the Explore Minnesota industry site under “Ways to Get Involved.”  Due October 1, 2018.

Healthy Tomorrows Partnership for Children Program tis o support community-based child health projects that improve the health status of mothers, infants, children, and adolescents in rural and other underserved communities by increasing their access to health services. Application deadline is October 1.

The Laura Jane Musser Fund is seeking applications for its Rural Initiative Program in Colorado, Hawaii, Minnesota, and Wyoming, as well as the Rio Grande Valley, Deep East Texas, and the Brazos Valley regions of Texas. Through the Rural Initiative Program, the Fund supports efforts that will help to strengthen individual rural towns in the targeted states in a number of civic areas, including, but not limited to, economic development, business preservation, arts and humanities, public space improvements, and education. The applicant community must have a population of 10,000 or fewer and must be able to demonstrate the rural characteristics of their location and support from a diverse cross-section of community members and institutions. Planning grants of up to $5,000 and implementation grants of up to $25,000 are provided. Deadline: 10/3/2018. Review specific grant guidelines and application procedures on the Fund’s website here.

Whole Kids Foundation is accepting applications for the School Garden Grant Program. Grants of $2,000 are available to help fund garden projects at public and private K-12 schools in the United States. Deadline: 10/15/2018. Click here to review funding guidelines and to apply.

The Laura Jane Musser Fund supports projects that promote mutual understanding and cooperation between groups of community members of different cultural backgrounds through the Intercultural Harmony Initiative. Project planning grants up to $5,000 or implementation grants up to $25,000 will be considered. New programs or projects in their first three years are eligible. Deadline: applications will be accepted online 9/17-10/17/2018. Projects in Colorado, Hawaii, Minnesota, Wyoming, and limited counties in Texas will be considered. Click here to visit the website for funding guidelines.

Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) Renewable Energy Systems and Energy Efficiency Improvements Grants and Guaranteed Loans  Financing and grant funding for agriculture producers and rural small businesses to purchase, install, and construct renewable energy systems or complete energy efficiency improvements. An example of a potential project may be the installation of solar panels for hospitals or clinics to improve energy costs. Application Deadline: October 31, 2018.

America’s Farmers Grow Communities Project  Farmers enroll for a chance to direct $2,500 to local nonprofit organizations that are important to them and their communities. Geographic coverage: Available in selected counties in 41 states. Application deadline is November 1.

Annie’s Grants for Gardens are to develop edible garden projects that help connect kids to nutritious food. Application deadline is November 1.

Rural Health Network Development Planning Program  Grants to promote the planning and development of rural healthcare networks in order to achieve efficiencies; expand access to, coordinate, and improve the quality of essential healthcare services; and strengthen the rural healthcare system as a whole. Application Deadline: Nov 30, 2018.

Home Depot Foundation is offering grants of up to $5,000 for projects that repair, modify, weatherize, or otherwise improve low-income and/or transitional housing or community facilities. Deadline to apply: 12/31/2018. Click here to review funding guidelines.

BNSF Railway Foundation Grants  to organizations that operate near a BNSF railway line. 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.

— The Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA) Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP) plans to award up to 75 grants to rural communities as part of a new Rural Communities Opioid Response Planning (RCORP)initiative in FY 18. Successful awardees will receive up to $200,000 for one–year to develop plans to implement opioid use disorder prevention, treatment, and recovery interventions designed to reduce opioid overdoses among rural populations. The initiative will focus on the 220 counties identified by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as being at risk, as well as other high risk rural communities. The lead applicant must be part of a group including at least three other partners that have committed to forming a consortium or are part of an established consortium. All domestic public and private entities, nonprofit and for–profit, will be eligible to apply and all services must be provided in rural communities. For more information please contact: Allison Hutchings.

–Rural LISC (Local Initiatives Support Corporation) created the Community Facilities Fund to provide capital to help develop and improve essential community facilities in rural areas. Rural LISC utilizes this fund to provide permanent and construction-to- permanent financing for rural community facilities, including health care centers, hospitals, educational facilities, and other nonprofit and public facilities in rural communities with populations under 20,000. Deadline: ongoing. Click here for more information.

SEARCH – Special Evaluation Assistance for Rural Communities and Households provides funding to financially distressed rural communities of less than 2,500 people to assist with feasibility studies, design assistance, and technical assistance on proposed water and waste disposal projects.

Capital Funding for Rural Healthcare This guide has received its annual update. In addition to providing an overview of what capital funding is and how it can be useful for a rural organization, it also includes a number of grant and loan programs that support capital projects, discusses rules and eligibility for common funding programs, and touches on strategies for fundraising and finding funding opportunities.

— USDA’s Direct Home Loan Program offers financing to qualified very-low and low-income applicants that are unable to qualify for traditional financing. No down payment is required, and the interest rate could be as low as one percent with a subsidy. Applicants must meet income and credit guidelines and demonstrate repayment ability. The program is available in rural communities of 20,000 people or less. The maximum loan amount for repair is $20,000 at a one percent interest rate, repayable for a 20-year term and can be used to improve or modernize homes and do essential repairs. Grants of up to $7,500 are available to homeowners 62 and older and must be used to remove health or safety hazards, such as fixing a leaking roof, installing indoor plumbing, or replacing a furnace. Time is limited to receive these funds. Qualified applicants have until the end of September 2018 to apply. Contact a USDA Rural Development Housing Specialist in your area today, to see if you qualify.

TRAINING/ MEETINGS

September 17-18: 2018 Community Indicators Consortium Impact Summit  The 2018 Community Indicators Consortium Impact Summit will be held at the University of Minnesota McNamara Alumni Center. Presentations will explore how data and community indicators can increase understanding of issues, influence practices, support informed decisions about policies and programs, and track progress toward sustainable and equitable communities.

September 20: Greater Minnesota Nonprofit Summit at Bemidji State University. Learn more and register.

NDC will offer a course, “Catalyze Main Street Development” October 2-4, 2018 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Understanding how to finance mixed-use development as a way to catalyze Main Street, energizing it with shopping, dining, culture, and entertainment, is critical for communities. Older districts have special opportunities for adaptive reuse-with buildings that are ideally suited to multiple uses (retail/office, residential/retail, etc.) in one structure. This course explores debt, equity and public/private financing tools available for Main Street redevelopment. Learn more and register by clicking here. Save up to 25 percent on remaining 2018 courses with promo code: NDC2018-15.

Register for the Minnesota Association of Convention & Visitor Bureaus Annual Meeting & Conference  The Minnesota Association of Convention & Visitor Bureaus 2018 Annual Meeting & Conference will be held Oct. 2-3 in St. Louis Park.

— The Minnesota Restaurant, Lodging and Resort & Campground Associations are excited to announce that registration is now open for the 2018 Minnesota Hospitality Conference & Expo on Wednesday, Oct. 3, at the Saint Paul RiverCentre. For more information, visit hospitalitymn.org/expo.

October 11: Annual Minnesota Policy Conference The Minnesota Policy Conference is the premiere opportunity for individuals from all sectors who are involved in policy work to gain insight into policy trends and solutions. Many current and former partners of Minnesota Compass will be presenting at the conference. This year’s program includes sessions about statewide approaches to affordable housing, philanthropy and public policy, fighting the opioid epidemic, mapping prejudice, and climate projections to aid local planning and implementation. Learn more and register.

–Oct. 22-24 – Eighth Annual Cyber Security Summit, Minneapolis Convention Center, More info and registration.   

Border to Border Broadband: Transforming Minnesota Oct 23-24. Join policymakers, economic and community development professionals and community broadband champions from across the state for this annual opportunity to learn, connect and engage. https://wp.me/p3if7-4E8

–The annual Many Faces of Community Health Conference will be held October 25-26 in Bloomington.

–Registration opens Wednesday for an upcoming conference about the financial, legal and planning challenges associated with redeveloping contaminated sites. DEED is sponsoring Brownfields and Beyond: 2018 MN Redevelopment Conference, scheduled for Thursday and Friday, Nov. 1-2, at the River’s Edge Convention Center in St. Cloud. Visit the DEED website for more program details and registration information.

Save the date for Minnesota Venture Conference: Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018 at the Radisson Blu Minneapolis Downtown.  New format: The conference agenda will feature modules on hot technologies such as artificial intelligence, blockchain and cyber security.

  • Thought leaders and industry experts will lead off each module followed by an investor panel discussion, wrapping with pitches by top start-up companies in Minnesota and the upper Midwest.
  • Investor panels will include venture capitalists, angel investors, corporate/strategic investors, academic institutional investors and federal funding resources.
  • Featured content will shine a spotlight on Minnesota’s tech hubs–medical, financial, ag, food, sports and advanced manufacturing industries.

Look for more opportunities to connect entrepreneurs, investors and service providers throughout the day.  Stay tuned for registration information at http://mnventure.org/

–MnSEIA Midwest Solar Conference dates change to Nov. 12-13!!  The Minnesota Solar Energy Industries Association (MnSEIA) will host the fifth-annual MnSEIA Midwest Gateway to Solar Conference on at the Hilton Hotel in Bloomington, Minn. The conference will focus on the state of solar in Minnesota, the Midwest, and the nation. It will bring together solar industry practitioners from all over the country for education, networking, and MnSEIA’s plans to grow Minnesota’s solar market. To register and for more details, read more.

–November 14 and 15 at the St. Paul RiverCentre is the MCN’s Annual Conference: Choosing Hope in Times of Disruption.

Explore Minnesota Tourism Conference Location Announced Explore Minnesota is excited to announce the 2019 Tourism Conference will be held in Minnesota’s capital city, St. Paul, on Feb. 4-6, 2019.

OPPORTUNITIES

–Principal Community Scholars Nominate a community-minded student seeking a business-related degree for a $1,000 civic leadership scholarship. Nominations due Sept. 28.

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has announced the 2019 Culture of Health Prize. Up to ten grants of $25,000 each will be awarded in recognition of outstanding community efforts and partnerships that are helping people live healthier lives. Deadline: 11/1/2018 (Phase I applications). Click here to review guidelines and to apply.

Country Doctor of the Year Award  Award to a physician who best exemplifies the spirit, skill, and dedication of America’s rural medical practitioners. Application Deadline: Nov 15, 2018.

Bloomberg Fellows  is a fellowship for individuals who want to achieve a Master’s or PhD degree in Public Health, as well as on-the-ground training and experience. The program is looking for leaders working in the areas of addiction and overdose, environmental challenges, obesity and the food system, risks to adolescent health, and violence. Application deadline is December 30, 2018.

Native American Congressional Internship A summer internship for Native American and Alaska Native students who wish to learn more about the federal government and issues affecting Indian country. Application Deadline: January 31, 2019.

Udall Scholarship  Scholarships for Native Americans and Alaska Native students pursuing careers related to tribal public policy, self-governance, native health, or the environment. Application Deadline: March 7, 2019.

LifeSmarts Online Consumer Challenge  The National Consumers League hosts LifeSmarts, an online competition open to all students in grades 6-12. This September, LifeSmarts celebrates 25 years of empowering teens to become smart, savvy consumers. Each month, LifeSmarts focuses on a different category important to teen consumers: personal finance, health and safety, consumer rights, technology, and the environment. Students compete online and in-person throughout the year to win scholarships and prizes. Experts in LifeSmarts subject areas are also needed to serve as judges and officials at the state and national competitions. This year’s competition begins on September 10.

NGPF Nationwide Scholarship Contest Next Gen Personal Finance sponsors this scholarship contest for high school students. Ten $5,000 and numerous $500 Honorable Mention scholarships will be awarded nationwide.

Openings on Explore Minnesota Tourism Council  The Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State has posted several open positions on the Explore Minnesota Tourism Council, including a statewide association representative for lodging/resorts.

MISCELLANEOUS

Crop insurance: Helping farmers, but not without consequences.  Higher federal subsidies have increased participation but driven program costs significantly higher.

Human Trafficking: A Rural Perspective Recorded webinar discussing data on the prevalence of human trafficking of rural children in their communities and schools. Covers risk factors and indicators. Describes promising and evidence-based prevention and intervention programs for rural communities and schools. Additional links: Download Video Recording

Insuring Rural America: Health Insurance Challenges and Opportunities 
Details a study focusing on the challenges of designing an insurance market that works in rural America. Looks at the needs of rural people and current health insurance policy.

Rural AAAs Structure and Services: Information & Planning Issue Brief 
Examines differences between rural and non-rural Area Agencies on Aging (AAAs), using data from the 2016 AAA National Survey. Features statistics on budgets, budget sources, staff, structure, services, and participation in integrated care initiatives, with breakdowns by rural and non-rural location.

IdentityTheft.gov  This FTC website is the federal government’s one-stop resource to help people report and recover from identity theft. It is available in Spanish at www.robodeidentidad.gov.

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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