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USDA Seeks Applications for Grants to Help Rural Businesses Create Jobs

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is offering Rural Cooperative Development Grants (RCDG) to nonprofit corporations and institutions of higher education. The grants also may be used to conduct feasibility studies, create and implement business plans, and help businesses develop new markets for their products and services.

One-year grants up to $175,000 are available. In most cases, grants may be used to pay for up to 75 percent of the cost of establishing and operating rural cooperative development centers. Recipients are required to match 25 percent of the award amount. The grant period should begin no earlier than October 1, 2012, and no later than January 1, 2013.

Through this notice, USDA may award up to $5.8 million in grants. The deadline for RCDG applications is August 6, 2012.

For additional information, see the June 7, 2012, Federal Register or contact a USDA Rural Development state office.

In addition, USDA is offering almost $2.37 million in Rural Development's Rural Business Opportunity Grants (RBOG). This program promotes sustainable economic development in rural communities and regions with exceptional needs.

The RBOG program provides training and technical assistance grants for business development, entrepreneurs, and economic development officials and assists with economic development planning. Funding is available to rural public bodies, nonprofit corporations, Native American tribes and cooperatives with primarily rural members that conduct activities for the mutual benefit of the membership.

RBOG applications are due August 6, 2012. Application instructions may be obtained from the June 7, 2012, Federal Register, or by contacting a USDA Rural Development State Office.



TCUP Grantee Institute of American Indian Arts Recently Featured on NBC Nightly News

NBC Nightly News With Brian Williams recently featured the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA), a three-time recipient of TCUP funding from OUP. The piece, "American Indian Students Find Refuge in Cultural Curriculum," spotlights how IAIA bridges both educational and cultural gaps through its inclusive curricula, and how it prepares its students for prosperous futures while instilling in them a strength and resilience inspired by their cultural pasts.

To view the video and read the accompanying article, please visit MSNBC's DailyNightly section.



HHS Announces $70 Million in Community Transformation Grant - Small Communities Funding

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has announced available funding of $70 million to improve the health of small communities across the nation. Grants will be awarded to governmental agencies and non-governmental organizations across a variety of sectors, including transportation, housing, education, and public health, in an effort to save lives and control the nationís growing healthcare costs associated with stoppable chronic diseases.

The small-community investments are part of the Community Transformation Grant (CTG) program, a comprehensive prevention and wellness initiative launched in 2011 by HHS and administered by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The CTG Small Communities program targets intervention populations of up to 500,000 in neighborhoods, school districts, villages, towns, cities, and counties in order to increase opportunities for people to make healthful choices and improve health. These areas can be specific counties, cities, towns and villages with populations up to 500,000 or neighborhoods, sections, or subgroups of the population (for example, children or seniors) within a metropolitan area. In addition, HHS is continuing to support the initial group of 68 CTG awardees that have the potential to reach approximately 120 million Americans.

The CTG Small Communities program grantees will work toward one or more of the five outcome measures described in Section 4201 of the Affordable Care Act: changes in weight, proper nutrition, physical activity, tobacco use, and social and emotional well-being; and align with the five priority areas of the CTG program: tobacco-free living; active living and healthy eating; evidence-based quality clinical and other preventive services, specifically prevention and control of high blood pressure and high cholesterol; social and emotional wellness, such as facilitating early identification of mental health needs and access to quality services, especially for people with chronic conditions; and healthy and safe physical environments.

CDC expects to make 25 to 50 competitive grant awards under the CTG Small Communities program, with successful applicants announced in September 2012. The final number of awards will depend on the quality of applications, sizes of communities to be served, sizes of awards, and other factors. Applicants specifically must demonstrate how they can improve the health of their communities through increasing the availability of healthy foods and beverages, improving access to safe places for physical activity, and reducing tobacco use and encouraging smoke-free environments. The awards are one-time funding with a 2-year project period.

The deadline for submission is July 31, 2012.

Learn more about the CTG program at the CDC website or the Grants.gov posting of this funding opportunity.



Call for Papers for the Federal Reserve Community Development Research Conference

The Community Affairs Officers of the Federal Reserve System have announced a call for paper submissions for the eighth Federal Reserve Community Development Research Conference. This conference, entitled "Resilience and Rebuilding for Low-Income Communities: Research to Inform Policy and Practice," will be held April 11Ė12, 2013, at the Renaissance Hotel in Washington, D.C.

The goal of the conference is to highlight new action-oriented and academically rigorous research on resiliency and rebuilding initiatives that can directly inform community development policy and practice. This conference seeks to present research that addresses:

  • The community development finance field after the Great Recession.
  • Housing markets and neighborhood stabilization.
  • Asset building and community resilience.
  • Access to credit and financial services for consumers and small businesses.
  • Poverty and inequality.
  • Place-based community and economic development.
  • Demographic change, human capital, and workforce development.

Papers addressing these topics and others affecting minority and rural communities are encouraged. Research outside of these specific topics that fit within the underlying themes are also welcome, including research papers on technology innovations for community development, social entrepreneurship, transportation, microenterprise, financial education, and other related topics.

The deadline for submissions is September 15, 2012. Abstracts or completed papers may be submitted online. Questions may be submitted via email to Karen Leone de Nie at the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta at karen.leonedenie@atl.frb.org.

To learn more about this call for papers, download the PDF flyer.



HUD Announces Authority to Accept Unsolicited Research Proposals

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) recently announced its newly enacted authority to participate in research partnerships with outside entities through non-competitive cooperative agreements. The research that results from these partnerships will inform critical policy questions related to HUD programs, enhancing our knowledge about what works in housing and community development programs.

In 2012, HUD is focusing our involvement in research partnerships on projects exploring one of four key priorities: HUD demonstrations; housing as a platform to improve a personís quality of life; American Housing Survey data; and housing technology. The research partnerships require at least a 50-percent cost share funded by philanthropic organizations or other governmental agencies. Contributions do not include waiver of overhead or similar costs.

For more information, please see the Federal Register notice announcing HUDís non-competitive cooperative agreement authority. Questions should be directed by email to ResearchPartnerships@hud.gov or by telephone to Sarah Schaefer, Office of Policy Development at (202) 402-6846.


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