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USDA Seeks Applications for Community Development Grants

May 31, 2017

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development is seeking applications for the Rural Community Development Initiative grant to support housing, community facilities, and community and economic development projects in rural areas.

The grant will be provided through USDA’s Community Facilities Rural Community Development Initiative Grant Program.  Congress first authorized this program in 1999 to develop the capacity and ability of private, non-profit community-based housing and community development organizations, low income rural communities, and federally recognized Native American Tribes.

Qualified intermediary organizations will provide financial and technical assistance to recipients to develop their capacity and ability to undertake projects related to housing, community facilities, or community and economic development that will support the community.  The Intermediary will be required to provide matching funds in an amount at least equal to the RCDI grant. The respective minimum and maximum grant amount per Intermediary is $50,000.00 and $250,000.00. The Recipient and Beneficiary, but not the Intermediary, must be located in a city or town that has a population of 50,000 or less inhabitants.

The deadline to apply is July 25, 2017. Applications in Missouri should be submitted to the USDA Rural Development State Office:

USDA Rural Development
ATTN: Community Programs
601 Business Loop, 70 West
Parkade Center Suite 235
Columbia, MO 65203

Additional information about this program and how to apply can be found on page 24281 of the May 26, 2017, Federal Register.

For more information…

Questions related to USDA Community Programs in Missouri may be directed to a local Community Programs Specialist.

For projects outside of Missouri…

Those with project proposals outside of Missouri should contact USDA Rural Development in the corresponding state.

Announcements from the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy

May 24, 2017

What’s New

Food Insecurity by County. The hunger-relief organization Feeding America has created an interactive map of county level food-insecurity rates in the United States. Food security, as defined and measured by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, means “access by all people at all times to enough food for an active, healthy life.” Overall, more than 42 million people, or 13.4% of the population, were considered food-insecure in the year 2015, the last year for which data are available.  The highest rate was in Mississippi, where 21.5% are food insecure. Rates of food insecurity are generally higher in rural households than urban.

Funding Opportunities

Rural Health and Safety Education – June 30.  Land-grant colleges and universities, established to focus on agricultural and mechanical science and research, are eligible to compete for grants of up to $350,000 to implement this program supporting health education in rural communities.  The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) will invest a total of $2.8 million in rural health and safety education “to promote and enhance rural health, strengthen economic vitality and, in the long run, mitigate the effects of rural poverty.”  More information about the program is available on the NIFA website.

USDA Rural Telemedicine Development – July 17. The U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Utilities Service (RUS) seeks applicants for the 2017 Distance Learning and Telemedicine (DLT) grant program, providing up to $500,000 to support access to education, training, and health care resources for rural residents through telecommunications technologies. This year, RUS will prioritize $1.6 million for communication upgrades between ambulances, emergency transportation vehicles, and medical facilities. Applicants should be aware that DLT grants require a minimum 15% match, which cannot be from another federal source.

Suicide Prevention – July 18.  Health agencies with mental and behavioral health functions may apply for awards up to $700,000 to implement Zero Suicide in Health Systems.  In cooperative agreements with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), successful applicants will raise awareness of suicide, establish referral processes and work to improve care and outcomes for adults 25 and older who are at risk for suicide.  SAMHSA will hold a pre-application webinar on Friday, June 2 at 2:00 pm ET.  For more information, contact  Earlier this year, a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention identified data showing higher risk and rates of suicide in rural communities.

Funding for Children Affected by Substance Abuse – August 9. Nonprofit organizations, state and local governments and Native American tribal governments are among those eligible to form regional networks and compete for 11 awards up to $600,000 from the Administration for Children and Families to improve the well-being of children affected by substance abuse.  Applicants must have in place a collaborative network within or across state lines that include varying entities of health, child welfare, law enforcement and other entities related to child and family services.  Six awards up to $600,000 will also be made for regional partnerships supporting children affected by substance abuse in American Indian/Alaska Native communities.


Announcements from the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy

April 7, 2017

What’s New

2017 County Health Rankings.  This year’s assessment of health in every country in the U.S. concludes that more Americans are dying prematurely across rural and urban communities and racial/ethnic groups.  For the years studied, premature death increased most among those ages 15-44.  Drug overdose was by far the single leading cause of premature death by injury in 2015 but, for those aged 15-24, more deaths due to motor vehicle crashes and firearm fatalities also played a role in the accelerated rise.  A new measurement this year, disconnected youth, looks at young adults aged 16-24 who are not in school and not working and finds the issue more prevalent in rural counties than urban counties.  An interactive map on the County Health Rankings site breaks down the data by county and state.

CDC and Rural Health.  To promote their ongoing work around rural health issues, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently launched a website that provides an overview of the significant gap in health between rural and urban Americans, links to the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report rural health series, and resources on key health topics impacting rural Americans.  The site also shares The Community Guide, a collection of findings – on topics such as diabetes, mental health, nutrition, obesity and oral health – to help resource-limited communities identify the best evidence-based interventions for improved health and disease prevention.  To learn more about the FORHP and CDC collaboration around rural health topics, please see the RHIhub resource page on the CDC MMWR Rural Health Series and check back frequently for details about upcoming webinars on specific topics.


NHSC Scholarship Program

March 14, 2017

NHSC Scholarship Program applications are now being accepted through April 27th.

2017 DTA Foundation Grant Process is Now Open

January 19, 2017

The Dental Trade Alliance Foundation is now accepting preliminary proposal summaries for their 2017 grant programs!

The DTA Foundation will award nine $25,000 grants in 2017, one of which will be a joint DTA Foundation/Dental Lifeline Network grant.

If your organization has an innovative pilot project designed to improve oral health care for the growing number of Americans in need, or has an innovative pilot project specifically related to providing access to comprehensive dentistry for individuals with disabilities, who are elderly, or medically compromised, please review the 2017 Preliminary Proposal Guidelines and Criteria.

Each applicant must demonstrate that their innovative pilot project will not only improve access to oral care in their immediate area, but also have the potential to grow and be implemented in other areas of the country.

New for 2017: In order to be invited to complete a full application for a DTA Foundation grant, your organization will be required to submit an electronic 2017 Preliminary Proposal Summary Form. The DTA Foundation will not accept grant applications from any organizations that have not been invited to move on in the review process. Preliminary proposal summaries are a requirement for all organizations. No exceptions will be made.

Preliminary proposal summaries must be received no later than February 15, 2016.

Visit our website for more information and FAQs.

The DTA Foundation has awarded just over $1.7 million dollars in grant funding to 83 innovative projects designed to increase access to oral health care since the inception of the grant program in 2002. Past recipients have used DTA Foundation seed money for innovative programs designed to improve the access to and productivity of the oral health care system, leveraging more than $5 million in additional funding for these promising projects.

In 2013, the DTA Foundation and the Dental Lifeline Network joined forces to create a grant program to specifically support projects that provide access to comprehensive dentistry for society’s most vulnerable individuals who are elderly, medically compromised, or with special needs and have no other way to get help.

Grant Opportunity FW: Advanced Nursing Education Workforce (ANEW) Program

October 25, 2016

This FY 2017 ANEW Program FOA seeks to expand upon the efforts that began in FY 2015 under the Advanced Nursing Education (ANE) Program to increase academic-practice partnerships around the country.

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The ANEW Program supports innovative academic-practice partnerships to prepare primary care advanced practice registered nursing students to practice in rural and underserved settings through academic and clinical training. Closing date for applications is January 25, 2017.

The partnerships support traineeships as well as infrastructure funds to schools of nursing and their practice partners who deliver longitudinal primary care clinical training experiences with rural and/or underserved populations for selected advanced nursing education students in primary care nurse practitioner (NP), primary care clinical nurse specialist (CNS), and/or nurse-midwife (NMW) programs, and facilitate program graduates’ employment in those settings.

Eligible applicants include entities that provide registered nurses (RN) with training that leads to master’s and/or doctoral degrees that prepare nurses to serve as primary care nurse practitioners, primary care clinical nurse specialists, and nurse-midwives.

Applicants may include accredited schools of nursing, nursing centers, academic health centers, state or local governments, and other public or private nonprofit entities authorized by the Secretary of HHS that confer degrees to RNs for primary care NP, primary care CNS, or nurse-midwife education. Federally recognized Indian Tribal Government and Native American Organizations as well as faith-based or community-based organizations may apply if they are otherwise eligible.

Current ANE awardees from FY 2015 and FY 2016 are eligible to apply for the ANEW Program funding opportunity, but their applications must include a project different from their currently funded ANE project.

For profit entities are not eligible under this FOA.

Technical Assistance

Date:  Wednesday, November 9, 2016
Time: 2:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. ET
Dial-in #: 888-282-1744
Participant Passcode: 6266489

Replays are generally available one hour after a call ends.
Phone #: 888-293-8912

Available Funding Opportunity:

September 27, 2016

Rural Health Network Development Program