USDA Innovation Matters: Funding Opportunities, Publications, Events and Learning

Rural Development Innovation Center | Innovation Matters | April 2019 – Issue 1

Spotlight Opportunities

Learning Opportunities for the ReConnect Pilot Program
USDA is hosting technical assistance workshops for the new ReConnect Program. This program furnishes loans and grants to provide funds for the costs of construction, improvement, or acquisition of facilities and equipment needed to provide broadband service in eligible rural areas.

Please visit our events page for more information and additional future locations.


Community Facilities Technical Assistance and Training Grant
USDA RD grant to intermediary organizations to provide technical assistance and training for rural organizations and agencies to identify and plan for community facility needs that exist in their area, and once those needs have been identified, locating public and private resources to finance those identified needs. USDA encourages 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 10, 2019.


Funding Opportunities

Broadband and e-Connectivity Funding Opportunities

Community Connect Grants
USDA offers broadband support. Funds may include the construction, acquisition, or leasing of facilities, spectrum, land or buildings used to deploy broadband service for residential and business customers or critical community. Please review the Community Connect Fact Sheet. Questions: community.connect@wdc.usda.gov. Application Deadline: April 15, 2019.

Distance Learning and Telemedicine (DLT) Grant Program
USDA Rural Development finances technology to improve access to healthcare and educational services. Grants can be used to finance telecommunication equipment, computer networks, and advanced technologies to support job training, academic instruction, or access to specialized medical care in rural areas. Two funding opportunities: The Traditional DLT program with an Application Deadline of May 15, 2019, and the Opioid DLT program with and Application Deadline: April 15, 2019.

ReConnect Program
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. Specific requirements apply. Application Deadline: (Varies) No earlier than May 31, 2019.

Rural Health Care Telecommunications Program
Universal Service Administrative Company offers 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.

Economic Development Funding Opportunities

Farm Business Management and Benchmarking (FBMB) Competitive Grants Program
USDA’s NIFA supports improving farm management of ag producers by maintaining and expanding a national, publicly available farm financial management database to support management. RFP and Application. Application Deadline: April 09, 2019.

VA Homeless Providers Grant and Per Diem Program – Case Management Grant
Funding for eligible entities to provide time-limited case management services to improve the retention of housing by Veterans who were previously homeless and are transitioning to permanent housing. For Details: Attend Q&A session on April 9, 2019.

ARC POWER (Partnership for Opportunity and Workforce and Economic Revitalization) Initiative
Support from the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) focusing on regional investments that maximize economic revitalization in the Appalachian region’s coal-impacted communities. RFP. Application Deadline: April 10, 2019.

Social Impact Partnership to Pay for Results Act (SIPPRA)
Program by Treasury intended to improve the effectiveness of certain social services that pays for a project only if predetermined project outcomes have been met and validated by an independent evaluator, a system called a “pay for results partnership.” Application Timeframe: Opens April 22, 2019 and runs through May 22, 2019.  

Foundation for Financial Planning
Foundation for Financial Planning is offering grants to nonprofit organizations nationwide to support the delivery of pro bono financial planning to populations who could not otherwise afford or access financial planning services. Application Deadline: April 30, 2019.

William T. Grant Foundation
Funds for research projects designed to advance understanding in the area of inequalities in youth development and/or to increase understanding of how research is acquired, understood, and used, as well as the circumstances that shape its use in decision making. Application Deadline: May 1, 2019 and August 1, 2019.

Organic Agriculture Research and Extension Initiative (OREI)
Fund projects that enhance the ability of producers and processors who have already adopted organic standards to grow and market high quality organic agricultural products. Projects should plan to deliver applied production information to producers. Application Deadline: May 02, 2019.

USDA NRCS Conservation Innovation Grants
Supports the development and adoption of innovative conservation approaches and technologies in conjunction with agricultural production. Lead to the transfer of conservation technologies, management systems, and innovative approaches to agricultural producers, into NRCS technical manuals and guides, or to the private sector. Application Deadline: May 20, 2019. 

HRSA: Enhancing Oral Health Infrastructure in Health Centers
The Oral Health Infrastructure supplemental funding will support one-time infrastructure enhancements that enhance new or existing high quality, integrated oral health services in health centers. Application Deadline: May 21, 2019.

Conservation Innovation Grants
Funds to stimulate the development and adoption of innovative conservation approaches and technologies in conjunction with agricultural production. Supports programs that lead to the transfer of conservation technologies, management systems, and innovative approaches to agricultural producers, into NRCS technical manuals and guides, or to the private sector. Application Deadline: May 27, 2019.

Region 7 FY19 and FY20 Wetland Program Development Grants

Assistance to state, tribal, local government agencies and interstate/intertribal entities in developing or refining state/tribal/local programs which protect, manage, and restore wetlands. Projects must be performed within one or more of the states of EPA Region 7 specifically Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, and/or Nebraska to be eligible to apply for funding. Application Deadline: May 29, 2019.

Rural Community Development Initiative (RCDI) Program
Grants for qualified intermediary organizations to provide technical assistance and training to help nonprofit organizations and communities develop their capacity to undertake housing, community facility, or economic development projects. Priority will be given to applications that address USDA’s goal to reduce the morbidity & mortality associated with Substance Use Disorder in high-risk rural communities. Specific Requirements Apply. Application Deadline: June 5, 2019.

Rural Business Development Grant Program: Technical Assistance for Rural Transportation Systems
USDA RD funding to provide technical assistance and training to rural communities for improving passenger transportation services and/or facilities. Application Deadline: June 25, 2019.

Round 2 American Made Solar Prize: U.S. solar manufacturing DOE opens Round 2 for innovators. Rules and Application. Advance solar technologies in the domestic market. To compete, entrepreneurial individuals and teams will take innovative ideas and transform them into concepts and then early-stage prototypes ready for industry testing. The competition challenges competitors to make progress and seek private-sector partnerships and investments, priming these solutions for market success. Application Deadline: July 16, 2019.

FY 2018 Economic Development Assistance Programs
EDA solicits applications from applicants in rural and urban areas to provide investments that support construction, non-construction, technical assistance, and revolving loan fund projects under EDA’s Public Works and EAA programs. Designed to leverage existing regional assets and support the implementation of economic development strategies that advance new ideas and creative approaches to advance economic prosperity. Application Deadline: Ongoing basis until the publication of a new EDAP NOFO.

Rural Workforce Funding Opportunities

Education Innovation and Research (EIR) Program
Offered by the Department of Education Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, this grant provides funding to create, develop, implement, replicate or take to scale entrepreneurial, evidence-based, field-initiated innovations to improve student achievement and attainment for high-need students; and rigorously evaluate such innovations. Application Deadline: April 02, 2019.

RIIA and AGFEI Grants
Resident Instruction Grants Program for Institutions of Higher Education in Insular Areas (RIIA) and Agriculture and Food Science Facilities and Equipment Program for Insular Areas (AGFEI). Promote and strengthen the ability of Insular Area Institutions to carry out teaching and education programs within a broadly defined arena of food and ag sciences-related disciplines. Application Deadline: April 19, 2019.

NIH Summer Research Education Experience Program
Supports educational activities that complement and/or enhance the training of a workforce to meet the nation’s biomedical, behavioral and clinical research needs. Application Deadline: April 23, 2019.

DOL Employment and Training for Re-entry
The Department of Labor will support agencies to help formerly-incarcerated individuals successfully make transition back to the community. See section 166 of the Workforce Innovation Opportunity GrantApplication Deadline: April 25, 2019.

DOL TAA Training and Other Activities (TaOA) Funds
Initial allocation of the FY 2019 TAA and TaOA funds process. To request reserve funds review: Training and Employment Guidance Letter 12-18 and FY 2019 TAA Training and Other Activities (TaOA) Initial Allocation Amounts, By State. Application Deadline: Ongoing

Quality of Life Funding Opportunities

Office on Violence Against Women Training and Technical Assistance Initiative
This initiative is designed to build and enhance the capacity of civil and criminal justice system professionals and victim service providers to respond effectively to sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking and foster partnerships among organizations that have not traditionally worked together to address these crimes. Application Deadline: April 11, 2019.

Challenge America Fast-Track Grants National Endowment for the Arts

Offers small and midsize organizations for projects that extend the reach of the arts to underserved populations, including those whose opportunities to experience the arts are limited by geography, ethnicity, economics, etc. RFP. Application Deadline: April 11, 2019.

DOJ Training and Technical Assistance for Violence Against Women 
The Office on Violence Against Women at the Department of Justice (DOJ) will provide grants and direct technical assistance to build and enhance the capacity of local response to sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking.  Several of the 39 purpose areas for the program (beginning on page two of the program guidance and application instructions) specifically address challenges in rural areas, while others concern culturally-competent outreach in minority communities. Application Deadline: April 11, 2019.

Harpo Foundation 2019 New Work Project Grants
Inviting Letters of Inquiry for grants to nonprofit organizations in support of new work by underrecognized artists age 21 or older. Seeks proposals that directly support the production of new work by visual artists and/or collaborative teams who are underrecognized in their field using the context of an installation, public intervention, residency, or exhibition. Link to Complete RFP. Letters of Inquiry Deadline: April 12, 2019.

THE VERA INSTITUTE – Backyards Community Grants
Initiate and sustain reform. Limited States may compete for funding to reducing incarceration rates in small cities and rural communities. Application Deadline: April 13, 2019.

Full-Service Community Schools Program

The DOE’s Office of Innovation and Improvement offers funding to provide comprehensive academic, social and health services for students, family members and community members that are designated to improve education outcomes for children. Specific requirements apply. Application Deadline: April 15, 2019.

NIH Grants to Translate Research into Clinical Practice
NIH seeks to improve the coordination between research and the health care delivery system with its Clinical and Translational Science Award. Application Deadline: April 15, 2019.

Secondary Education, Two-Year Postsecondary, & Agriculture in the K-12 Classroom Challenge Grants 
Grants supporting education. Specific requirements apply. Application Deadline: April 16, 2019.

Capacity Building Grants for Land Grant Universities
USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) is seeking FY19 applications that address at least one of the following strategic goals: sustainable bioenergy; food security; childhood obesity prevention; or food safety. Application Deadline: April 18, 2019.

2019 Seeding Solutions Grants
The Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research is seeking applications for innovative and transformative research proposals. Priority on those projects that demonstrate strong partnerships and significant agricultural advancements through innovation. The RFA includes more information about the application process and program. Application Deadline: April 19, 2019.

DOE Full-Service Community Schools Program
Provides support for the planning, implementation, and operation of full-service community schools that improve the coordination, integration, accessibility, and effectiveness of services for children and families, particularly for children attending high-poverty schools. Application Deadline: April 15, 2019.

March of Dimes Accepting LOIs for Child and Maternal Health Research
Grants will be awarded in support of research with the potential to make a clinical impact on maternal and child health. Application Deadline: April 19, 2019 (Letters of Intent).

Linking Actions for Unmet Needs in Children’s Health Grant Program

SAMHSA offers grants to promote the wellness of young children from birth to 8 years by addressing the physical, social, emotional, cognitive, and behavioral aspects of their development to ensure children are thriving in safe, supportive environments, and entering school ready to learn and able to succeed. Application Deadline: April 19, 2019.

SAMHSA: Substance Use Disorder Treatment for Minorities at High Risk for HIV/AIDS
The purpose of this program is to increase engagement in care for racial and ethnic minority individuals with substance use disorders and/or co-occurring substance use and mental disorders who are at risk for HIV or are HIV positive that receive HIV services/treatment. Application Deadline: April 22, 2019.

New York Life Foundation Invites Applications for Grief Reach Grants
Up to thirty-seven grants totaling $1.25 million will be awarded to organizations serving grieving children across the country. Application Deadline: April 22, 2019.

Small-Scale Water Efficiency Projects
The US Bureau of Reclamation is making funding available to support water and energy efficiency grants. These grants will be awarded to projects that will result in quantifiable and sustained water savings and support broader water reliability benefits. Application Deadline: April 24, 2019.

NEWMAN’S OWN FISHER HOUSE AWARDS

Grants to organizations that are 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.

DOE 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. Application Deadline: April 26, 2019

Network for Landscape Conservation Invites Proposals for Landscape Conservation Catalyst Fund

With support from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. Supports various landscape conservation partnerships. Application Deadline: April 26, 2019.

Mary Kay Foundation Domestic Violence Shelter Grants

The Mary Kay Foundation is committed to stopping the violence, breaking the silence and making a difference for these women and children. Application Deadline: April 30, 2019.

FOUNDATION FOR FINANCIAL PLANNING

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. Application Deadline: April 30, 2019.

The J.M.K. Innovation Prize
Funds innovators spearheading transformative early-stage projects supporting the environment, heritage conservation, and social justice. Open to non-profit and mission-driven for-profit organizations that are tackling America’s most pressing challenges through social innovation. Apply. Application Deadline: April 30, 2019.

SAMHSA Grants for First Responders to Opioid Overdose

Grants to state, local and tribal governments to train first responders and members of other key community sectors to administer a drug or device for emergency treatment of known or suspected opioid overdose. Application Deadline: May 06, 2019.

Coors Light Accepting Nominations for Emerging Latino Leaders Program
Funds to support emerging Latino leaders and an affiliated nonprofit with a program or project that benefits the Hispanic community. Application Deadline: May 06, 2019.

Award for Excellence in Program Innovation
The Archstone Foundation honors innovative best practice models in the field of health and aging. Also review their other various Grant Opportunities. Application Deadline: May 06, 2019.

DOJ Opioid Affected Youth Initiative
Addresses public safety concerns, intervention, prevention, and diversion services for children, youth, and families directly affected by opioid abuse. Application Deadline: May 07, 2019.

HRSA: Enhancing Oral Health Infrastructure in Health Centers
The Health Resources and Services Administration offers funding to support existing health centers to increase access to new or enhanced high-quality, integrated oral health services, including those provided via telehealth and virtual dentistry. Application Deadline: May 21, 2019.

Rural Maternity and Obstetrics Management Strategies Program (RMOMS)
Funding to improve access to and continuity of maternal and obstetrics care in rural communities through service aggregation, coordination of a continuum of care, use of telehealth, and the implementation of financial sustainability strategies. Application Deadline: May 24, 2019.

2019 Household Water Well Systems (HWWS) and Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) grant programs

Provides grants funds to nonprofit organizations to initiate a relending program to private well owners who need financial assistance in repairing or replacing their existing wells. The RLF program ultimately assists communities with predevelopment costs associated with future water and wastewater projects. Both programs provide an important function in improving the lives of rural communities. HWWS and RLF. Application Deadline: May 27, 2019.

Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Program Training and Technical Assistance (TTA) Program
Grants to national training and technical assistance (TTA) providers that will work collaboratively within the Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Program (COAP) Network and support the delivery of TTA to current and future site-based COAP grantees, prescription drug monitoring programs, and their partner agencies. Application Deadline: May 28, 2019.

Youth Engagement in Sports: Collaboration to Improve Adolescent Physical Activity and Nutrition

Grants to develop and implement sports fitness programs based on successful evidenced-based strategies of youth engagement for racial/ethnic minority and/or socioeconomically disadvantaged 6th, 7th, and/or 8th graders, particularly those who reside in communities where no or few youth sports programs exist. The YES Initiative intends to identify characteristics of effective collaborations that improve physical activity and nutrition through increased participation in sports. Application Deadline: May 31, 2019.

Community Facilities Technical Assistance and Training Grant
USDA RD grant to intermediary organizations to provide technical assistance and training for rural organizations and agencies to identify and plan for community facility needs that exist in their area, and once those needs have been identified, locating public and private resources to finance those identified needs. USDA encourages 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 10, 2019.

Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance Program (RTCA)
NPS staff offer Technical Assistance with the RTCA program. Projects typically support four focus areas: to build healthy communities through parks, trails, and outdoor opportunities; to conserve natural lands, rivers, and watersheds; to engage youth in outdoor recreation and stewardship; or to strengthen the organizational capacity of project partners. Contact the Regional Program Manager for application support. Application Deadline: June 30, 2019.

Home Depot Community Impact Grants Program

Funding for nonprofit organizations and public agencies that are using the power of volunteers to improve communities, with a focus on veterans and diverse, underserved communities. Grants are given in the form of gift cards for the purchase of tools, materials, and services. Application Deadline: Dec 31, 2019.

Walmart Foundation
Support for nonprofit organizations and agencies that work in one of the following areas: hunger relief and healthy eating, health and human service, quality of life, education, community and economic development, diversity and inclusion, public safety, or environmental sustainability. Online Application. Application Deadline: Dec 31, 2019.

Virtual Living Room-Using Technology to Address Critical Healthcare Needs of Veterans in Rural Areas
Grants that combine rural technology, VA resources, and local support to provide solutions to improve healthcare access for veterans in rural areas. Establish a Virtual Living Room anywhere such as Veterans of Foreign War lodge, library, or firehouse, etc. Applications accepted on an ongoing basis.

Rapid Outcomes from Agricultural Research (ROAR)
Deploys funds to support research and outreach in response to emerging or unanticipated threats to the nation’s food supply or agricultural systems. This program is designed to provide stop-gap funding quickly in response to urgent threats. Applications accepted on an ongoing basis.

FY19 AmeriCorps VISTA Request for Concept Papers and Timeline
The Corporation for National and Community Service seeks Concept Papers for the AmeriCorps VISTA program from outcome-driven organizations that share the AmeriCorps VISTA mission of providing long term solutions to poverty. If the concept paper is accepted the organization will be invited to submit a full AmeriCorps VISTA project application for review. AmeriCorps NCCC Project Application Organizations interested in applying to sponsor an NCCC team are invited to complete a Project Concept Form.

Tribal-Specific Funding Opportunities

Grants to Tribal Governments to Exercise Special Domestic Violence Criminal Jurisdiction Grant support and technical assistance for tribes for planning, developing, and implementing changes in tribal criminal justice systems necessary to exercise Special Domestic Violence Criminal Jurisdiction. Application Deadline: April 11, 2019.

Social and Economic Development Strategies – SEDS program
The Administration for Native Americans within HHS offers funding for community-driven projects that 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. Application Deadline: April 15, 2019.

Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations Nutrition Education Grant
USDA FNS offers funding to provide nutrition education for participants of the Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations, resulting in healthier food choices and a better understanding of healthy food preparation methods. Application Deadline: April 30, 2019.

DOE Tribal Energy Infrastructure Deployment
Funding to deploy energy infrastructure on tribal lands. The intended results of the 50% cost-shared projects selected under this FOA are to reduce or stabilize energy costs and increase energy security and resilience for Indian tribes and Alaska Native villages. For additional details, read the press release and download the full FOA or visit the FAQ webpage. Application Deadline: May 01, 2019.

DOJ:  Building Capacity for Tribal Researchers The investment will provide planning grants to state, local, or tribal governments, as well as nonprofit organizations and institutions of higher learning to develop proposals for research projects that improve criminal justice in tribal communities. Application Deadline: May 13, 2019.

Tribal Justice Technical Assistance
Funds to develop strategies to address violent crime and crimes related to substance abuse and other controlled substances. Application Deadline: May 14, 2019.

DOJ:  Building Capacity for Tribal Researchers
The investment will provide planning grants to state, local, or tribal governments, as well as nonprofit organizations and institutions of higher learning to develop proposals for research projects that improve criminal justice in tribal communities. Application Deadline: May 13, 2019.

Tribal Justice Technical Assistance
Funds to develop strategies to address violent crime and crimes related to substance abuse and other controlled substances. Application Deadline: May 14, 2019.

National Indian Country Clearinghouse on Sexual Assault Call for Concept Papers
The DOJ’s Office on Violence Against Women is requesting concept papers that will supplement the work of the National Indian Country Clearinghouse on Sexual Assault with new activities in the areas of Alaska tribal governments and villages, effective responses to sexual assault, and coordinated community response models. Application Deadline: May 14, 2019

NIH Intervention Research to Improve Native American Health
Support for exploratory research to improve Native American health, including secondary analysis of existing data, conduct of pilot and feasibility studies, and assessment of measures developed and/or adapted for use in Native American communities. Application Deadline: May 14, 2019.

CDC Grants for Health and Wellness in Indian Country
Native American tribal organizations and federally-recognized governments are eligible to compete for multi-year projects with long-term goals of reducing rates of death and disability from tobacco use, diabetes, heart disease and stroke, and reducing the prevalence of obesity. Application Deadline: May 15, 2019.

Tribal Transportation Program Safety Funds
Federal Highway Administration, Office of Federal Lands Highway funding for tribal governments for the purposes of transportation projects related to safety, safety planning, and safety/ infrastructure.

 Review USDA Rural Development’s full Catalog of Programs for other funding opportunities. To receive updates on other Federal funding opportunities please consider creating an account and subscribing to Grants.gov and receive e-mail alerts for your interest(s). 


Publications

Rural Poverty and Well-Being
USDA ERS report that outlines data on persistently poor counties. The report focuses on the economic, social, spatial, temporal, and demographic factors that affect the poverty status of rural residents.

Festivals and Rebranding Bring in Business and Increase Diverse Tourism  
This publication outlines a success story of Rebranding and the impact on positive community development. The Wallace Foundation reports on outcomes from their past “Building Audiences for Sustainability” initiative launched in 2015. Rebranding was needed as a response to concerns about a declining audience bases for several major art events. They note planning efforts and trends of tourism through rebranding.

Disabilities in the U.S. Farm Population
USDA ERS Amber Waves reports on summary information on disability rates among farmers and farmworkers between 2008 and 2016. Includes some state-specific information.

Telehealth Use Surged in 2017 Fair Health white paper that examined trends in healthcare cost and service locations, based on data from private insurance claims for 2012-2017. Among other findings, the study showed that telehealth utilization grew in both rural and urban areas, with urban use growth outpacing rural by nearly two times.

COOPERATIVE SOLUTIONS FOR COMMUNITY NEEDS WEBINAR SERIES
Free webinars, produced by UWCC, that highlighted how cooperatives are being used to address a variety of unmet needs in rural and urban communities. Demonstrates support for business succession, broadband, housing, childcare, and healthcare. The series includes a basic introduction or Co-Ops 101.

Healthiest Communities, 2019
U.S. News explores data and comparative rankings describing population health, health equity, education, housing, healthcare access, mental health, health behaviors, and many other topics for rural and urban counties in the U.S. Offers searchable county data at the bottom of the page by county name or zip code.

FDIC Podcasts Chronicle Causes, Responses to Financial Crisis
The FDIC released a series of podcasts, Crisis and Response, featuring discussions about the agency’s study of the banking and financial crisis. The podcast series gives listeners a unique behind-the-scenes perspective.

Cool Tools


Events and Learning

U.S. Census Bureau conducts a series of free data access webinars to all interested data users. Attendees will learn how to access demographic, socioeconomic, housing and business data from the Decennial Census, American Community Survey, Local Employment Dynamics, Economic Programs and more. When: April 1 to June 28, 2019. To learn about and register for our webinars, visit Census Academy.

Free webinar titled Engaging with Tribal Communities in Responding to STDs: An Update on the Indian Health Service’s STD Surveillance Report and How Health Departments Can Collaborate with Tribal Organizations held on April 10, 2019.

“Race, Poverty, and the Irregular Economy”
April 12 | Philadelphia, PennsylvaniaThe Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia hosts this seminar. Covers the latest research on economic security and its impact on the complex local economies of marginalized communities with a Q&A session. Click here to register. Register by April 8, 2019.

CDFA Federal Policy Conference
April 16 – April 17 | Washington DC Featuring development finance experts and practitioners from key federal agencies, congressional offices, and policy organizations. The CDFA Federal Policy Conference will highlight rural and urban financing programs, the Opportunity Zones incentive, programs for supporting small business development, as well as financing programs for infrastructure, energy, brownfields remediation, and water systems financing.

Rural EMS and Care Conference
April 17-18 | Charleston, SC Stakeholders for rural emergency medical services (EMS), including EMS directors, medical directors and officers, rural healthcare providers, state EMS officials, state rural health officials, hospital administrators, elected officials, federal agencies, and other EMS partners will convene. The event is hosted by the National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health, the National Association of State EMS Officials, and the Joint Committee on Rural Emergency Care.

Building the workforce of the future: Resilient people and places
May 21 | Washington, D.C. The Center for Universal Education and the Future of the Middle Class Initiative at Brookings hosts symposium for policymakers, practitioners, researchers and leaders from the government, corporate, and nonprofit sectors convene together to discuss education and economic development strategies that can provide locally relevant solutions to enhance economic and social mobility.

Rural Generation Summit
May 22-24, 2019 |
Jackson, Utica, and the Mississippi DeltaThe Summit is designed with a national working group to uplift the people of rural Mississippi and their amazing cultural work, exchange learning with rural leaders across the nation, and redefine the state of the rural arts and culture field. Rural Generation is hosted by Art of the Rural, ArtPlace America, the Center for Rural Strategies, First Peoples Fund, the Mississippi Center for Cultural Production, the National Consortium of Creative Placemaking, the Rural Policy Research Institute, and Springboard for the Arts, and is supported by the National Endowment for the Arts and ArtPlace. Click here for more information and to register.

Native American Small Businesses Specialized Training
Various locations through June 11, 2019

RGG Services has been contracted by the U.S. Small Business Administration to provide Native American Small Businesses Specialized Training to address economic and business development issues and to help implement actions to improve their community. Various locations. The cost is FREE and space is limited. Register.

NADO’s National CEDS Forum 
June 18-20, 2019 | Columbus, OhioThe event is designed to bring together staff from Economic Development Districts, regional organizations, tribes, and federal agencies for training sessions, tours, and networking opportunities. The forum will be co-located with the National Regional Transportation Conference and will include a handful of joint sessions and tours. To register for this event go here. Registration ends May 15, 2019.

2019 National AITC Conference
June 18-21 | Little Rock, Arkansas

National Agriculture in the Classroom will host more than 400 educators from around the country to learn how to use agricultural concepts to teach reading, writing, math, science, social studies and more.

NADO’s National CEDS Forum
June 18-20 | Columbus, Ohio
The event is designed to bring together staff from Economic Development Districts, regional organizations, tribes, and federal agencies for training sessions, tours, and networking opportunities. The forum will be co-located with the National Regional Transportation Conference and will include a handful of joint sessions and tours. To register for this event go here. Registration ends May 15, 2019