Grants for Rural Areas - A Trio of Rural Resources for You

Posted by Sherie Sanders on Oct 17, 2016 4:15:00 AM

In our post about the Rural Community Development Initiative we described several ways in which the United States Department of Agriculture Rural Development assists communities with vital resources. Today we bring you three more grants exclusively for rural areas. 



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Topics: Rural Issues

The Rural Community Development Initiative Grant

Posted by Sherie Sanders on Jun 15, 2016 4:13:00 AM

USDA Rural Development is a branch of the Unites States Department of Agriculture whose mission is to improve the quality of life in rural America. In the current fiscal year, they will administer $38 billion in loans, loan guarantees and grants to support vital services such as housing, health care, water, electric, communication and other necessary infrastructure. They offer loans to businesses and supply technical assistance to farmers. They even have programs to help individual residents buy their own homes.

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Topics: Rural Issues

Innovation Meets Entrepreneurship - The Regional Innovation Strategies Program

Posted by Sherie Sanders on May 2, 2016 4:13:00 AM

There is a long list of American ideas and inventions that have changed the world, from the telephone to the television. The Economic Development Agency (EDA) is dedicated to making sure the U.S remains a matrix for cutting-edge enterprise. The EDA is the only agency in the federal government whose exclusive focus is economic development, particularly for distressed areas. Part of the Department of Commerce, it promotes innovation and regional collaboration to enhance the health of local economies. Not all funded projects have to be as revolutionary as the light bulb, the point is to support viable new companies that create jobs. The EDA’s Regional Innovation Strategies Program (RIS) is accepting applications for two separate competitions for capacity building:

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Topics: Capacity Building, Economic Development, Rural Issues

Broadband for Rural Areas

Posted by Sherie Sanders on Apr 27, 2016 5:00:00 AM

Every day, 73 percent of us go online. The White House’s Broadband Opportunity Council now calls internet access a core utility, infrastructure as necessary as water, sewers, and electricity. Yet the digital divide between rural and urban areas still exists: 53 percent of rural Americans, some 22 million people, lack access to broadband. On Tribal lands, the statistics are 63 percent, or 2.5 million people.

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Topics: Infrastructure, Agriculture, Tribes, Rural Issues

Second Round of Promise Zones Announced

Posted by Timothy Tiernan on Apr 29, 2015 10:47:00 AM

North Hartford Promise Zone (Google Maps).

Yesterday, the Obama Administration announced the next round of urban, rural, and tribal communities that have received a Promise Zone designation. For this second round of competition, 123 applications were received from 38 states, along with Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico. Eight communities—six urban and two rural/tribal—were selected for Promise Zone designation:

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Topics: Partnerships, Education, Housing, Rural Issues

Grant News Grab Bag: Rural Focus, March 2015

Posted by Timothy Tiernan on Mar 18, 2015 6:00:00 AM

There's been a lot of discussion of rural issues in the news lately, from potential cuts to the farm bill and SNAP (formerly known as food stamps) to threats to rural early education opportunities. For this Grant News Grab Bag, these issues are brought to the fore.

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Topics: Rural Issues

Highway Trust Fund Bankruptcy Would Hurt Local Governments

Posted by Timothy Tiernan on Jul 9, 2014 10:00:00 PM

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Topics: Transportation, Infrastructure, Rural Issues

The Importance of USDA Rural Development Programs

Posted by Beverly Browning on Jul 18, 2013 9:00:00 AM

The U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development operates a broad range of grant and loan programs that are critical to rural counties. These programs include grant funding and loan financing for water/wastewater infrastructure, community facilities, broadband, electric, telephone, housing, renewable energy and business development.  

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Topics: Federal Grants, Rural Issues

Broadband Adoption: Lessons Learned from Local Government

Posted by Timothy Tiernan on May 28, 2013 6:30:00 AM

Last week I discussed the issue of expanding broadband to disadvantaged populations and how this infrastructure requires both the support of the target community and improved “digital literacy” in communities. The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) hosted a lessons learned webinar on May 20 to relate the successful strategies of the Recovery Act-funded Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) and to provide a broadband adoption toolkit for local governments interested in replicating successful projects. This follow-up article highlights some of the inspiring examples provided by the BTOP presenters, who spearheaded projects that creatively assessed community needs and harnessed partnerships to improve economies and communities alike.

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Topics: eCivis Resources, Partnerships, Telecommunications, Rural Issues

BTOP Webinar: Thinking Outside the Broadband Box

Posted by Timothy Tiernan on May 22, 2013 3:37:00 PM

How many Americans lack access to high-speed internet service?

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Topics: Local Government, eCivis Resources, Telecommunications, Rural Issues