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News by Topic: Community and economic development

Aug 11, 2022 - Announces $10 million in Rural Capacity Building grants to support rural nonprofit organizations, rural local governments, and tribal nations to create affordable housing and community development projects. Offers background on the funding program and information for applicants.
Source: U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
Aug 4, 2022 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Utilities Service (RUS) will begin to accept applications for the Rural eConnectivity (ReConnect) Program on September 6, 2022. The ReConnect Program provides loans and grants to facilitate broadband deployment in rural areas. Applications that will assist rural communities to recover economically from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, ensure rural residents have equitable access to Rural Development programs and benefits from Rural Development funded projects, and reduce climate pollution and increase resilience to the impacts of climate change through economic support to rural communities are encouraged. Applications are due by November 2, 2022.
Source: Federal Register
Jul 24, 2022 - Describes "Investing in Rural Prosperity," a free book published by the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis in collaboration with the Federal Reserve Board of Governors. Explains how tailored, resilient, inclusive, and collaborative efforts are crucial to making the most of what counties have to offer. Topics include entrepreneurship support, workforce development, energy-efficient manufactured housing, and digital inclusion.
Source: National Association of Counties
Jul 18, 2022 - Features a community network in rural Emanuel County, Georgia participating in the USDA Rural Development's Rural Partners Network (RPN) program. Discusses funded projects to remove debris, disaster site wreckage, and tree limbs, and future priorities to improve infrastructure and sidewalks.
Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture
Jul 15, 2022 - Notice from the United States Department of Agriculture's Rural Utilities Service, Rural Housing Service, and Rural Business-Cooperative Service making technical corrections to the December 10, 2021, final rule. Corrections are effective July 15, 2022.
Source: Federal Register
Jul 14, 2022 - Highlights research into the connection between rural hospital closures and local economic downturns, which found that only healthcare sector employment saw a significant decrease following a closure but that the overall local economies were in decline prior to the hospital closure. Notes that efforts on communities and rural markets may aid in reducing facility closures.
Source: Penn Today
Jun 30, 2022 - Notice from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Rural Business-Cooperative Service (RBS), Rural Housing Service (RHS), and Rural Utilities Service (RUS) announcing the availability of up to $4 million in competitive cooperative agreement funds for the Rural Placemaking Innovation Challenge (RPIC). RPIC provides grants for organizations to provide planning and implementation technical assistance to rural communities to foster placemaking, the process of creating quality places where people want to live, work, and play. Applications are due August 15, 2022.
Source: Federal Register
Jun 30, 2022 - Announces $13 million in funding through U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development to support rural water infrastructure and economic development in rural communities, colonias, and tribal communities. Describes examples of funded projects in California, North Dakota, and Kentucky.
Source: USDA Rural Development
Jun 29, 2022 - Notice from the Department of Education inviting applications for fiscal year (FY) 2022 for the Promise Neighborhoods (PN) program. The purpose of the PN program is to significantly improve the academic and developmental outcomes of children and youth living in the most distressed communities of the United States. The Department of Education will only consider applications that meet one of the following absolute priorities: 1) non-rural and non-tribal communities, 2) rural applicants, and 3) tribal communities. Notices of Intent to Apply are due by July 29, 2022. Applications are due by September 27, 2022.
Source: Federal Register
Jun 24, 2022 - Discusses U.S. Health and Human Services (HHS) programs that will participate in the federal Justice40 initiative to address environmental justice issues, climate change, and relief for underserved populations. Offers an overview of 13 programs that will participate in the project, including rural and tribal programs.
Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services