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Nov 23, 2022 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Rural Business-Cooperative Service (RBS) is accepting applications for grants under the Rural Business Development Grant Program for fiscal year 2023. Applications that will help rural communities, particularly disadvantaged communities, recover economically; ensure all rural residents have equitable access to USDA Rural Development (RD) programs and benefits from RD funded projects; and reduce climate pollution and increase resilience to the impacts of climate change through economic support are encouraged. Applications are due by February 28, 2023.
Source: Federal Register
Nov 17, 2022 - National Rural Health Day, a day to recognize the efforts of rural community members, healthcare providers, and other rural stakeholders, was celebrated on November 17, 2022. Includes a collection of stories from around the country recognizing and celebrating National Rural Health Day.
Nov 7, 2022 - Features a new grocery store in a rural town in Mississippi's Delta region that aims to address the area's food shortage issues by providing a place for small-scale farmers to sell crops. Discusses food access issues in the region, efforts to open the store, and other broader goals to strengthen food production in the area.
Source: Mississippi Today
Nov 7, 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) providing application requirements for funding reserved under the Strategic Economic and Community Development (SECD) priority program. USDA is implementing SECD in fiscal year 2023 through reserving funds from the covered program and is giving priority to projects assisting rural communities recover economically; ensuring all rural residents have equitable access to USDA-Rural Development programs and benefits from Rural Development funded projects; and reducing climate pollution and increasing resilience to the impacts of climate change through economic support to rural communities.
Source: Federal Register
Nov 7, 2022 - Explores challenges facing rural Texas communities in a variety of sectors, including economic development, broadband investment, rural hospital closures, and climate change impacts on agriculture. Notes the importance of rural areas for the state as a whole, discussing efforts to support rural communities.
Source: The Texas Tribune
Nov 4, 2022 - Announcement of the expansion of the Rural Partners Network (RPN), an all-of-government program that partners with rural people to access resources and funding to create local jobs, build infrastructure, and support long-term economic stability. Includes information on the expanded community networks in Alaska, Nevada, North Carolina, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Puerto Rico.
Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture
Nov 1, 2022 - Describes USDA partnerships and policies related to tribal economic and infrastructure development in recognition of Native American Heritage Month. Highlights recent funding initiatives that support tribal communities through USDA Rural Development.
Source: USDA Rural Development
Oct 26, 2022 - Notice of proposed rule from the Small Business Administration (SBA) making changes to regulations governing the SBA 7(a) Loan Program and 504 Loan Program. Proposed changes also apply to the Microloan Program, Intermediary Lending Pilot Program, Surety Bond Guarantee Program, and Disaster Loan programs except for COVID Economic Injury Disaster Loans. Comments are due December 27, 2022.
Source: Federal Register
Oct 19, 2022 - The Department of Transportation (DOT) is accepting applications for the Thriving Communities Program (TCP). The TCP will provide technical assistance, planning, and capacity-building support to advance transportation and community revitalization activities that benefit disadvantaged populations and communities. This Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) seeks to establish a national technical assistance program that will drive innovation, advance equity outcomes, and build a national pipeline of community-driven infrastructure projects. Applications are due by November 22, 2022.
Source: Federal Register
Oct 5, 2022 - Notice from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Utilities Service (RUS) making corrections to an August 4, 2022, notice announcing that it was accepting a second round of applications for fiscal year 2022.
Source: Federal Register