May 11, 2022 - Announces the launch of a resource guide to support rural community organizations as they access funding and resources from the USDA and the U.S. Economic Development Administration. Describes the guide's focus areas in planning and technical assistance, infrastructure and broadband, entrepreneurship and business support, and workforce development and livability.
Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture
Apr 25, 2022 - Describes the challenges that many rural communities face in building the capacity to apply for grant funding, as documented in a report from Montana-based organization Headwaters Economics, noting that many of the communities with low grant writing capacity are also the most vulnerable to wildfires, floods, and other climate hazards. Discusses federal infrastructure investments that aim to address rural vulnerability, noting that the recently launched Rural Partners Network aims to address capacity issues through partnerships with local leaders. May require subscription to view the full article.
Source: High Country News
Apr 4, 2022 - Perspective piece adapted from the opening remarks of the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond's Investing in Rural America conference describing the opportunities and challenges facing rural communities related to grant writing capacity, particularly as federal funding for rural broadband, healthcare, and transportation has increased. Notes rural barriers related to the time and effort required of grant processes, fundraising requirements, and the need for experienced grant writers. Highlights examples of successful rural approaches and collaboration.
Source: The Daily Yonder