USDA Provides Resources, Funding

Upcoming Calls and Webinars

  • Rural Stakeholder Call Invitation from ONDCP: On Tuesday June 2nd, the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy will host a call from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. eastern time for rural stakeholders to provide a comprehensive overview of the policy changes, resources, and funding that have been made available to support rural communities impacted by substance use disorder during this public health emergency. To register, please RSVP to this link: For more information, see attached.
  • The U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services and USDA collaborated recently to host a Rural Health and COVID-19 webinar.  You can find the recording, audio transcript, and presentation slides here. The webinar provided an overview of the rural health focused efforts by HHS and USDA and highlighted specific tools and resources to help combat COVID-19.


  • The Department of Justice’s Office of Justice Programs announced that it has awarded more than $83 million to five states and the District of Columbia to address the public safety challenges posed by the outbreak of COVID-19.
  • Applications Open for $1.5 Billion in EDA CARES Act Funds to Respond to COVID-19 PandemicEDA is now accepting applications from eligible grantees for $1.5 billion in economic assistance to help communities prevent, prepare for, and respond to the COVID-19 pandemic using funds authorized by under the CARES Act
  •  The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs announced the launch of the COVID Coach app, a new mobile app designed to help both veterans and civilians cope with feelings of stress and anxiety they may be experiencing during the COVID-19 pandemic. The app includes practical tools, information and resources that can all be used from the safety of one’s home to track well-being, mood swings and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) symptoms.
  • The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, through the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), announced a new funding opportunity announcement (FOA) that will award $5 million in fiscal year 2020 to support novel, high-impact studies that evaluate the responsiveness of health care delivery systems, health care professionals, and the overall U.S. health care system to the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Delta Leadership Institute Now Accepting Applications for the 2020-2021 Executive Academy The Delta Regional Authority (DRA) has launched the application cycle for the 2020-2021 Delta Leadership Institute (DLI) Executive Academy.  Since 2005, DLI has provided leadership development to more than 500 community leaders from diverse backgrounds, sectors, and industries to strengthen skills development, information sharing, regional collaboration, and improve the economic competitiveness and social viability of the Mississippi River Delta and Alabama Black Belt.
  • Runaway and Homeless Youth Training and Technical Assistance Center:  The Family and Youth Services Bureau (FYSB) supports a national Training and Technical Assistance effort designed to enhance and promote continuous best practices and quality improvement of services for youth and families served by FYSB funded runaway and homeless youth grantees.  FYSB expects to award one cooperative agreement to enhance the programmatic and administrative capacities of public and private agencies to provide services to the targeted populations.  Closing date June 26, 2020
  • INFINITE HERO FOUNDATION provides grants of up to $100,000 to nonprofit organizations offering innovative and effective programs or treatments to active duty service members, veterans, and/or military families for service-related mental and physical injuries. Grants must be applied directly to program costs and cannot be used for fundraising or administrative overhead. Deadlines: July 1, 2020 (letters of interest); invited grant applications must be submitted by Sep. 15, 2020.
  • AMERICAN LEGION CHILD WELFARE FOUNDATION provides nonprofit organizations with a means to educate the public about the needs of children across the United States. The Foundation supports organizations that contribute to the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual welfare of children through the dissemination of information about new and innovative programs designed to benefit youth, or through the dissemination of information already possessed by well-established organizations. Grant requests should have the potential to help American children in a broad geographic area (more than one state). Closing date July 15, 2020
  • FCC High Speed Broadband/Rural Opportunity Fund: The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) designed the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund to bring high speed fixed broadband service to rural homes and small businesses that lack access.  The first phase of the FCC reverse auction will target over six million homes and businesses in census blocks that are entirely unserved by voice and broadband with download speeds of at least 25 Mbps. Closing date October 22, 2020



  • CMS COVID-19 Office Hours Calls (Tuesdays and Thursdays at 5:00 – 6:00 PM Eastern); CMS hosts varied recurring stakeholder engagement sessions to share information related to the agency’s response to COVID-19. These sessions are open to members of the healthcare community and are intended to provide updates, share best practices among peers, and offer attendees an opportunity to ask questions of CMS and other subject matter experts.  Calls recordings and transcripts are posted on the CMS podcast page.
  •  Mental Health in a Time of COVID-19 Webinar Series: Part 3: Task-Shifting To Address Increasing Challenges Tues., May 26th, 12:00 ET, Register here “Task-shifting” is a term used to describe when non-mental health professionals are trained to use specific skills when addressing mental health concerns. With the expected increase of mental health challenges related to COVID-19, our third webinar in this series will highlight faith-based and community groups that are using online training and resources to develop mental health skills in their leaders.