USDA Rural Development Publishes Resources

Please check out this RFD-TV: “Market Day Report”  Live segment filmed on July 21, 2020.  It features White House Office of National Drug Control Policy Director James Carroll discussing the new Rural Community Toolbox site.

The CDC’s rural COVID-19 page is now live!  In addition, the CDC released their provisional 2019 drug overdose death numbers for the country. Overall, there was a national increase of 4.8%. Click here to learn more.  Also, the CDC’s National Center for Injury Prevention and Control posted a notice in the Federal Register to solicit input from several stakeholder groups on the management of chronic and acute pain. Through the notice, which closes August 21,2020, the CDC is looking for volunteers to participate in individual conversations and share their perspectives.

Rural Development Deputy Under Secretary Bette Brand announced that USDA is seeking feedback to launch a new program to help create high-wage jobs in rural communities and strengthen regional economies. Click here to learn more.

Below please find more resources and information that may be of interest. Please share this information with your stakeholders.


  • School-Based Healthcare Solutions Network: Student Support Recovery Grant The SBHSN Student Support Recovery Grant is accepting applications from local education agencies (LEAs), charter school management companies, public schools, charter schools, and private schools throughout the U.S. to help them implement telehealth mental health program services for children impacted by short and long-term school closures. Grants will range up to $250,000. Applications will be reviewed on a first-come, first-served basis until funding is no longer available. Click here for more information.
  • DOL Employment and Training Administration Women in Apprenticeship and Nontraditional Occupations (WANTO) Technical Assistance Grant Program. This program aims to provide technical assistance (TA) to employers and labor unions to encourage employment of women in both apprenticeable occupations and nontraditional occupations (A/NTO). Deadline for applications: August 3, 2020.
  • The 2020 TD Ready Challenge is focused on supporting innovative solutions that address the impacts of the pandemic. Applications must work to explicitly address inequities exacerbated by the pandemic, as well as one or more of the four interconnected drivers of change of the TD Ready Commitment: Financial Security, Vibrant Planet, Connected Communities, and Better Health. Application Deadline: August 13, 2020.
  • Request for Applications: Court Pandemic Response and Recovery – Through this solicitation, State Justice Institute (SJI) is seeking to fund projects that assist state courts in their response to, and recovery from, COVID-19, with a look towards the future of court operations. SJI seeks to support projects that look to the future of judicial service delivery by identifying and replicating innovations and alternate means of conducting court business because of the pandemic. Deadline for applications: August 14, 2020.
  •  Department of Housing and Urban Development – Veterans Housing Rehabilitation and Modification Pilot Program provides support to rehabilitate and modify the primary residence of veterans who are low-income and have disabilities. Grants may also be used to provide grantees’ affiliates with technical, administrative, and training support in connection with modification and rehabilitation services. Application Deadline: August 18, 2020.
  • DOT Federal Highway Administration  Tribal Transportation Program Safety Fund (TTPSF). TTPSF grants are available to federally recognized Indian tribes through a competitive, discretionary program. Awarded annually, projects are chosen whose outcomes will address the prevention and reduction of death or serious injuries in transportation related incidents, such as motor vehicle crashes. Deadline for applications: August 20, 2020.
  • DOT Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announces the availability of approximately $5 million in funding provided by the Public Transportation on Indian Reservations Program (Tribal Transit Program (TTP)). This is a national solicitation for project proposals and includes the selection criteria and program eligibility information for Fiscal Year 2020 projects. The primary purpose of these competitively selected grants is to support planning, capital, and, in limited circumstances, operating assistance for tribal public transit services. Deadline for applications: August 22, 2020.
  • The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Office of Partnerships and Public Engagement announced approximately $15 million in available funding to help socially disadvantaged and veteran farmers and ranchers own and operate successful farms. Funding is made through the USDA’s Outreach and Assistance for Socially Disadvantaged Farmers and Ranchers and Veteran Farmers and Ranchers Program (also known as the 2501 Program). The program is administered by the USDA Office of Partnerships & Public Engagement (OPPE). Deadline for applications: August 26, 2020. See the request for applications for full details.
  •  USDA: Coronavirus Food Assistance Program – The Coronavirus Food Assistance Program provides direct relief to agricultural producers, including farmers and ranchers, who have faced price declines and additional marketing costs due to COVID-19. Application Deadline: August 28, 2020.
  • HHS Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA) offers the opportunity to apply for funding under the Women’s Preventive Services Initiative (WPSI). WPSI’s purpose is to improve women’s health across the lifespan. Application Deadline: October 5, 2020.
  • HHS Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA) offers the opportunity to apply for funding under the Healthy Tomorrows Partnership for Children Program (HTPCP). The purpose of this program is to support innovative, community-based initiatives to improve the health status of infants, children, adolescents, and families in rural and other underserved communities by increasing their access to preventive care and services. Application Deadline: October 6, 2020.
  • 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 underserved by voice and broadband with download speeds of at least 25 Mbps.  Application Deadline: October 22, 2020.
  • The Reimagining Pathways to Employment in the U.S. Challenge, powered by MIT Solve, the Morgridge Family Foundation, and New Profit, seeks the most promising solutions that accelerate pathways to current and future employment across the United States. Solutions that focus on non-coastal states, U.S. interior regions, and/or racial justice are encouraged. Nonprofit, for-profit, and hybrid organizations, as well as individuals, are eligible to apply. Selected finalists will pitch before the Challenge judges, who will determine which solutions are the most promising. At least five teams will be selected to receive a minimum of $100,000 in grant funding and additional support. Application deadline: November 9, 2020.

State Specific

  • Geographic Scope: Alaska -The State of Alaska Department of Health and Social Services has partnered with The Alaska Community Foundation to establish the Coronavirus Nonprofit Relief Fund to support nonprofit organizations in Alaska adversely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. A variety of Alaska nonprofits are eligible to apply for funding from the Fund, including public charities, faith-based organizations providing social services to the broader community, veteran’s groups, tribal organizations, and local governments. Application Deadline: July 29, August 26, and October 14, 2020.
  •  Geographic Scope: Texas –  St. David’s Foundation has launched a $10 million COVID-19 Recovery Fund to support nonprofit organizations during this challenging and uncertain time. The Fund will provide grants supporting both immediate and intermediate needs of nonprofit organizations working on the front lines to provide emergency assistance to those impacted by COVID-19 in Bastrop, Caldwell, Hays, Travis, and Williamson counties in Texas. Priority populations include older adults at risk of social isolation, women, children, and vulnerable populations, with special attention given for rural neighbors. Furthermore, the Fund will prioritize work that is related to factors that directly impact health and well-being including telehealth, mental health, and youth serving organizations. Application Deadline: August 13 and October 15, 2020.
  • Geographic Scope: Virginia – The Charlottesville Area Community Foundation’s Community Recovery and Catalyst Grants support community organizations in response to COVID-19, especially as they support vulnerable communities and communities who have been disproportionately impacted by the pandemic as well as organizations who are working to address systemic racism in the region. Grants of up to $50,000 are provided. Application Deadline: August 14, 2020.
  • Geographic Scope: Connecticut – Main Street Community Foundation: COVID-19 Response Fund. The COVID-19 Response Fund provides operating support grants to nonprofit organizations affected by COVID-19. The nonprofit organization must have a main office in an eligible community and be serving a significant population in those communities. Grants are one-time and may range from $2,500 -$10,000. Application Deadline: August 14, 2020.