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Grant Opportunity!

Carolina Farm Credit has a new small grant program in a 54 county region in the western half of NC. The grants are up to $5000 for agriculture and rural development projects. The application is short and the deadline is Sept. 1, 2015. To learn more about the program: http://www.carolinafarmcredit.com/news/press-releases/2015/carolina-farm-credit-taking-applications-for-corpo.aspx To complete the grant application: http://carolinafarmcredit.com/about/community/corporate-mission-fund.aspx

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NC Cooperative Extension Service

Grant Opportunity!

Carolina Farm Credit has a new small grant program in a 54 county region in the western half of NC. The grants are up to $5000 for agriculture and rural development projects. The application is short and the deadline is Sept. 1, 2015. To learn more about the program: http://www.carolinafarmcredit.com/news/press-releases/2015/carolina-farm-credit-taking-applications-for-corpo.aspx To complete the grant application: http://carolinafarmcredit.com/about/community/corporate-mission-fund.aspx

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THIRD ROUND PROMISE
ZONES COMPETITION

A competition to select a third round of Promise Zones will commence later this year. In the Summer of 2015, HUD will publish a Notice in the Federal Register requesting public comment on the proposed selection process, criteria, and submissions for the final round of the Promise Zones initiative. This notice will provide urban, rural, and tribal communities the opportunity to help shape the third round application guide and efforts to support other communities more effectively in future years. Join the HUD Exchange mailing list to receive announcements and to follow the new round of Promise Zones in their journey. More information is available on the Promise Zones web page.

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NATIONAL ENDOWMENT
FOR THE ARTS Creative Placemaking Guidelines and Report Launched

Includes 2016 Our Town Grant and Technical Assistance Guidelines and the Report on Performing Arts and Transforming Place The arts are an integral component of building vibrant communities and as part of its commitment to supporting arts-based community development, the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) is posting information on funding opportunities and a new creative placemaking resource. These are: Guidelines for the 2016 Our Town grant program with an earlier application deadline of September 21, 2015. A program solicitation for an organization to run the new Our Town Technical Assistance Pilot Program that will provide grantees with capacity building support to more effectively execute their creative placemaking projects. A report on the performing arts in creative placemaking called Beyond the Building: Performing Arts and Transforming Place. Creative placemaking is when artists, arts organizations, and community development practitioners integrate arts and culture into community revitalization work—placing arts at the table with land-use, transportation, economic development, education, housing, infrastructure, and public safety strategies. The NEA's programs support local efforts to enhance quality of life and opportunity for residents, increase creative activity, and create a distinct sense of place. 2016 Our Town Guidelines 2016 is the sixth year of Our Town, the NEA’s primary creative placemaking program, providing funding that supports local efforts to enhance quality of life and opportunity for residents, increase creative activity, and create a distinct sense of place. Grants in 2016 will be available for projects in arts engagement, design and planning, and in knowledge building. The application deadline for the 2016 Our Town program is earlier than in years past and is on September 21, 2015. Guidelines and application materials for 2016 Our Town program are in the Apply for a Grant section of the NEA website. Since Our Town's inception in 2011, the NEA has awarded 256 grants totaling more than $21 million in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. In addition, the NEA has created the online resource Exploring Our Town, with more than 70 case studies and lessons learned from organizations working in communities large and small, urban and rural across the country. In July, the NEA will announce the 2015 grantees, including projects from the new project type of supporting knowledge-building in the field of creative placemaking. Webinars to Assist Our Town Applicants To help applicants prepare competitive proposals, the NEA is offering two webinars; July 29 and August 5, 2015. Each session will be from 3:00 – 4:00 PM EDT. Program staff will lead a Powerpoint presentation with tips and tricks for crafting compelling applications, followed by questions and answers. Registration for the webinar will be available in July in the webinar section of the NEA website. Our Town Technical Assistance Initiative The NEA is releasing a program solicitation for an organization to manage a new pilot technical assistance (TA) program that will assist Our Town grantees in completing their NEA-funded projects and building their organizational capacity. After a managing organization has been selected, it will work with the NEA to provide direct assistance to select Our Town grantees to help increase the likelihood that grantees’ projects are fully successful, resulting in longer term positive outcomes for communities. The NEA will share lessons learned, significant field trends, and other program resources with the public. Our Town grantees will be able to apply in February 2016 when guidelines are available, to be among the organizations selected to receive the direct assistance. Report on Performing Arts and Transforming Place The report features outcomes of the November 2014 convening, Beyond the Building: Performing Arts and Transforming Place. The event brought together 26 leaders from dance, music, theater, and multidisciplinary organizations to examine how performance-based groups, and the artists they engage, transform places through their artistic practices. Participants included artists, representatives from performing arts organizations, discipline-based service organizations, and arts funders. The event was supported by ArtPlace Americaand attracted an active online audience through a Twitter conversation curated by HowlRound. The convening yielded key observations and guiding principles towards helping performing arts organizations expand the work they do in communities. The report follows the format of the event, presenting lessons learned in six areas: language and framing, place and mission, events and effects, issues and impacts, relationships and resources, and equity. A list of convening participants grouped by discipline or organizational type (dance, funder, opera, symphonic music, theater, community organization/program, presenter) along with selected observations provides a sample of the conversation.

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Register Now! SERA-37
Latinos in the New South Meeting: August 27-28, 2015, Orlando, FL

The SERA-37 Latinos in the New South announces its 2015 meeting and invites you and your colleagues to attend! Latinos in the New South: Integrated Extension and Research Programming When: Thursday, August 27 (noon)  to Friday, August 28 (1 pm) Where: Orlando, Florida Conference Registration: (no charge, sponsored by SRDC) Register by July 24; (no later than August 7) https://msudafvm.co1.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_dh7DJprzPTSt1Ln Hotel Conference Rate - single $125 + tax / double $129 + tax Deadline to Make Hotel Reservation : July 24 The Florida Hotel & Conference Center 1500 Sand Lake Road Orlando, Florida 32809 Room Block : PLN – Program Leader Network; Group Code:  150823MISS Reserve by phone : 1-800-588-4656 FREE Reserve Online: http://usfhc.webhotel.microsdc.us/bp/search_rooms.jsp?checkinYear=2015&checkinDay=23&checkinMonth=8&numberOfNights=6&groupCode=150823MISS Meeting Objectives: Exchange information about projects addressing Latino community needs Determine gaps and priorities for integrated activities with SERA-37 team Establish priorities and plans for 2015-16 Network with each other and be inspired to act locally and across the Southern Region AGENDA: Thursday, August 27 12 noon:  Lunch (provided) 1 pm: Keynote presentation: Maritza Sanz, Founding President/CEO of Latino Leadership (invited) Latino Leadership, Inc. is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization in Central Florida offering social enrichment programs that incorporate leadership development and empowerment, education advancement, and economic community development to promote the integration of the Hispanic community into mainstream America. 2 pm: Contributed presentations (15-20 min): State Program Highlights  (share your state's exemplary or promising research or extension Latino/cross-cultural programs in youth, agriculture/natural resources, community/rural development, family/consumer, professional development, and non-traditional areas; introduce next step ideas; indicate presentation slot desired on registration form) 3 pm: Break 3:30: Contributed presentations: Highlights Continued 4:30 pm: Networking activity 5 pm: SERA-37 Planning: Where are we now? Where do we want to go? SERA-37 Planning Team 6 pm: Dinner (on your own or informal group) Friday, August 28 8 am: Large Group Planning: Determine gaps and priorities for integrated activities 9:30 am: Break-out Sessions: Research, Extension, project small group planning 10: 30 am: Break 11:00 am: Large Group Planning: Pulling it All Together (activities, leadership) 12:30 pm: Wrap-Up 1:00 pm: Adjourn -- ____________________________________ Julia F. Storm, MSPH Agromedicine Information Specialist Department of Applied Ecology North Carolina State University 258A David Clark Labs, Campus Box 7617 Raleigh, NC 27695-7617 Voice: 919.515.7961 Fax: 919.515.5327 Email: jfstorm@ncsu.edu http://appliedecology.cals.ncsu.edu The SERA-37: New Hispanic South is a listserv maintained by the Southern Rural Development Center (SRDC).  Its purpose is to exchange information relevant to the research and Extension mission of the land-grant university system and the SERA-37 goal of expanding Extension's capacity to serve the Latino community in the southern region. Any opinions expressed in postings do not imply SERA-37 or SRDC endorsements.

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Conserving Working Lands

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How Does Your County Rank?

Rarely a week goes by without a call from a community seeking support as its leaders plan for the future. Amid all the advice IEI might offer, perhaps the most important is “engage MORE »

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At the Intersection of Arts and Agriculture

By Becky L. Bowen, J.D., Program Manager, CultivateNC  I had the good fortune this month to attend the Cross-Currents:  Art + Agriculture Powering Rural Economies conference sponsored by Art Force and the National MORE »

Integrating New Audiences

The demographics of North Carolina have changed significantly during the last two decades. Although the general public may believe this change is a result of the influx of immigrants moving to the state, MORE »

What is Dynamic Governance?

I attended a workshop on Dynamic Governance recently. While the concepts were not entirely unfamiliar to me, it wasn’t until I used them at a recent group facilitation that I noticed how big MORE »

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Bye Bye to “Buy-in”

Today, I want to talk a little about community change.  In trying to create change, you will often hear professionals talk of “getting buy-in”. In other words, the professionals generate the solutions and MORE »

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Deadline to apply for Our Town Grant ProgramMon Sep 21 - Mon Sep 21, 2015 - ALL DAY— 2 months away
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