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Creating New
Economies Fund Grant Program

FUNDING for Triple Bottom Line Projects The Conservation Fund’s Resourceful Communities Program                           Creating New Economies Fund Grant Program Program OverviewThe Conservation Fund’s Resourceful Communities Program (RCP) provides small grants through its Creating New Economies Fund (CNEF) grant program.  CNEF is a grant program managed by Resourceful Communities with support from the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust, the Oak Foundation and the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation and other public and private partners. CNEF supports community projects that implement the “triple bottom line” – environmental stewardship, sustainable economic development and social justice.  In addition, we hope that CNEF grants will help leverage additional support for innovative demonstration projects. Grant AmountThe maximum grant is $15,000, however, average grants range from $8,000-$12,000. EligibilityApplicants must participate in a triple bottom line webinar on October 1st or October 8th.  Eligible applicants include nonprofits, municipalities, and initiatives associated with a partner organization or community.  Deficit financing, for-profit businesses, individuals and projects that do not integrate “triple bottom line” components cannot be funded. Previous grantees must have completed their previous project and submitted a final report before a new grant can be awarded.  A 2014 report form is attached.  Unless a project extension was requested or your grant agreement indicates a different final report deadline, 2014 final reports are due January 22, 2015. Timeline October 1 and 8: NEW applicants must participate in a triple bottom line webinar on October 1st or October 8th. November 4:  Completed pre-applications due via email to kmarks@conservationfund.org. December 4:  All applicants receive notification following pre-application review.  Selected applicants receive invitation to submit full proposal. December 4 – February 10:  Groups invited to submit full CNEF proposal receive support from Resourceful Communities in project planning and development. February 10:  Completed applications due via email to kmarks@conservationfund.org. April 2:  Award notification Small Grant Webinars:  All new Creating New Economies Fund grant applicants must participate in a triple bottom line webinar.  The webinar is open to all interested applicants.  During the webinar, we will provide an explanation of triple bottom line project requirements.   Two webinars will be offered: October 1st from 12:00 noon-1:00 p.m. October 8th from 6:00-7:00 p.m. REGISTER for one of the webinars by Monday, September 29, 2014 at 11:59pm.   October 1 at 12:00 noon:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/creating-new-economies-fund-cnef-webinar-october-1-tickets-13139627981   October 8 at 6:00 p.m.:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/creating-new-economies-fund-cnef-webinar-october-8-tickets-13139702203 The webinar link, conference call information, and instructions for connecting will be sent prior to the webinar along with materials that will be used. If you have NOT applied for a Creating New Economies Fund Grant before, you MUST participate in this webinar to be eligible to apply. Link to application

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NC Cooperative Extension Service

Creating New
Economies Fund Grant Program

FUNDING for Triple Bottom Line Projects The Conservation Fund’s Resourceful Communities Program                           Creating New Economies Fund Grant Program Program OverviewThe Conservation Fund’s Resourceful Communities Program (RCP) provides small grants through its Creating New Economies Fund (CNEF) grant program.  CNEF is a grant program managed by Resourceful Communities with support from the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust, the Oak Foundation and the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation and other public and private partners. CNEF supports community projects that implement the “triple bottom line” – environmental stewardship, sustainable economic development and social justice.  In addition, we hope that CNEF grants will help leverage additional support for innovative demonstration projects. Grant AmountThe maximum grant is $15,000, however, average grants range from $8,000-$12,000. EligibilityApplicants must participate in a triple bottom line webinar on October 1st or October 8th.  Eligible applicants include nonprofits, municipalities, and initiatives associated with a partner organization or community.  Deficit financing, for-profit businesses, individuals and projects that do not integrate “triple bottom line” components cannot be funded. Previous grantees must have completed their previous project and submitted a final report before a new grant can be awarded.  A 2014 report form is attached.  Unless a project extension was requested or your grant agreement indicates a different final report deadline, 2014 final reports are due January 22, 2015. Timeline October 1 and 8: NEW applicants must participate in a triple bottom line webinar on October 1st or October 8th. November 4:  Completed pre-applications due via email to kmarks@conservationfund.org. December 4:  All applicants receive notification following pre-application review.  Selected applicants receive invitation to submit full proposal. December 4 – February 10:  Groups invited to submit full CNEF proposal receive support from Resourceful Communities in project planning and development. February 10:  Completed applications due via email to kmarks@conservationfund.org. April 2:  Award notification Small Grant Webinars:  All new Creating New Economies Fund grant applicants must participate in a triple bottom line webinar.  The webinar is open to all interested applicants.  During the webinar, we will provide an explanation of triple bottom line project requirements.   Two webinars will be offered: October 1st from 12:00 noon-1:00 p.m. October 8th from 6:00-7:00 p.m. REGISTER for one of the webinars by Monday, September 29, 2014 at 11:59pm.   October 1 at 12:00 noon:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/creating-new-economies-fund-cnef-webinar-october-1-tickets-13139627981   October 8 at 6:00 p.m.:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/creating-new-economies-fund-cnef-webinar-october-8-tickets-13139702203 The webinar link, conference call information, and instructions for connecting will be sent prior to the webinar along with materials that will be used. If you have NOT applied for a Creating New Economies Fund Grant before, you MUST participate in this webinar to be eligible to apply. Link to application

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OBAMA ADMINISTRATION
ANNOUNCES COMPETITION TO DESIGNATE NEXT ROUND OF PROMISE ZONES

We would  like to invite you to the Promise Zone Initiative Stakeholder Webcasts on September 29 and October 1, 2014.  There will be 3 webcasts geared to various audiences: 1) Tribal; 2) Urban and 3) Rural.  Each webcast will provide a general overview in addition to the tailored presentation.   To participate, please follow the instructions below.   The webcasts will also be archived on the Promise Zone website a few days after in case you miss them. RSVPs are MANDATORY for each webcast and they are due by 5:00pm, Wednesday, September 24, 2014.    On Friday, September 26, 2014, links to the webcasts will be sent out to those who RSVP’d. Also see the following: 1)      Press Release below 2) Fact Sheet on Second Round Promise Zones Designation, see HERE 3) Fact Sheet from the White House Domestic Policy Council (attached)   We look forward to your participation in the webcasts and appreciate your help  getting the word out to your networks.  Thanks!   Sincerely, Francey Youngberg Deputy Assistant Secretary for Public Engagement U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development PROMISE ZONE COMPETITION The Obama Administration invites a new round of eligible applicants to apply for a Promise Zone designation.  All communities can apply that meet the eligibility criteria, and demonstrate high need, a strong local commitment and a compelling strategy.  HUD intends to designate six urban communities and USDA intends to designate at least one rural and at least one tribal community. APPLICATION DEADLINE: Submit completed applications via www.Max.Gov on November 21, 2014 by 5:00pm EST . RESOURCES FOR APPLICANTS The urban, rural and tribal application guides and the Frequently Asked Questions can be found at: https://www/hud/gov/promisezones.   To receive information about the Promise Zone initiative, please subscribe to the mailing list at: https://www.hudexchange.info/mailinglist/ Additional questions on how to apply and for eligibility should be directed by email to:Promisezones@hud.gov. WEBCASTS HUD in close collaboration with USDA will convene three distinct webcasts for urban, rural, and tribal to provide an overview of the second round Promise Zones Designation with interested communities.  There will also be time at the end of the webcast for questions and answers. Dates and Times are as follows: Promise Zone Initiative Stakeholder Webcast (TRIBAL)September 29, 2014, Monday 1:00-2:00p.m.  EST (please adjust for your local time) Please RSVP here to receive the TRIBAL webcast link Promise Zone Initiative Stakeholder Webcast (RURAL) September 29, 2014, Monday 3:00-4:00 p.m.  EST (please adjust for your local time) Please RSVP here to receive the RURAL webcast link.   Promise Zone Initiative Stakeholder Webcast (URBAN) October 1, 2014, Wednesday  3:00-4:00 p.m.  EST (please adjust for your local time) Please RSVP here to receive the URBAN webcast link.   Presenters Leslie Wheelock (TRIBAL Webinar)Director of Tribal Relations U.S. Department of Agriculture Max Finberg (RURAL Webinar) Senior Advisor and Coordinator, StrikeForce for Rural Growth and Opportunity Initiative U.S. Department of Agriculture Valerie Piper (all 3 webinars) Deputy Assistant Secretary for Economic Development U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development This webcasts are off the record and not for press purposes.    PROMISE ZONES INITIATIVE   GOALS The Promise Zones initiative seeks to revitalize high-poverty communities across the country by creating jobs, increasing economic activity, improving educational opportunities, reducing serious and violent crime, leveraging private capital, and assisting local leaders in navigating federal programs and cutting through red tape. OVERVIEW In his 2013 State of the Union address, President Obama announced that he would designate 20 Promise Zones nationwide: urban, rural, and tribal communities where the Administration would partner with local leaders to create jobs, increase economic activity, improve educational opportunities, and reduce violent crime.  On January 9, 2014, the first urban, rural, and tribal Promise Zones were announced in a ceremony at the White House.  They are located in: San Antonio, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Southeastern Kentucky, and the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma. For communities selected, the federal government will partner to help the Promise Zones access the resources and expertise they need.  To date, there are twelve federal agencies working in close collaboration to provide resources and expertise to urban, rural, and tribal Promise Zones to expand economic mobility and opportunity in their communities.  A list of the federal agencies along with the programs affiliated with the Promise Zone initiative is available at: https://www.hud.gov/promisezones. September 19, 2014   OBAMA ADMINISTRATION ANNOUNCES COMPETITION TO DESIGNATE NEXT ROUND OF PROMISE ZONES   WASHINGTON – U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Julián Castro joined U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx, and Education Secretary Arne Duncan to announce a competition to designate a new round of Promise Zones. These Promise Zones are part of the President’splan to create a new pathway to the middle class by partnering with local communities and businesses to create jobs, increase economic security, improve educational opportunities, and reduce violent crime.   Urban, rural, and tribal communities nationwide will be invited to put forward a plan to partner with local business and community leaders to make evidence-based investments that reward hard work and expand opportunity.  In exchange, these designees will receive priority access to federal investments that further their strategic plans, federal staff on the ground to help them implement their goals, and five full-time AmeriCorps VISTA members to recruit and manage volunteers and strengthen the capacity of the Promise Zone initiatives.   “As a former mayor of an urban Promise Zone community, I have a unique appreciation for the talent, passion and the vision that local leaders offer when working to turn their communities around,” said HUD Secretary Juliàn Castro.  “Promise Zones are about giving folks who have been underserved for far too long the opportunity to build stronger neighborhoods and more prosperous lives.  At HUD, we’re honored to give other communities the opportunity to transform their futures so this work can continue across the country.”   “The Promise Zones initiative allows us to work directly with local leaders and organizations to meet a community's specific needs,” said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. “In the current Promise Zones, especially in rural and tribal areas, we are seeing how effective it can be when we work in a coordinated way to address economic and social challenges. We've seen economic recovery strategies like this create jobs and opportunity through USDA’s community-based StrikeForce Initiative and Promise Zones build on this success.”   “As a former mayor, I know the difference that can be made when federal agencies work together to cut through red tape and deliver strategic solutions that address a community’s needs,” said Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx.  “The Department of Transportation is proud to work alongside other agencies to make sure communities not only offer good homes, thriving businesses and a clean environment, but an efficient transportation system so its people can enjoy them all, too.”   Education Secretary Arne Duncan added, “At the heart of every strong community is a great school, but schools can’t do it alone - it takes the whole community to help improve outcomes for students in school and in life. Promise Zones create real pathways to success for families in our most impoverished communities across the country by attracting private investment, increasing affordable housing, improving educational opportunities and assisting local leaders in cutting through red tape. I am excited to join our interagency partners in announcing this new opportunity for communities to become a Promise Zone.”   Each Promise Zone selected will have demonstrated that local leaders, business leaders, state, tribal and local officials; faith-based and non-profit organizations; children and parents are collaborating effectively to ensure that hard work leads to a decent living for every American, in every community.   In 2009, after a generation of sometimes counterproductive and often contradictory federal engagement that was creating obstacles to greater shared prosperity, local communities across the country demanded a more effective and responsive federal government partner to create new pathways to the middle class. To meet this demand, the Obama Administration adopted a variety of unprecedented place-based efforts to promote economic opportunity and accelerate economic growth by explicitly connecting key federal programs that support such growth, such as education, housing, economic development, and infrastructure, with locally-devised strategies for broadly shared regional growth.   In January of this year, President Obama announced the first five Promise Zones: San Antonio, TX, Los Angeles, CA, Philadelphia, PA, Southeastern Kentucky Highlands and the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma.  The work being done in these communities is already helping to move the needle in key areas. For example, graduation rates have reached 90 percent in the San Antonio Promise Zone; 2,000 kids in Los Angeles were able to find a summer job through a youth employment initiative; 900 unemployed people in Southeastern Kentucky have been connected to a job; and over 700 households and 50 businesses in remote southeast Oklahoma will soon have access to clean, safe drinking water for the first time.  Today’s announcement of a new Promise Zone competition will help bring similar success to high-poverty communities across the country.   Any community meeting the qualifying criteria can apply for a designation, regardless of whether it has a previous federal grant. HUD and USDA will designate at least 8 Promise Zones across urban, rural and tribal communities. The deadline for submitting Promise Zone applications isNovember 21, 2014.   HUD in close collaboration with USDA will convene three distinct webcasts for urban, rural, and tribal to discuss the second round of the Promise Zone Initiative with interested communities.   Dates and times are as follows:   ·         Tribal Webcast         September 29th              1:00pm – 2:00pm ·         Rural Webcast         September 29th                3:00pm – 4:00pm ·         Urban Webcast        October 1, 2014        3:00pm – 4:00pm   More information about the Promise Zone initiative and how to apply is available at: www.hud.gov/promisezones.   ###     HUD’s mission is to create strong, sustainable, inclusive communities and quality affordable homes for all. HUD is working to strengthen the housing market to bolster the economy and protect consumers; meet the need for quality affordable rental homes: utilize housing as a platform for improving quality of life; build inclusive and sustainable communities free from discrimination; and transform the way HUD does business. More information about HUD and its programs is available at www.hud.gov and espanol.hud.gov.  You can also follow HUD onTwitterFacebookInstagram, or sign up for news alerts on HUD’s Email List.

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USDA Expands Access
to Credit to Help More Beginning and Family Farmers To: "Local-Foods-Action-Plan

WASHINGTON, Oct. 7, 2014 – Agriculture Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will improve farm loans by expanding eligibility and increasing lending limits to help more beginning and family farmers. As part of this effort, USDA is raising the borrowing limit for the microloan program from $35,000 to $50,000; simplify the lending processes; updating required “farming experience” to include other valuable experiences; and expanding eligible business entities to reflect changes in the way family farms are owned and operated. The changes become effective Nov. 7.

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Economic Development and the Arts

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How Kale Can Change the World

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ArtPlace is Accepting Applications for its National Grants ProgramMon Nov 3, 2014
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM— 3 days away
CREATING NEW ECONOMIES FUNDTue Nov 4, 2014
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM— 4 days away
Growing a Healthy Economy with Local FoodsMon Nov 10 - Mon Nov 10, 2014 - ALL DAY— 1 week away
Growing a Healthy Economy with Local Foods Date: 5 hour session. Time -Mon Nov 10, 2014
1:00 PM - 4:30 PM— 2 weeks away
NC AgVentures Grant Application Session, Stokes CountyTue Nov 18, 2014
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM Where:
King Public Library, 101 Pilot View Drive, King, NC, 27021 Phone: 336-983-3868
— 3 weeks away
NC AgVentures Grant Application Information Session, Edgecombe CountyTue Nov 18, 2014
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM Where:
1175 Kingsboro Road, Rocky Mount Located just off 64 approximately 6 miles west of Tarboro on Exit 478 Phone: 252-641-7827
— 3 weeks away
Promise Zone DeadlineFri Nov 21, 2014
12:00 AM - 5:00 PM— 3 weeks away
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