USDA Rural Development Grants
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Deputy Under Secretary for Rural Development Bette Brand announced on January 11th that USDA is seeking grant applications for projects to improve housing, community facilities, and community and economic development in rural areas. These grants include the Community Facilities Technical Assistance and Training Grant, the Strategic Economic and Community Development Grant, and the Rural Community Development Initiative Grants.
To view the full list of notices and grants available please see the following link: https://www.rd.usda.gov/newsroom/notices-solicitation-applications-nosas.
Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) POWER Grant
ARC has released a Request for Proposals for applications for the 2021 POWER Initiative and will begin accepting applications February 16. The POWER (Partnerships for Opportunity and Workforce and Economic Revitalization) Initiative targets federal resources to help communities and regions that have been affected by job losses in coal mining, coal power plant operations, and coal-related supply chain industries due to the changing economics of America’s energy production. The POWER Initiative supports efforts to create a more vibrant economic future for coal-impacted communities by cultivating economic diversity, enhancing job training and re-employment opportunities, creating jobs in existing or new industries, and attracting new sources of investment. Read the RFP and learn more about POWER here.
Reclaiming Appalachia Coalition
The Reclaiming Appalachia Coalition (RAC) is a multi-state coalition comprised of Appalachian Voices, Coalfield Development Corporation, and Rural Action, with technical assistance and added capacity provided by Downstream Strategies. Established in 2017 to promote Innovative Mine Reclamation in Appalachia, our coalition has effectively secured over $15.8 million in AML Pilot funds, leveraging approximately $11.4 million in additional funds. This success has cemented our coalition as a thought leader and indispensable resource for communities in the field. We provide expert resources to Appalachian coalfield communities to identify, develop, and fund innovative reclamation projects while supporting the growth of a regional community of practice and advocating for a more just and equitable implementation of federal funds through AML Pilot. Learn more on the RAC Funding Sources webpage.
Appalachian Beekeeping Collective
We are a nonprofit organization that trains, supports, and provides bees and equipment at no cost to partner beekeepers in economically distressed Appalachian communities. We help our partners produce natural honey (and income) in the “greenest” possible way. Our program provides bees, hive boxes, equipment, education and support for new beekeepers. The Appalachian Beekeeping Collective provides initial bee colonies and materials for free or at reduced cost on an income-based sliding scale. Our educational staff supports our members by teaching them beekeeping skills in classrooms and then through visits to their homes to monitor their progress, building up to more advanced skills over time. Learn more about the program.
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