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Deadline: June 17, 2019

U.S. Department of Agriculture: Community Facilities Technical Assistance and Training Grant

The Community Facilities Technical Assistance and Training Grant program seeks to support entities that will provide technical assistance and/or training with respect to essential community facilities programs. It is the intent of this program to assist entities in rural areas in accessing funding under the Rural Housing Service’s Community Facilities Programs. Grants will be made to entities who will then provide technical assistance and/or training to eligible ultimate recipients. Funding priority will be made to private, nonprofit, or public organizations that have experience in providing technical assistance and training to rural entities.

Applications are encouraged to help improve life in rural America. Applicants are encouraged to consider projects that provide measurable results in helping rural communities build robust and sustainable economies through strategic investments in infrastructure, partnerships, and innovation. Key strategies include:

  • Achieving e-connectivity for rural America
  • Developing the rural economy
  • Harnessing technological innovation
  • Supporting a rural workforce
  • Improving quality of life

To combat a key threat to economic prosperity, rural workforce, and quality of life, applicants are encouraged to propose projects that will support the goal to reduce the morbidity and mortality associated with substance use disorder (including opioid misuse) in high-risk rural communities by strengthening the capacity to address prevention, treatment, and/or recovery at the community, county, state, and/or regional levels. See https://www.cdc.gov/pwid/vulnerable-counties-data.html. Key strategies include:

  • Prevention: Reducing the occurrence of substance use disorder (including opioid misuse) and fatal substance-related overdoses through community and provider education and harm reduction measures, such as the strategic placement of overdose reversing devices
  • Treatment: Implementing or expanding access to evidence-based treatment practices for substance use disorder (including opioid misuse), such as medication-assisted treatment (MAT)
  • Recovery: Expanding peer recovery and treatment options that help people start and stay in recovery

Grant funds and any matching funds may be used by Technical Assistance Providers to:

  • Assist communities in identifying and planning for community facility needs.
  • Identify resources to finance community facility needs from public and private sources.
  • Prepare reports and surveys necessary to request financial assistance to develop community facilities.
  • Prepare applications for U.S. Department of Agriculture financial assistance.
    Improve the management, including financial management, related to the operation of community facilities.
  • Assist with other areas of need as identified by the Secretary of Agriculture.
    Grant Funds and any matching funds may be used by Ultimate Recipients only to prepare reports and surveys necessary to request financial assistance to develop community facilities. Applicants applying as Ultimate Recipients will be limited to this purpose.

Amount: A total of $1,500,000 is available to make approximately 15 awards ranging up to $150,000 each.

Eligibility: There are two types of applicants. The applicant must be either a Technical Assistance Provider or an Ultimate Recipient, and must meet eligibility requirements before being considered for assistance.

Applicants applying as Technical Assistance Providers must:

  1. Be a public body or a private nonprofit corporation (such as States, counties, cities, townships, incorporated towns and villages, boroughs, authorities, districts, and Indian tribes on Federal and State reservations)
  2. Be legally established and located within one of the following: (i) A State; or (ii) The District of Columbia
  3. Have the proven ability, background, experience (as evidenced by the organization’s satisfactory completion of project(s) similar to those proposed), legal authority, and actual capacity to provide Technical Assistance and/or training to Ultimate Recipients. To meet the requirement of actual capacity, an applicant must either: (i) Have the necessary resources to provide Technical Assistance and/or training to associations in rural areas through its staff; (ii) Be assisted by an affiliate or member organization which has such background and experience and which agrees, in writing, that it will provide the technical assistance; or (iii) May contract with a nonaffiliated organization for not more than 49 percent of the awarded grant to provide the proposed technical assistance
  4. Nonprofits applying as Technical Assistance Providers must be designated tax exempt by the Internal Revenue Service

Applicants applying as Ultimate Recipients must be:

  1. A public body
  2. An Indian Tribe
  3. A nonprofit corporation that demonstrates community ties to the rural area by: (i) Obtaining substantial public funding through taxes, revenue bonds, or other local government sources, and/or substantial voluntary community funding; (ii) Having a broadly-based ownership and control by members of the community; or (iii) Demonstrating all of the following characteristics: (A) Members of the organization are primarily from the local rural community; (B) Membership is open to all adults in the local rural community; (C) Members of the organization have ultimate control of the proposed community facility; and (D) The organization receives the majority of its funding from its members or their volunteer efforts

Link: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=314419

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