Rural communities have many distinctive assets that can provide a basis for economic development activities. Natural amenities like mountains, rivers, forests, wildlife, and open space are appealing to people and present unique opportunities for rural development. Rural and agricultural communities have higher rates of self-employment, increasing opportunities for entrepreneurial ventures. However, taking advantage of these unique assets present challenges for rural communities that include:
The unemployment rate in rural NM is at 7.4%, while NM is at 7.1% (USDA-ERS, 2011).Programs that address barriers to employment, promote asset accumulation, job training and retention, and provide supports, such as child care and transportation, must take into account the unique characteristics of rural life in order to be successful. Limited financial resources, a lack of infrastructure, and lower population density impact and influence service delivery options. Strong communities and greater coordination of services offer opportunities to better meet the needs of these workers.
According to the USDA Economic Research Service, the 2011 estimated population of New Mexicowasjust over 2 million--– about1/3 of the state’s population lives in rural areas.Low population density and lack of basic infrastructure, particularly transportation and communications systems, often hinder economic development efforts that could bring new jobs to rural areas. Fewer people living and working in rural areas make it difficult to provide the necessary services that support work.
Where are these rural areas?There are a few different definitions, sets of terminology, and data strategies available to help us put parameters on “what is rural”.Here is one example—which looks at zip codes (mostly rural county with an urban cluster)The darkest clusters have a population of 50,000 or moreThe red clusters have populations between 10,000 and 49,999The light pink clusters = 2,500 – 9,999The yellow (majority of the map!) = less than 2,500The major city of Albuquerque as are other smaller cities of Farmington, Roswell, Santa Fe, and Las Cruces
Here is another example that looks at county-wide population:Dark areas are considered urban or a “metro” countyLight yellow areas are rural or “nonmetro” counties
Online Library – over 13,000 resourcesFunding opportunitiesNewsEvents calendarOrganizations & expert contactsMapsReports and PublicationsSlide: Online LibraryWe scour state, federal and organizational sites to build this collection of freely-available research papers, white papers, policy briefs, news events, and funding programs.
-more detail later:Slide: Topics & States-access collections on 80 topics: food and hunger, housing and homelessness, Medicaid…-most-used guides-page for each state, and “all states” page -maps, statistical data, news, events, successful programs
RAC Updates – listserv for health and/or human services updates, RSS feeds FacebookThe Rural Monitor (quarterly newsletter)Rural health contactsMaps-Webinars:The ACAAmerican Community Survey
Theory and intro:-Half of our requests are on the topic of funding, rural nonprofits looking for money-New funding programs are added to the site daily, many more are updated with information regarding a new cycle release. Together these average 500 new or updated funding programs each year.-We have about 1200 funding programs tracked through the site
Sections on the site for active and inactive funding programs
Foundation Center/Directory-free source of information about philanthropy-stories about how nonprofits are working together-largest foundations in NM by total giving or assets-search for foundations in your area or on certain topics (363 foundations in NM)-view webinars and read information about the grantwriting process-statistics on grantmakers / sponsors, top funders …-Offer a database, Foundation Directory, of available funding opportunities-Cooperating Collections—libraries, community foundations, and other nonprofit resource centers (grantspace.org) -read about broad funding topics: human services, health care, arts & culture, education, environment, community and economic development
Cooperating Collections are free funding information centers in libraries, community foundations, and other nonprofit resource centers that provide a core collection of Foundation Center publications and a variety of supplementary materials and services in areas useful to grantseekers.Cooperating Collections agree to provide free public access to the Center's online databases and a basic collection of Foundation Center publications during a regular schedule of hours, offering free funding research guidance to all visitors. Many also provide a variety of other services for local nonprofit organizations, using staff or volunteers to prepare special materials, organize workshops, or conduct orientations.
Slide: HomepageNew features—access tools for success Slide: Economic Impact Analysis ToolUsed for:-projections given proposed federal budget cuts and reduction on reimbursements-show how your project’s spending on staff, supplies, equipment, and other expenses benefits your community’s economy Slide: EIA User GuideSee examples of economic impact scenarios-User guide walks you through each step with images and explanations on what everything means. Use it to see what the tool asks for and what it can do before you start you analysis.-Similar information is provided throughout the process with video tutorials-Create an account with name, email, password, your role in HHS realm, zip code. -All information is secure and confidential -Allows you to start, stop, save-Report total economic impact, ratio of impact to total spending, offers a project information summary, spending details—impact of personnel spending, equipment and supplies, contracts, and other operational spending-print, save and email report Slide: Community Health Gateway-New project funding from the Office of Rural Health Policy-Houses evidence-based tools, best practices and methods for populations that are evaluated and provided to us by the National Opinion Research Center (NORC) Slide: Toolkits-Each toolkit in the Gateway will look and operate differently, but the idea is the same-to give you the evidence-based strategies for approaching a project or a problem-First is the Community Health Workers toolkit. Obesity and chronic illness are next. Slide: Community Health Workers-laid out in modules from which you can pick and choose elements to implement. Building on community health workers could be a way to increase your health workforce for little or no additional costSlide: HITThis is a pilot program developed by us at RAC and the National Rural Health Resource Center, again with funding from the Office of Rural Health Policy.-search by keyword-browse by the 8 category types: case studies, research and reports, funding, planning tools, regulations & legislation, technical assistance, tutorials, training & presentations, websites.-25 topics such as: meaningful use, privacy & security, implementation, currently 20 resources specific to RHCs
Learn from others – model programs and success storiesrecreate, tweak, make it our own-recipes, patterns, vacations, softwareLive web:-success stories-Search : Document title: workforce development
Used for:projections given proposed budget cutsshow how your project’s spending on staff, supplies, equipment, and other expenses benefits your community’s economySee examples of economic impact scenarios
This user guide walks you through each step with images and what everything means. Use it to see what the tool asks for and what it can do before you even create an account or start your analysis.Similar information is provided throughout the actual process-video tutorials on each page of the processCreate an account – email, password, name, your role in rural health and human services, Zip code -All information is secure and confidential -Allows you to start, stop, saveNext is your Economic Impact Report results page. Your information is broken down by: Total economic impactRatio Economic impact to total spendingRatio: Economic impact to HRSA fundingProject Information SummarySpending detailsImpact of Personnel spendingImpact of Equipment/Supplies spendingImpact of Contract spendingImpact of Other Operational spending Save, print, email the report
Grant Seeking 101
www.raconline.orgDiscover Funding & Data Sources toStrengthen Your CommunityAubrey Madler, MLSInformation SpecialistGrant Seeking/WritingWorkshop for CibolaCounty OrganizationsAugust 21, 2012Grant Seeking 101
Sponsors funding economic development:• Economic Development Administrationhttp://www.eda.gov/ffo.htm• U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Developmenthttp://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/HUD?src=/states/new_mexico/community/cdbg• U.S. Bancorp Foundationhttp://www.usbank.com/community/grant-guidelines.html• USDA Rural Developmenthttp://www.rurdev.usda.gov/NMHome.html• Small Business Administrationhttp://www.sba.gov/category/navigation-structure/loans-grants• USDA Rural Business-Cooperative Servicehttp://www.rurdev.usda.gov/LP_BusinessPrograms.html
• Guide Star : http://www.Guidestar.org– Register to locate form 990s to see how foundationsare doing and who they are funding• Foundation Center : http://foundationcenter.org/– Collects, organizes, and communicates informationon U.S. philanthropy. Provides free and fee-basedinformation on grantseeking and foundation giving.Learn more about sponsors and programs
Cooperating Collections-Funding information through libraries, communityfoundations, and other nonprofit resource centers.http://foundationcenter.org/collections/Albuquerque/Bernalillo County Library System501 Copper Ave. NWPhone: 505-768-5141Collection URL:www.cabq.gov/library/foundationcenter.html
Support your proposals• Statistics and Data RAC Topic Guide:http://www.raconline.org/topics/statistics/ - sourcesfor national, state, and county-level statistics anddata• RAC Maps http://www.raconline.org/racmaps/• Resources for All States:http://www.raconline.org/states/allstates.php -state- orcounty-level information and statistics
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