Posted by: Ann Treacy | October 4, 2013

Possible tech, health & economic development grants for rural communities

I’m in Lac qui Parle this week doing social media training. I’ll post more on how that’s going next week. I’ll start by saying they keep a person hopping here, in a good but tiring way. People are really interested in learning how to better use the great infrastructure they have deployed here.

In the meantime, I figure most folks are interested in potential funding sources. I learned about these through GrantStation

Support for Rural Communities in Minnesota and Wisconsin
AgStar Fund for Rural America
The AgStar Fund for Rural America is dedicated to agriculture and rural communities, and to addressing the issues facing rural America. The Fund supports nonprofit organizations in the service area where AgStar has a significant business presence in Minnesota and northwest Wisconsin. The Fund focuses its giving program in the following four major areas: education, environment, technology, and quality of life. Grants of up to $10,000 are provided for direct project or program costs. Online applications will be accepted through November 30, 2013. Visit the AgStar website to review the funding guidelines and application instructions.

Support Available for Rural Health Networks
Department of Health and Human Services
The Rural Health Network Development Grant Program supports rural integrated healthcare networks that have combined the functions of the entities participating in the network. The application deadline is November 22, 2013.

Support for Sustainable Economic Development Initiatives
Surdna Foundation: Strong Local Economies Program
The Surdna Foundation seeks to foster just and sustainable communities throughout the United States. The Foundation’s Strong Local Economies Program supports the development of robust and sustainable economies that include a diversity of businesses and access to quality jobs. The Foundation aims to create opportunities for upward economic mobility among communities that have experienced historical economic barriers, including low-income people, communities of color, women, and immigrants. The three main categories of work in this program area include the following: Business Development and Acceleration, Equitable Economic Development, and Job Quality and Career Pathways. Nonprofit organizations may submit online letters of inquiry at any time. Visit the Foundation’s website to review the funding guidelines for each category in the Strong Local Economies Program.

Broadband infrastructure may be a stretch for the Surdna funding – but adoption programming could be a winner.

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