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September 10, 2021

 

 
 
USDA  
 

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development will give funding priority for projects to address some of the top challenges in rural America. This funding priority supports the Biden-Harris Administration’s mission to help the people of rural America build back better. USDA will notify stakeholders that a program is offering funding priority when the program’s application window opens and will continuously update the Priority Points Program Chart. Rural Development will award priority points on funding applications for projects that will: 1. Help rural communities recover economically from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, particularly in disadvantaged communities. 2. Ensure all rural residents have equitable access to Rural Development programs and will benefit from projects Rural Development funds. 3. Reduce climate pollution and increase resiliency to the impacts of climate change by providing economic support to rural communities. USDA is incorporating these key priorities into its work across the agency. The Department is working with our partners to encourage potential applicants to focus on strategic investments that complement these priorities. For more information, visit www.rd.usda.gov/priority-points.

 

 
 
  Bees
 

The National Honey Board is celebrating National Honey Month this September with Honey Saves Hives. Honey bee populations face challenges and decline, so protecting these pollinators is crucial to our ecosystem and food supply. Honey bees are responsible for more than 35% of the foods we eat and the honey we enjoy. To provide consumers a way to support research that helps honey bees, the National Honey Board is partnering with several U.S. food and beverage manufacturers who will donate to Project Apis m., the largest honey bee non-profit in the country. By purchasing participating made with honey products during the month of September, consumers will help fund bee health research and programs. For more information on the Honey Saves Hives program and how to help honey bees, visit http://honeysaveshives.com/.

 

 
 
Marshal  
 

The Office of the State Fire Marshal (OSFM) opened the application period for the Small Equipment Grant Program. All interested departments should send an application to the OSFM, applications must be postmarked no later than October 22, 2021. OSFM will award $2.5 million to eligible fire departments and ambulance services during this application period. The Small Equipment Grant Program was established to provide grants of up to $26,000 for the purchase of small firefighting and ambulance equipment. A total of $3.3 million was awarded to 149 fire departments/districts and EMS providers across the state in June. Fire department, fire protection districts and township fire department applicants are required to have participated in the National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS) for a minimum of two years prior to applying. The OSFM will require departments to be current through June 2021 for this grant period. 

 

 
 
  LGE Webinar Series
 

University of Illinois Local Government Education is hosting the Illinois Office of Broadband for a two-part series of updates on state and federal funding opportunities and programs. Part 1: Broadband Infrastructure Funding will be held on Friday, September 10 at Noon CT, and Part 2: Broadband Programs will be held on the following Friday, September 17 at Noon CT. Matt Schmit, Director of the Illinois Office of Broadband, will present relevant and timely information on these topics and take questions from participants during a live Q and A. See here to register.

 

 
 

UPCOMING EVENTS

September 7 – Corn Belt Ports Initiative

September 10 - Illinois Office of Broadband Update (Pt 1): Infrastructure Funding

September 15 - Getting the Green Light for Green Infrastructure: Considerations and Resources for Success

September 17 - Illinois Office of Broadband Update (Pt 2): Programs

September 30 – Making Inroads into the Substance Use Disorder Crisis: Mobilizing New Approaches to Rural SUD Services

October 13 - Adapting to a New Remote Working Environment in Rural Illinois

 

 
 
 
 
 

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