Creating Regional Solutions Since 1971
December 2019
USDA Restores Original Intent of SNAP: A Second Chance, Not A Way of Life
With record low unemployment, USDA finalizes rule to promote work
(Washington, D.C., December 4, 2019)  – At the direction of President Donald J. Trump, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced a final rule to move more able-bodied recipients of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) towards self-sufficiency and into employment. The rule restores the system to what Congress intended: assistance through difficult times, not a way of life.
“Americans are generous people who believe it is their responsibility to help their fellow citizens when they encounter a difficult stretch. Government can be a powerful force for good, but government dependency has never been the American dream. We need to encourage people by giving them a helping hand but not allowing it to become an indefinitely giving hand,” said Secretary Perdue. “Now, in the midst of the strongest economy in a generation, we need everyone who can work, to work. This rule lays the groundwork for the expectation that able-bodied Americans re-enter the workforce where there are currently more job openings than people to fill them.”

President's Environmental Youth Award

Your project--or one you are sponsoring--could be an award winner. Apply or encourage a student you know to apply for PEYA and see what a difference they can make for the environment with an award-winning project. Applicants from all 50 states and U.S. territories are eligible to compete for a regional certificate of special recognition and a national Presidential award.

The application period is now open. 
 Applications must be received by 11:59 p.m. ET on January 15, 2020.

History and Basic Information about the President's Environmental Youth Award

The President’s Environmental Youth Award (PEYA) recognizes outstanding environmental projects by K-12 youth. The PEYA program promotes awareness of our nation's natural resources and encourages positive community involvement. Since 1971, the President of the United States has joined with EPA to recognize young people for protecting our nation's air, water, land, and ecology. It is one of the most important ways EPA and the Administration demonstrate commitment to environmental ste wardship efforts created and conducted by our nation's youth.

Each year the PEYA program honors a wide variety of projects developed by young individuals, school classes (kindergarten through high school), summer camps, public interest groups, and youth organizations to promote environmental awareness. Thousands of young people from all 50 states and the U.S. territories have submitted projects to EPA for consideration. Winning projects in the past have covered a wide range of subject areas, including:

  • restoring native habitats
  • recycling in schools and communities
  • construction of nature preserves
  • tree planting
  • installing renewable energy projects
  • creating videos, skits and newsletters that focused on environmental issues 
  • participating in many other creative sustainability efforts

Evaluation results consistently demonstrate that participation in the PEYA program is frequently a life-changing experience for many of the young people and their project sponsors.

Workforce training ‘created out of necessity’
By Brie Handgraaf |

ROCKY MOUNT — Community leaders from five counties gathered Tuesday night to learn more about an initiative that will equip local residents with the skills to fill advanced manufacturing vacancies with current companies as well as those expanding into the region.

“Our area employers need a skilled workforce to meet their hiring needs and to allow them to expand in the future.

The search for talent does not stop at any single city or county line, and the RAMP East partnership helps to coordinate local and regional training efforts to produce high quality graduates for area manufacturers,” Upper Coastal Plain Council of Government Executive Director Robert Hiett said.

“A region that is able to provide a skilled workforce is more competitive and it is more likely to see new business expansion that benefits all the communities within it.”

Aspen Institute Releases Rural Development Research

The report is drawn from interviews with 43 rural development practitioners to identify what works to address community and economic development in rural America. The report focuses on the roles of intermediaries called Rural Development Hubs that operate on a regional level to improve assets, increase local ownership and control of assets, and address equity and inclusion. 

NADO member Region Five Development Commission was one of the organizations featured in the report. Learn more at

OVW FY 2020 Improving Criminal Justice Responses to Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, Sexual Assault, and Stalking Grant Program
Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women

Eligible Applicants:County governments
City or township governments
Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
Others (see text field entitled "Additional Information on Eligibility" for clarification)
State governments
Additional Information on Eligibility:
State and local courts; State, tribal, or territorial sexual assault or domestic violence coalitions and government rape crisis centers (in a state other than a territory).

Posted Date:Nov 26, 2019
Last Updated Date:Nov 25, 2019
Original Closing Date for Applications:Jan 27, 2020  
Current Closing Date for Applications:Jan 27, 2020  Archive Date: Estimated Total Program Funding:$53,000,000
Award Ceiling:$1,250,000

Funding Opportunity:
The ACL FY 2020 Chronic Disease Self-Management Education (CDSME) Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOAs) are now available via There are two distinct FOAs this year:

The N.C. Division of Environmental Assistance and Customer Service (DEACS) would like to announce the opening of the 2020 Community Waste Reduction and Recycling (CWRAR) Grant Round!
Counties, municipalities, councils of governments and solid waste authorities in North Carolina are eligible to apply for funding through this grant program. DEACS is seeking to support a range of projects that help public recycling programs build capacity to divert materials from the waste stream or that help increase public awareness of waste reduction and recycling.
Highlights for the 2020 CWRAR grant round include:
* Maximum grant award increased! $30,000 for standard projects and $40,000 for priority projects.

* 2020 Priority Projects include:
  • Outreach enforcement projects (e.g., cart tagging)
  • Food waste collection and recycling
  • Construction and demolition debris recycling
The 2020 CWRAR Grant request for proposals (RFP) is attached to this message and available for download from our website: .

  Please contact us if you have questions about the Community Waste Reduction and Recycling Grant Program or if you would like to discuss possible grant projects.
Sandy Skolochenko
Recycling and Materials Management Section
Division of Environmental Assistance and Customer Service
North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality
919.707.8147 (Office)
USDOT Releases Safety Data Initiative Funding Opportunity

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s (USDOT) Office of the Secretary of Transportation has released a  Notice of Funding Opportunity  (NOFO) through its  Safety Data Initiative

Up to $3 million is available for up to 12 awards to build the capacity of state, local, regional, and tribal governments to use innovative data tools and information to improve roadway safety.

Metropolitan planning organizations and regional governments, which could include regional development organizations or regional transportation planning organizations, are eligible to apply, as well as their local government members or state partners.

 Applications are due  January 17
n4a's Aging and Disability Business Institute is accepting applications from AAAs and other CBOs that would like to participate in a learning collaborative focused on building the operations and sustainability of their integrated care networks for the delivery of home and community-based services through contracts with health care entities.

Please save the date for the upcoming NADO and DDAA Washington Conference, which will be held form March 15-18, 2020 in Arlington, Virginia. Join the National Association of Development Organizations (NADO) and the Development District Association of Appalachia (DDAA) for a series of workshops, meetings, and discussions focused on regional development, the federal landscape, and the programs and policies that matter most to Regional Development Organizations and their stakeholders.

The conference will offer both “NADO focus track” and “DDAA focus track” designations with targeted sessions to provide relevant information for each organization's respective members, but all are welcome to attend any session.
The conference will be held at the Crystal Gateway Marriott, which is located at 1700 Richmond Highway in Arlington, Virginia. To add this event to your calendar, please click  HERE . To make hotel reservations at the discounted room block rate, please click  HERE . Registration information is forthcoming; in the meantime, please email  Mirielle Burgoyne  (NADO) or  Brendan Buff  (DDAA) with any questions.
Senior Corner
Half of single older adults in U.S. lack income to pay for basic needs

BOSTON — Researchers tracking the economic security of America’s older adults have found that half who live alone and nearly a quarter of those living in two-person households where both are age 65 or older are unable to afford basic necessities without extra assistance. The 2019  Elder Index  TM and a companion report,  Insecurity in the States 2019 , calculates the elder economic “insecurity rate” both nationally and on a state-by-state basis. The new index data and report were produced by the Gerontology Institute at the UMass Boston’s McCormack Graduate School.

Elder Index Offers Economic Security Data for Planning, Advocacy

This week, the Gerontology Institute of the University of Massachusetts Boston released new tools that can help n4a members and other advocates show what it takes to live in economic security in later years. The new Elder Index’s easy-to-access data on the costs of living for older adults can be run based on county or state. 

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