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Stand Up for Rural America -
Rural Community Developers Network Reporter
Volume 1, Number 13  --  September 18, 2000

Policy Update

Facing a tight schedule before the planned October recess, the Senate Committee on Appropriations marked up the
fiscal year 2001 HUD/VA Appropriations bill this week. The Senate Committee recommended nearly $30.7 billion,
although the House had recommended a $29.9 billion appropriation for HUD/VA programs, $2.5 billion less than the
White House requested.  That figure is nearly $5 billion above the fiscal year 2000 enacted level.  The Rural
Housing and Economic Development program allocation came to $27 million in the Senate Committee's recommendations,
a $7 million increase over the House Appropriations Committee recommendation, and equal to the President's 2001
budget allocation for those programs.  The full Senate must now approve the bill and send it to conference with the
House bill.  Full summary and status of the bill is available on http://thomas.loc.gov.

Funding / Financing Opportunities

According to the Chronicle of Philanthropy, a surge in donor-advised funds is expected to result in increased grant
opportunities for community development.  Such funds, which give donors a bigger say in how their contributions are
spent, have increased dramatically in the past few years.  With this kind of direct interaction, community
development organizations have a chance to create a better climate for grantmaking relationships by increasing
their visibility to community foundations.  Community developers should take advantage of opportunities to meet
foundation board members and familiarize them with their organization's work.

The Internal Revenue Service is offering funds to organizations that help low-income persons with tax problems.
Applicants must be able to provide legal assistance to low-income taxpayers who are having disputes with the IRS.
Grants may also go to organizations that can lend tax advice and assistance to persons with limited English
proficiency.  A total of $6 million is available. Applications are due September 25, 2000.  For more information,
call (800) 829-3676, see Federal Register 8/18p50588-8 or visit www.irs.gov/hot/index.html..

The Minority Business Development Agency has opened competition for two grant programs.  The Minority Business
Development Program provides grants to organizations able to operate Minority Business Development Centers (MBDCs),
providing management and business development services and developing a network of strategic partnerships with
third-party organizations within their services areas. The Native American Business Development Center program is
the same as above, except that applicants will provide services only to Native American businesses.  Deadline for
applications is September 29, 2000.  For more information, including a list of geographic areas eligible to receive
the grants, see Federal Register, 8/28p52069-96 or visit www.mbda.gov.

The Administration for Children and Families (ACF), Office of Community Services (OCS), is accepting applications
for grants to be funded with FY 2001 discretionary funds (Urban and Rural Community Economic Development and Rural
Community Facilities Development).  Mail applications by October 20, 2000, to U.S. Department of Health and Human
Services, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Grants Management/OCSE, 4th Floor West, Aerospace
Center, 370 L'Enfant Promenade, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20447; Attention: Discretionary Grants Program.  For a copy
of the announcement, contact: Administration for Children and Families, Office of Community Services, 370 L'Enfant
Promenade, SW., 5th Floor West, Washington, DC 20447, (202) 401-9345, (202) 401-9354, (202) 401-4687 (fax), or
visit www.acf.dhhs.gov/programs/ocs/ kits1.htm.

The Community Development Financial Institutions Fund has opened competition for its Bank Enterprise Awards
program.  Awards are targeted to insured depository institutions, with the understanding they will increase
investments in other community lending institutions.  The program's goal is to increase the availability of lending
and other financial services to economically distressed communities.  Applications are due November 21, 2000.  For
more information, call (202) 622-8662, see Federal Register 9/5p53872-8, or visit www.treas.gov/cdfi.

Comments Wanted

USDA's Rural Business-Cooperative Service seeks comments on a proposed rule adding a program to its state formula
grants.  Under the proposed rule, the agency will allocate funds under the Rural Business Opportunity Grant Program
and adjust the formula for the Rural Business Enterprise Grant and Business & Industry Guaranteed and Direct Loan
Initiatives.  For more information, contact Wayne Stansbery, (202) 720-6819 or see Federal Register, 8/3p47695.
Mail comments to Branch Chief, Regulations Management Branch, Rural Development, USDA, Stop 0742, 1400 Independence
Avenue SW, Washington, DC  20250.

Trainings / Conferences

CDFI Fund Staff will travel to 12 cities throughout the country this Fall, conducting free Informational Sessions
on how to apply to the CDFI Program and the BEA program.  Information Sessions will also be broadcast to 81 cities.
For more information, or to register online, visit www.treas.gov/cdfi, or call CDFI at (202) 622-8662.

The National Association of Affordable Housing Lenders will hold its annual conference October 5-6, 2000, in San
Francisco.  The theme of this year's conference is "Dot-Com Affordable Housing and CRA 2K."  For more information,
call (800) 833-1354.

The National Business Incubation Association will hold its Fall Training Institute October 14-17, 2000, in Raleigh.
Among the workshops offered are "Swing for the Fences: Seed Investing for Entrepreneurs" and "Establishing an
Effective Business Incubation Program."  For more information, call (740) 593-4331 or visit www.nbia.org.

Beyond Shelter's Institute for Research, Training and Technical Assistance will conduct a National Technical
Assistance Workshop on the "Housing First" methodology.  Co-sponsored by the National Alliance to End Homelessness
and Shelter Partnership, the workshop will take place in Los Angeles, October 19-20, 2000.  For more details, visit
www.beyondshelter.org or call (213) 252-0772.

"Community and Economic Development Conference 2000" will focus on seizing opportunities in the changing financial
landscape.  Co-sponsored by the Federal Reserve Banks of Chicago and St. Louis and the American Bankers
Association, the conference on October 30-November 1, 2000, will examine the impact of financial modernization,
using risk-based pricing, and economic development strategies.  For more information, call (312) 322-8232 or e-mail
Barbara.E.Shoulders@chi.frb.org.

Information / Other Resources

Planning Schools for Rural Communities is a new guide from the Appalachia Educational Laboratory that provides
rural communities with a structure for thinking about the work ahead when they are planning a school-community
facility. It includes a checklist for communities and references to other resources.  The guide is available online
at www.ael.org/rel/rural/papers/planning.htm. For more information, call (800) 624-9120.

A survey conducted by the National American Indian Housing Council discovered that Native Americans are probably
victimized more by predatory lending practices than the rest of the population.  The poll found that 68 percent of
its respondents had been victims of predatory lending, some paying interest rates as high as 25 percent.  For more
information, call NAIHC at (202) 789-1754.

Compiled by Rural Local Initiatives Support Corporation  --  1825 K Street NW, Suite 1100, Washington DC 20006
(202) 739-9297 (phone), (202) 785-8030 (fax), info@ruralamerica.org (email) -- website: www.ruralamerica.org

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