USDA Seeks Applications for Grants to Support Household Water Well Systems

The deadline to apply is May 27, 2019

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development is seeking applications for grants to support household water well systems in rural areas.

USDA’s Household Water Well System Grants are not provided directly to individuals. Instead, qualified private nonprofits will use the grants to establish lending programs to help homeowners finance the construction or repair of individually-owned household water well systems. The revolving loan fund may provide loans of up to $11,000 per household at a one percent fixed interest rate over 20 years. The wells installed or repaired with this financing must serve existing homes in a rural area with a population of 50,000 or less.

Applicants must have expertise in household water well systems and lending activities, and they must provide matching funds of 10 percent.

The deadline to apply is May 27, 2019. Applications may be submitted online through grants.gov or mailed to the following address:

U.S. Department of Agriculture
Rural Development, Rural Utilities Service
Water and Environmental Programs
STOP 1570, Room 2229-S
1400 Independence Avenue SW
Washington, DC 20250-1570

For additional information, including details on how to apply, see the Funding Opportunity Announcement RDRUS-19-01-HWWS.

USDA is Seeking Applications for Technology Grants to Expand Access to Healthcare and Education in Rural Areas

The deadline to apply is May 15, 2019

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development is accepting applications for grants to use broadband technology to improve access to healthcare and educational services in rural communities.

Rural Development will award grants ranging from $50,000 to $500,000 through its Distance Learning and Telemedicine (DLT) Grant Program. The grants can be used to finance telecommunication equipment, computer networks, and advanced technologies to support job training, academic instruction, or access to specialized medical care in rural areas.

Most state and local government entities, federally-recognized tribes, nonprofits, for-profit businesses, or a consorita of these are eligible to apply.

Proposals for projects whose primary purpose is either to provide opioid use disorder treatment and counseling services or to offer access to science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) courses will receive up to 10 priority points.

The application deadline is May 15, 2019. Grants are awarded through a national competition.

Each application must provide evidence of consultation with the Rural Development State Director. When requesting evidence of consultation, applicants should provide an executive summary of the project, as well as the proposed grant and match amounts. Applicants in Oregon should contact the state office as early as possible in the application process at erin.mcduff@or.usda.gov or at the following address:

USDA Rural Development
ATTN: Erin McDuff
1220 SW 3rd Avenue
Suite 1801
Portland, OR 97204

Prior to applying, applicants are encouraged to review the 2019 Traditional Application Guide. For additional details about the program and how to apply, see Funding Opportunity Announcement No. RUS-19-02-DLT.

OCF Scholarships for Native American Students

The Oregon Community Foundation annually awards over $9.9 million in scholarships to Oregon students through our statewide scholarship program.  Two of these scholarship programs are targeted specifically to Native American students.

VERL AND DOROTHY MILLER NATIVE AMERICAN SCHOLARSHIP

Eligible students include Native American residents of Oregon attending or planning to attend an accredited school in Oregon to study a career and technical (CTE) field (i.e., dental hygienist, nursing assistant, x-ray technician, etc.).  The awards are for $3,000 / year and are renewable for up to four years but students need to reapply each year.

HOWARD VOLLUM AMERICAN INDIAN SCHOLARSHIP

Eligible students include Native American residents of Clackamas, Multnomah, Washington and Clark counties seeking post-secondary education or training in science, technology, engineering or mathematics at an accredited school in the United States.  The awards are for $3,000 / year and are renewable for up to four years but students need to reapply each year.

 

Criteria for both scholarships

* Participation in school or community activities

* Personal accomplishments or achievements

* Preference given to students who have a demonstrated commitment to and involvement in the Native American community

* Open to students with a Certification of tribal enrollment or descendants of enrolled members

 

How to Apply: Applications and instructions are available on OCF’s website at http://www.oregoncf.org/receive/scholarships/scholarship-opportunities

Deadline: Scholarship applications are due March 1, 2019 for the 2019-2020 academic year.

Questions: Call OCF scholarship staff, Oleya Pearsall, at 503.227.6846 or email opearsall@oregoncf.org.

For additional scholarship opportunities, please check http://www.oregonstudentaid.gov/.

City of Portland Job Openings for the Week of February 4, 2019

  Openings for the Week of February 4, 2019

 

New Opportunities: (Click this link to view all open positions)

 

Audit Supervisor (Supervisor II) – Closing Date: 2/22/19 

 

Development Supervisor II – Closing Date: 2/18/19 

 

Payroll Specialist (Administrative Specialist III) – Closing Date: 2/15/19 

 

Police Identification Technician Trainee – Closing Date: 2/15/19 or once 100 applications have been received, whichever comes first.

 

Procurement Specialist – Closing Date: 3/01/19 or once 150 applications have been received, whichever comes first.

 

Recreation Services Manager (Manger III) – Closing Date: 2/25/19 

 

Senior Procurement Specialist – Closing Date: 3/01/19 or once 150 applications have been received, whichever comes first.

 

Electrical Inspector (Open Continuous) – Closing Date: 6/24/19 (This recruitment will remain open for six (6) months. The second application review period will consist of all applications received from 8:01 a.m. on Tuesday, January 22, 2019 until Monday, March 4, 2019.)

 

HR Business Partner (Open Continuous) – Closing Date: 6/3/19 (This recruitment will remain open for a total of 6 MONTHS.  The SECOND application review will consist of all applications received from 12:01AM Tuesday January 8th, 2019 through 11:59PM Monday February 4th, 2019. Any applications received after 11:59PM February 4th will be reviewed monthly until the closing date.

 

Police Officer (Open Continuous) – Closing Date: 6/30/19 (This recruitment is for Entry-Level and Lateral Police Officers.  This recruitment will close at 11:59 pm, Sunday, June 30, 2019. Applications will be reviewed every 2 weeks.)

 

Wastewater Operator II (Open Continuous) – Closing Date: 3/18/19 (This recruitment will remain open for three (3) months.  Applications will be reviewed after 3 weeks, and then on a monthly basis.  The last review period ends at 11:59pm Monday, March 18, 2019)

 

 

 

Interested in applying to one of the positions opening this week? Come to our “How to Apply” course to learn about the application and evaluation process for the City of Portland. For current city employees, please visit CityLearner to sign up for the course. For non-city employees, please email: loan.tran@portlandoregon.gov to register.

Upcoming classes:

February 12, 2019

 

March 12, 2019

RACC announces a more equitable funding plan for arts organizations in Portland


>> A major funder of arts and culture responds to existing disparities with a progressive investment model

(Portland, Ore.) – The Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC), one of the city’s largest arts funders, is announcing significant changes to the way it invests in more than 50 arts and culture organizations in Portland.  To address the historic disparity of its existing funding model, and to nurture a more diverse arts ecosystem, RACC will distribute its General Operating Support (GOS) dollars more equitably. These changes, which are in alignment with the City of Portland’s equity goals and national best practices, will result in funding increases for 80% of RACC’s GOS partners next year.

“This is something to celebrate,” said RACC Executive Director Madison Cario.  “Intentional and strategic conversations are taking place locally and nationally about the way we invest in our communities. I am proud that RACC is taking this step and putting the organization’s theories of inclusion, diversity, equity and access into action.”

Every year, RACC provides millions of dollars in unrestricted funds (known as General Operating Support, or GOS) to 54 arts organizations in Portland, made possible with City of Portland general fund investments, Arts Tax dollars, Multnomah County funds, and proceeds from RACC’s workplace giving campaign, the Arts Impact Fund. RACC will award a total of $4.9 million to these groups in FY2018-19.

From 2008 to 2018, 57% of all RACC GOS funds have been awarded to the region’s five largest organizations: Oregon Ballet Theater, Oregon Symphony, Portland Art Museum, Portland Center Stage and Portland Opera. This disparity is common nationally as well; a 2017 study from Helicon Collaborativefound that 2% of arts organizations across the country receive 58% of all contributed income. Nationally, those organizations tend to have large budgets, focus on Western European artforms, and attract predominantly white, middle to upper-class audiences.

Going forward, rather than using a formula to grant funds as a percentage of an arts organization’s budget, RACC has adopted a more equitable and progressive distribution funding model. This means that small to midsize arts organizations will receive additional funding and some of Portland’s largest cultural institutions will receive less funding than in past years. In addition to a guaranteed RACC Base Award every year, all groups, regardless of size, will have additional opportunities to receive Investment Awards based on their community impact and other measurable outcomes.  At least $1 million will be distributed as Investment Awards in FY2019-20.

As a result of the changes approved unanimously by the RACC board on February 6, RACC anticipates that more than 80% of RACC GOS partners will receive a larger grant award in 2020. Five to seven of the city’s largest organizations (about 12% of RACC GOS partners, those with budgets of over $2 million) will likely receive less funding starting in 2021—an impact that represents less than 1% of their annual budgets. RACC also supports arts organizations in Clackamas and Washington Counties, and many smaller organizations in Portland, but those groups are not impacted by these changes.

“For organizations like ours who bring the arts where they have generally been overlooked and underfunded, this is a sign that our community is growing in the right direction,” says Seth Truby, Executive Director of Oregon BRAVO Youth Orchestras, an organization that provides tuition-free after-school orchestral music programs.

“As a young organization, BRAVO has relied on RACC support every stage of our development,” Truby continues. “From critical strategic advice and administrative support in our first years to a project grant that helped us expand our programming in our fourth year, RACC support has been a critical part of our path to organizational stability. Last year we started receiving General Operating Support, and we are excited to see RACC’s focus on equitable funding, which has the potential to increase engagement with creators and audiences who traditionally face barriers to participation in arts and culture.”

RACC Board Chair Linda McGeady notes, “These changes, led by our Grants Review Committee, culminate several years of thoughtful work by the RACC staff and board. We understand that this new model creates challenges for some of our city’s largest arts organizations, and for that reason we will continue funding them at their current levels for another year. We are committed to helping our city’s largest cultural institutions reach out to new communities, and we are confident that they will have continued success for generations to come.”

“I’m proud of RACC for responding to longstanding disparities, and excited to see this effort toward greater equity come to fruition,” said the City Arts Commissioner, Chloe Eudaly. “We’re changing the structure of arts funding and redistributing resources in a manner that will directly benefit Portland’s small and midsized arts organizations, increase the diversity of organizations and patrons served, and better reflect our vibrant arts and culture landscape.”

For more information about these changes and RACC’s General Operating Support program, visit racc.org/grants/general-operating-support-grants/.

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The Regional Arts & Culture Council is a local arts agency serving 1.8 million residents in the Portland, Oregon metro region including Clackamas, Multnomah and Washington counties. RACC provides grants and technical assistance for artists and nonprofit organizations, with more than 5,000 grants totaling $44 million in the past two decades. RACC also manages a widely-celebrated public art collection of more than 2,200 artworks for the City of Portland and Multnomah County; conducts employee giving campaigns that have raised more than $8.5 million for local arts organizations since 2007; organizes networking events, forums and workshops; and integrates the arts into the broader curriculum for K-8 students through The Right Brain Initiative, serving more than 27,000 students a year. Online at www.racc.org.

Oregon Housing and Community Services

I would like to share some amazing career opportunities that Oregon Housing and Community Services is actively recruiting for, with the hope that you could also share this information with your partners, in your newsletters or job boards. You will find in the attached pdf document, a list of our current recruitments.  They include:

ISS5 (Network Support Analyst):
Closes: 01/27/2019 @ 11:59 PM
This position will provide technical support to agency staff, network, and system administration.
Technical support will encompass troubleshooting Microsoft Windows, all installed agency desktop
software, and local area networks. It will also include design, testing, and implementation of desktop PC
software and hardware configurations. There will also be administrative tasks as a network domain
administrator, managing staff network access and email accounts, and provide technical advice to
agency staff and management.

Operations & Policy Analyst 4 (Senior Advisor for Strategic Planning & Business Operations):
Closes 01/29/2019 @ 11:59 PM
This position will lead the agency’s transformational process improvement efforts and build a center for
excellence for OHCS to implement change management initiatives. This position will lead and facilitate
significant improvements in process efficiency, customer satisfaction and organizational health. This
position will also engage leadership in the stewardship of the agency’s Statewide Housing Plan.

Governmental Analyst 2 (Financial Compliance Monitor):
Closes 1/28/2019 @ 11:59 PM
The primary purpose of this position is to plan and perform on and off-site financial compliance
monitoring reviews of sub-recipients. This position is responsible in ensuring that the Department’s
federal pass-thru grant program funds have been spent in accordance with the terms of grant
agreements and applicable federal laws, rules and regulations.

Governmental Analyst 2 (Compliance Monitor) – Limited Duration:
Closes 1/31/2019 @ 11:59 PM
This position will identify risks related to the Oregon Housing Strategic Initiative programs and conduct
tests to determine that funds have been expended in accordance with the terms of the HFA
Participation agreement with the U.S. Treasury. This includes performing internal compliance reviews to
ensure program eligibility criteria and determinations are accurate and in accordance with the terms of
the Hardest Hit Fund Term Sheets as well as applicable federal laws, rules, and regulations. It also
includes on- and off-site compliance reviews of certain contractors to ensure they have performed their
duties in accordance with the terms of agreements and applicable federal laws, rules, and regulations.

Program Analyst 3 (Capacity Building Analyst):
Closes: 01/29/2019 @ 11:59 PM
This position will serve as the OHCS liaison for capacity building and training activities and assist our
partners in capacity building efforts by helping them navigate OHCS funding, find training and other
tangible resources to further their desire to gain capacity in the area of affordable housing. This position
will also work with outside entities and other program analysts to provide resources and trainings to our
partners.

AIANTA Hospitality and Tourism Scholarship

At AIANTA, we understand the value of starting from the source—tribes in tourism—to develop a sustainable hospitality industry and to foster growth. We work hard to provide educational resources, training and technical assistance to our members, partners and friends.

AIANTA is proud to offer the Hospitality and Tourism Scholarship, established to provide American Indian, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian students with financial assistance towards a degree or certificate in hospitality, tourism, recreation, culinary arts or related fields. Each year, AIANTA awards three individuals who have met all scholarship application criteria.

AIANTA would like to encourage Indigenous students to build their careers in the tourism industry while sustaining and strengthening their cultural legacy.

Award Amount

$1,000 per academic year (fall/spring semester only), $500 per semester

Deadline to Apply

July 27, 2019, for the Fall 2019 semester

December 7, 2019, for the Spring 2020 semester.

Applicant Requirements

  • Must be of American Indian, Alaska Native, or Native Hawaiian descent (student must show documentation).
  • Must be a high school senior or a student accepted into an accredited higher institution at the time of application.
  • Must submit a letter of acceptance from a college/university or technical/vocational institution.
  • Must be enrolled as a part-time or full-time student.
  • A minimum GPA of 2.5 is recommended, although ALL current or future undergraduate and graduate college students are encouraged to apply. Scholarship recipients must maintain a 2.5 GPA.
  • Scholarships are available for undergraduate and graduate students only; online colleges are acceptable.
  • Scholarships must be used for books and/or tuition.
  • Applicants must fill out the scholarship application completely to be considered.
  • Awardee agrees to authorize AIANTA to use his/her photograph and any information provided in advertising, promotion, fundraising and publicity efforts.
  • Awardee agrees to return twelve (12) volunteer hours with AIANTA, a tribe, national park or public lands institution within the awarded year to be eligible for the following year. A letter of completion on company letterhead must be submitted by August 14, 2020 to the AIANTA office

Checks are made payable to the college/university and distributed/mailed to the financial aid/cashiers department of the institution the student attends.

Apply Today

To apply for an AIANTA scholarship, download the AIANTA Hospitality & Scholarship application. For more information, contact Sherrie Bowman at sbowman@aianta.org or 505-209-2479.

Scholarship opportunity for American Indian and Alaska Native graduate students in education

Steven R. Nelson Native Educator Scholarship Program

Supporting Native Graduate Students in Education

Camille Wynecoop
Camille Wynecoop – the 2018 Steven R. Nelson Native Educator Scholarship recipient

Education Northwest has had the honor of working with many Native educators, students, families, and community members throughout our 51-year history. These partnerships reflect a core value of our organization—the desire to address inequities within our education system and to ensure that all children and youth have the opportunity to reach their full potential. We believe that healthy Native communities are essential to the health and well-being of our region, and we remain committed to this effort.

The Steven R. Nelson Native Educator Scholarship Program is part of this commitment. This scholarship program strives to increase Native representation in the field of education by providing financial support, mentoring, and internships for Native students in the Northwest who are pursuing a master’s degree in education policy, leadership, technical assistance, research, or a closely related field. We view this program as an opportunity to create long-term partnerships that will improve our ability to meet the needs of Native communities.

Our former colleague, Steve Nelson, dedicated his career to working with tribes, communities, and schools to improve American Indian students’ success in academics and in life. This program honors his work by providing selected students with as many as three years of annually renewable scholarships. Awardees will receive a maximum of $5,000 each year, and we will award as many as five scholarships per year—one for a resident of each state in our primary service region of Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington.

Eligibility Requirements

Individuals need to:

  • Reside in Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, or Washington.
  • Be a member or descendent of a federally recognized, state recognized, or terminated American Indian tribe; or Alaska Native village, council, or corporation; or Native Hawaiian; or identify as a Pacific Islander from a U.S.-affiliated Pacific Island jurisdiction (specifically, American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, or Palau).
  • Be accepted to or enrolled in a master’s program in an accredited, public or private, nonprofit institution of higher education in Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, or Washington and maintain a course load that ensures graduate degree completion within three years.
  • Pursue a field of study in education policy, leadership, technical assistance, research, or a closely related field.
  • Have graduated from a four-year, regionally accredited institution of higher learning.
  • Complete an essay that answers the questions:
    • Why am I pursuing a master’s degree in the field of education policy, leadership, technical assistance, research, or closely related field?
    • What are my post-graduation goals?
    • How have I and will I contribute to strengthening my own community and/or rural or Native communities as a whole?
  • Submit three letters of recommendation (excluding letters from immediate family members), with at least one from a community member who can attest to the candidate’s Native heritage and his/her commitment to the designated course of study and to serving rural and/or Native communities after attainment of the master’s degree.
  • Begin school as a full- or part-time student no later than the fall semester immediately following the award.

Application Procedures

Applications for the Steven R. Nelson Native Educator Scholarship can be submitted annually from November 30 to March 31. No applications will be considered after the March 31 deadline.

Recipients will be notified of conditional awards no later than June 30, for study beginning the following fall term. Final awards will be made directly to the institution of higher education once an awardee has provided proof of acceptance and/or registration in an institution that meets the scholarship program requirements.

The scholarship program will be administered at the sole discretion of Education Northwest. Award funds will be deposited in the financial aid office of the institution attended by the recipient.

Education Northwest reserves the right to change or discontinue the Steven R. Nelson Native Educator Scholarship Program at any time and without notice.

Procedure for Continuing Awards

To maintain eligibility, a scholarship recipient must meet the following standards:

  • Maintain good academic standing
  • Demonstrate substantial progress toward the fulfillment of the graduate degree requirements
  • Fulfill all program reporting requirements
  • Maintain enrollment status during the academic year
  • Apply each year to request continued scholarship support until graduation (not to exceed three years)

Additional Benefits of the Program

  • Awardees will have the opportunity to work with an Education Northwest mentor both during and after the program.
  • Awardees may also pursue a paid internship with Education Northwest, either at our home office in Portland, Oregon, or in the awardees current residence/location.

Contact Us

Thank you for your interest in the Steven R. Nelson Scholarship Program! If you have any questions or would like additional information, we encourage you to reach out to us at:

Nelson Scholarship Administrator
c/o Human Resources, Education Northwest
101 SW Main Street, Suite 500
Portland, OR 97204

2019 NASDA FOUNDATION WOMEN’S FARM TO FOOD COMPETITION

Welcome to the 2019 NASDA Foundation Women’s Farm to Food Competition. The Farm to Food competition is dedicated to fostering growth among women entrepreneurs with food and beverage businesses in Oregon and Washington. Women entrepreneurs compete for a total of $40,000 to help launch, grow or scale their businesses. To apply for the 2019 competition, complete the online application by January 31, 2019 at 11:59 pm Eastern Time.
Any questions? Contact Lisa Benson at lisa.benson@nasda.org
Eligibility

  • Woman-owned or operated business
  • Developed food or beverage product
  • Business based in Oregon or Washington (e.g., business is incorporated/licensed in Oregon or Washington)
  • 18 years of age or older

Prizes

  • Grand Prize (judges’ pick): $20,000
  • People’s Choice (based on audience votes): $10,000
  • Runner-up 1: $5,000
  • Runner-up 2: $5,000

Timeline

  • January 1, 2019 at 8:00 am Eastern Time
    • Online application opens.
    • Submission link available at https://www.nasda.org/foundation/women-in-agriculture
  • January 31, 2019 at 11:59 pm Eastern Time
    • Online application closes.
  • February 1 – 15, 2019
    • Judges complete a confidentiality form to ensure the information they read or see in the applications remains confidential.
    • Judges review online applications and select the Final Four applicants.
  • February 15, 2019
    • NASDA Foundation will announce Final Four applicants. NASDA Foundation will notify all applicants of the judges’ decision for the Final Four.
  • February 26 – 27, 2019
    • Feb. 26: Final Four will compete in the final round of the competition taking place at the 2019 NASDA Winter Policy Conference in Arlington, VA.
    • Feb. 27: Final Four are awarded four cash prizes: Grand Prize ($20,000), People’s Choice Award ($10,000), First Runner-Up ($5,000), Second Runner-Up ($5,000).

Judges and Confidentiality

All judges who review the applications for the online round and live finals round will sign a confidentiality form that states all information they view is confidential and cannot be shared or disclosed.

Save the date: Say Hey! on February 21

Join us at Say Hey! in February! This upcoming program is generously hosted by our member, NW Natural. Don’t miss it- this is an amazing chance to network and welcome professionals of color who have newly moved to this region. Registration to come in January!
Are you an Honoree?  If you are a person of color who moved to Oregon or SW Washington after August 2017, please be our honored guest. Learn more and sign up here
In case you missed it: Browse our photo gallery from our last Say Hey!. Everyone had a fun time connecting with peers, thanks to our hosts, Edward Jones and Portland Center Stage at the Armory.