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NERCRD small-grant news

News and updates about the NERCRD small-grants program and the funded teams, including publications and resources that result from funded projects.

Four projects have been selected to receive funding through the Center's 2019-2020 small grants program, based on input from an independent review panel. The four project teams comprise 35 individuals from nine states, who will address community and economic development issues including the recreation economy, entrepreneurship education, Main Street revitalization, and attracting new residents. Congratulations to the funded teams!

With funding from the Northeast Center, a multi-state team will bring the Marketing Hometown America program to the Northeast Region. The team is composed of members from Penn State Extension, West Virginia University Extension, and University of New Hampshire Extension.

A collection of articles aimed at providing health and economic information to farmers and agricultural professionals was published in The Delmarva Farmer and is a useful resource for those working with farming communities. It was just one of the outcomes from two state-wide forums organized last year by recipients of a Northeast Center grant.

The Northeast Center is reissuing its 2019 Request for Proposals (RFP) to its small-grants program. The program is designed to help Northeast land-grant university faculty and educators document the impacts of their work while also encouraging collaboration across state lines. This new iteration of the RFP includes changes aimed at making the program more accessible to a wider audience by reducing the number of team members required and allowing more flexibility in the geographic composition of funded teams. Proposals will be due January 10, 2020.

With funding from the Northeast Center, a team of Extension staff and faculty from five states explored how communities can leverage their existing trail systems to promote vibrant downtown economies. They've recently released an infobrief that summarizes what they learned.

Three grant proposals have been selected to receive funding through the Northeast Center's 2017-2018 "Impacts of Successful Extension and Outreach Programs" award program, which was designed to help Northeast Land-Grant University faculty and educators document the impacts of their work while also encouraging collaboration across state lines. Twenty-two people from nine states are participating in the projects. Selection of the funded projects was based on the recommendations of a review panel.

With funding from the Northeast Regional Center's small grants program, several Extension staff in the region learned from colleagues at West Virginia University Extension about how to implement the First Impressions program in their respective states. Casey Hancock (University of New Hampshire Extension) blogged about what she learned and how she and her colleagues are incorporating technology into their own implementation of the program. Read all about it at the UNH Extension blog.

The Northeast Center was well-represented at the annual conference of the National Association of Community Development Extension Professionals, which was held jointly this year with the Association of Natural Resource Extension Professionals. The two teams that received funding through the Center's multi-state Extension program each held pre-conference workshops. In addition, the Center presented two posters during the poster session. Copies of the posters are archived on our website.

"Sharing Scholarship and Innovations in the First Impressions Program" is the topic of one of the projects that received funding this year from the Northeast Center's small grants program. As part of the project team's plan of work, they have recorded several webinars that explore the First Impressions community assessment and improvement program. Four webinars from the series have been added to the Northeast Center website.

While the NERCRD small grants program does not officially start until July 1, the two teams that were selected to receive funding have already begun meeting and planning their activities. These activities will result in resources that may be of interest to a wider audience, like a recent webinar which describes the First Impressions program and implementation.

Two grant proposals have been selected to receive funding through the Northeast Center's "Regional Collaboration of Successful CRD Extension Programs Planning Grant." Their selection was based on unanimous recommendation by the Northeast Center's Small Grants Review Committee.