Weekly Address: Creating Opportunity for All
In this week’s address, President Barack Obama highlighted the importance of expanding opportunity for all Americans - a principle that has guided his work throughout the past six years.
View President Obama’s Weekly Video Address.
President Obama Delivers Remarks in Camden, New Jersey
(Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)
On Monday, May 18, 2015, President Obama spoke at the Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center in Camden, New Jersey. Obama traveled to Camden, NJ to visit with local law enforcement, meet with young people in the Camden community, and tour the Real-Time Operations Center at the Camden County Police Department headquarters.
Watch President Obama speak about cities across America and the steps cities are taking to build safer, stronger communities.
(Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
Share with President Obama how these issues are playing out in your community, and how you think the Administration can continue expanding opportunity for more Americans. Join the Conversation.
USDA Seeks Applications to Expand Economic Development in Rural Communities
USDA Rural Development is seeking applications for grants to support rural community economic development.
Approximately $10.4 million is being made available under the Rural Community Development Initiative (RCDI) program. Eligible applicants include public, private, and non-profit intermediaries, and federally recognized tribes.
RCDI grants can be used to provide training or technical assistance. Training may focus on homeownership education, minority business entrepreneurship, strategic community planning, or accessing alternative funding sources. Intermediary organizations must provide matching funds at least equal to the RCDI grant. Grants range from $50,000 to $250,000.
USDA has invested more than $33 million through the RCDI program since 2009. In 2013, the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma received a $150,000 grant to provide home buying and home maintenance education to 50 Native American women in the community of Broken Bow.
Applications must be submitted by August 13, 2015.
For information on how to apply contact your Rural Development state office or see Page 27887 of the May 15, 2015 Federal Register.
U.S. Department of Education Announces $3 Million in Grants Available to Help Native Youth
The U.S. Department of Education announced the availability of an estimated $3 million in grants to help Native American youth become college- and career-ready. Funding for the new Native Youth Community Projects is a key step toward implementing President Obama’s commitment to improving the lives of American Indian and Alaskan Native children. The new grants will support the President’s Generation Indigenous “Gen I” Initiative launched last year to help Native American youth.
In a Federal Register notice, the Department said it would award five to seven demonstration grants ranging from $400,000 to $600,000 to tribal communities.
Deadline for Notice of Intent to Apply: June 2, 2015
Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: June 29, 2015
The new program is based on significant consultation with tribal communities and recognizes that these communities are best-positioned to:
- Identify key barriers to improving educational and life outcomes for Native youth, and
- Develop and implement locally produced strategies designed to address those barriers.
Each grant will support a coordinated, focused approach chosen by a community partnership that includes a tribe, local schools, and other optional service providers or organizations.
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