In this issue:

California’s rural counties face hurdles in fight against poverty

Two years ago, Consuelo Andrade was living in a village with her grandparents in Michoacán, Mexico, where she regularly saw neighbors and acquaintances returning from time spent working in the United States. They wore stylish clothes; some drove cars. She and others were mesmerized. Read more

How one rural California county went from the state’s highest rate of opioid deaths – to zero

Portola, Calif. – The heavily forested valleys and mountains in Plumas County, California are stunning and peaceful. But in recent years, this rural county has also earned the notorious distinction of having the highest rate of opioid-related deaths in the state, one made all the more remarkable considering the county is the eighth least populous. Read more

Understanding cost allocation and indirect cost rates under the Uniform Guidance (2 CFR 200)-
Part 1 & 2

Does your organization struggle to get your federal grants to cover any overhead costs directly or indirectly? Does your organization have a negotiated indirect cost rate that has to be renegotiated every fiscal year? The new Uniform Guidance has some good news for you-there are new ways to recover indirect costs from your federal awards! Read more

RCAC is growing!

Join our passionate team, committed to make a difference in rural communities throughout the West! We work in diverse and low-income communities to increase access to affordable housing and safe drinking water, promote economic opportunity and job creation, and provide financing for community and economic development projects. We have several positions currently open including Development Solutions Manager and Rural Development Specialist-Housing (Financial Management). Details on job opportunities at RCAC >>

RCAC seeks Yoneo Ono Award nominees

RCAC seeks nominations for the Yoneo Ono Rural Volunteer Award. The award honors rural people who have made significant lifelong contributions to their community in volunteer capacities. RCAC hopes to encourage further rural volunteer activities by acknowledging the accomplishments of a select few. Award criteria and nomination form >>

Need financing?

Does your organization or community need a community facility such as a health care facility, educational or community service center, utility service or a community kitchen or food bank? Do you need financing? Talk to an RCAC Loan Officer today about our array of loan fund programs including the Community Facilities Re-Lending Loan Program. The Loan Fund has nearly $30 million available to make low interest rate/long-term loans to nonprofit organizations, public bodies and federally recognized Tribes. Our Loan Fund team is easy to work with and provides quick turnaround on applications!

Conference and Workshop Calendar

Wastewater Treatment Operation Certification for in Training and Grade 1 Operators

This workshop will assist Operators in Training and Grade 1 Wastewater Operators to build skills and knowledge in the operations of wastewater treatment systems. The training is intended for individuals that are preparing to take the ABC examination for wastewater treatment system operator certification.

May 31 – 8:30 am to 4:00 pm
Port of Tillamook Bay
4000 Blimp Blvd., Ste. 100
Tillamook, Oregon 97141

Register here >>

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Executive Editor: Dawn Van Dyke

Managing Editor: Sharon Wills

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