Council Member Update 10-3-08
Council Member Update from NARC&DC – October 3, 2008
RC&D LEGISLATIVE UPDATE:
The President is expected to sign a continuing resolution this week that will continue funding for federal programs at the FY08 levels. The continuing resolution extends programs through March 6, 2009. This means that RC&D will continue with level funding of $50,730,000. The RC&D program is zero in the President’s FY09 budget request.
Congress will complete action on the appropriations bills when they return in 2009 after the election. Council members should continue to make the case for an increase in RC&D funding to $56 million. The Farm bill provided for a coordinator for every council but the appropriations committee needs to provide funding for those positions to ensure that RC&D continues to operate in the next fiscal year. In most states, RC&D does not have full time coordinators because the program has absorbed the cost of living increases and inflation. Councils are forced to spend more time looking for administrative funds, rather serving the vital needs of their communities in these difficult economic times.
SAVE THE DATES!
Leadership Forum – February 9-11, 2008 in Washington, D.C.
This year’s meeting will be held on Capitol Hill at the Washington Court Hotel. A shorter meeting is planned with a general session Monday through 1:00 PM followed by Hill visits and a reception. (Our training and awards program will be held at the National Conference.) Information on the Leadership Forum agenda will come out in November. Please plan to join us at this important event as we meet members of the new Administration and Congress.
National Conference – June 13-17, 2008 in Albuquerque, New Mexico
Last month we sent out information to councils and council presidents about the National Conference. Registration forms will go out in early January. Hotels are currently accepting reservations. Contact the Doubletree at 800-584-5058 and ask for the NARC&DC rate ($139 single/double) or contact the Hyatt Regency 800-233-1234 and ask for the NARC&DC rate or $139 single or $164 double.
Councils can earn free registrations by soliciting exhibitors and sponsors. For each $4,500 a council secures, the Council receives one full complimentary registration. For each $10,000, a complimentary exhibit booth is included. For sponsor and exhibitor brochure contact NARC&DC at narcdc@...
Please submit council success stories by November 15, 2008. We have made some changes in our National Conference format such as pairing success stories with training.
A variety of new publications came out from NARC&DC this spring and summer. We mail our publications to council presidents and your local council address. If you would like copies of any of these publications contact your local council or the NARC&DC.
New NARCDC Publications:
Council Directory – CD-ROM
Area Planning Fact Sheet
Guidebook for RC&D Directors, 2nd Ed.
Guidebook Volume III
Guide for Selecting an Engineering, Architectural, or Design Company for RC&D Council Projects
Public Service Announcements with RC&D Week Information
Biomass Feasibility Toolkit (CD ROM) 2nd Ed.
Market-Based Conservation Fact Sheets (3)
Economic Development Guidebook
Disaster Assistance Guide
Youth Fact Sheets (3)
DVD on "Making Wood Work: Local Energy Solutions"
RC&D week featured events across the country and recognition by our partners and the press. See our website at www.rcdnet.org for a sampling of the activities and get ideas for next year.
USDA Woody Biomass Utilization Grants
USDA will provide up to $4 million to help increase the use of woody biomass from National Forest Service System lands. The grants are intended to be used by small businesses and communities. The pre-application deadline is November 7, 2008. The final deadline to submit applications is February 13, 2009. For details, please see http://www.fpl.fs.fed.us/tmu/grant-2009/index.html.
New Initiative Promotes Funding for Community Organizing
Center for Community Change: Linchpin Campaign
The mission of the Center for Community Change is to strengthen, connect, and mobilize grassroots groups to enhance their leadership and power. The Linchpin Campaign, a special project of the Center, is working to create marketing strategies for community organizing in order to increase funding for the field and expand giving opportunities for donors who are committed to building a better civil society. This new effort will map the field of community organizing to clearly show its depth and breadth, and develop compelling language, illustrative stories, and profiles of dynamic grassroots leadership. For more information please visit: http://www.communitychange.org/our-projects/linchpin.
Grassroots Environmental Protection Campaigns Funded
The Conservation Alliance
The Conservation Alliance is a group of outdoor businesses whose collective contributions support grassroots citizen-action groups and their efforts to protect wild and natural areas in North America where outdoor enthusiasts spend their time. Funded programs should focus primarily on direct action to protect specific threatened wild places and waterways. The Alliance is not looking for mainstream education or scientific research projects, but rather for active campaigns. Before applying for funding, an organization must first be nominated by one of the Alliance's member companies. The next nomination deadline is November 1, 2008. The Alliance will send each nominated organization a request for proposal (RFP) including instructions for how to submit a full request. To review the grant criteria please visit: http://www.conservationalliance.com/grants/grant_criteria.
CALENDAR OF NARCDC TRAINING AND ACTIVITIES:
10/9/08 NARC&DC training at Michigan State Meeting
10/19-22, 2008 NARC&DC training at Pacific Rim Regional Meeting
10/23-25, 2008 NARC&DC training at New England Regional Meeting
11/14, 2008 NARC&DC Committee Meetings
11/14-15, 2008 NARC&DC Board Meeting
For more information please contact us at narcdc@... or call 202 434-4780.
RC&D – “Making Things Happen!”