Community & Culture: Events & Training

Health, Racial Disparities, and Economic Justice: January 21

This webinar from Nonprofit Quarterly examines racial disparities in healthcare, and solutions to address them.



Disaster PRIMR 2021 Conference, January 31 – February 4

This virtual conference through Texas A&M University will share best practices, lessons learned (or yet to be learned), and insights gained in all dimensions of disaster readiness.

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The Interplay Between Environmental Exposures and Mental Health Outcomes: February 2-3, 2021 | 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM both days

There is growing evidence that the environment can play an important role in mental health—yet research into the effects of environmental stressors rarely focuses on behavioral and mental health outcomes. Please join us for our next virtual workshop to explore emerging science on the relationship, harmful or beneficial, between environmental exposures and mental health.



2021 Cultural Wealth Virtual Conference,
February 23 – 25

The Rural Policy Research Institute, with the support of USDA, is hosting this conference on the important role that arts and cultural capital play in rural innovation, community well-being, and rural community sustainability, while also exploring the role of arts and culture in rural communities through both qualitative and quantitative studies.

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Establish Policy Tools and Incentives, Develop Partnerships and Measure Impacts. December 8, 1:00 – 3:00 PM EST

This webinar is part of the Bolstering Growth in OZs Webinar Series, which the White House Opportunity and Revitalization Council and HUD are hosting for local economic development leaders and stakeholders in communities with designated OZs.



Develop Your OZ Action Plan to Build or Strengthen Your Local OZ Ecosystem. December 15, 1:00 – 3:00 PM EST

Building upon the first two webinars in the series, this webinar will provide innovative examples of Opportunity Zone (OZ) ecosystems created for small- and medium-sized cities, with special focus on Qualified Opportunity Fund (QOF) formation and market, diversity of QOF real estate and business investments, and best practices for community engagement to bolster investments in OZs.



The Federal Response to COVID-19 from a State & Local Perspective, November 23

The rapid spread of novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) across the U.S. has been met with a decentralized and piecemeal response led primarily by governors, mayors and local health departments. With limited federal action, state and local governments have been required to lead efforts in combating the COVID-19 pandemic. Many of our state and local leaders have been faced with unprecedented decisions in regulating a public health crisis. In this session hosted by the CSG Intergovernmental Affairs Committee, hear from members of several leading membership organizations representing state and local governments on how federal strategy related to COVID-19 has impacted state and local jurisdictions.



FEMA Co-Hosts Webinar Series on Equity

FEMA is partnering with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to host a virtual webinar series on “Alliances for Equity.”  Every Wednesday in the month of October, this series will discuss current efforts to adopt equitable practices across the field of resilience. Each session is from 1 to 3:30 p.m. ET. Visit the event website for more information about the series and to register, review the agenda and speakers schedule.

October 7 – “Let’s Talk Equity”

October 14 – “Prioritizing Equity”

October 21 – “Planning for an Equitable Future”

October 28 – “Building a Foundation for Action”



Long-Term Resiliency in the Face of Multiple Crises – October 16

Additional disasters can disrupt the path a community is taking towards building back a thriving, resilient economy. Join us for an interactive workshop to learn how to keep your long-term economic resiliency plan on track even as you encounter unexpected challenges.



SCORE Houston Presents: Starting & Running Your Own Business Virtual Seminar October 10 and October 17

This 2-part seminar is a must for prospective entrepreneurs and a proven benefit to many already in business. It is a powerful program that’s packed with information, tips and techniques needed to start a new business as well as improve an ongoing enterprise.


Community Connect Program – FY2021 October 20, 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Eastern Time

Interested to learn more about our Rural Development Community Connect Grant Program? USDA will host two webinars covering the recently announced Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA). Join us online, Tuesday, October 20th at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time. USDA staff will provide an overview of the FOA, major eligibility and regulatory requirements, the application process, and provide guidance on how to submit a successful grant application.  There will also be time for participants to ask specific questions about the Community Connect program and the new application process.



Online Ethics Workshop – October 20

Are you faced with ethical dilemmas in your professional life? Do you have the tools to deal with ethical issues?

This workshop will focus on real-life ethical situations faced by economic developers where your decisions could mean the difference between success and failure in your career and life.



Tech Tools for Going Virtual with Your Finance Office – October 22

This webinar, in partnership with Tech Impact, will cover the most popular add-ons and extensions to virtualize and automate financial management functions, such as online bill paying. We will keep it at a strategic level, focusing on the ROI for these tools and the issues around user adoption, adjusting procedures to preserve separation of duties, and other leadership concerns.



National Savings Day Webinars

In honor of National Savings Day on October 12th, FEMA is highlighting its partnerships with America Saves and Military Saves. Both are campaigns managed by the nonprofit Consumer Federation of America, which helps low to moderate-income households learn how to save, budget and reduce debt, all key elements of financial resilience. America Saves’ resources include information on how to set financial goals and make plans, as well as tips on automating savings and getting out of debt. Military Saves’ similar resources are tailored for service members and their families. America Saves and Military Saves will hold a series of three virtual town halls called #ThinkLikeASaver this fall. These two-hour Facebook events with financial experts will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Eastern Time on Thursdays. Read more…

  • Oct. 22: Simple Strategies to Help You Save
  • Nov. 5: How Do I Pay Off Debt?
  • Nov. 19: Saving for Major Life Milestones

Equitable Distribution and Uptake of Remedies and Resources – October 22

The second webinar will delve into the distribution and uptake of remedies and resources during public health emergencies. The discussion will center around how to ensure that the needs of the communities disproportionately affected by COVID-19, such as communities of color, are being met. The question of whether and how historical racism in medical research (e.g., the Tuskegee Study) influences the uptake of prevention measures in racial and ethnic minority communities will also be addressed, along with strategies to support uptake by these communities in the current COVID-19 context.



What does equity in Smart Growth actually mean? – October 23

And to close out next week, join the Smart Growth Network on Friday, October 23 at 2:30 p.m., to hear SGA President Calvin Gladney and Andre Perry of the Brookings Institution and author of Know Your Price: Valuing Black Lives and Property in America’s Black Cities, discuss smart growth’s past, present and future. These two experts will discuss the policies that have historically affected the lives of people of color and look to the future to explore the potential for positive change when it comes to choices about the built environment. It’s going to be a tremendous discussion and participants are also eligible for AICP credits.



Group Flood Insurance Program (GFIP) Policy Expiration – October 24, 2020

As Texas holds strong for Hurricane Season 2020, we are reminded more than ever that taking the steps to be prepared is crucial for a resilient outcome of our community. It has been reported that as few as 17% of homeowners impacted by Hurricane Harvey held a flood insurance policy. Luckily, more than 6,690 households were issued a GFIP policy that covered them for the three years after Hurricane Harvey. However, the GFIP policy which has provided flood insurance security for homeowners and renters will expire next month on October 24, 2020.

Texans who received a GFIP policy as part of their FEMA disaster assistance after Hurricane Harvey are now required to purchase a flood insurance policy by October 24, 2020. If recipients of the GFIP do not obtain a flood insurance policy, they may not be eligible for certain federal disaster assistance. It is important to state that just one inch of water can cause $25,000 of damage to a home.

If you have questions, send an email to FEMA-R6-GFIP@FEMA.DHS.GOV.


2020 National Recreation and Parks Association (NRPA) Annual Conference: A Virtual Experience – October 27-29

The 2020 NRPA Annual Conference: A Virtual Experience (NRPA Virtual) will not only bring the park and recreation community together, but also will serve as a platform for networking and exchanging ideas in new and imaginative ways. It features keynote speaker Glenn Harris, president of the new Race Forward and publisher of Colorlines, more than 60 education sessions, interactive networking opportunities and an exploration-worthy virtual exhibit hall. 



Connecting Entrepreneurial Communities – A Multi-State Showcase – November 9 – 13

Hosted by a team of Midwest-based University Extension Offices including Michigan State Extension



Make GrantStation Work for you, November 10

IEDC offers members direct access to GrantStation’s comprehensive set of grantseeking tools and resources to help you identify the appropriate grantmakers for a range of programs or projects. IEDC’s new online Grants Research Center allows you to search:

  • U.S. and International Charitable Giving funders
  • Federal Grant & Loan Listings
  • Up-To-Date State Funding Information

This overview tour of GrantStation is a great resource for members to ensure that they are getting the most out of their annual membership, and for potential Members to see GrantStation in action! Plus, see the new feature, Your GS Dashboard: Prepare, Save, Organize, and Re-Search with GrantStation.



Bringing Lifelines into Hazard Mitigation Planning – November 25

Energy, Water, and Transportation: These are just some examples of “lifelines,” which FEMA defines as anything that enables the continuous operation of government functions and critical business. What lifelines in your community are essential to human health, safety, and economic security? Are you aware of any lifelines that exist in at-risk areas based on risk modeling? This Coffee Break will explore how lifelines can be assessed as whole systems and incorporated into your Hazard Mitigation Plan through risk assessment modeling and mitigation action development which can help to improve and invest in the lifelines in your community.



EPA – FY21 Interventions & Communication Strategies to Reduce Health Risks of Wildland Fire Smoke Exposure Deadline: December 15

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), as part of its Science to Achieve Results (STAR) program, is seeking applications proposing research that will address behavioral, technical and practical aspects of interventions and communication strategies to reduce exposures and/or health risks of wildland fire smoke.

Award ceiling: $1,000,000. NOFO. EPA Program  website.


Healthy States: Curating State Health for the Future, December 15

Beginning with an exclusive deep dive on the role that telehealth has played through the COVID-19 pandemic and efforts to expand access to it, join the CSG Healthy States National Task Force for the unveiling of its best health care policy practices, the result of a two-year collaboration with state leaders for discussion and analysis. Health care issues identified by each of the task force’s four subcommittees include data and technology, investments and returns, behavioral health, community resiliency and more. In addition, this session will highlight states and showcase trends in these areas across the nation as experts and task force members detail what it meant and what it will mean to be a healthy state in 2020 and beyond.



Responding to COVID-19: A Webinar Series for Local Governments Serving Small Communities

The Responding to COVID-19 webinar series presents resources for small units of general local government (UGLGs) related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Specifically, the webinars provide digestible information on how small UGLGs may access public funding, data, and other resources made available due to the pandemic.

 Register today!

This webinar series will consist of a total of six sessions spread across three topic areas. The topic areas are housing, health, and economic development. Each topic area will consist of two webinar sessions:

  • Session 1: Presenters will provide a broad range of resources relevant for small, distressed UGLGs. During the webinar, presenters will poll participants to determine the topic for the second session.
  • Session 2: Presenters will dive into more detail on one or two subtopics as defined by the participants’ needs from the first session.


Coronavirus Disease Training

Training related to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) is available through the TRAIN Learning Network. This includes training from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), World Health Organization, European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control, and other organizations.



A Resource Guide to Coronavirus for Government Leaders

The novel coronavirus has tested the durability of federal, state and local governments around the country and the world. This list of resources is meant to connect leaders with useful tools to aid in response efforts.



New Webinars and Online Discussion for Human Services Organizations Addressing Coronavirus

The Alliance for Strong Families and Communities has launched a new series of webinars and an online discussion forum for community-based human services organizations to discuss the potential health impact and business disruptions as a result of the new coronavirus (COVID-19).



Disaster Recovery Awareness

Topics covered in this 1-hour course include disaster recovery guidance, disaster recovery planning, and disaster assistance resources.



Grover from Sesame Street on Coping During COVID-19

Grover from Sesame Street joined TV news hosts in talking directly to children about the importance of wearing masks, how to stay connected with friends and how to cope with negative emotions related to the pandemic. An audio version with a transcript of the conversation can be found here.


Information Security for Everyone

Topics covered include how to secure both clean and corrupted systems, protecting your personal data, securing simple computer networks, and safe Internet usage.



IS-273 How to Read Flood Insurance Rate Map

The purpose of this course is to provide the participants with the knowledge and skills required to use Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs) to determine the potential flood risks for a specific property to determine if a property should be protected against flood loss. Participants will learn about various types of flood maps, explain the elements on the map, and demonstrate how to use a flood map to obtain information for a specific property location.



IS-274 How to Use a Flood Insurance Study (FIS)

The purpose of this course is to provide the participants with the knowledge and skills required to access and properly use a FIS to determine the flood risk for a property and allow participants to take actions that may prevent flood disasters or insure against losses caused by floods.



ASFPM Flood Science Center

Association of State Floodplain Managers has recorded webinars for your review. The CRS Green Guide, Building CRS Capacity, Open Space Preservation, and Stormwater management. Other resources available are Green Guide, Success Stories and More.



Planning for Growth and Open Space Conservation Webinar Series

In 2012, USDA-Forest Service embarked on a project to help inform natural resource professionals, land use planners, private landowners and others about the issues facing our forestlands – both public and private – and to help them learn about opportunities and strategies to conserve open space through a series of monthly webinars. Here are archive of these webinars. We hope you find them interesting!



Free – 3 New FEMA Independent Study Courses for Insurance Agents

Claims Process for Agents: This course is geared towards insurance agents and their role in the flood insurance claims process. The course focuses on preparedness, customer service, and things to know before, during, and after a client experiences a flooding disaster.


– Sales for Agents: This course for insurance agents provides information on marketing to increase flood insurance policy sales and highlights FEMA and National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) marketing resources. The course also provides agents with talking points and tips for overcoming common objections and flood insurance myths.


Severe Repetitive Loss for Agents:

Geared towards insurance agents and their ability to navigate the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) Severe Repetitive Loss (SRL) transfer process. The course includes an overview of the SRL program, rating ramifications, the appeals process, and a review of the agent’s SRL Checklist.



Disaster Recovery Journal Webinar Series

The weekly webinars feature a different cutting-edge topic and presenter, providing you with a convenient, easy way to discover new solutions, strategies and information. Registration for any live webinar is always free, so sign up now to reserve your space. And, if you want to review the information again, an On-Demand feature is available.



Conducting a Mitigation Needs Assessment for CDBG-MIT Webinar – On-Demand

The Office of Block Grant Assistance (OBGA) Disaster Recovery and Special Issues Division (DRSI), in partnership with the FEMA National Mitigation Planning Program, hosted a webinar to provide guidance to Community Development Block Grant Mitigation (CDBG-MIT) grantees on conducting a mitigation needs assessment as required by the CDBG-MIT Federal Register Notice.



Seminarios en Línea de CDBG-DR en Español (CDBG Webinars on demand in Spanish)

Estos seminarios en línea están diseñados para las nuevas entidades receptoras del programa de Subvenciones en Bloque para el Desarrollo Comunitario en Casos de Recuperación de Desastres (CDBG-DR) y la Competencia Nacional de Resiliencia ante Desastres (NDRC) y el personal de Evaluación Ambiental. Esta serie de seminarios en línea es un resumen básico de los requisitos.



Free National Fire Academy Courses

The National Fire Academy offers free, high-quality fire and EMS training for the fire and emergency services and allied professionals in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Our off-campus training courses will help you to deal more effectively with fire and related emergencies, while providing you with the perfect opportunity to network with peers from across your state and region.



Free – Texas CDBG Mitigation (CDBG-MIT) Webinar Recording

If you missed the Texas CDBG Mitigation (CDBG-MIT) webinar about the $4.29 billion in CDBG-MIT money for declared Texas disasters from 2015, 2016, and 2017, the Texas General Land Office released a recording of the event.



Digital Resource Center for Grants Management Technical Assistance Program

FEMA announces a new resource center for non-federal entities that receive assistance from FEMA. This Grants Management Website ( contains practical information and resources on all aspects of grants management, from laying the foundations for project development to preparing an application for a FEMA award to evaluation and closeout.



2020 is the International Year of Plant Health

The United Nations declared 2020 as the International Year of Plant Health (IYPH). Please join us in this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and help protect the world’s crops, forests, gardens, and landscapes against invasive pests. When we protect plant health, we protect the food we eat, the air we breathe, and the environment in which we live. In short, protecting plant health protects people. Be sure to check out the IYPH Get Started Guide and download IYPH materials today. Choose from dozens of ready-made outreach materials from the Hungry Pests program, our award-winning invasive species public awareness campaign, to use in your IYPH outreach today.



Building Housing Security During COVID-19 and Beyond, January 12

This webinar will discuss the macro-economic trends and policy environment which have resulted in widespread housing unaffordability in communities across America and the elements of successful multi-sector housing reform initiatives.



FEMA’s Coffee Break Webinar, January 13

This webinar from FEMA Region 3 will explore federal guidance and resources available to help communities prepare or update a Hazard Mitigation Plan.


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