House of the RISING SUN

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Published on the Doomstead Diner on March 22, 2015

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SunWebGraphic3As veteran Diners know, a while back a few of us got together to develop our ideas around building Sustainable Communities in the face of Collapse. After a few false starts and a few mistakes, last year we chartered a Non-Profit 501c3 Corporation, the Sustaining Universal Needs Foundation, or SUN for short. It is based in South Carolina, one of the most economically deprived states in the FSoA, in the Bottom Quintile*.

The logistics of getting these sort of things off the ground are immensely difficult, first from getting all the paperwork correct, but then even after that getting everyone to work together to make it a going concern is difficult too. Then there are all the details, like getting the bank account set up, getting the PayPal account setup, getting it all hooked together, yadda yadda. If you are currently working, it is kind of hard to find the time to devote yourself to all of this nonsense.

Conveniently or serendipitously however, I just Retired from paid work, and have more time to spend on this project. I went into the Grants.gov website to look for possible Grants that SUN might be eligible for, and found a very appropriate one offered by the Department of Health & Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, and I am now fully engaged in making an application for one of their Grants, which if successful will get the first SUN Community off the ground. It is however a daunting task to get this level of Grant Funding from Da Federal Goobermint, there are an enormous number of hoops you need to jump through successfully before they will dish out the Dollars to you to get rolling.

Now, some people might call me a HYPOCRITE, since first off I chartered a CORPORATION, and second off because I am seeking MONEY from DA GOOBERMINT to make this community possible. My answer to that is first off I have absolutely ZERO problem with being a hypocrite in this regard, you do WTF WORKS! LOL. It is PRACTICAL, and it makes CFS. So hypocrisy worries me not a bit here on this.

Now, the deal on this one is we have just about exactly ONE MONTH to get our Ducks in a Row and file this Application by the Deadline Date. I have already downloaded 3 Files regarding the rules for applications, how they must be submitted, what should be in them, the application forms themselves etc, well into the hundreds of pages. Fortunately I read fast, but still this is a ton of material to digest and then produce the appropriate and fully acceptable Application inside a one month window. I need to put together at least 50 Pages worth of dense material complete with biz plans and economics. I can write 50 pages in no time, but to make it acceptable here and have all the detail they ask for in the format they require, this is quite another story.

So, if there are any Lurker Diners out there who have experience with writing Grant Proposals and would like to assist us in this task of wresting our fair share of the Debt Money from the Belly of the Beast, PLEASE CONTACT ME SOON!!!!

If you do not have Grant writing experience, but wish to help us Financially in getting off the ground, contact me directly at my ReverseEngineer77 AT Yahoo DOT com email address, and I will give you instructions on how to Donate. Do NOT use the Diner Donation PayPal Button for them or the SUN4Living PayPal Button for this purpose at this time!!!! These are not all correctly hooked up yet for this project.

Contributions to the SUN Project are TAX DEDUCTIBLE!!

You can find most of the Basics of the SUN Project at the SUN4Living website, including an early Prospectus we wrote up, but which will undergo extensive Modifications for this Grant.

Briefly though if you do not want to go cruising the SUN4Living Website, the fundamentals are this.

We need to create Local Food Production by the people who are consuming the Food in their own neighborhoods.

We need to build Structures & Systems that can last and are Resilient.

We need to work cooperatively to REVERSE ENGINEER to a more sustainable system of living in harmony with the rest of the ecosphere.

We need to eliminate MONEY and Bankstering as an intermediary for Sustaining Universal Needs.

We welcome all suggestions and ideas on how to move off the fossil fuel economy and into the world of a low per capita Energy future, we welcome all who will help in any way in this most important directive.

Only through Cooperation and Sharing can we successfully traverse the Zero Point. Only by working together can sustainability be accomplished. Now is the time to work together. There is NO TOMORROW otherwise.

RE

Rank State Poverty Rate
(by Household Income)
People in Poverty
by Household Income
(in thousands)
2014 Poverty Rates
(includes unrelated children)
Supplemental Poverty Measure (2010-2014 average)
(Geographically Adjusted)
United States 12.6% 45,950 16.0%
01 New Hampshire 5.6% 73 7.9% 10.3%
02 New Jersey 6.8% 592 9.5% 15.5%
03 Vermont 7.6% 47 9.6% 10.1%
04 Minnesota 8.1% 412 12.1% 9.7%
05 Hawaii 8.6% 110 12.6% 17.3%
06 Delaware 9.2% 78 12.4% 13.9%
07 Utah 9.2% 231 9.8% 11.6%
08 Virginia 9.2% 684 10.8% 13.3%
09 Nebraska 9.5% 167 10.0% 9.8%
10 Connecticut 9.7% 326 8.6% 12.5%
11 Maryland 9.7% 542 9.7% 13.4%
12 Idaho 9.9% 143 13.9% 11.6%
13 Alaska 10.0% 66 12.1% 12.5%
14 Massachusetts 10.1% 641 10.9% 13.8%
15 Washington 10.2% 636 11.9% 12.2%
16 Wisconsin 10.2% 553 11.1% 10.8%
17 Nevada 10.6% 260 13.1% 19.8%
18 Wyoming 10.6% 54 9.3% 9.2%
19 Florida 11.1% 2,250 14.6% 19.5%
20 North Dakota 11.2% 70 11.0% 9.2%
21 Pennsylvania 11.2% 1,372 11.2% 12.6%
22 Iowa 11.3% 327 10.9% 8.6%
23 Colorado 11.4% 530 12.4% 13.7%
24 Illinois 11.5% 1,441 13.3% 15.2%
25 Missouri 11.6% 659 15.6% 12.4%
26 South Dakota 11.8% 90 14.3% 10.6%
27 Michigan 12.0% 1,196 27.6% 13.5%
28 Oregon 12.0% 436 13.7% 13.9%
29 Rhode Island 12.1% 127 13.2% 13.6%
30 Ohio 12.3% 1,392 13.5% 13.2%
31 Kansas 12.5% 337 13.9% 11.5%
32 Indiana 12.6% 774 16.4% 14.2%
33 Maine 12.6% 166 11.6% 11.2%
34 North Carolina 13.1% 1,115 17.0% 14.2%
35 California 13.2% 4,716 15.5% 23.8%
36 Montana 13.8% 128 13.5% 12.1%
37 Georgia 14.4% 1,298 18.5% 18.2%
38 New York 14.5% 2,760 15.9% 18.1%
39 Kentucky 14.8% 599 17.1% 13.6%
40 Tennessee 15.0% 872 16.7% 15.5%
41 South Carolina 15.0% 626 13.8% 15.8%
42 Arizona 15.2% 917 21.3% 18.8%
43 West Virginia 15.4% 276 16.0% 12.9%
44 Oklahoma 15.6% 543 13.0% 13.4%
45 Arkansas 15.9% 509 19.1% 16.5%
46 Texas 16.2% 3,681 17.4% 16.4%
47 Alabama 16.7% 750 16.8% 13.5%
48 New Mexico 17.9% 347 19.6% 16.1%
49 Louisiana 18.3% 748 14.3% 18.5%
50 Mississippi 20.1% 571 23.2% 16.1%
51 District of Columbia 20.7% 15 18.0% 22.7%
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