USDA grant programs currently accepting applications

Community Food Projects Competitive Grants Program – DUE DECEMBER 4, 2017

The primary goals of the CFPCGP are to:

  • Meet the food needs of low-income individuals through food distribution, community outreach to assist in participation in Federally assisted nutrition programs, or improving access to food as part of a comprehensive service;
  • Increase the self-reliance of communities in providing for the food needs of the communities;
  • Promote comprehensive responses to local food access, farm, and nutrition issues; and
  • Meet specific state, local or neighborhood food and agricultural needs including needs relating to:

o   Equipment necessary for the efficient operation of a project;

o   Planning for long-term solutions; or

o   The creation of innovative marketing activities that mutually benefit agricultural producers and low-income consumers.

Request for Applications: https://nifa.usda.gov/sites/default/files/rfa/18_CommunityFoodProjectsRFA.pdf

More info: https://nifa.usda.gov/announcement/usda-announces-more-86-million-support-community-food-projects

 

Farm to School Grant Program – DUE DECEMBER 8, 2018

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) has issued a Request for Applications (RFA) for the Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 Farm to School Grant Program. The purpose is to support planning, implementation, or training efforts that will improve students’ access to local foods in schools.

USDA expects to award approximately $5 million in total program funding through 70 awards, ranging from $20,000 to $100,000 each.  The agency will make three types of awards under this solicitation: Planning Grants, Implementation Grants, and Training Grants. Award size will vary by grant type. The local cost share requirement is at least 25 percent of the total project cost, which may be satisfied by cash or in‐kind contributions.

Please explore the following materials: USDA Farm to School Grant Program Website, Planning Kit, Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs), or Grants.gov Posting for more information regarding program eligibility and requirements.

Farm to School Grant Program Funding Opportunity: https://www.fns.usda.gov/farmtoschool/fy18-farm-school-grant

More info: https://www.fns.usda.gov/fy17-farm-school-grant

 

Food Insecurity and Nutrition Incentives (FINI) Grant Program – DUE DECEMBER 13, 2017

The primary goals of FINI are to support projects to increase the purchase of fruits and vegetables among low-income consumers participating in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) by providing incentives at the point of purchase. The program will test strategies that could contribute to our understanding of how best to increase the purchase of fruits and vegetables by Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) participants that would inform future efforts, and develop effective and efficient benefit redemption technologies.

Request for Applications: https://nifa.usda.gov/sites/default/files/rfa/FY%202018%20FINI_Final.pdf

More info: https://www.nifa.usda.gov/press-release/secretary-perdue-announces-168-million-encourage-snap-participants-purchase-healthy