USDA: Seeking Applications for USDA-FNS-FY18-Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, Process and Technology Improvement Grants

Deadline: 25 June 2018

U.S Department of Agriculture is seeking applications for USDA-FNS-FY18-Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, Process and Technology Improvement Grants to develop and implement projects that focus on improving the quality and efficiency of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) operations and processes.

Priority areas

This grant competition specifically encourages applicants to respond to the following priority areas:

  • Improve Customer Service
    • Proposals targeted towards customer service will implement projects that improve the client’s experience. Specific projects may include increasing or improving call center functionality, accepting telephonic signatures, creating mobile apps,or enhancing or clarifying certification materials.
  • Increase Efficiencies in Case Management
    • Proposals targeted towards improving case management will make it easier for caseworkers to process cases, assist clients, increase program integrity and reduce churn.
  • Systems Improvements
    • Proposals targeted towards this priority area aim to improve eligibility systems. They might also focus on improving reporting and tracking functionality of eligibility systems, including creating worker dashboards and building additional reporting capability;monitoring timeliness via system enhancements or a dashboard; using existing integrated eligibility systems to better identify eligible recipients who are applying for or enrolled in multiple assistance programs(note: this grant would only fund the SNAP portion); or other tangible improvements to eligibility systems.

Funding Information

  • Estimated Total Program Funding: $5,000,000
  • Award Ceiling: $2,000,000
  • Award Floor: $20,000

Eligibility Criteria

The entities eligible to receive grants under this competition are:

  • The 53 State agencies that administer SNAP;
  • State or local governments;
  • Agencies providing health or welfare services;
  • Public health or educational entities;
  • Private nonprofit entities such as community-based or faith-based organizations, food banks, or other emergency feeding organizations.
  • Nongovernmental entities may apply for this grant, either individually with consent from the State agency or in partnership with the State agency.
  • For the purposes of this grant competition, State agencies may submit more than one application each, or enter into more than one partnership.
  • However, if the State submits more than one application, the State must make explicit in each application its relationship to any others. State agencies that submit more than one application should carefully consider the allocation of time stated in each application.
  • State agencies with more than one partner organization may also consider submitting a single application designed to make sub-grants to the partner organizations.
  • Proposals forwarded by any given State agency should request funding for distinct, non-overlapping activities.

How to Apply

Applicants can apply via give website.

For further information, please visit grants.gov.

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