USDA/NIFA: Inviting Applications for Community Food Projects Competitive Grant Program

Deadline: 4 December 2017

The United States Agency for International Development, National Institute of Food and Agriculture is inviting applications for its Community Food Projects Competitive Grant Program.

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:
    • Equipment necessary for the efficient operation of a project;
    • Planning for long-term solutions; or
    • The creation of innovative marketing activities that mutually benefit agricultural producers and low-income consumers.

Types of Projects

  • Community Food Projects (CFP): The purpose of the CFP is to support the development of projects with a one-time infusion of federal dollars to make such projects self-sustaining.
  • Planning Projects (PP):  The purpose of a Planning Project (PP) is to complete a plan toward the improvement of community food security in keeping with the primary goals of the CFPCGP.

Funding Information

The anticipated appropriated amount available for NIFA support of this program in FY 2018 is approximately $8,640,000.

  • Community Food Projects (CFP) Applicants should request a budget commensurate with the proposed project. No single CFP award shall exceed $125,000 in any single year or more than $400,000 over four years.
  • Planning Projects (PP)Applicants should request a budget commensurate with the proposed project. No single PP award shall exceed $35,000 for the total project period.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Applicants for CFP and PP must meet the following eligibility here. Public food program service providers, tribal organizations, or private nonprofit entities, including gleaners.
  • Applicants must have experience in the area of
    • community food work, particularly concerning small and medium-size farms, including the provision of food to people in low-income communities and the development of new markets in low-income communities for agricultural producers;
    • job training and business development activities for food-related activities in low-income communities; or
    • efforts to reduce food insecurity in the community, including food distribution, improving access to services, or coordinating services and programs;
  • demonstrate competency to implement a project, provide fiscal accountability, collect data, and prepare reports and other necessary documentation;
  • demonstrate a willingness to share information with researchers, evaluators, practitioners, and other interested parties, including a plan for dissemination of results; and
  • collaborate with 1 or more local partner organizations to achieve at least 1 hunger-free communities goal.

How to Apply

Applicants can apply via given website.

For more information, please visit Grants.gov.

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