USDA-NIFA announces Food Safety Outreach Program for United States

Deadline: 6 June 2019

The National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), United States of Food and Agriculture (USDA) has announced Food Safety Outreach Program which will complement and expand the national infrastructure of the National Food Safety Training, Education, Extension, Outreach, and Technical Assistance Competitive Grants Program.

The Food Safety Outreach Program will build upon that national infrastructure, with a sustained focus on delivery of customized training to members of the target audiences. Awardees will develop and implement food safety training, education, extension, outreach and technical assistance projects that address the needs of owners and operators of small to mid-sized farms, beginning farmers, socially-disadvantaged farmers, small processors, or small fresh fruit and vegetable merchant wholesalers. Grant applications will be solicited directly from those in local communities to include those from community-based organizations, non-governmental organizations, food hubs, farm cooperatives, extension, and other local groups.

Type of Projects

  1. Community Outreach Projects: Community Outreach Projects will support the development of food safety education and outreach programs in local communities and the expansion of existing food safety education programs that address the needs of small, specialized audiences whose education needs have not previously been adequately addressed. Projects will focus on building the capacity of local groups to identify very specific needs within their communities, and to implement appropriatelycustomized food safety education and outreach programs to meet those specific needs. Community Outreach Projects will support the growth and expansion of already existing food safety education and outreach programs currently offered in local communities; to include previously funded, successful Pilot Projects. In addition, these projects will enable existing programs to reach a broader target audience, provide technical assistance and/or to expand to new audiences.
    • Community Outreach Projects should at least include the following:
      • Focus on developing, implementing, or expanding food safety education to nontraditional, niche, or hard-to-reach audiences;
      • Be led by project teams who demonstrate a record of developing and maintaining community partnerships and working successfully to serve the educational needs of the target audiences identified; and
      • Develop and implement customized food safety education and outreach programs for those working with various agricultural production and processing systems, including conservation systems, sustainable systems and organic farming systems.
  2. Collaborative Education and Training Projects: Collaborative Education and Training Projects will support the development of multi-county, state-wide or multi-state programs. For example, these projects will support collaborations among states not necessarily located within the same regions, but having common food safety concerns, or addressing common commodities. Potential applicants must have an established track record of working with target audiences, and must be capable of developing and modifying food safety training curricula to meet new FSMA rules for a variety of agricultural production and processing systems.
    • Collaborative Education and Training Projects should at least include the following:
      • Be led by project teams who demonstrate a record of developing and maintaining community partnerships and working successfully to serve the educational needs of the target audiences identified; and
      • Develop and implement customized food safety education and outreach programs for those working with various agricultural production and processing systems, including conservation systems, sustainable systems, and organic farming systems.

Funding Information

  • Community Outreach Projects (awards: $80,000 – $150,000) – An additional $150,000 is available for Collaborative Engagement Supplements, for a total budget of $300,000.
  • Collaborative Education and Training Projects (awards: $200,000 – $400,000) – An additional $150,000 is available for Collaborative Engagement Supplements, for a total budget of $550,000.

Eligibility Criteria

Entities are eligible to apply to this RFA if they meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • The Cooperative Extension Service for a U.S. state or territory;
  • Non-government organizations and/or community based organizations representing owners and operators of farms, small food processors, or small fruit and vegetable merchant wholesalers that has a commitment to public health and expertise in administering programs that contribute to food safety;
  • Federal, State, local, or tribal agencies;
  • An institution of higher education (as defined in Section 101(a) of the Higher Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 1001(a)) or a foundation maintained by an institution of higher education;
  • A collaboration of two or more eligible entities.

How to Apply

Applications must be submitted online via given website.

For more information, please visit https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=314999

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