Community Food Projects, Deadline Nov. 17

NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF FOOD AND AGRICULTURE;

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

 Community Food Projects Competitive Grants Program

NIFA  requests applications for the Community Food Projects Competitive Grants Program (CFPCGP) for fiscal year (FY) 2012 to support:  (1) the development of Community Food Projects with a one-time infusion of federal dollars to make such projects self-sustaining;  (2) Planning Projects to assess the food security needs and plan long-term solutions to help ensure food security in communities; and (3) a project that provides Training and Capacity Building on a nationwide basis to entities interested in developing new Community Food Projects or assisting current grantees and others to effectively operate their food security projects.  It is anticipated that the amount available for support of this program in FY 2012 will be approximately $5,000,000.  Prior to submitting their applications, prospective applicants are encouraged to participant in a Community Food Projects Competitive Grants Program pre-application submission webinar.  The purpose of the webinar will be to discuss the matching requirement and what costs are allowable on the project.  It is strongly encouraged that all applicants participate in the webinar on October 27, 2011 between 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm Eastern Time. The webinar will be recorded and posted on the NIFA internet site for future reference.

 

1.  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 $300,000 over three years.  Applications that exceed the budgetary guidelines will not be reviewed. Applicants may request one, two or three years of funding, but in all cases, the grant term may not exceed three years for any proposal.  A CFP project may be supported by only one grant under this program.  All CFP awards will be made based on the merit of the proposed project with budgets considered only after the merits of the project have been determined. USDA reserves the right to negotiate final budgets with successful applicants.

 2. Planning Projects (PP)

Applicants should request a budget commensurate with the proposed project.  No single PP award shall exceed $25,000 for the total budget period.  The maximum PP award period shall not exceed three years.  Applications that exceed the budgetary guidelines will not be reviewed. All PP awards will be made based on the merit of the proposed project with budgets considered only after the merits of the project have been determined. USDA reserves the right to negotiate final budgets with successful applicants.

3. Training and Capacity Building (TCB) Projects

 Applicants should request a budget commensurate with the proposed project.  It is anticipated that awards will be made for $500,000 total over a two to three year period. The grant term may not exceed three years.  Applications that exceed the budgetary guidelines will not be reviewed. Awards will be made based on the merit of the proposed project with budgets considered only after the merits of the project have been determined. USDA reserves the right to negotiate final budgets with successful applicants.

 

Eligible Applicants

1.  CFP, PP and TCB Eligibility

Only private, nonprofit entities meeting the following three requirements are eligible to receive a CFP or PP grant: (a) have experience in the area of (i) 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; or (ii) job training and business development activities for food-related activities in low-income communities; (b) demonstrate competency to implement a project, provide fiscal accountability, collect data, and prepare reports and other necessary documentation; and (c) demonstrate a willingness to share information with researchers, evaluators, practitioners,and other interested parties, including a plan for dissemination of results.

CFP and PP applicants MUST provide matching on a dollar-for-dollar basis for all federal funds awarded.  Match must be documented for all project years at the time the application is submitted. CFP and PP grantees may provide matching funds through cash and/or in-kind contributions, including third-party in-kind contributions fairly evaluated, including facilities.  The non-federal share of the funding may come from state government, local government, other non-profit entities, or private sources.  Examples of qualifying matching contributions may include direct costs such as:  rent for office space used exclusively for the funded project; duplication or postage costs; and staff time from an entity other than the applicant for job training or nutrition education.

 Matching funds are not required for the TCB award. 

Applicants and other interested parties are encouraged to contact Elizabeth Tuckermanty; National Program Leader, Community Food Projects Competitive Grants Program; National Institute of Food and Agriculture, USDA; 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Mail Stop 2225 Washington, DC 20250-2225; telephone: 202-205-024;1 fax: 202-401-0776; e-mail: etuckermanty@nifa.usda.gov; or Katrena R. Hanks; Program Specialist, Community Food Projects Competitive Grants Program; National Institute of Food and Agriculture, USDA; 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Mail Stop 2225; Washington, DC 20250-2241; telephone 202-401-5286; fax 202-401-4888; e-mail khanks@nifa.usda.gov.

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Community Food Projects, Deadline Nov. 17

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