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U.S. Department of Agriculture: Community Food Projects

Deadline: November 30, 2015

The primary goals of the Community Food Projects (CFP) competitive grant program 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.
  • 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.

There are three types of grants under this program:

  1. Community Food Projects (CFP): Examples of CFPs include, but are not limited to, community gardens with market stands, value chain projects, food hubs, farmers’ markets, farm-to-institutions projects, and marketing and consumer cooperatives. All projects must involve low-income participants.
  2. Planning Projects (PP): Examples of PPs include, but are not limited to, community food assessments, coordination of collaboration development plan, GIS analysis, food sovereignty study, and farm-to-institution exploration. All projects must involve low-income participants.
  3. Training and Technical Assistance (T & TA): The primary purposes of the T & TA project are to assist individual organizations in the development and submission of CFP and PP proposals and assist current program grantees to more effectively operate and evaluate their projects. In 2016, NIFA will award one, large multi-year grant award. Collaborations among T & TA providers with broad expertise should provide a one-stop service to applicants requesting assistance. Examples of T & TA services offered may include assistance in project development, grantsmanship training, project evaluation using “Whole Measures,” and/or assistance on a particular type of project, for example, urban farms, community gardens, direct marketing, and farm-to-institution methods. Activities might include, but are not limited to, workshop training, peer to peer interaction, one on one training, assistance with evaluation/Whole Measures, webinars, and/or video-conferencing.

Amount: $8,640,000 is available. Amounts vary by project type:

  • CFP awards may be up to $125,000 for a single year but may not exceed more than $400,000 over a period of four years.
  • PP awards may be up to $35,000 for the entire project period proposed, which may be up to three years.
  • There will be one T & TA award made that will be up to $500,000 over a 2-4 year period.

Eligibility: Public food program service providers, tribal organizations, or private nonprofit entities. See the RFP for additional eligibility requirements related to experience.

Link: http://nifa.usda.gov/funding-opportunity/community-food-projects-cfp-competitive-grants-program

Note: There will be a webinar for potential applicants on October 22, 2015 at 12:00 MST. Adobe Connect link: http://nifa-connect.nifa.usda.gov/cfp2016/

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