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U.S. Department of Agriculture: Food Distribution Program Nutrition Education Grant

Deadline: April 16, 2018

Food Distribution Program Nutrition Education Grant (FDPNE) grants are awarded each fiscal year to Indian tribal organizations and state agencies to conduct projects that provide nutrition information and services to Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservation (FDPIR) participants. Desired outcomes are to:

  • Improve nutrition-related knowledge among FDPIR participants, resulting in healthier food choices and a better understanding of healthy food preparation methods
  • Foster tribal capacity to provide nutrition education through the development of nutrition education resources (e.g., lesson materials, videos) and facilities (e.g., food demonstration spaces, educational gardens)
  • Develop skills among FDPIR participants (e.g., canning, preparing fresh produce, using lower fat cooking methods), leading to greater self-sufficiency and providing participants with greater flexibility in how they utilize healthy foods

Examples of activities and services that may be funded include:

  • Staff/Labor costs – Salaries and benefits should be restricted to those directly involved in nutrition education. It is not allowable to use FDPNE funds to pay for staff and labor costs for essential staff covered by administrative funds, e.g. the FDPIR director. Individuals may not be paid from multiple federal funding sources.
  • Nutrition classes: The primary purpose of the class must be to provide nutrition education to FDPIR participants and potentially eligible persons. Relevant topics include, but are not limited to: meal planning, food portions, nutrient composition of foods, healthful cooking, and food safety.
  • Cost of food: Food for recipe/taste testing purposes and cost of kitchen supplies necessary for food storage, preparation, food samples associated with educational lessons, and display of food prepared for demonstration purposes.
  • Nutrition education materials: Materials, supplies, and resources needed to conduct nutrition education activities and classes.
  • Nutrition education reinforcement items and incentives – Might include refrigerator magnets, measuring cups, measuring spoons, or other items of nominal value that reinforce a nutrition message. Nutrition messages may come from ChooseMyPlate.gov or the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, for example. Note: The policy does not authorize spending more than $4.00 each for these items.
  • Gardening projects: These projects may include educational supplies and staff salaries to teach gardening concepts that reinforce the beneficial nutrition aspects of gardening are allowable costs. However, the cost for the rental or purchase of garden equipment (e.g., fertilizer, tractors), the purchase or rental of land for garden plots, and the purchase of seeds, plants, and other gardening supplies can only be allowable costs if they directly relate to the provision of nutrition education.
  • Local radio and television spots: Reasonable costs for local public service radio or television announcements and ads that promote nutrition education events for FDPIR participants and potentially eligible persons.
  • Physical education activities or promotion materials: Any physical education activities and demonstrations must be part of a nutrition education activity and include nutrition messages on healthy eating behaviors.
  • ChooseMyPlate.gov Promotion: Utilize resources provided on http://www.choosemyplate.gov/ to provide nutrition education to FDPIR participants and potentially eligible persons.

Amount: A total of $1,000,000 is available to award grants that typically range from $3,000-$200,000. As many applications will be awarded as possible, based on application quality, the total available funds, and the amounts requested by the applicants. The project period is for one year. Recipients are required to provide a 25 percent match of the total amount of funds spent on FDPNE.

Note: When FDPIR participants or potentially eligible persons are not the primary target of a nutrition class or the nutrition education is provided in conjunction with another program (e.g., SNAP-Ed, The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children [WIC], and the Indian Health Service), FDPNE may fund the pro rata share of the class that includes FDPIR participants. For example, if a nutrition education class has 100 participants and 25 students are FDPIR-eligible, FDPNE funds may cover 25 percent of the cost.

Eligibility: Indian Tribal Organizations (ITOs) and State Agencies (SAs) that are current FDPIR allowance holders (have a direct agreement with FNS to administer FDPIR) are eligible to apply for funds. ITOs and SAs that administer FDPIR may apply individually and/or as a consortium (e.g., as a region or a regional nutrition advisory council).

Link: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=300768

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