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

Deadline: May 1, 2017

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. Grants are funded to projects based on the following priority order:

  1. Projects that focus on nutrition education
  2. Projects that focus on physical activities

Examples of activities and services that may be funded include:

  • 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, gardening, and physical education reinforcement items and incentives: These items may include refrigerator magnets, measuring cups, measuring spoons, or other items of nominal value that reinforce a nutrition message.
  • Gardening projects: These projects may include educational supplies, curricula, 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.
  • ChooseMyPlate.gov promotion: Instruction to FDPIR participants and potentially eligible persons on accessing http://www.choosemyplate.gov/. Provision of a dedicated work area (with Internet access) for individuals to use at FDPIR facilities or collaboration with tribal schools, libraries, or other facilities for participant access to a work area with Internet access.
  • What’s Cooking? USDA Mixing Bowl Promotion: Instruction to FDPIR participants and potentially eligible persons on accessing http://www.whatscooking.fns.usda.gov, a Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services recipe search Web site. Provision of a dedicated work area (with Internet access) for individuals to use at FDPIR facilities or collaboration with tribal schools, libraries, or other facilities for participant access to a work area with Internet access.

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=292148

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