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U.S. Department of Agriculture: Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive Grant Program

Deadline: December 16, 2015

The primary goal of the Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive (FINI) Grant Program is to fund and evaluate projects intended to increase the purchase of fruits and vegetables among low-income consumers participating in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) by providing incentives at the point of purchase. All FINI projects must:

  • Have the support of the state agency responsible for the administration of SNAP
  • Increase the purchase of fruits and vegetables by low-income consumers participating in SNAP by providing incentives at the point of purchase
  • Operate through authorized SNAP retailers, and in compliance with all relevant SNAP regulations and operating requirements
  • Agree to participate in the FINI comprehensive program evaluation
  • Ensure that the same terms and conditions apply to purchases made by individuals with SNAP benefits and with incentives under the FINI grants program as apply to purchases made by individuals who are not members of households receiving benefits
  • Include effective technologies for benefit redemption systems that may be replicated

Three types of grants that fall under this program:

  1. FINI Pilot Projects: Supports projects to pilot innovative strategies to increase the purchase of fruits and vegetables by low-income consumers participating in SNAP by providing incentives at the point of purchase.
  2. FINI Projects: Supports the development and evaluation of projects to increase the purchase of fruits and vegetables by low-income consumers participating in SNAP by providing incentives at the point of purchase. FINI Projects should be designed to create or support local community-based food projects.
  3. FINI Large Scale Projects: Supports the development and evaluation of projects to increase the purchase of fruits and vegetables by low-income consumers participating in SNAP by providing incentives at the point of purchase, using effective and efficient benefit redemption technologies. FINI Large Scale Projects should be designed to create or support multi-county, state-wide and regional incentive programs.

NIFA will give priority to projects that:

  • Maximize the share of funds used for direct incentives to participants
  • Test strategies that would contribute to the understanding of how best to increase the purchase of fruits and vegetables by SNAP participants
  • Develop improved benefit redemption systems that could be replicated or scaled
  • Use direct-to-consumer sales marketing
  • Demonstrate a track record of designing and implementing successful nutrition incentive programs that connect low-income consumers and agricultural producers
  • Provide locally or regionally produced fruits and vegetables
  • Are located in underserved communities, particularly Promise Zones and StrikeForce communities (for information on NM communities, see: http://www.usda.gov/documents/nm-strikeforce-info-0114.pdf)

Amount: A total of $16,800,000 will be awarded according to the following categories: 1) FINI Pilot Projects: Each award not to exceed a total of $100,000 over one year; 2) Multi-year, community-based FINI Projects: Each award not to exceed a total of $500,000 over no more than four years; and 3) Multi-year, FINI Large-Scale Projects: Each award of $500,000 or more over no more than four years. Applicants must provide matching contributions on a dollar-for-dollar basis for all federal funds awarded.

Eligibility: For-profit organizations other than small businesses, nonprofits with 501(c)(3) IRS status, other than Institutions of higher ed, nonprofits without 501(c)(3) IRS status, other than Institutions of higher ed.

Link: http://nifa.usda.gov/funding-opportunity/food-insecurity-nutrition-incentive-fini-grant-program

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