Friday, September 23, 2011

2011/11/17 NIFA Community Food Projects Competitive Grants Program

NIFA Community Food Projects
Open Date: 09/21/2011
Due Date: 11/17/2011

"The U.S. Department of Agriculture National Institute of Food and Agriculture (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. 
Only private, nonprofit entities meeting specific requirements as listed in the Request for Applications are eligible to apply. See the grant application at http://www.nifa.usda.gov/fo/communityfoodprojects.cfm for specific eligibility criteria.  Applications are due to www.grants.gov by November 17th.
The primary goals of the Community Food Projects Competitive Grants Program (CFPCGP) are to:

·         Meet the food needs of low-income individuals;
·         Increase the self-reliance of communities in providing for the food needs of the communities;
·         Promote comprehensive responses to local food, farm, and nutrition issues; and
·         Meet specific state, local or neighborhood food and agricultural needs including needs relating to:
o   Infrastructure improvement and development;
o   Planning for long-term solutions; or
o   The creation of innovative marketing activities that mutually benefit agricultural producers and low-income consumers.

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.
Please note that the Community Food Security Coalition (http://www.foodsecurity.org/index.html) offers free assistance to help applicants develop a strong proposal. For information about assistance to CFP grant applicants please see  http://www.foodsecurity.org/cfp_help.html."