Community Food Projects Competitive Grants Program

Quick Facts

Due DateMarch 31, 2014 (Monday)
Award AmountUp to $ 250,000
Category of Funding ActivityAgriculture
Community Development
Food and Nutrition
Eligible Applicants
  • Others - Public food program service providers, tribal organizations, or private nonprofit entities, including gleaners (see Definition in Part VIII, E.), meeting the following three requirements are eligible to receive a CFP , PP grant and T & TA grant: (1) (a) have experience in the area of (i) community food work, particularly concerning small and medium-size farms, including the provision of food to people in low-income communities and the development of new markets in low-income communities for agricultural producers; (ii) job training and business development activities for food-related activities in low-income communities; or (iii) efforts to reduce food insecurity in the community, including food distribution, improving access to services, or coordinating services and programs; (2) demonstrate competency to implement a project, provide fiscal accountability, collect data, and prepare reports and other necessary documentation; (3) demonstrate a willingness to share information with researchers, evaluators, practitioners, and other interested parties, including a plan for dissemination of results; and collaborate with 1 or more local partner organizations to achieve at least 1 hunger-free communities goal. See http://ric.nal.usda.gov/10583 for more information about hunger-free communities goals.

Program Description

In FY 2014 NIFA's CFPGCP intends to solicit applications and fund three types of grants. The types are entitled (1) Community Food Projects (CFP), (2) Planning Projects (PP) and (3) Training and Technical Assistance (T & TA) Projects. The primary goals of the CFPCGP 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; and 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.

General Information

Funding Opportunity NumberUSDA-NIFA-CFP-004489
Funding Opportunity TitleCommunity Food Projects Competitive Grants Program
Opportunity CategoryAgriculture
Community Development
Food and Nutrition
Funding Instrument TypeGrant
Category ExplanationNot Available
Number of AwardsNot Available
Cost Sharing or Matching RequirementYes
Posted DateFebruary 27, 2014 (Thursday)
Application Due DateMarch 31, 2014 (Monday)
Application Archive DateApril 30, 2014 (Wednesday)
Total Program Funding$ 5,000,000
Award AmountUp to $ 250,000
CFDA Number
  • 10.225 - Community Food Projects

Eligible Applicants

  • Others - Public food program service providers, tribal organizations, or private nonprofit entities, including gleaners (see Definition in Part VIII, E.), meeting the following three requirements are eligible to receive a CFP , PP grant and T & TA grant: (1) (a) have experience in the area of (i) community food work, particularly concerning small and medium-size farms, including the provision of food to people in low-income communities and the development of new markets in low-income communities for agricultural producers; (ii) job training and business development activities for food-related activities in low-income communities; or (iii) efforts to reduce food insecurity in the community, including food distribution, improving access to services, or coordinating services and programs; (2) demonstrate competency to implement a project, provide fiscal accountability, collect data, and prepare reports and other necessary documentation; (3) demonstrate a willingness to share information with researchers, evaluators, practitioners, and other interested parties, including a plan for dissemination of results; and collaborate with 1 or more local partner organizations to achieve at least 1 hunger-free communities goal. See http://ric.nal.usda.gov/10583 for more information about hunger-free communities goals.

Contact Information

Agency NameDepartment of Agriculture
Program Information WebsiteCommunity Food Projects Competitive Grants Program
ContactOffice: National Institute of Food and Agriculture
NIFA Help Desk
Phone: 202-401-5048
Business hours are M-F, 7:00 am -5:00 pm ET, excluding Federal holidays

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