The Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service (CSREES) requests applications for the Community Food Projects Competitive Grants Program for fiscal year (FY) 2004. This request for applications provides information for applications (A) to support the development of Community Food Projects with a one-time infusion of Federal dollars to make such projects self-sustaining, and (B) for projects that provide Training and Technical Assistance on a nationwide or regional basis to entities interested in developing Community Food Projects. Applications for funding must be received by close of business (COB) on April 14, 2004.
The request for applications for this program contains submission requirements different from previous years. As part of CSREES' implementation of eGrants, CSREES is requesting the submission of applications through Grants.gov. There are several one-time actions a potential applicant must complete in order to submit an application through Grants.gov (e.g., obtain a Dun and Bradstreet Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number, register with the Central Contract Registry (CCR), register with Operational Research Consultants (ORC) and Grants.gov). Information regarding these requirements is in Part VIII, G. and H. of the request for applications. Potential applicants should allow an ample amount of time to complete these requirements. It is suggested that the process be started as soon as possible.
If an applicant is unable to submit an application electronically, a hard copy application may be submitted to CSREES; however, documentation of the electronic efforts must be submitted with the hard copy application (see Part IV C. of the request for applications for hard copy requirements).
A. Community Food Projects
Community Food Projects should be designed to (1): (A) meet the food needs of low-income people; (B) increase the self-reliance of communities in providing for their own food needs; and (C) promote comprehensive responses to local food, farm, and nutrition issues; and/or (2) meet specific State, local, or neighborhood food and agriculture needs for (D) infrastructure improvement and development; (E) planning for long-term solutions; or (F) the creation of innovative marketing activities that mutually benefit agricultural producers and low-income consumers.
Only private, nonprofit entities meeting the following three requirements are eligible to receive a Community Food Project grant: (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; or (ii) job training and business development activities for food-related activities in low-income communities; (b) demonstrate competency to implement a project, provide fiscal accountability, collect data, and prepare reports and other necessary documentation; and (c) demonstrate a willingness to share information with researchers, practitioners, and other interested parties.
B. Training and Technical Assistance Projects
Private, nonprofit or other entities meeting the following three requirements are eligible to apply for and receive a Training and Technical Assistance grant under this program: (a) Have the capacity to provide, on a regional or national basis, training and technical assistance in community food security, including the assessment of community food needs, appraisal of existing community assets pertaining to food security issues, coalition building, project development, evaluation and completion, proposal preparation, and fund raising; (b) Demonstrate competency to implement a Training and Technical Assistance project, provide fiscal accountability, collect data, and prepare reports and other necessary documentation; and (c) Demonstrate a willingness to share information with researchers, evaluators, practitioners, and other interested parties.
Who can apply:
Native American Organization
Nonprofits Having A 501(C)(3) Status With The IRS, Other Than Institutions Of Higher Education
Nonprofits That Do Not Have A 501(C)(3) Status With The IRS, Other Than Institutions Of Higher Education
Other Private Institution/Organization
Private Institutions Of Higher Education
Private Nonprofit Institution/Organization (Includes Institutions Of Higher Education, Hospitals)
Quasi-Public Nonprofit Institution/Organization
Eligible functional categories:
Community Food Projects
For the entire Request for Applications document, including mailing addresses and contact information, information forms, etc. click to this link.
If you have problems accessing the full announcement, please contact:
Department of Agriculture, Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service, Office of Extramural Programs