USDA Funding Aids Community Food Projects, Planning

2000px-US-DeptOfAgriculture-Seal2.svgAgency: Agriculture Dept. (USDA) (Nat’l Institute of Food & Agriculture, NIFA); Program: Community Food Projects Competitive Grant Program (CFDA Number: 10.225) (Funding Opportunity Number: USDA-NIFA-CFP-005415); Eligibility: Nonprofits (child obesity projects receive priority); Funding: $8.6 million for three types of awards: Community Food Projects Grants (awards ranging from $125,000 to $300,000 each); Planning Grants (awards up to $35,000 each); and Training and Technical Assistance (T&TA) Projects (a dollar-for-dollar match required); Deadline: Nov. 30.

Summary: Grants support projects helping meet the food needs of low-income individuals. Grants are intended to increase the self-reliance of communities in providing for the food needs of the communities and promote comprehensive responses to local food, farm and nutrition issues.

Planning grants go to complete a plan toward the improvement of community food security in keeping with the primary goals of the overall program. Preference is given to planning grant applicants focusing on: (1) connections between two or more sectors of the food system; (2) the development of entrepreneurial projects; and (3) innovative connections between the for-profit and nonprofit food sectors.

Info: 202/401-5048 or (NOFA).

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Frank Klimko is a nationally known journalist, grants expert and speech writer/speaker. He has years of experience helping nonprofits devise lists of the right funding opportunities and secure funding from these foundations and corporate entities. Clients have focused on an array of areas including child care, homeless, hunger and K-12 education. Additionally, he is a Freedom of Information Act expert, who has helped numerous clients with securing proprietary information from the federal government. Currently, Frank Klimko writes the Children & Youth Funding Report and Private Grants Alert, which are Washington DC-based publications. CYF is a daily publication covering Congress, the Education Dept. and the various federal regulatory agencies. PGA, another daily publication, covers the world of private philanthropy.
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