Agency: National Institute of Food & Agriculture (USDA); Program: Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive Grant Program (CFDA Number: 10.331) (Funding Opportunity Number: USDA-NIFA-FINI-006104); Eligibility: State, tribal and local governments and nonprofits; Funding: $16.7 million for awards ranging from $100,000 to $500,000 each; Deadline: Dec. 12.
Summary: The program supports projects to increase the purchase of fruits and vegetables among low-income consumers participating in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or SNAP by providing incentives at the point of purchase. SNAP is the premier federal nutrition assistance program assisting low-income children and families. The program will test strategies to determine the best ways to increase the purchase of fruits and vegetables by SNAP participants.
Applications may be submitted by eligible government agencies and nonprofit organizations in three categories: pilot projects requesting less than $100,000 over one year, multi-year community-based projects requesting less than $500,000 over no more than four years, and multi-year large-scale projects requesting $500,000 or more over no more than four years. All FINI projects must operate through authorized SNAP retailers and agree to participate in the FINI comprehensive program evaluation.
Two previously-funded projects include Market Umbrella in New Orleans and Heritage Ranch, Inc., in Honaunau, Hawaii. Market Umbrella is increasing access to fresh fruits and vegetables for low-income New Orleans residents through the initiation of SNAP incentive programs in a locally- and minority-owned grocery store (Circle Foods) and year-round expansion of incentives at four Crescent City Farmers Markets. Heritage Ranch is testing a new SNAP fresh food incentive project called Buy One Fresh/Get One Local, where each dollar a SNAP user spends on fresh fruit and vegetables is matched with coupons to purchase an equivalent value of local fresh fruits and vegetables from their grocer, grower at a farmers’ market or Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) food box.
Info: https://goo.gl/mfQL8f (NOFA) NIFA Help Desk, 202/401-5048; for questions about the solicitation.