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Grants Management: RFAs, WebNEERS, Program Planning, Evaluation, and Submission Requirements

EFNEP provides Federal funding for the delivery of science-based or evidence-based education to enable low-income individuals and families to engage in nutritionally sound food purchase and preparation practices. 

The objectives of EFNEP are to assist low-income families and youth in acquiring knowledge, skills, attitudes, and changed behaviors necessary for nutritionally sound diets and to contribute to their personal development and improvement of the total family diet and nutritional well-being. EFNEP is authorized by section 1425 of the National Agricultural Research, Extension, and Teaching Policy Act of 1977 (7 U.S.C. 3175), and appropriations are made available pursuant to section 3(d) of the Smith-Lever Act. Funds extend to State Land-grant Colleges and Universities established under the Morrill Act of July 2, 1862, as amended, and the Morrill Act of August 30, 1890, as amended. USDA/NIFA administers this capacity grant.

EFNEP is a capacity grant. Grantees are required to submit an annual application and Federal Financial Report (SF-425), along with other designated program reporting requirements. The current and previous EFNEP Request for Applications (RFA) - including state allocations, NIFA Federal Assistance Policy Guide, and EFNEP specific reporting requirements, and Program submission requirements are listed below.

EFNEP Reporting Resources

EFNEP Request for Applications (RFAs)

Program Submission Requirements

In addition to the Federal Financial Report, SF-425 that is required by the agency, program planning, budget, and end of year data submission requirements must be met for federal funds to be released. Most, but not all, EFNEP data is collected through a web-based nutrition education evaluation and reporting system (WebNEERS). 

The chart below provides an overview of the EFNEP Submission Requirements and links to their respective instructions. Detailed descriptions can be found in the EFNEP New Coordinator Guide.

Information on statutory and regulatory responsibilities of recipients of NIFA federal funds is found in NIFA's Federal Assistance Policy Guide.

EFNEP Submission Requirements

RequirementDue DateWhere to SubmitOther Details
Capacity Request for Application (RFA)
30 days after RFA 
Final Budget for current Fiscal Year45 days after the EFNEP final allocations are published*WebNEERS 
Annual Update (AU) / 5-Year Plan and Preliminary Budget for next Fiscal Year**
July 1stWebNEERS

AU: due every year except in years when 5-Year Plans are due

5-Year Plan: due once every 5 years 

WebNEERS Year End Data
Nov 1stWebNEERS 

*Actual due dates vary from year to year. Due dates are not available until the Federal budget is approved and the final EFNEP allocation amounts for each university are calculated. They are announced over the listservs.

**Preliminary Budget and Final Budgets are two separate Reporting Requirements.


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Food Safety, Nutrition, and Health

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