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Community Food Projects Competitive Grant Program (CFPCGP)

The CFPCGP is intended to bring together stakeholders from distinct parts of the food system and to foster understanding of national food security trends and how they might improve local food systems. 

Understanding that people with low incomes experience disproportionate access to healthy foods, projects should address food and nutrition insecurity, particularly among our nation’s most vulnerable populations. Nutrition security means all Americans have consistent and equitable access to healthy, safe, affordable foods essential to optimal health and well-being. Applications from organizations that address food insecurity in rural, Tribal, and historically underserved communities are encouraged. 

Grant Types

  • Training and Technical Assistance (T&TA)

    This is a continuation multi-year grant for up to 4 years. The T&TA award is capped at $250,000 in any single year or $1M in 4 years. No matching of funds is required. The T&TA provider is expected to offer a one-stop service to CFPCGP applicants requesting technical assistance.
  • Planning Projects (PP)

    PP purpose is to complete plans toward the improvement of community food security in keeping with the primary goals of the CFPCGP. Award maximum award is $35,000 over 12-36 months, with 1:1 matching required. PP projects are to focus on a defined community and describe the activities and outcomes.
  • Community Food Projects (CFP)

    CFP purpose is to support the development of projects with a ONE-TIME infusion of federal dollars to make such projects self-sustaining. Award minimum is $125,000 in any single year, and maximum of $400,000 over four years, with 1:1 matching requirement. Program evaluation required.

Eligibility 

Applicants must meet all CFP Purpose and Priorities eligibility requirements AND be of an eligible entity type. Please read below for details on these eligibility requirements.  

To be eligible for a grant under CFPCGP, a public food program service provider, a tribal organization, or a private nonprofit entity, including gleaners, must 

  1. have experience in the area of
    • community food work, particularly concerning small and medium-sized farms, including the provision of food to people in communities with low incomes and the development of new markets in communities with low incomes for agricultural producers; 
    • job training and business development activities for food-related activities in communities with low incomes; or 
    • 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, practitioners, and other interested parties; and 
  4. collaborate with one or more local partner organizations using one or more action steps proposed by congress to achieve a “hunger-free communities' goal.

 

In addition to the four mandatory eligibility requirements in Part A of Part III; RFA page 13, applicants must be a private nonprofit entity.  

 

Private Non-Profit Entity Definition

Any nongovernmental corporation, trust, association, cooperative or other organization which:  

(i) is operated primarily for scientific, educational, service, charitable, or similar purposes in the public interest; (ii) is not organized primarily for profit; and (iii) uses its net proceeds to maintain, improve, and/or expand its operations. Acceptable evidence of non-profit eligibility includes the following:  

  1. A copy of a currently valid Internal Revenue Service tax exemption certificate  
  2. A statement from a state taxing body, State Attorney General, or other appropriate state official certifying that the applicant organization has a non- profit status  
  3. A certified copy of the organization’s certificate of incorporation or similar document that clearly establishes non-profit status, or  
  4. Any of the above proof for a state or national parent organization and a statement signed by the parent organization that the applicant organization is a local non-profit affiliate. See the NIFA Policy Guide for additional information: NIFA Policy Guide 

CFP Purpose and Priorities  

All projects must align with the CFPCGP Purpose and Priorities as per the current RFA. Applicants for the CFPCGP must meet ALL the requirements discussed in the RFA.  

All four mandatory eligibility requirements are detailed on page 15 of the current RFA, and are included below: 

  1. Have experience in the area of-  

       (A) community food work, particularly concerning small and medium-sized 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;  

       (B) job training and business development activities for food-related activities in low-income communities; or  

       (C) Efforts to reduce food insecurity in the community, including food distribution, improving access to services, or coordinating services and programs; 

  1. demonstrate competency to implement a project, provide fiscal accountability, collect data, and prepare reports and other necessary documentation;  
  2. demonstrate a willingness to share information with researchers, practitioners, and other interested parties; and  
  3. collaborate with 1 or more local partner organizations to achieve at least 1 hunger-free communities' goal 

Failure to meet the eligibility criteria by the application deadline may result in exclusion from consideration or preclude NIFA from making an award.  


Technical Training and Assistance for CFPCGP Applicants and Existing Grantees 

Technical Training and Assistance for CFPCGP Applicants and Existing Grantees | National Institute of Food and Agriculture (usda.gov)


Grant Opportunity Page 

Thank you for your interest in the CFP competitive grant program. This funding opportunity is closed. At the beginning of each fiscal year, NIFA publishes for the Upcoming RFA Calendar for all NIFA funding opportunities. This calendar is regularly updated. Use the link below to access a copy of the CFP Request for Application (RFA) and the Technical Assistance Webinar.

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