USDA - Call For Proposal 2012: Community Food Projects Competitive Grants Program

Posted by Jamal Fida Sunday, September 25, 2011 0 comments
Closing Date: November 17,2011:

The Community Food Projects Competitive Grant Program (CFPCGP) has since 1996 promoted self-sufficiency and food security in low-income communities through community food projects (CFP) and Training and Technical Assistance projects (T&TA).
CFPs unite the entire food system, assessing strengths, establishing linkages, and creating systems that improve self-reliance over food needs. T&TA helps successful applicants carry out and evaluate their projects.
The CFPCGP is designed to:
  • meet the needs of low-income people by increasing access to fresher, more nutritious food supplies;
  • increase the self-reliance of communities in providing for their own food needs;
  • promote comprehensive responses to local food, farm, and nutrition issues;
  • meets specific state, local, or neighborhood food and agricultural needs for infrastructure improvement and development;
  • plans for long-term solutions; and
  • create innovative marketing activities that benefit both agricultural producers and low-income consumers.
Grants are intended to help eligible private nonprofit entities in need of a one-time infusion of federal assistance to establish and carryout multipurpose community food projects. Projects are funded from $10,000 to $300,000 and from 1 to 3 years. These one-time grants require a dollar-for-dollar match in resources. Approximately 18 percent of proposals have received awards during the program’s history. About $5 million per year have been authorized through 2007.
The 1996 Federal Agriculture Improvement and Reform Act (FAIR) established new authority for federal grants to support the development of CFPs, and the Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002 re-authorized the program.

 Community Food Projects Competitive Grants Program:

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
(A) infrastructure improvement and development;
(B) planning for long-term solutions; or
(C) the creation of innovative marketing activities that mutually benefit agricultural producers and low-income consumers.
Special Notation
More Community Food Projects Information
Who Is Eligible to Apply

  • Other or Additional Information (See below)



  • More Information on Eligibility
    Only private, nonprofit entities meeting specific requirements as listed in the Request for Applications (RFA). Please refer to eligibility in the RFA.
    Request for Application (RFA) | Apply: Electronic | Abstracts of Funded Projects
    Solicitation Date (Opening) September 21, 2011
    Letter of Intent Due Date None
    Due Date (Closing)
    November 17, 2011
    Estimated Total Program Funding $5,000,000.00
    Range of Awards $0.00 to $500,000.00
    Percent of Applications Funded Last Fiscal Year 18%
    Cost Sharing Requirements Dollar for dollar matching required, except for Training and Capacity Building projects.
    For More Information Contact Elizabeth Tuckermanty
    Funding Opportunity Number USDA-NIFA-CFP-003539
    CFDA Number 10.225 COMMUNITY FOOD PROJECTS
    Contact for Electronic Access Problems webcomments@nifa.usda.gov

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