USDA-NIFA: Food Safety Outreach Competitive Grants Program

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) is seeking applications for its Food Safety Outreach Competitive Grants Program (FSOP).

Donor Name: National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA)

County: U.S., American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands

State: All States

Type of Grant: Grant

Deadline (mm/dd/yyyy): 12/13/2021

Size of the Grant: $300,000 or $550,000

Grant Duration: 24 Months or 36 Months

Details:

This Request for Applications (RFA) will solicit proposals for two project types:

Community Outreach Projects (award requests: $80,000 – $150,000) – An additional $150,000 may be requested for Collaborative Engagement Supplements, for a total budget request of up to $300,000.

  • Community Outreach Projects will support the development of new food safety education and outreach programs in local communities and expand upon existing food safety education and outreach programs that address the needs of small, specialized audiences whose education needs have not previously been adequately addressed. Projects will focus on building the capacity of local groups to identify very specific needs within their communities and to implement appropriately customized food safety education and outreach programs to meet those specific needs.

Collaborative Education and Training Projects (awards request: $200,000 – $400,000) – An additional $150,000 may be requested for Collaborative Engagement Supplements, for a total budget request of up to $550,000.

  • Collaborative Education and Training Projects will support the development of multicounty, state-wide or multi-state food safety education and outreach programs. For example, these projects will support collaborations among states not necessarily located within the same regions, but having common food safety concerns, or addressing common commodities.

Funding Information

  • Community Outreach Projects
    • Grant Duration: 24 Months
    • Maximum Award Amount: $300,000
  • Collaborative Education and Training Projects
    • Grant Duration: 36 Months
    • Maximum Award Amount: $550,000

Eligibility Requirements

Entities are eligible to apply to the National Food Safety and Outreach Program (FSOP) if they meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • The Cooperative Extension Service for a U.S. state or territory;
  • Non-government organizations and/or community-based organizations representing owners and operators of farms, small food processors, or small fruit and vegetable merchant wholesalers that has a commitment to public health and expertise in administering programs that contribute to food safety;
  • Federal, State, local, or tribal agencies;
  • An institution of higher education (as defined in Section 101(a) of the Higher Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 1001(a)) or a foundation maintained by an institution of higher education;
  • A collaboration of two or more eligible entities.

For more information, visit Grants.gov.