Community food projects assistance available
- Subject: [cg] Community food projects assistance available
- From: ASFisher@aol.com
- Date: Tue, 18 Feb 2003 18:08:51 EST
- Content-language: en
COMMUNITY FOOD PROJECTS 2003 GRANT CYCLE
PROVIDES INCREASED FUNDING AND NEW OPPORTUNITIES
Approximately $4.6 million is available this year to low-income communities
and organizations to help them become more self-sustaining in their food
supplies. The Community Food Projects (CFP) program, administered by the
Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service of the U.S.
Department of Agriculture, announced the availability of 2003 grant funds on
February 11. Funding proposals will be due by April 14 at 5:00 p.m.
Initiated in 1996, the CFP has been amended this year to broaden its emphasis
in some areas. In addition to helping meet the food needs of low-income
people, increasing the self-reliance of communities in providing for their
own food needs, and promoting comprehensive responses to local food, farm,
and nutrition issues, the CFP can now directly support infrastructure
improvement and development, long-term planning, and the creation of
innovative marketing activities that mutually benefit agricultural producers
and low-income consumers.
Funding preference is given to projects that develop linkages between two or
more sectors of the food system, support the development of entrepreneurial
projects, involve public and for-profit as well as nonprofit entities, and
promote multi-system, interagency approaches with multistakeholder
collaborations that build the long-term capacity of communities to address
their food and agricultural problems.
Funds will also be available under the CFP this year for training and
technical assistance (T&TA) on a regional and national basis. T&TA projects
are designed to assist organizations in understanding the purposes of the CFP
and its grant application process, assessing the food security needs of a
community, and successfully carrying out and evaluating their projects.
Only private non-profit organizations are eligible to receive CFP funds
directly, but collaborations with public and private, for-profit entities are
recommended in order to develop a strong proposal. The CFP is a national,
competitive grant program, with applications evaluated by reviewers from the
food security community. Applicants may request up to $300,000 for projects
of up to three years’ duration. CFP funds requested must be matched dollar
for dollar with non-federal resources from state, local, community, and/or
private sources. Projects should be planned to use a one-time infusion of
federal funds to become self-sustaining.
The Request for Applications and related forms are available at:
The Community Food Projects website has more information and summaries of
funded projects: http://www.reeusda.gov/crgam/cfp/community.htm
For more information, contact Dr. Elizabeth Tuckermanty at
email@example.com or (202) 205-0241.
THE COMMUNITY FOOD SECURITY COALITION
OFFERS FREE ASSISTANCE
TO HELP YOU DEVELOP A SUCCESSFUL PROPOSAL
The Community Food Security Coalition (CFSC) offers the following free
services to help you understand the Community Food Projects (CFP) program and
submit a strong proposal. Thanks to USDA for supporting these services!
If you are considering submitting a proposal, it is extremely helpful to
start planning early, as collaborative proposals involving multiple
stakeholders require significant planning time.
One-on-One Assistance to CFP Grant Applicants
CFSC’s technical assistance specialist for CFP applicants, Hugh Joseph, will
be available to answer questions and provide advice. He can help you decide
whether or not to apply for a grant, clarify CFP program guidelines, address
technical questions, and/or refer you to others with expertise in specific
If you would like to use this service, begin by reviewing the Guide described
below. Then contact Hugh via email at firstname.lastname@example.org (before April 4).
He will reply by e-mail and, as needed, set up a phone appointment, and/or
to make referrals for additional assistance. Please note that Hugh will be
out of the country February 14-March 10, and will not have regular e-mail
access. If you have questions about the program or application guidelines
during that time, contact Dr. Elizabeth Tuckermanty at
email@example.com or (202) 205-0241, or Zy Weinberg at
firstname.lastname@example.org or (202) 401-1928.
The CFSC will sponsor up to one hour of assistance per CFP grant applicant at
no cost to you. If you would like to request additional assistance, it will
be available at a fee of $60 per hour.
CFP Project Planning Guide
This 33-page document, written by Hugh Joseph for the CFSC, provides a wealth
of information on what types of projects are eligible for funding, how to
develop a strong proposal, and how USDA evaluates proposals.
The updated 2003 Guide will be available in late February. It will be very
similar to the 2002 version, which can be accessed on the CFSC website at
www.foodsecurity.org/proguide.html. If you are not able to access this
document on the web site, contact CFSC at email@example.com or (310)
822-5410 to request a hard-copy version.
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