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  • From: Tori Kjer tori@foodsecurity.org
  • Date: Thu, 09 Jan 2003 09:52:57 +0800

COMMUNITY FOOD PROJECTS 2003 GRANT CYCLE
PROVIDES INCREASED FUNDING AND NEW OPPORTUNITIES

THE COMMUNITY FOOD SECURITY COALITION
OFFERS FREE ASSISTANCE
TO HELP YOU DEVELOP A SUCCESSFUL PROPOSAL


Since 1996, the USDAıs Community Food Projects (CFP) Competitive Grants
Program has provided a crucial funding source for community-based food and
agriculture projects.  This year, it will be more important than ever.  The
total amount of grant funding has been increased to approximately $4.6
million a year, and the CFP program has been amended 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 will increase its emphasis on supporting
infrastructure improvement and development, long-term planning, and the
creation of innovative marketing activities that mutually benefit
agricultural producers and low-income consumers.

The 2003 Request for Applications is expected to be released in late
January, with proposals due in late March (see below for more information
from USDA).  If you are considering submitting a proposal, it is extremely
helpful to start planning early, especially since collaborative proposals
involving multiple stakeholders require more planning time.

The Community Food Security Coalition (CFSC) offers the following free
services to help you understand the program and submit a strong proposal.
(Thanks to USDA for supporting these services.)


1) One-on-One Assistance to CFP Grant Applicants

CFSCıs technical assistance specialist for CFP applicants, Hugh Joseph, is
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
areas.  

If you would like to use this service, it is very helpful to start planning
early.  First, review the Guide described below.  Then contact Hugh via
email at hjoseph@emerald.tufts.edu.  He will reply by email and, as needed,
set up a phone appointment, and/or to make referrals for additional
assistance.

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.


2) 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 several weeks after the CFP
releases its Request for Applications.  In the meantime, the 2002 version of
the Guide is a useful reference, and 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 cfsc@foodsecurity.org or (310)
822-5410 to request a hard-copy version.

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INFORMATION FROM USDA:


Funding Available for Community Food Projects

Approximately $4.6 million will be available to low-income communities and
organizations early next year 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, expects to announce the
availability of grant funds and request applications in late January.
Funding proposals will be due in late March.

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 yearsı 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.

For more information or a copy of the Request for Applications, visit the
CFP web site at www.reeusda.gov/crgam/cfp/community/htm or contact Dr.
Elizabeth Tuckermanty at (202) 205-0241.



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