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Community Food Projects RFP Out Soon

  • Subject: [cg] Community Food Projects RFP Out Soon
  • From: ASFisher@aol.com
  • Date: Thu, 8 Jan 2004 19:42:08 EST
  • Content-language: en



 (See below for information on free assistance from CFSC)

The Community Food Projects (CFP) Competitive Grants Program provides the
major funding source for community-based food and agriculture projects in
the U.S. Approximately $4.6 million in grant funds will be available in
2004. The Request for Applications is expected to be released on January 30,
with proposals due April 14, 2004.
The CFP Program supports projects that:
* Help meet the food needs of low-income people,
* Increase the self-reliance of communities in providing for their own food
needs, and 
* Promote comprehensive responses to local food, farm, and nutrition issues,
* Meet specific state, local, or neighborhood food and agriculture needs for
infrastructure improvement and development, long-term planning, or the
creation of innovative marketing activities that mutually benefit
agricultural producers and low-income consumers.
The CFP is administered by the Cooperative State Research, Education, and
Extension Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Applications
are 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. Only private non-profit organizations are eligible to receive CFP
funds directly, but collaborations with public and private, for-profit
entities are recommended.

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 non-profit entities, and
promote multi-system, interagency approaches with multi-stakeholder
collaborations that build the long-term capacity of communities to address
their food and agricultural problems. Funds also will be available for
training and technical assistance (T&TA) on a regional and national basis.

The 2004 Request for Applications (RFA) will be available at:

The 2003 version of the RFA can be used to start planning for a 2004
proposal. It is available at:

For the first time, USDA will strongly encourage electronic submission this
year. Applicants should allow several weeks to complete the multi-stage
registration process. More information will be available soon.

The Community Food Projects website has more information and summaries of
funded projects: http://www.reeusda.gov/crgam/cfp/community.htm. For more
information on the program, contact Liz Tuckermanty at
etuckermanty@csrees.usda.gov or (202) 205-0241.


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 the CFP program for supporting these

If you are considering submitting a proposal, we strongly recommend that you
start early, as collaborative proposals involving multiple stakeholders
require significant planning time.

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

CFSC's technical assistance (TA) specialist for CFP applicants, Hugh Joseph,
is available to answer questions and provide advice for the 2004 grant
cycle. 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 TA service, begin by reviewing the Planning
Guide described below. Then contact Hugh via e-mail at
hughjoseph@comcast.net (no later than April 1). He will reply by e-mail and,
as needed, set up a phone appointment and/or make referrals for additional
assistance. You also may want to contact CFP program staff for information:
Liz Tuckermanty at etuckermanty@csrees.usda.gov or (202) 205-0241, or Zy
Weinberg at zweinberg@csrees.usda.gov or (202) 401-1928.  (All inquiries
concerning electronic submission should be made to designated government
contacts who will be available later).

The CFSC will sponsor up to one hour of assistance per CFP grant applicant
at no cost, providing that a brief evaluation survey regarding this service
is returned to CFSC. (If the survey is not returned, the applicant will be
billed at a rate of $60 per hour for the time used.)  Applicants also may
request additional assistance beyond one hour, at a fee of $60 per hour, but
availability is at the discretion of the TA provider.

2) Community Food Projects Planning Guide and Other Information

This 28-page Planning Guide, written by Hugh Joseph and Kai Siedenburg,
provides a wealth of information on what types of projects are eligible for
funding, how to develop a strong proposal, and how proposals are evaluated.
It can be accessed on the CFSC website at
http://www.foodsecurity.org/cfp_help.html. (If you are not able to access
this document, contact CFSC to request a hard-copy version.)

The 2004 version of the Planning Guide will be available soon after the
release of the CFP Request for Applications (RFA), and will include
additional information and tips in some areas. Since significant changes to
the content of the RFA are not expected this year, the 2003 Planning Guide
will still be relevant, and can be used to inform advance planning.

The CFSC website also includes sample CFP proposals that were funded in
recent years. These represent well-conceived projects and well-prepared
proposals that rated highly with the CFP peer-review panels. Lastly, in
anticipation of the first-ever electronic submission process, CFSC soon will
post tips on how to navigate that process.

Community Food Security Coalition
(310) 822-5410

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