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  • Subject: [cg] grant info
  • From: Julie Conrad jseacoast@yahoo.com
  • Date: Sat, 17 Jan 2004 16:33:46 -0800 (PST)



(See below for information on free assistance from

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, and/orŠ
* 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 yearsı 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)



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 services! 

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

2) Community Food Projects Planning Guide and Other

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.

(310) 822-5410

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