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Smith-Lever Special Needs Program

Grants for Disaster Preparedness Programs
in the U.S. and U.S. Territories

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06/01/12 5:00 P.M. ET


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Grants from $30,000 are available to land grant institutions for national and regional disaster preparedness programs nationally and for replicable single state projects. Eligible programs provide risk management information, educational programming, enhance communication channels, mitigate loss, and help recovery. Funded projects will address specific needs before, during, and after emergency situations including developing educational programs and demonstration activities. Successful projects in the past have helped extension educators, who normally do not have a disaster extension focus, to have a greater impact in this area when called upon.

Proposals are welcome that add new or build upon existing web-based educational materials on the Extension Disaster Education Network (EDEN) at This platform is ideal for staff development. Also, disaster preparedness and mitigation proposals intended for end users that contributes to and expand upon the current offerings of the Agrosecurity and Floods eXtension Community of Practice (see will be considered. It is recommended that applicants contact the EDEN executive committee and/or the appropriate community of practice during proposal formulation to solicit support and guidance. The most competitive proposals will provide educational and communication leadership across an optimized mix of these and other resources.

The Project Types is Special Needs Program encourages applications that specifically address one or more of the following five (5) key target areas:
1 Education and Technical assistance:
Education and Technical assistance through inter-disciplinary and multi-state disaster training programs and demonstration projects for problem solving, especially those which build upon already existing strengths, contribute to or expand the Extension Disaster Education Network (EDEN), and/or eXtension educational materials related to disaster preparation, mitigation, response and recovery;
2. Collaboration: Collaboration with Federal, state and local agencies, and other disaster relief organizations to support education and service activities that enhance recovery of impacted rural communities, schools, businesses, and agricultural-based activities;
3. Long range family, community and regional planning: Long range family, community and regional planning projects that will enhance implementation of programs that serve public needs in preparation for, during and after emergency situations within impacted States and across impacted regions;
4. Communication delivery: Communication delivery of key information that meets end-users’ needs in a timely fashion with consideration of potentially limited communication channels due to disaster situations;
5. Dissemination of credible, science-based information: Dissemination of credible, science-based information that is reliable and easily accessible even if electronic access is compromised. When appropriate, NIFA encourages collaboration with the 1890 and 1994 Land Grant Universities.

Fundable projects should support extension activities through one or more of the following strategies:
1. Enhance regional/national networks that add value to official information by delivering it:
- In an audience and situation appropriate format
- In a timely fashion
- Coupled with appropriate and existing research based information
2. Provide regional/national education and communications leadership to develop or add value to current educational materials regarding disaster issues, utilizing the proper distribution mix of the Extension Disaster Education Network (EDEN) website, eXtension, related social media, and/or other outlets.
3. Improve regional/national stakeholder partnerships (which might include the public, governments at all levels, non-profit and/or volunteer organizations, academia, and/or industry) across traditional boundaries to decrease the impact of disasters through extension education.
4. As a result of a major declared disaster that occurred no more than 12 months prior to the application due date of this RFA; deliver extension education to affected citizens and communities, in one or more states, to decrease the impact of that disaster.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 128460

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant:

$30,000 to $120,000

Term of Contract:

Up to 5 years


  • See RFP and/or Grant Guidelines for full eligibility

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

State Extension Services at 1862 Land-Grant Institutions
Applications may be submitted with the approval of Extension Directors of 1862 Land-grant Institutions in the 50 states, American Samoa, Guam, Micronesia, Northern Marianas, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Award recipients may subcontract to organizations not eligible to apply provided such organizations are necessary for the conduct of the project.

Pre-Application Information:

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Applicants are required to provide 100 percent matching funds from non-federal sources for all proposed federal funds sought in the application. In-kind and third party contributions are not allowed for the Smith-Lever Special Needs program. Grant awards cannot be issued until ALL required matching has been documented and verified.
Matching Exception — Insular Areas: In lieu of the matching funds requirement, the insular areas of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, Guam, and the Virgin Islands of the United States shall provide matching funds from non-Federal sources in an amount equal to not less than 50 percent of the grants awarded. The Secretary may waive this matching fund requirement for any fiscal year if the Secretary determines that the government of the insular area will be unlikely to meet the matching requirement for the fiscal year. Insular applicants may submit a waiver request

New Users of
Prior to preparing an application, it is suggested that the PD/PI first contact an Authorized Representative (AR) (also referred to as Authorized Organizational Representative or AOR) to determine if the organization is prepared to submit electronic applications through If the organization is not prepared (e.g., the institution/organization is new to the electronic grant application process through, then the one-time registration process must be completed PRIOR to submitting an application. It can take as much as two weeks to complete the registration process so it is critical to begin as soon as possible. In such situations the AR should go to “Get Registered” on the left navigation bar (or go to for information on registering the institution/organization with A quick reference guide listing the steps is available as a 4-page PDF document at the following website:

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Agency contact:
William Hoffman, Ed.D.
Telephone: 202-401-1112
Fax: 202-720-8987 customer support
1-800-518-4726 Toll-Free or 606-545-5035
Business Hours: 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Closed on Federal Holidays.
Please have the following information available when contacting, to help expedite your inquiry:
• Funding Opportunity Number (FON)
• Name of Agency You Are Applying To
• Specific Area of Concern.

For any questions related to the preparation:
Phone: 202-401-5048
Business hours: Monday through Friday, 7:00 am – 5:00 pm Eastern Time, excluding Federal holidays.

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