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Grants to USA Agencies, Nonprofits, NGOs, Tribes, and IHEs to Address Nutrition and Food Access

Community Food Projects Competitive Grants Program (CFPCGP)


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Funding Source
U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) - National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA)
CFDA Number: 10.225
Funding or PIN Number: USDA-NIFA-CFP-009982
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Important Dates
Deadline: 10/30/23 5:00 PM ET Save

Grant Description
Grants to USA government agencies, nonprofit entities, NGOs, tribal agencies, and IHEs to address nutrition and food access for low-income individuals. Applicants must complete required registrations prior to submitting a proposal. Funding is intended for training and technical assistance projects, planning projects, and community food projects.

This notice identifies the objectives for Community Food Projects Competitive Grant Program (CFPCGP) projects, deadlines, funding information, eligibility criteria for projects and applicants, and application forms and associated instructions. In FY 2023 NIFA’s CFPCGP intends to solicit applications and fund three types of grants. The grant types are entitled (1) Training and Technical Assistance (T&TA) Projects, (2) Planning Projects (PP) and (3) Community Food Projects (CFP).

Purpose and Priorities

The CFPCGP is designed to:

1. a. Meet the food needs of low-income individuals through food distribution, community outreach to assist in participation in Federally assisted nutrition programs, or improving access to food as part of a comprehensive service;

b. Increase the self-reliance of communities in providing for the food needs of the communities; and

c. Promote comprehensive responses to local food, food access, farm, and nutrition issues; or

2. Meet specific State, local, or neighborhood food and agricultural needs, including needs relating to:

a. Equipment necessary for the efficient operation of a project;

b. Planning for long-term solutions; or

c. The creation of innovative marketing activities that mutually benefit agricultural producers and low-income consumers. 

The CFPCGP is intended to bring together stakeholders from distinct parts of the food system and to foster understanding of national food security trends and how they might improve local food systems. Understanding that low-income individuals experience disproportionate access to healthy foods, projects are to address food and nutrition insecurity, particularly among the nation’s most vulnerable populations. Nutrition Security is defined as having consistent access, availability, and affordability of foods and beverages that promote well-being.


Additional Eligibility Criteria
Eligibility Requirements T&TA: Eligibility to apply for the CFPCGP Training and Technical Assistance grant (T&TA) is limited to nongovernmental organizations, state cooperative extension services, region food systems centers, Federal, State or Tribal agencies, and institutions of higher education. PP and CFP: Types of Institutions/organization eligible to apply for Planning Projects (PP) and Community Food Projects (CFP) are Private Nonprofit entities. “Private Nonprofit entities” are defined as any nongovernmental corporation, trust, association, cooperative or other organization which: (i) is operated primarily for scientific, educational, service, charitable, or similar purposes in the public interest; (ii) is not organized primarily for profit; and (iii) uses its net proceeds to maintain, improve, and/or expand its operations.

To be eligible for a grant under subsection (b), a public food program service provider, a tribal organization, or a private nonprofit entity, including gleaners, must-
(1) have experience in the area of-
(A) community food work, particularly concerning small and medium-sized farms, including the provision of food to people in low-income communities and the development of new markets in low-income communities for agricultural producers;
(B) job training and business development activities for food-related activities in low-income communities; or
(C) efforts to reduce food insecurity in the community, including food distribution, improving access to services, or coordinating services and programs;
(2) demonstrate competency to implement a project, provide fiscal accountability, collect data, and prepare reports and other necessary documentation;
(3) demonstrate a willingness to share information with researchers, practitioners, and other interested parties; and
(4) collaborate with 1 or more local partner organizations to achieve at least 1 hunger-free communities' goal.

Eligibility is further explained at

Pre-Proposal Conference
This informational webinar is intended for those interested in the Community Food Projects Competitive Grant Program. The webinar discusses how to utilize NIFA resources and prepare a competitive application, adhering to the Funding Year 2024 Request for Applications (RFA) guidelines.

Event Details:
- 8/29/2023 - 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EDT

For more information and to register, see:

Pre-Application Information
Application Deadline: October 30, 2023 5:00 P.M. Eastern Time

New Users to must register early with prior to submitting an application (Register at

Matching requirements:
- Planning Project Grant: 1:1 Match is required
- Community Food Project (CFP): 1:1 Match is required

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For a list of relevant application documents, see the Package tab (click Preview) on the link listed above.

Additional Funding Information

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant
Award Ceiling: $400,000
Award Floor: $25,000

Planning Project: Average award is $25,000 for 12-36 months. Maximum award is $35,000 over 12-36 months.
Community Food Project: The minimum award is $125,000 over 12 months and maximum award is $400,000 over 48 months.

Term of Contract
- Planning Activity Duration: 12-36 Months; Not to Exceed 3 years
- Community Food Project (CFP) Grant Duration: Not to exceed 48 Months

Contact Information online support:
Telephone support: 800-518-4726 Toll-Free or 606-545-5035
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