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.
Estimated Total Program Funding: