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Community Food Projects Competitive Grants Program (CFPCGP)

Grants to USA Nonprofits, Tribes, and Public Food
Programs to Address Food Insecurity in Low-Income Areas

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U.S. Department of Agriculture, National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA)

Deadline Date:

05/04/21 5:00 PM ET


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Grants to USA nonprofit organizations, tribal organizations, and public food program service providers to address food insecurity in low-income areas. Applicants are advised that required registrations must be completed prior to applying. The purpose of the program is to support community food projects and planning projects.

Community Food Projects (CFPs) are designed to create community-based food projects with objectives, activities, and outcomes that are in alignment with Community Food Projects Competitive Grants Program (CFPCGP) primary goals. The purpose of a Planning Project (PP) is to complete a plan toward the improvement of community food security in keeping with the primary goals of the CFPCGP. PPs are to focus on a defined community and describe in detail the activities and outcomes of the planning project.

The primary goals of the CFPCGP are as follows:

  1. Designed to:
    • 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;
    • Increase the self-reliance of communities in providing for the food needs of the communities; and
    • Promote comprehensive responses to local food access, farm, and nutrition issues; or
  2. Meet specific state, local, or neighborhood food and agricultural needs including needs relating to:
    • Equipment necessary for the efficient operation of a project;
    • Planning for long-term solutions; or
    • The creation of innovative marketing activities that mutually benefit agricultural producers and low-income consumers. 

For projects that will receive preference and project examples, see

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GrantWatch ID#: 152478

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Estimated Size of Grant:

- Community Food Project - Not to exceed $125,000 in a single year or $400,000 over four years
- Planning Activity - Maximum award amount: Up to $35,000

Term of Contract:

- Community Food Project - Grant Duration: 12- 48 Months
- Planning Activity Duration: Up to 3 Years (36 Months)

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Public food program service providers, tribal organizations, or private nonprofit entities, including gleaners (see Definition in Appendix III of the RFA), meeting the following four requirements are eligible to receive a CFP or PP award:
1. They must have experience in the area of:
(a) community food work, particularly concerning small and medium-size 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 lowincome communities; and
(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, evaluators, practitioners, and other interested parties, including a plan for dissemination of results; and
4. Collaborate with one or more local partner organizations to achieve at least one of the hunger-free communities’ goal.

Communities that are partially or fully located in Opportunity Zones are particularly encouraged to apply.

Pre-Application Information:

Application Deadline: Tuesday, May 4, 2021, 5:00 P.M. Eastern

Before using for the first time, each organization must register to create an institutional profile. Because of the time required to register, you should initiate this process well in advance of submitting an application. Entities that apply for assistance awards from the federal government through must register with CCR and provide a DUNS number in each application or plan it submits.

Match Required: Applicants must provide matching on a dollar-for-dollar basis for all federal funds awarded.

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

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Telephone support: 800-518-4726 TollFree or 606-545-5035
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National Institute of Food and Agriculture
United States Department of Agriculture
2312 East Bannister Road, MS 10000
Kansas City, MO 64141-306

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