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Gus Schumacher Nutrition Incentive Program (GusNIP)

Grants to USA Nonprofits and Agencies to Encourage
Low-Income Individuals to Buy Fruits and Vegetables

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United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) - National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA)

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04/29/21 5:00 PM EST


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Grants to USA nonprofit organizations and government agencies for programs that encourage eligible individuals with low income to buy nutritious fruits and vegetables. New applicants are advised that required registrations must be completed prior to applying. The primary goal and objective of the GusNIP program is to fund and evaluate projects intended to increase the purchase of fruits and vegetables by low-income consumers participating in SNAP by providing incentives at the point of purchase.

The GusNIP grant program presents the opportunity to bring together stakeholders from various parts of the food and healthcare systems to foster understanding of how they might improve the health and nutrition status of participating households 1) receiving incentives through the purchase of fruits and vegetables, 2) prescribed fresh fruits and vegetables in addition to nutrition educational opportunities and 3) offer incentive program training and technical assistance to applicants and grantees, facilitating growth in states with low participation, and collecting and aggregating core data sets from eligible entities through a central system to capture program success and identify best practices and areas to improve on a broad scale.  NIFA requests applications for the Gus Schumacher Nutrition Incentive Program (GusNIP) to support and evaluate projects intended to increase the purchase of fruits and vegetables by low-income consumers participating in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) by providing incentives at the point of purchase through nutrition incentive grants; and to demonstrate and evaluate the improvement of dietary health through increased consumption of fruits and vegetables, reduced individual and household food insecurity, and reduced healthcare usage and associated costs through produce prescription grants.

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There are three types of GusNIP Grants: Nutrition Incentive Grants; Produce Prescription Grants; and Cooperative Agreements (not available every year). In FY 2021, applicants may submit proposals for Nutrition Incentive Grants and Produce Prescription Grants. 

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GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 163668

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Estimated Size of Grant:

- GusNIP Pilot Projects (FPP) - Maximum Award Amount: Not to Exceed approximately $100,000
- GusNIP Projects (FIP) - Maximum Award Amount: Not to Exceed approximately $500,000
- GusNIP Large Scale Projects (FLSP) - Maximum Award Amount: $500,001 or more
- Produce Prescription (PPR): Approximately $500,000 or less

Term of Contract:

- GusNIP Pilot Projects (FPP): Project Period up to one year
- GusNIP Projects (FIP): Project Period up to 4 years
- GusNIP Large Scale Projects (FLSP): Project Period up to 4 years
- Produce Prescription (PPR): Project Period up to 3 years

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligibility to receive a nutrition incentive grant or a produce prescription grant is limited to government agencies and non-profit organizations (FCEA, § 4405(b)(2)(A)). Eligible government agencies and non-profit organizations may include: an emergency feeding organization; an agricultural cooperative; a producer network or association; a community health organization; a public benefit corporation; an economic development corporation; a farmers’ market; a community-supported agriculture program; a buying club; a SNAP-authorized retailer (firm); and a State, local, or tribal agency. All applicants must demonstrate in their application that they are a government agency or non-profit organization.

Applicants must meet the following requirements to receive a FPP, FIP, FLSP, & PPR grant: (1) have experience in: (i) efforts to reduce food insecurity in the community, including food distribution, improving access to services, or coordinating services and programs; or (ii) experience with the SNAP program or SNAP benefits are not included in project design for PPR; (2) demonstrated competency to implement a project, provide fiscal accountability, collect data, and prepare reports and other necessary documentation; and (3) possess a demonstrated willingness to share information with researchers, evaluators, practitioners, and other interested parties, including a plan for dissemination of results to stakeholders.

Applicants are encouraged to have experience and to support programming in the following areas: (i) 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; and (ii) job training and business development activities for food-related activities in low-income communities.

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Pre-Application Information:

Application Deadline: 5:00 P.M. Eastern, April 29, 2021. Applications received after this deadline will normally not be considered for funding.

New Users to must register early with prior to submitting an application.

Applicants must submit a letter of support from applicable SNAP State Agencies as part of their grant application.

Only one Nutrition Incentive Grant application will be accepted (FPP, FIP, or FLSP program areas). An application for a Produce Prescription Grant (PPR program area) may be submitted alone or in addition to the Nutrition Incentive Grant from the same organization.

Applicants must provide matching contributions on a dollar-for-dollar basis for all Federal funds awarded under the Nutrition Incentive Grant. The Produce Prescription Grant and the Cooperative Agreement applications have no matching requirements.

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

For More Information Contact:Mallory M. Koenings, Ph.D., RDN
Mobile Phone Number:(202) 604-1985

RFA or application questions, please email Online Support
Telephone support: 800-518-4726 TollFree or 606-545-5035
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National Institute of Food and Agriculture
U.S. Department of Agriculture
P.O. Box 419205, MS 10000
Kansas City, MO 64141-6205

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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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