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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

Agency Type:

Federal

Funding Source:

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

Deadline Date:

05/18/20 5:00 PM EST Receipt

Description:

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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. First-time applicants are advised that the registration required prior to submission of the proposal can take up to two weeks to complete. Funded projects include, but are not limited to, innovative strategies working at point of purchase with authorized firms, including food stores, market stands, farmers’ markets, and marketing and consumer cooperatives.

The Gus Schumacher Nutrition Incentive Program Formerly known as the Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive Program (FINI) supports projects to increase the purchase of fruits and vegetables among low-income consumers participating in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) by providing incentives at the point of purchase. The program will test strategies that could contribute to the understanding of how best to increase the purchase of fruits and vegetables by Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) participants.

For the GusNIP grant, NIFA defines “fruits and vegetables” as “any variety of fresh, canned, dried, or frozen whole or cut fruits and vegetables without added sugars, fats, or oils, and salt (i.e. sodium).” The program will test strategies that could contribute to our understanding of how best to increase the purchase of fruits and vegetables by SNAP participants to inform future efforts.

NIFA is soliciting applications for four types of grants:

1. GusNIP Pilot Projects (FPP): FPPs are aimed at new entrants seeking funding for a project in the early stages of incentive program development.  

2. GusNIP Projects (FIP): FINI Projects are aimed at mid-sized groups developing incentive programs at the local or State level. 

3. GusNIP Large Scale Projects (FLSP): FLSPs are aimed at groups developing multi-county, state-wide, and regional incentive programs with the largest target audience of all GusNIP projects. 

Examples of GusNIP FPP, FIP, and FLSP projects include, but are not limited to, innovative strategies working at point of purchase with SNAP authorized firms, including food stores, market stands, farmers’ markets, CSAs, marketing and consumer cooperatives, and other SNAP authorized firms.

4. Produce Prescription (PPR): PPR are aimed at groups developing county, multi-county, and state-wide programs, partnering with one or more healthcare entities. . Pilot Produce Prescription Projects may be aimed at groups developing programs at less than the county level. The purpose of the PPR is to conduct projects that demonstrate and evaluate the impact of the projects on a) the improvement of dietary health through increased consumption of fruits and vegetables; b) the reduction of individual and household food insecurity; and c) the reduction in healthcare use and associated costs. In carrying out a project using a PPR grant an eligible entity shall partner with 1 or more healthcare partners

To be eligible to receive a FPP, FIP, FLSP, & PPR grant, applicants must propose projects that: (1) would increase the purchase of fruits and vegetables by low-income consumers participating in SNAP or in the PPR program according to PPR eligibility, by providing incentives at the point of purchase; (2) operate through authorized SNAP firms, and comply with all relevant SNAP regulations and operating requirements; (3) agree to participate in the GusNIP comprehensive program evaluation; (4) ensure that the same terms and conditions apply to purchases made by individuals with SNAP benefits and with incentives under the FINI grant program as apply to purchases made by individuals who are not members of households receiving benefits as provided in 7 C.F.R. 278.2(b); and (5) include effective and efficient technologies for benefit redemption systems that may be replicated in other States and communities.

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GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 163668

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$41,500,000

Estimated Size of Grant:

Funding Levels:

1. GusNIP Pilot Projects (FPP): Awards not to exceed $100,000.
2. GusNIP Projects: Awards not to exceed $500,000.
3. GusNIP Large Scale Projects: Awards of $500,000 or greater
4. Produce Prescription: Awards of $500,000 or less

Term of Contract:

Period of Performance:

1. GusNIP Pilot Projects (FPP): Project period is up to one year.
2. GusNIP Projects (FIP): Project period is not to exceed four (4) years.
3. GusNIP Large Scale Projects (FLSP): Project period is not to exceed four (4) years.
4. Produce Prescription (PPR): Project period is not to exceed three (3) years.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applications may only be submitted by government agencies and non-profit organizations.

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;
(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.Projects are encouraged to provide employees with important job skills.

Additionally, applicants are encouraged to have experience 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

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.

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

Tribal agency grantees may use funds provided to the Indian Tribe of the Tribal agency through a Federal agency (including the Indian Health Service) or other Federal benefit to satisfy all or part of the non-federal share described if such use is otherwise consistent with the purpose of such funds.

Eligible participants for PPR include:

An individual eligible for (1) benefits under the Food and Nutrition Act of 2008 (7 U.S.C. 2011 et seq.); or (2) medical assistance under a State plan or a waiver of such a plan under title XIX of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1396 et seq.) and enrolled under such plan or waiver; and (3) a member of a low-income household that suffers from, or is at risk of developing, a diet-related health condition.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications must be received by 5 p.m. Eastern Time on May 18, 2020. Only electronic applications may be submitted via Grants.gov to NIFA in response to this RFA.

New applicants: The one-time registration process must be completed PRIOR to submitting an application. It can take as long as two weeks to complete the registration process so it is critical to begin as soon as possible

Applications will be accepted for four (4) project types: (1) GusNIP Pilot Projects; (2) GusNIP Projects; (3) GusNIP Large-Scale Projects; and (4) Produce Prescription. With the exception of produce prescription, the FINI grant program will only accept one application across the four project types per project team under this RFA. For the Produce Prescription, this program cannot be combined with FINI in the same proposal, but applicants may apply for a separate FINI grant in addition to the Program Prescription. It is important to keep these two types of programs separate due to the different criteria used in the application process.

FPP, FIP, and FLSP, applicants MUST provide matching contributions on a dollar-for-dollar basis for all Federal funds awarded. PPR applicants do not need to provide matching contributions.

View this opportunity on Grants.gov: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=325393

Contact Information:

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

Grants.gov assistance is available at:

Grants.gov customer support
800-518-4726 Toll-Free or 606-545-5035
Business Hours: 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Closed on federal holidays.
Email: support@grants.gov

For more information, contact the primary contact information for NIFA's Institute of Food Safety and Nutrition (IFSN), Division of Nutrition:

Office:Division of Nutrition
deirdra.chester@usda.gov(link sends e-mail)
(202) 720-5004
Fax Number:(202) 401-4888

Contact for Electronic Access Problems: electronic@usda.gov

Applicants and other interested parties are encouraged to contact:

1. NIFA Contacts:
- Dr. Paul Cotton
telephone: 816-926-1608
e-mail: Paul.Cotton@USDA.gov
- Dr. Jaheon Koo
telephone: 816-926-1179
email: Jaheon.Koo@usda.gov

2. FNS Policy Contact/SNAP Policy Contact
Daniel Cline
Supplemental Nutrition and Assistance Program
Food and Nutrition Service, USDA
3101 Park Centre Dr., Alexandria, VA 22302
telephone 703-605-4388
e-mail Daniel.Cline@fns.usda.gov or SM.fn.GusNIP@usda.gov.

CFDA Number:

10.331

Funding or Pin Number:

USDA-NIFA-FINI-007112

URL for Full Text (RFP):

Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

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