1890 Facilities Grants Program

 

The 1890 Facilities Grants Program provides funds for the acquisition and improvement of agricultural and food sciences facilities and equipment, including libraries, so that the 1890 land-grant institutions, including Central State University, Tuskegee University, and West Virginia State.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Active
Program Number
10.513
Federal Agency/Office
National Institute of Food and Agriculture, Department of Agriculture
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2016 Not applicable.
Fiscal Year 2017 Not applicable.
Fiscal Year 2018 SPECIAL NOTE: See Assistance Listing # 10.500 (Q) for pertinent details.
Fiscal Year 2019 This represents a newly created Assistance Listing (CFDA) number, which was part of an initiative to break out the separate programs formerly contained in CFDA # 10.500 – Cooperative Extension Service (CES). Of the appropriated $19,730,000, approximately $18,933,675 is available to support the second year (continuations) of the five year plans of work (2018-2022) from the 1890 Historically Black Land-Grant Universities (19).
Fiscal Year 2020 It is anticipated that $19,730.00 will be appropriated in support of the facilities programs at the 1890 Land-Grant Universities as (19) continuation projects.
Authorization
Pursuant to the authority contained in Section 1447 of the National Agricultural Research, Extension, and Teaching Policy Act of 1977 (NARETPA), (7 U.S.C. 3222b), and reauthorized by Section 7112 of the Agricultural Act of 2014 (Pub. L. 113-79), including Tuskegee University and West Virginia State University. Further, in accordance with Section 7129 of the Agricultural Act of 2014 (House Conference Report 113-333, to accompany H.R. 2642), Central State University has the Designation as an 1890 Institution., Public Law 113-79, 7 U.S.C. 3222b
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Eligible applicants under this Program are the 1890 land-grant institutions, including Central State University, Tuskegee University, and West Virginia State University. The detailed listing of eligible applicants follows: Alabama A&M University, Tuskegee University, University of Arkansas-Pine Bluff, Delaware State University, Florida A&M University, Fort Valley State University, Kentucky State University, Southern University, University of Maryland-Eastern Shore, Lincoln University, Alcorn State University, North Carolina A&T State University, Langston University, South Carolina State University, Tennessee State University, Prairie View A&M University, Virginia State University, West Virginia State University, and Central State University. SPECIAL NOTE: Please refer to the Competitive Request for Applications (RFAs) for further specific and pertinent details. The most current RFA is available via: https://nifa.usda.gov/funding-opportunity/1890-facilities-grants-program-renewals. RFAs for new and/or renewal applications are generally released annually. The RFAs provide the most current and accurate information available. Any specific instructions in the Competitive RFAs supersede the general information provided in the CFDA database.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Extension Programs at the State and county level are available to the general public.
Credentials/Documentation
The System for Award Management (SAM) combines eight federal procurement systems, including CCR, and the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance into one new system. CCR activities are conducted through SAM (the CCR website will redirect users to SAM). Dun and Bradstreet Universal Numbering System (DUNS) Number and System for Award Management (SAM): Each applicant (unless excepted under 2 CFR SS 25.110(b) or (c), or has an exception approved by the Federal awarding agency under 2 CFR SS 25.110(d)) is required to: (i) Be registered in SAM before submitting its application; (ii) Provide a valid DUNS number in its application; and (iii) Continue to maintain an active SAM registration with current information at all times during which it has an active Federal award or an application or plan under consideration by a Federal awarding agency. It also must state that the Federal awarding agency may not make a Federal award to an applicant until the applicant has complied with all applicable DUNS and SAM requirements and, if an applicant has not fully complied with the requirements by the time the Federal awarding agency is ready to make a Federal award, the Federal awarding agency may determine that the applicant is not qualified to receive a Federal award and use that determination as a basis for making a Federal award to another applicant. Applicants must furnish the information required in the Competitive Request for Applications (RFAs). Successful applicants recommended for funding must furnish the information and assurances requested during the award documentation process. These include, but are not limited to the following: Organizational Management Information - Specific management information relating to an applicant shall be submitted on a one time basis, with updates on an as needed basis, as part of the responsibility determination prior to the award of a grant identified under this RFA, if such information has not been provided previously under this or another NIFA program. NIFA will provide copies of forms recommended for use in fulfilling these requirements as part of the preaward process. Although an applicant may be eligible based on its status as one of these entities, there are factors which may exclude an applicant from receiving Federal financial and nonfinancial assistance and benefits under this program (e.g., debarment or suspension of an individual involved or a determination that an applicant is not responsible based on submitted organizational management information). This information collection is approved under OMB Circular Control No. 0524-0026, "Assurance of Compliance with the Department of Agriculture Regulations Assuring Civil Rights, Compliance and Organization Information." SPECIAL NOTE: Please refer to the Competitive Request for Applications (RFAs) for further specific and pertinent details. The most current RFA is available via: https://nifa.usda.gov/funding-opportunity/1890-facilities-grants-program-renewals. RFAs for new and/or renewal applications are generally released annually. Hence, the RFAs provide the most current and accurate information available. Any specific instructions in the Competitive RFAs supersede the general information provided in the CFDA database.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is required. An environmental impact assessment is required for this listing. Not Applicable.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. The National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) only accepts electronic applications which are submitted via Grants.gov in response to specific Requests for Applications (RFA). Applicants must complete the Grants.gov registration process. For information about the pre-award phase of the grant lifecycle application processes see: http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/learn-grants/grants-101/pre-award-phase.html. Further, applicants must follow the instructions provided in the NIFA Grants.gov Application Guide, which can be assessed as follows: Adobe NIFA Applications. 2 CFR part 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. 2 CFR parts 400, 415, 416, and 418 apply to this program. SPECIAL NOTE: Please refer to the Competitive Request for Applications (RFAs) for further specific and pertinent details. The most current RFA is available via: https://nifa.usda.gov/funding-opportunity/1890-facilities-grants-program-renewals. RFAs are generally released annually. Hence, the RFAs provide the most current and accurate information available. Any specific instructions in the Competitive RFAs supersede the general information provided in the CFDA database.
Award Procedure
Applications are subjected to a system of peer and merit review in accordance with section 103 of the Agricultural Research, Extension and Education Reform Act of 1998 (7 U.S.C. 7613) by a panel of qualified scientists and other appropriate persons who are specialists in the field covered by the proposal. Within the limit of funds available for such purpose, the NIFA Authorized Departmental Officer (ADO) shall make grants to those responsible, eligible applicants whose applications are judged most meritorious under the procedures set forth in the RFA. Reviewers will be selected based upon training and experience in relevant scientific, extension, or education fields, taking into account the following factors: (a) The level of relevant formal scientific, technical education, or extension experience of the individual, as well as the extent to which an individual is engaged in relevant research, education, or extension activities; (b) the need to include as reviewers experts from various areas of specialization within relevant scientific, education, or extension fields; (c) the need to include as reviewers other experts (e.g., producers, range or forest managers/operators, and consumers) who can assess relevance of the applications to targeted audiences and to program needs; (d) the need to include as reviewers experts from a variety of organizational types (e.g., colleges, universities, industry, state and Federal agencies, private profit and non-profit organizations) and geographic locations; (e) the need to maintain a balanced composition of reviewers with regard to minority and female representation and an equitable age distribution; and (f) the need to include reviewers who can judge the effective usefulness to producers and the general public of each application. RENEWAL APPLICATIONS: NIFA will evaluate each application in a two-part process. First, we screen each application to ensure that it meets the administrative requirements as set forth in this RFA. Second, a technical review panel will evaluate applications that meet the administrative requirements. 1890 Facilities Grants Program (FGP) reserves the right to negotiate with the Project Director/Principal Investigator (PD/PI) and/or with the submitting organization or institution regarding project revisions (e.g., reductions in the scope of work, funding level, period, or method of support) prior to recommending any project for funding. Evaluation Criteria will be delineated in the Competitive Request for Applications (RFA). 2 CFR 200 - Subpart C and Appendix I apply to this program. 2 CFR 200, Appendix II - Contracts Provisions for Non-federal Entity Contracts Under Federal Awards applies to this program. SPECIAL NOTE: Please refer to the Competitive Request for Applications (RFAs) for further specific and pertinent details. The most current RFA is available via: https://nifa.usda.gov/funding-opportunity/1890-facilities-grants-program-renewals. RFAs for new and/or renewal applications are generally released annually. Hence, the RFAs provide the most current and accurate information available. Any specific instructions in the Competitive RFAs supersede the general information provided in the CFDA database.
Deadlines
Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 30 to 60 days. Contact the National Program Leader (NPL), as indicated per CFDA Section # 152 - Headquarters Office regarding dates for specific deadlines, start and end dates, and range of approval/disapproval time. Information is also available via our website and may be obtained via the Grants.gov website. NIFA's respective links regarding general information are provided below: http://nifa.usda.gov/ http://www.grants.gov. SPECIAL NOTE: Please refer to the Competitive Request for Applications (RFAs) for further specific and pertinent details. The most current RFA is available via: https://nifa.usda.gov/funding-opportunity/1890-facilities-grants-program-renewals. RFAs for new and/or renewal applications are generally released annually. Hence, the RFAs provide the most current and accurate information available. Any specific instructions in the Competitive RFAs supersede the general information provided in the CFDA database.
Appeals
Not applicable.
Renewals
Generally, 1890 Facilities RFAs are released every five (5) years for new awards, with annual renewals. Specific details are provided in the Competitive Request for Applications (RFA), which are generally published annually. The most current RFA is available via: https://nifa.usda.gov/funding-opportunity/1890-facilities-grants-program-renewals.
How are proposals selected?
Within guidelines established for the program as described in the Competitive Request for Application (RFA). The most current RFA is available via: https://nifa.usda.gov/funding-opportunity/1890-facilities-grants-program-renewals.
How may assistance be used?
USES: Facilities awards will be made for the acquisition and improvement of agricultural and food sciences facilities and equipment, including libraries, so that the 1890 land-grant institutions, including Central State University, Tuskegee University, and West Virginia State University, may participate fully in the production of human capital in the food and agricultural sciences. Authorized activities include purchase of equipment and land, planning, construction, alternation, or renovation of buildings. Priorities for the eligible institutions are set in the facilities plan that is submitted to NIFA for review and approval.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Reporting
Performance Reports: PERFORMANCE MONITORING: See above for pertinent and specific details.
Auditing
Relation to other audit requirements, but records must be available for review or audit by appropriate officials of the Federal agency, pass-through entity, and Government Accountability Office (GAO). This program is also subject to audit by the cognizant Federal audit agency and the USDA Office of Inspector General.
Records
In accordance with 2 CFR part 400 - Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards, SS 200.333 Retention requirements for records. Grantees shall maintain separate records for each grant to ensure that funds are used for authorized purposes. Grant-related records are subject to inspection during the life of the grant and must be retained at least three (3) years. Records must be retained beyond the three (3) year period if litigation is pending or audit findings have not been resolved. 2 CFR 200 Subpart D applies to this program.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory Formula: Title NAREPTA Public Law 95-113 NAREPTA

Matching requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.

MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Effective Fiscal Year (FY) 2018, Project periods, (including no-cost extensions of time), are not normally to exceed ten (10) years. Further details are provided in the Award document Form NIFA-2009 and the 1890 Facilities Program, Section 1447, Special Terms and Conditions (dated May 2017) at: https://nifa.usda.gov/resource/1890-facilities-program-terms-and-conditions-may-2017. SPECIAL NOTE: Please refer to the Competitive Request for Applications (RFAs) for further specific and pertinent details. The most current RFA is available via: https://nifa.usda.gov/funding-opportunity/1890-facilities-grants-program-renewals. RFAs for new and/or renewal applications are generally released annually. Hence, the RFAs provide the most current and accurate information available. Any specific instructions in the Competitive RFAs supersede the general information provided in the CFDA database. NIFA utilizes the Automated Standard Application for Payments (ASAP), a secure, web-based electronic payment and information system that allows federal agencies to administer funds. Currently, ASAP is the only payment source for new NIFA grantees.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
NIFA is transitioning to a new location for Fiscal Year 2020. NIFA's New Mailing Address AFTER September 30, 2019 follows: National Institute of Food and Agriculture 6501 Beacon Drive Kansas City, MO 64133
Headquarters Office
USDA, NIFA, National Program Leader,
Institute of Youth, Family, and Community (IYFC), Division of Community and Education (DOCE), 1400 Independence Avenue, SW., STOP 2250
Washington, DC 20250-2250 US
elewis@nifa.usda.gov
Phone: (202) 720-5305
Fax: (202) 720-2030.
Website Address
https://nifa.usda.gov/program/1890-land-grant-institutions-programs
Financial Information
Account Identification
12-0502-0-1-352
Obligations
(Project Grants (with Formula Distribution)) FY 18$0.00; FY 19 est $18,940,800.00; FY 20 est $0.00; FY 17$0.00; FY 16$0.00; - SPECIAL NOTES: (1) Previously included in CFDA # 10.500, for the Cooperative Extension Service (CES). This represents a newly created CFDA number, which was part of an initiative to break out the separate programs contained in CFDA # 10.500 (CES). NIFA?s implementation became effective for fiscal year (FY) 2019 Request for Applications (RFAs) and new awards. (2) The difference between the appropriation and obligation numbers reflects legislative authorized set-asides deducted as appropriate, and in some cases the availability of obligational authority from prior years. (3) There are authorized to be appropriated to the Secretary of Agriculture for the purposes of carrying out the provisions of this section, $25,000,000 for each of fiscal years 2002 through 2018, and such sums shall remain available until expended.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
If minimum or maximum amounts of funding per competitive and/or capacity project grant, or cooperative agreement are established, these amounts will be announced in the annual Competitive Request for Application (RFA). The most current RFA is available via: https://nifa.usda.gov/funding-opportunity/1890-facilities-grants-program-renewals.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
As an administrator of U.S. government support, NIFA works in partnership with grantees to ensure responsible stewardship of federal funds. Our grantees and partners are required to comply with all relevant rules and regulations. The following resources are provided to NIFA's partners and award recipients to support their adherence to federal regulations governing program performance: NIFA's primary (main) website: https://nifa.usda.gov/regulations-and-guidelines The following represent specific documents and direct links: POLICY GUIDE NIFA's Federal Assistance Policy Guide describes agency policies and procedures. https://nifa.usda.gov/policy-guide CERTIFICATIONS AND REPRESENTATIONS Certifications and representations provided through the NIFA application process. https://nifa.usda.gov/certifications-and-representations ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF USDA SUPPORT BY NIFA When acknowledging USDA support in accordance with 2 CFR Part 415, grantees must use the following acknowledgement for all projects or initiatives supported by NIFA. https://nifa.usda.gov/acknowledgment-usda-support-nifa FEDERAL REGULATIONS The Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) lists all regulations published in the Federal Register. https://nifa.usda.gov/federal-regulations FOIA The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) provides that any person has the right to request access to federal documents and information such as research data. https://nifa.usda.gov/foia NEPA POLICY AND GUIDANCE The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Policy and Guidance set the standard for identifying potential environmental impacts. https://nifa.usda.gov/nepa-policy-and-guidance OGFM ISSUED CORRESPONDENCE The Office of Grants and Financial Management occasionally issues correspondence to applicants, grantees, and/or the general public for informational or clarification purposes. https://nifa.usda.gov/ogfm-issued-correspondence RESEARCH MISCONDUCT NIFA requires that all its awardees adhere to the USDA Scientific Integrity Policy and the Federal Policy on Research Misconduct. https://nifa.usda.gov/research-misconduct 1890 FACILITIES PROGRAM, SECTION 1447, SPECIAL TERMS AND CONDITIONS Provides specific terms and conditions which apply to this program. Refer to the award document, Form NIFA-2009, to determine the applicable terms and conditions document. https://nifa.usda.gov/resource/1890-facilities-program-terms-and-conditions-may-2017.
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2018 SPECIAL NOTE: See Assistance Listing # 10.500 (Q) for pertinent details.
Fiscal Year 2019 This represents a newly created Assistance Listing (CFDA) number, which was part of an initiative to break out the separate programs formerly contained in CFDA # 10.500 – Cooperative Extension Service (CES). ENHANCING RESEARCH, EXTENSION AND ACADEMIC FACILITIES Funds are being used to acquire land and construct a new building for the School of Agriculture, Fisheries, and Human Sciences. The facility will be visible to the community and present in a neighborhood conducive to attract students, researchers, and limited resource farmers. FACILITIES GRANT PROGRAM The institution will utilize the funds to renovate and upgrade obsolete laboratories, and two obsolete and decommissioned facilities for up-to-standard laboratories. The addition of new research laboratories in areas of specialty crops, food science, and water resource will assist research scientists in leveraging additional resources from external grants for further development of their research programs. It will also provide additional resources for the academic for hand-on training and extension programs to provide more research-based solutions and trainings to farmers. ESTABLISHMENT OF THE CENTER FOR AGRICULTURE INNOVATION AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP Funds are being designated to establish a Center of Agriculture Innovation and Entrepreneurship by renovating a historic building that will primarily serve as a small business incubator to promote agribusinesses in the state. The center will provide support for commercialization and marketing of agricultural products required for successful business development. UNIVERSITY FACILITY GRANT PLAN 2018-2023 The institution has identified the following five objectives: 1) Repair and pave roads at its Research and Development (R&D) Farm; 2) construct a value-added processing building at the R&D Farm; 3) replace and expand the R&D Farm office building and Wet Laboratory; and 4) replace and expand the Aquaculture Office and Laboratory with the Aquaculture Water Quality and Disease Laboratory and the Anatomy and Physiology Laboratory. RENOVATION AND MODERNIZATION OF FOOD, AGRICULTURE, NATURAL RESOURCES, AND HUMAN SCIENCES FACILITIES Facilities funds will be used to: 1) Renovate laboratories, office and meeting space in Trigg Hall; 2) renovate and upgrade of facilities supporting human sciences teaching and research; 3) renovate and repurpose the animal exhibition hall within the Food Science and Technology Building as an Agriculture and Science Discovery Center that will underpin its youth development programs in Extension, as well as other extension education training; 4) renovate and modernize the research and education facilities for its small ruminate program; and 5) upgrade research facilities at the Paul Sarbanes Coastal Ecology center to support its aquaculture research and education programs.
Fiscal Year 2020 Continuation Facilities projects will be funded based upon the availability of funds in the third year of funding the 2018-2022 program of work and upon receipt of annual performance/accomplishment reports. New funding will be used to continue the work to improve infrastructure, construct new facilities, renovate older facilities, secure state-of-the art equipment, and add other improvements that will attract students, faculty and researchers, as well as enhance outreach efforts within the surrounding communities, train farmers, and work collaboratively with external partners in support of the Food, Agriculture, and Human Sciences.

 



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