Bill Emerson National Hunger Fellows and Mickey Leland International Hunger Fellows Programs
The Bill Emerson Hunger Fellowship Program is to address hunger and poverty in the United States. The Mickey Leland Hunger Fellowship Program is to address international hunger and other humanitarian needs. The purposes of the Fellowships Programs are to: encourage future leaders of the U.S. to pursue careers in humanitarian and public service; recognize the needs of low-income people and hungry people; provide assistance to people in need; seek public policy solutions to the challenges of hunger and poverty; provide training and development opportunities for to such leaders through placement in programs operated by appropriate organizations or entities; and increase awareness of the importance of public service.
General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Food and Nutrition Service, Department of Agriculture
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
Fiscal Year 2016
No current data available. The Bill Emerson National Hunger Fellows Program fellows are placed in community-based organizations all over the United States and receive extensive policy training. Fellows then work in nonprofit organizations and government agencies on hunger and poverty policies at the national level. The Mickey Leland International Hunger Fellows Program trains emerging leaders in the fight to end hunger worldwide. It is a unique two-year program that combines field and policy work. Leland Fellows develop new skills while actively working to alleviate hunger and poverty in Asia, Africa, and Latin America.Fiscal Year 2017
The Bill Emerson National Hunger Fellows Program fellows are placed in community-based organizations all over the United States and receive extensive policy training. Fellows then work in nonprofit organizations and government agencies on hunger and poverty policies at the national level. On July 26, 2017, the CHC announced the 24th Class of Emerson National Hunger Fellows. The fellows will be placed with organizations in seven States plus the District of Columbia. There are 16 fellows in the current class. The Mickey Leland International Hunger Fellows Program trains emerging leaders in the fight to end hunger worldwide. It is a unique two-year program that combines field and policy work. Leland Fellows develop new skills while actively working to alleviate hunger and poverty in Asia, Africa, and Latin America. There are 12-15 individuals selected as fellows in each class. The 8th class will finish their fellowship August 30, 2017.Fiscal Year 2019
Accomplishments by the 25th Class Emerson Hunger Fellows: • Fellows Complete Field Work Projects: In February 2019, the 25th Class Emerson Fellows completed their field site projects that focused on food insecurity issues. Emerson Fellows were placed with community-based organizations in the following states: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Washington, and West Virginia. • Field Work Presentations: Emerson Fellows presented their findings from their field work on the Hill in Rayburn House Office Building. Representatives from the private sector, Hill staff, and anti-hunger policy experts were in attendance for the presentations. • Training: Emerson Program staff organized and facilitated Policy Training for the 25th Class of Emerson Hunger Fellows. The Policy Training provided an opportunity for fellows to learn about the public policy process and develop new policy skills before starting at their policy site placements. • Fellows Begin Policy Site Projects: Policy site matches were announced in January 2019. In early March, Emerson Fellows began their policy projects with 15 nonprofit organizations, think tanks, and federal agencies in Washington, D.C. This year, we have three fellows placed at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. • Field Site Recruitment: Emerson Program staff are recruiting community-based organizations from across the country to host 26th Class Emerson National Hunger Fellows for their field placement. Field site matches will be announced in May 2019. Accomplishments by the 25th Class Leland Hunger Fellows: • Fellows Continue Policy Year Work: The 9th Class of Leland Fellows continued to make progress on their policy year work plans. Fellows are completing policy projects with organizations in Washington, D.C.; New York, NY, Boston, MA, Dakar, Senegal and Bamako, Mali. • 9th Class Fellows’ Mid-Year Retreat and Training: March 25 - 29th the 9th Class of Leland Fellows came together in Washington, D.C. for the mid-policy retreat and training. This is the first time the Leland program has included a training for fellows to be together halfway through the second fellowship year. The goals included reflection, the future of international development, leadership development and cohort building. • Selections Process for 10th Class fellows Underway: The deadline for fellowship applications was January 14th. We received 158 applications for the 10-12 fellowship slots available. Leland Staff conducted application reviews, group interviews of semi-finalists and individual interviews of finalists during this quarter.
Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008, Public Law 11-246, Section 4401, updated Section 4404 of the Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002, Public Law 107-171. Annual Appropriations fund the Programs.
Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002, Public Law 107-171, Section 4404, Hunger Fellowship Program; Congressional Hunger Fellow Act of 2002, Public Law 107-107-171, 2 U.S.C. 1161
Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act 2013, Public Law 113-06, Section 4404 of Public Law 107-171, as amended by Section 4401 of Public Law 110-246(2. U.S.C. 1161); FY2012 Agriculture Appropriations Act, Public Law 112-55, Public Law 113-113-06, 2 U.S.C. 1161
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Preapplication coordination is not applicable.
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. n/a
Applicant must meet the non-competitive grant submissions requirements for completeness and conformity in a grant application, project description and budget. FNS will determine the technical merit of the grant application, approve the proposal and then make a grant award.
Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 30 to 60 days.
How are proposals selected?
How may assistance be used?
In accordance with the authorizing legislation and 2 CFR Part 2.19 and 2.57, the Administrator as delegated by the Secretary, is directed to offer a grant to the Congressional Hunger Center to administer these fellowship programs. Funding is provided to the Congressional Hunger Center to train and inspire leaders who work to end hunger. The Congressional Hunger Center is the grantee; they are provided funding to achieve the purposes of the Fellowship Programs as noted above. The fellowships established shall provide experience and training to develop the skills and understanding necessary to improve the humanitarian conditions and the lives of individuals who suffer from hunger, including - (I) training in direct service to the hungry in conjunction with community-based organizations through a program or field placement; and (II) experience in policy development through placement in a governmental entity or nonprofit organization.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
The grantee is required to comply with the audit provisions in 2 CFR 200, Subpart F. There are no special audit procedures mandated for this grant program.
The grantee must maintain records in accordance with the grant agreement. Such records must be retained for a period of 3 years after the date of submission of the final report for the fiscal year to which the records pertain, except if audit findings have not been resolved, the records shall be retained beyond the 3 year period as long as required for the resolution of the issues raised by the audit.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.
Matching requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
The grant period of performance is generally for 15 months. Extensions to the period of performance must be approved by the FNS. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: Letter.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
3101 Park Center Drive Room 732
Alexandria, VA 22302 US
(Project Grants (Fellowships)) FY 18$2,000,000.00; FY 19 est $2,000,000.00; FY 20 est $2,000,000.00; FY 17$2,000,000.00; FY 16$2,000,000.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Congressional Hunger Center (CHC) $2,000,000 (non-competitive)
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
2 CFR Part 200, Uniform Guidance for Grants and Agreements. USDA appropriation language funding this grant program.
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2017
The 24th class of Emerson fellows will be working on a wide variety of projects, from conducting needs assessments to coalition-building, from supporting healthy corner stores to supporting new immigrant families learn how to grow their own food in an unfamiliar climate. The Leland fellows work on a variety of issues related to food security, including: agriculture, maternal and child nutrition, advocacy, climate change adaption, agribusiness development and women’s empowerment.