CACFP Training Grants


The overall goal of this project is for the selected applicant to plan, develop, design, promote, and ultimately execute and evaluate a training program that uses a tiered approach to equip State agencies with the knowledge and skills necessary to train their CACFP program operators (including CACFP institutions such as sponsoring organizations and/or independent centers as well as CACFP facilities including child care centers and day care homes) to effectively operate the CACFP at the local-level.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Food and Nutrition Service, Department of Agriculture
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2018 Focus groups were completed with representatives from CACFP National Professional Association membership & board members, National CACFP Sponsors Association membership & board members, State Agencies, and CACFP independent centers. The purpose of the focus groups were to verify the training needs of sponsoring organizations. A curriculum development meeting was held in March 2018 and training materials are being developed. Informational meetings were held with sponsoring organizations and participating State Agencies at the 2018 National CACFP Sponsors Association National Child Nutrition conference program. Module training topics and resource guides have been submitted to FNS for review. Training materials are currently being developed and will be reviewed by FNS.
Fiscal Year 2019 In March, April, and July of 2019 innovative and engaging CACFP Operational Resources & Education (CORE) training sessions were held. The sessions focused on nine core topics of CACFP administration including financial viability, management plans, serious deficiency, budgets, internal controls, corrective action, recordkeeping, claims for reimbursement, and monitoring and oversight. During the first week of August 2019, the CORE-CACFP Train-the-Trainer Virtual Conference was broadcast from Atlanta. This 3-day CORE-CACFP Train-the-Trainer Virtual Conference was previously recorded and included all eight CORE modules, activities, quizzes, certificates of completion and more! 175 State agency staff and 23 FNS staff participated in the Virtual Conference training and to date, 426 State agency Staff and 42 FNS staff have participated in the CORE trainings. These trainings allowed state agencies to obtain immediate tools and resources that they may then share with their sponsoring organizations and these sessions have received outstanding reviews from participants. In addition, the CORE-CACFP Train-the-Trainer Virtual Conference is “Available on Demand” and registered participants may review the 9 modules at their own pace. Once a module is completed, a certificate of completion will be awarded. Similarly, ten micro-learning modules are being designed for production and will be made available virtually.
Public Law 113-79, 42 U.S.C. 1766
Section 17 of the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act (42 U.S.C. 1766) provides authority to assure the effective and proper administration of the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP). Under this program, subject to the availability of funds, the Secretary of Agriculture may award competitive grants and cooperative agreements for training programs supporting CACFP.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
This announcement of the availability of funds is for one new cooperative agreement for a 2-year time-frame (September 2017 - August 2019) with an accredited public or private Academic Institute of Higher Learning, a Research, or Training Institution (i.e. entity that provides training such as a corporation or non-profit). Special consideration will be given to applicants who have expertise in CACFP and/or have successfully implemented training initiatives with a Child Nutrition Programs focus.
Beneficiary Eligibility
State agencies will be equipped with a training program that uses a tiered approach with the knowledge and skills necessary to train their program operators from CACFP institutions (sponsoring organizations and/or independent centers) and CACFP facilities (child care centers and day care homes) to effectively operate the CACFP at the local-level.
Not applicable.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is not applicable.
Application Procedure
This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards.
Award Procedure
There are application content requirements (pg 13), screening requirements (pg 11) and format requirements.
Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 30 to 60 days.
Not applicable.
Not applicable.
How are proposals selected?
The following selection criteria will be used to evaluate applications for the RFA. Project Design and Implementation (35 points) Budget Appropriateness (15 points) Organizational Experience and Management/Staff Capability (30 points) Experience and Past Performance (20 points)
How may assistance be used?
The cooperative agreement funds the creation of materials and training of State agencies on CACFP requirements. Some of the trainings will be in person and require travel.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Not applicable.
Not applicable.
Not applicable.
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
September 2017 - August 2019 Method of awarding/releasing assistance: Letter.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
None/Not specified.
Headquarters Office
Barbara Smith
3101 Park Center Drive
Alexandria, VA 22302 US
Phone: 703-605-0784
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Project Grants (Cooperative Agreements)) FY 18$3,000,000.00; FY 19 est $0.00; FY 20 est $0.00; FY 17$3,000,000.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
$3,000,000 (one cooperative agreement awarded)
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Current regulations can be found under 7 CFR Part 226, For additional resources and guidance, see:
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2017 One award to develop a training program that uses a tiered approach to equip State agencies with the knowledge and skills necessary to train their Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) operators.
Fiscal Year 2018 A $3,000,000 cooperative agreement with USDA FNS was awarded to develop and deliver an innovative CACFP training program. The ultimate beneficiary of this training program is CACFP sponsors. This training program will be delivered to directly to state agencies and state agencies will deliver the training to CACFP sponsors. The new training program has a name: CORE- CACFP Operational Resources & Education | Practical Training Solutions for CACFP Administration.


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