Child Nutrition Discretionary Grants Limited Availability

 

Administrative Review and Training (ART) grants are available to State agencies to conduct additional administrative reviews of selected local educational agencies and to provide funding for state agencies to be used for oversight and training of administrative personnel on application, certification, verification, meal counting, and meal claiming procedures.

Equipment Assistance grants are available to States agencies for providing equipment to improve school food services.

Grants to Improve Health and Nutrition are available to State agencies for projects that are aimed at improving the health and wellness of children in child care settings.

School Breakfast Expansion grants are available to eligible State agencies to provide subgrants to local educational agencies for qualifying schools to establish, maintain, or expand the School Breakfast Program.

Direct Certification Technical Assistance grants are available to assist States agencies in improving their direct certification processes and rates.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Active
Program Number
10.579
Federal Agency/Office
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Office: Food and Nutrition Service
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
PROJECT GRANTS
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2014: Fiscal Year 2014: USDA awarded 4 Administrative Review and Training (ART) grants. The 4 states to receive the ART grants were Guam, Massachusetts, North Dakota and Pennsylvania.

Fiscal Year 2014: USDA Awarded 3 Direct Certification grants. The 3 states to receive these grants were Massachusetts, Maine and Pennsylvania. Fiscal Year 2015: No Current Data Available. Fiscal Year 2016: No Current Data Available
Authorization
Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act, as amended, 42 U.S.C. 1751, 1758, 1759a,1761, 1765, 1766, 1769, 1772, 1773, 1779; School Breakfast Program (SBP); Child Nutrition Act of 1966, as amended, Public Laws 108-265, 104-193, 100-435, 99-661, 97-35; Special Milk Program (SMP); Child Nutrition Act of 1966, as amended; Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP); 89 Stat. 522-525, Summer Food Service Program (SFSP); Public Law 111-5. The 2010 Agriculture Appropriations Act (Public Law 111-80).
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Determined by the legislation authorizing the grants.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Determined by the legislation authorizing the grants.
Credentials/Documentation
No Credentials or documentation are required. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is not applicable. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
Application Procedure
This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards. Application package must be submitted electronically via http://www.grants.gov
Award Procedure
Upon receipt of an application from an interested party a review is performed by the agency for eligibility and sufficiency of the Request For Applications (RFA) requirements. Subsequently, all acceptable applications are objectively reviewed by a technical panel according to established criteria set forth in the RFA. The panel makes award recommendations based on the scoring results. The Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) selecting official then makes the final award decisions.
Deadlines
Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Selection of applicants for a grant award can take from 3 to 5 months depending on the number of applications that are received.
Appeals
The RFA will provide information regarding appeals.
Renewals
The RFA will provide information regarding renewals.
How are proposals selected?
Applications are initially reviewed for eligibility and sufficiency, as defined in the RFA. Those applications that meet the criteria are reviewed by a technical panel based on specific criteria outlined in the RFA. The panel makes recommendations to the selecting official based on scoring results. The selecting official makes the final award decisions.
How may assistance be used?
Assistance can be used for specific activities authorized by Child Nutrition legislation or regulation. In the past this has included grants to state agencies to assist local educational agencies in improving application, certification and verification, and meal counting and meal claiming procedures; grants to State agencies to improve their direct certification processes and rates; and grants to improve program access, health, and wellness of children. There may be restrictions, as required by legislation or regulation. Less than one percent of Child Nutrition funds are set aside for discretionary grants. There may be restrictions, as required by legislation or regulation. Less than one percent of Child Nutrition funds are set aside for discretionary grants.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Reporting
Grantees are required to submit both quarterly and a final financial and program progress reports. Grantees are required to submit quarterly and a final financial progress reports. Grantees are required to submit quarterly and a final program progress reports. Grantees are required to submit both quarterly and a final financial and program progress reports. Performance monitoring is not applicable.
Auditing
In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503.
Records
State agencies must maintain records as necessary to support the use of grant funds 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 that if audit findings have not been resolved, the records must 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
This program has no statutory formula.
Matching requirements are not applicable to this program.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
The period of performance of the grants vary based on project plan. Grant period of performance is generally from 1 year to 4 years. Extensions to the period of performance must be approved by FNS. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: by letter of credit.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
See Regional Agency Offices. See the Food and Nutrition Service Regional Offices listed in Appendix IV of the Catalog.
Headquarters Office
Cynthia Long, 3101 Park Center Drive Room 628, Alexandria, Virginia 22302. Phone: 703-305-2590
Website Address
http://www.fns.usda.gov
Financial Information
Account Identification
12-3539-0-1-605.
Obligations
(Project Grants (Discretionary)) FY 14 $0; FY 15 est $0; and FY 16 est $0 - Improve Health and Nutrition. (Project Grants (Discretionary)) FY 14 $0; FY 15 est $0; and FY 16 est $0 - School Breakfast Expansion. (Project Grants (Discretionary)) FY 14 $2,000,000; FY 15 est $2,000,000; and FY 16 est $2,000,000 - Administrative Review and Training Grants. (Project Grants (Discretionary)) FY 14 $4,000,000; FY 15 est $4,000,000; and FY 16 est $2,000,000 - Direct Certification Grants. (Project Grants (Discretionary)) FY 14 $34,706,000; FY 15 est $35,000,000; and FY 16 est $35,000,000 - Equipment Grants.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Grant awards range from $50,000 to $35,000,000

Administrative Review and Training Grants up to 2,000,000
Direct Certification Grants up to 4,000,000
Equipment Grants up to 35,000,000.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
7 CFR Part 3016, 7 CFR Part 3018. Determined by the legislation authorizing the grants.
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2014: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2015: Examples of projects and State summaries of activities funded through Administrative and training are described at http://www.fns.usda.gov/school-meals/grants. Fiscal Year 2016: No Current Data Available