Child Nutrition-Technology Innovation Grant
To allow State agencies that administer the Child Nutrition Programs (CNPs) to apply for grant funding to implement innovative technology solutions that will improve program accountability, data accuracy, program performance measurement, and the capacity to identify and target error-prone areas (locations or program functions) within and across the CNPs at the State and Local Educational Agency (LEA) or Sponsor Organization (SO) levels.
General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Food and Nutrition Service, Department of Agriculture
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
December 18, 2015, Title Consolidated Appropriations Act, Public Law 114-113
March 23, 2018, Title 2018 Consolidated Appropriations Act, Public Law 115-141
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Grants are only available to State agencies administering the Child Nutrition Programs. The grants must relate to technology solutions for planning and implementation.
State agencies (and the local organizations that have agreements with the State agencies) administering the Child Nutrition Programs benefit from funded technology solutions.
Register in Grants.gov, complete pre-application assessment questions and submit a RFA package
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. In order to submit an application via grants.gov, applicants must have obtained a DUNS number and registered in both the new SAM and grants.gov.
Following an initial screening process to ensure all submissions are complete, FNS assembles a peer panel group to review and determine the technical merits of each application. Panel evaluates proposals based on how well they address the required application components and scores each application for either a Planning or Implementation Grant. Panel recommends applications for consideration to selecting officials.
October 27, 2016 to January 25, 2017 for the FY 2017 CNTI grants. The application dates for upcoming grants have not yet been announced. Request for Application Release Date: October 27, 2016 Application Submission Due Date: January 25, 2017 Grant Award Date Approximately: April 25, 2017 [note: grants were actually awarded 8/31/17] Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 60 to 90 days.
How are proposals selected?
Grantees will be recommended on a competitive basis, based on an objective review of their proposals according to the technical evaluation criteria outlined in the RFA.
How may assistance be used?
To encourage State agencies that administer the CNPs to bridge gaps in automation by proposing innovative technology solutions that improve program accountability and efficiencies at both the State and local levels, thereby reducing duplication of effort, reducing errors, and increasing visibility of program operations for monitoring purposes.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
The recipient will be responsible for managing and monitoring the progress of the grant project activities and performance.
Also 2 CFR Part 400: USDA's implementing regulation of 2 CFR Part 200 "Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards"
o 2 CFR Part 415: USDA "General Program Administrative Regulations" o 2 CFR Part 416: USDA "General Program Administrative Regulations for Grants and Cooperative Agreements to State and Local Governments"
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 award period for the FY 2019 Planning Grants and Implementation Grants will be as follows, beginning from the date of the award: • Planning Grants will be awarded for up to one year; and • Implementation Grants will be awarded for up to three years. All grant funds must be obligated and all program activities under the grant (other than activities relating to the close out of the grant) must be completed by the end of the award period. The close-out of the grant must occur no later than 90 days following the termination date of the agreement, and all obligations incurred under the grant must be liquidated by this date. Any funds that are not liquidated within 90 days following the end of the award period must be returned to FNS. In addition, the final progress reports are due to FNS no later than 90 days following the end of the award period. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: Quarterly.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
Food and Nutrition Service, 3101 Park Center Drive Room 628
Alexandria, VA 22302 US
(Project Grants) FY 18$0.00; FY 19 est $12,765,347.00; FY 20 est $20,000,000.00; FY 17$6,711,245.00; FY 16$0.00; - CN Technology Innovation Planning Grant for awards up to $100,000 with grant periods of up to one year
CN Technology Innovation Implementation Grants for awards up to $2,000,000 with grant periods of 1-3 years
SA may apply for either type of grant, but not both in a given RFA solicitation. Only one grant application will be accepted from a SA in response to this solicitation.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
CN TIG Planning Grant: 0-$100,000 CN TIG Implementation Grant: 0-$2,000,000 For FY 2019: Thirteen (13) grants were awarded with a range of $76,300 - $1,998,820 The average grant amount was $981,950
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2017
Brief summaries of FY 2017 grant awardees are located at https://www.fns.usda.gov/school-meals/fy-2017-technology-innovation-grant-summaries