Farm to School Training and Technical Assistance

 

The Farm to School program (10.575) exists in order to assist eligible entities, through grants and technical assistance, in implementing farm to school programs that improve access to local foods in eligible schools. Training and technical assistance grants allow cooperative agreements to be established for the development and review of training and technical assistance materials, and the delivery of training and technical assistance.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Active
Program Number
10.595
Federal Agency/Office
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Office: Food and Nutrition Service
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Provision of Specialized Services; Training
Program Accomplishments
Not Applicable.
Authorization
Section 243 of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 (HHFKA) amended Section 18 of the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act (NSLA) to establish a Farm to School program in order to assist eligible entities, through grants and technical assistance, in implementing farm to school programs that improve access to local foods in eligible schools. , Section 243.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Cooperative Agreements; Dissemination of Technical Information; Training; Materials Review; Materials Creation.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Eligible entities, and therefore beneficiaries, include schools, Indian Tribal Organizations, non profit organizations, schools, producer and producer groups and State and local agencies. The Farm to School program exists in order to assist eligible entities, through grants and technical assistance, in implementing farm to school programs that improve access to local foods in eligible schools. This program allows cooperative agreements to be established for the development and review of training and technical assistance materials, and the delivery of training and technical assistance.
Credentials/Documentation
Non profit organizations will be required to submit proof of non profit status. OMB Circular No. A-87 applies to this program. 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
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program.
Award Procedure
A cooperative agreement or contract is executed.
Deadlines
Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 30 to 60 days.
Appeals
From 30 to 60 days.
Renewals
Not Applicable.
How are proposals selected?
Not Applicable.
How may assistance be used?
The purpose of the Farm to School program’s technical assistance activities is “to facilitate the coordination and sharing of information and resources in the Department that may be applicable to the farm to school program; to collect and share information on best practices; and to disseminate research and data on existing farm to school programs and the potential for programs in underserved areas.".
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Reporting
The project reports are outlined with the terms and conditions of the cooperative agreement or contract. The project reports are outlined with the terms and conditions of the cooperative agreement or contract. Progress reports are not applicable. The project financial reports are outlined with the terms and conditions of the cooperative agreement or contract. The project progress and financial reports are outlined in the terms and conditions of the cooperative agreement or contract.
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. The audit procedure are outlined in the terms and conditions of the cooperative agreement or contract.
Records
The awardee must maintain records in accordance with the grant agreement. Such records must be retained for a period of three years after the date of submission of the final report for the fiscal year to which the records pertain.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program.
This program has no matching requirements.
This program does not have MOE requirements.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
N/A. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: by letter of credit.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
None.
Headquarters Office
Matthew E. Russell 1400 Independece Ave., Washington, District of Columbia 29815 Email: matthew.russell@fns.usda.gov Phone: 3038440356
Website Address
http://www.fns.usda.gov/farmtoschool/farm-school
Financial Information
Account Identification
12-3539-0-1-605.
Obligations
(Salaries) FY 14 $0; FY 15 est $0; and FY 16 Not Separately Identifiable
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
No Data Available.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Not Applicable.
Examples of Funded Projects
Not Applicable.

 


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