FNS Food Safety Grants


The Food and Nutrition Services Food Safety Branch provides funding to support its mission of increasing awareness, visibility, and impact of food safety on USDA nutrition assistance programs. There are two active cooperative agreements funded. 1. The U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) establishes cooperative agreements to conduct research to improve the safety of foods provided through the FNS nutrition assistance programs, particularly those served in schools and child care settings. These agreements provide an interdisciplinary and timely approach to applied food safety research needs related to FNS nutrition assistance programs, particularly the child nutrition programs, and develop written communications to convey research results to a variety of audiences, including scientists, policy makers, educators, and practitioners. (competitive) 2. The Institute of Child Nutrition, an institute established by Congress to support Child Nutrition Programs, provides support to the FNS Food Safety Branch for developing food safety education programs and materials and conducting applied research related to food safety education. (non-competitive)

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
Not applicable.
Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2010, 2010, Public Law 110-80; Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act, Section 6(a)(3), 42 U.S.C 1755(a)(3); National Agriculture Research, Extension, and Teaching Policy Act of 1977, Section 1472(b), 7 U.S.C 3318(b)., Title Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act, Section 6(a)(3)
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Assistance may be used to conduct research or perform other tasks to benefit FNS nutrition assistance programs in the area of food safety.
Beneficiary Eligibility
FNS nutrition assistance program decision makers, FNS nutrition assistance program providers, and FNS nutrition assistance program recipients
Not currently applicable. Further direction will be available from Program Office.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is not applicable.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Not currently applicable.
Award Procedure
All applications that meet the published deadline for submission will be screened for completeness and conformity to the requirements as announced in the RFA package. Grants are awarded by a competitive process via a technical review panel composed of FNS and other Federal staff that will meet to determine the technical merit of each grant application, provide a numerical score, and make recommendations to selecting officials. Non-solicited proposals may also be considered as funding allows. Food Safety Branch is granted two-year funding appropriations.
Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 60 to 90 days. There are presently no open requests for applications.
From 30 to 60 days.
Not applicable.
How are proposals selected?
Not applicable.
How may assistance be used?
Funding is provided to a university or organization to achieve the objectives of the grant. The university or organization may award sub-grants to obtain the expertise and skills needed to accomplish the objectives.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Performance Reports: The grantee will work closely with the Agency on performance progress.
Not applicable.
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 that 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
Not currently applicable. Not currently applicable.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
None/Not specified.
Headquarters Office
Charlsia Fortner
1320 Braddock Place
Alexandria, VA 22314 US
Phone: 7033052231
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Cooperative Agreements (Discretionary Grants)) FY 22$57,394.00; FY 23 est $600,000.00; FY 24 est $600,000.00; FY 21$643,000.00; FY 20$600,000.00; FY 19$600,000.00; FY 18$600,000.00; FY 17$800,000.00; FY 16$800,000.00; - This opportunity will be recompeted in 2023. The RFA will be announced in early FY23.(Cooperative Agreements) FY 22$1,244,588.00; FY 23 est $975,000.00; FY 24 est $750,000.00; FY 21$750,000.00; FY 20$1,050,000.00; FY 19$150,000.00; FY 18$320,500.00; FY 17$168,000.00; FY 16$300,000.00; - Institute of Child Nutrition (ICN).
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
$150,000 - $1.8 million
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
7 CFR Part 3015, 7 CFR Part 3016, 7 CFR Part 3017, 7 CFR Part 3018, 7 CFR Part 3019, 7 CFR Part 3021, and 7 CFR Part 3052.
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2016 See Section 130 See Section 130
Fiscal Year 2017 See Section 130
Fiscal Year 2022 See Section 130


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