Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations Nutrition Education Grants
The Food Distribution Program Nutrition Education (FDPNE) grant offers funding totaling approximately $1 million annually to Indian Tribal Organizations (ITO) or State Distributing Agencies (SDAs) that administer Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR), a nutrition assistance program. Awards are determined on a competitive basis. The most current guidance for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program-Nutrition Education (SNAP-Ed) serves as the model for FDPNE. The goal of FDPNE is to enhance the nutrition knowledge of FDPIR participants underserved by SNAP-Ed. ITO and SDA administering agencies may apply for a grant as an individual agency or as a consortium of ITOs or SDAs.
General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Office: Food and Nutrition Service
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Fiscal Year 2014: Twenty Indian Tribal Organizations received awards. Award amounts ranged from $5,210 to $135,017. The performance period for this award ended 4/30/15. Final reports are due 7/30/15. Fiscal Year 2015: Fifteen Indian Tribal Organizations received awards. Award amounts range from $22,340 to $168,910. Fiscal Year 2016: Twenty Indian Tribal Organizations are projected to receive awards for an estimated amount totaling $995,000.
Food and Nutrition Act of 2008 (Public Law 110-246); Agriculture and Consumer Protection Act of 1973 (Public Law 93-86), 7 U.S.C 2011-2036.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
A current FDPIR allowance holder must submit the application. Applicants must propose projects that result in the delivery of nutrition education activities to FDPIR.
Applicant ITO/SDA administrators must provide services to FDPIR participants or FDPIR eligible participants only.
ITOs and SDAs must comply with the codified requirements at 2 CFR 200 - Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards. Those who apply for this grant must submit grant forms and documents required by the Request for Applications and signed by the Authorized Representative of the organization. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles apply 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?
Preapplication coordination is not applicable. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Applicants must follow the application procedures, including the submission of all forms and content, required by the Request for Applications. Applicants must use the required format for application content that is documented in the RFA.
FDPIR administering agencies submit applications in response to a Request for Applications that is released annually. USDA manages the review, evaluation, and approval of applications. Applications document nutrition education activities such as classes, nutrition education materials, and gardening education, or physical education services for provision to eligible FDPIR households. Applications are submitted to the Grants.gov website by the designated application submission date.
Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Applicants for awards must submit applications by the designated dates documented in the Request for Applications.
From 15 to 30 days.
ITOs and SDAs must apply for funding each year to receive a competitive award. The funding performance period is one year from the date of award notification.
How are proposals selected?
Applicants submit applications that are responsive to the requirements documented in the Request for Applications. Applications document nutrition project goals that reflect the principles found in the most recent versions of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans and related USDA Food Guidance System materials. Project designs, implementation plans, and budget requests must reflect the goal(s) selected. Panels of reviewers evaluate and score application components such as project designs, implementation plans, budget appropriateness, and cultural relevance. USDA awards funding based on the panel’s scores and recommendations.
How may assistance be used?
To provide nutrition education services to FDPIR or FDPIR-eligible program participants. The funds may only be used to provide nutrition education to FDPIR and FDPIR-eligible participants. $1,000,000 is set aside to fund nutrition education projects proposed by FDPIR administering agencies. A current ITO or SDA FDPIR allowance holder (an entity that has a direct agreement with FNS to administer FDPIR) must submit the application and is fiscally and operationally responsible for funds that are awarded. The funds may only be used to provide nutrition education to FDPIR and FDPIR-eligible participants. $1,000,000 is set aside to fund nutrition education projects proposed by ITOs or SDAs authorized to administer FDPIR.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
A report describing progress towards completing goals and approved activities is required. The program progress report is submitted by the second quarter of the performance period. The Request for Applications provides information on the submission date and content required for the report. A program final report is submitted by 90 days after the end of the performance period. The Request for Applications provides information on the requirements for submitting the final report. Cash reports are not applicable. Form SF-425, Federal Financial Report, captures, on a quarterly basis, Federal funding authorized, obligated, and obligated but not liquidated. This form also captures non-federal funds used for the program. Awardees submit quarterly reports during the performance period and a final report by 90 days after the performance period ends. Performance monitoring is not applicable. Cash reports are not applicable. A report describing progress towards completing goals and approved activities is required. The Request for Applications provides information on the submission date and content required for the report. Form SF-425, Federal Financial Report, captures, on a quarterly basis, Federal funding authorized, obligated, and obligated but not liquidated. This form also captures non-federal funds used for the program. Awardees submit quarterly reports during the performance period and a final report by 90 days after the performance period ends. Performance monitoring is not applicable.
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.
Each FDPNE funded ITO and SDA must maintain accurate and complete program records and reports for 3 years following the close of the performance period fiscal year or until any outstanding audit, claim, or litigation is settled.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory Formula: Title Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards, Chapter Title 2 , Part 200.
Matching Requirements: Percent: 25.%. The 25% match requirement may be waived if compelling justification is provided by the ITO/SDA.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
FDPNE grant funding expires at the end of a one year performance period. 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 Food and Nutrition Service Regional Offices by clicking on "Regional Agency Offices" at the top of this page.
Akua White 3101 Park Center Drive
Room 508, Alexandria, Virginia 22302 Email: Akua.White@fns.usda.gov
Phone: 703-305-1126 Fax: 703-305-2964
(Salaries) FY 14 $988,733; FY 15 est $995,327; and FY 16 Estimate Not Available
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Awards range from $3,000 to $215,000.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
2 CFR 200 - Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards, 7 CFR Part 253; 7 CFR Part 254; 7 CFR Part 250; FNS Handbook 501, and specifics found in the Request for Applications.
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2014: Two examples of funded projects are:
1. Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians. Award amount: $35,384. The program will conduct weekly nutrition education and food demonstration sessions and provide nutrition education while making home deliveries of USDA Foods to home bound participants of FDPIR.
2. The Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma. Award amount: $23,230. The Choctaw will develop a fruit and vegetable learning garden, offer monthly nutrition education classes, and conduct food demonstrations using fruits and vegetables, accompanied with recipe cards. Fiscal Year 2015: 1. Fort Belknap Indian Community
Fort Belknap Indian Community's Nutrition Education Services for Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR) project will provide nutrition education services to eligible participants residing in six community service areas. They expect to reach more than 600 participants. They will hire three staff persons to conduct activities and will partner with Fort Belknap's Agriculture Extension Program, Aaniiih Nakoda College's Agriculture Extension Program, public schools, Head Start, and senior services programs. Activities include classes and sessions that focus on fruit and vegetable nutrition education, food preparation, and food preservation. The Extension Program will offer FDPIR participants the opportunity to learn to extend the growing season through the use of greenhouses and garden box beds.
2.Spirit Lake Tribe for the Mountain Plains Region Nutrition Advisory Committee (MPRNAC)
The goal of this project is to provide nutrition services and resources for the 30 FDPIR ITOs in the Mountain Plains Region. The United Tribes Technical College (UTTC), a 1994 Tribal Land Grant Institution, will serve as the FDPNE grant facilitator and will implement and conduct all project activities. UTTC will employ the services of a Registered Dietitian and two nutrition educators to implement and complete activities. Project activities funded include the development and distribution of 72 recipe cards, expansion of a recipe toolbox that contains the recipes and nutrition messages, updating a cookbook that focuses on USDA Foods, and beginning the development of a best practices resource tool that ITOs in the region may refer to when offering nutrition education services. Fiscal Year 2016: Information not available at this time.