Food for Education


The McGovern-Dole program provides for the donation of agricultural commodities and the provision of financial and technical assistance to improve the education, food security and health of school-age children, especially girls, in developing countries. The key objectives of the McGovern-Dole Program are improved health and dietary practices and improved literacy of school-age children. By providing school meals, teacher training, and related support, the McGovern-Dole Program increases school enrollment and improves academic performance.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Office: Foreign Agricultural Service
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Direct Payments for Specified Use (Cooperative Agreements); SALE, EXCHANGE, OR DONATION OF PROPERTY OR GOODS
Program Accomplishments
Not Applicable.
Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
An entity will be eligible to become a participant only after FAS determines that the entity has:(1) organizational experience in implementing and managing awards, and the capability and personnel to develop, implement, monitor, report on, and provide accountability for activities in accordance with this part; (2) experience working in the proposed targeted country; (3) an adequate financial framework to implement the activities the entity proposes to carry out under McGovern-Dole Program; (4) a person or agent located in the United States with respect to which service of judicial process may be obtained by FAS on behalf of the entity; and (5) an operating financial account in the proposed targeted country, or a satisfactory explanation for not having such an account and a description of how a McGovern-Dole Program agreement would be administered without such an account.
Beneficiary Eligibility
The McGovern-Dole Program focuses on developing countries in which the national government of the recipient country is fully committed to achieving the goals of the World Declaration on Education for All and is taking steps to improve the quality and availability of education.
In determining whether an entity will be eligible to be a participant, FAS may consider the entity's previous compliance or noncompliance with the provisions of 7 CFR 1599. FAS may consider matters such as whether the entity corrected deficiencies in the implementation of an agreement in a timely manner and whether the entity has filed timely and accurate reports and other submissions that are required to be filed with FAS and other agencies of the United States. 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. All application packets must include the SF-424 forms, and each proposal must include the following eight (8) sections: 1) Introduction and Strategic Analysis; 2) Project-level Results Framework(s); 3) Plan of Operation and Activities; 4) Graduation and Sustainability; 5) Organizational Capacity and Staffing; 6) Detailed Budget and detailed budget narrative; 7) Commodity Management; and 8) Monitoring and Evaluation. Specific guidance on application procedures are posted on
Award Procedure
Applications are submitted to FAS. All applications are reviewed for completeness and then given to a technical review committee for a competitive review. After FAS approves an applicant's proposal, FAS will develop an agreement in consultation with the applicant. The agreement will set forth the obligations of FAS and the participant. A participant must comply with the terms of the agreement to receive assistance.
Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 60 to 90 days.
Not Applicable.
Not Applicable.
How are proposals selected?
Proposals are selected based upon assessed need, technical and programmatic merit, organizational background, competence and experience, past performance and financial plan. This is not a formula program.
How may assistance be used?
All activities under the program must be implemented in accordance with the terms of the McGovern-Dole Program regulations, 7 CFR 1599, and in accordance with the special terms and conditions of the specific program agreement.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Quarterly program reports may be required. No cash reports are required. Semi-annual performance reports are required. Final progress performance reports are required. Semi-annual financial reports are required. Final financial reports are required. An interim evaluation and a final evaluation are required.
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.
Program participants shall retain records and permit access to records for three years after program end date in accordance with the requirements of 7 CFR ยง 3019.53.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program.
Matching requirements are not applicable to this program.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Agreements normally include program implementation periods of 1-3 years. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: lump sum.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
Headquarters Office
Benjamin Mustovitz 1400 Independence Ave S.W; Stop 1030, Washington, District of Columbia 20706 Email: Phone: 202-720-4221
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Sale, Exchange, or Donation of Property and Goods) FY 14 $183,159,000; FY 15 est $202,200,000; and FY 16 est $200,000,000
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Cooperative agreements provided under McGovern-Dole Program normally range from $10-$20 million for a 3-year award. In 2016, FAS encourages proposals for 5-year implementation periods, which are expected to range from $20-$35 million.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
McGovern-Dole Program regulations are 7 CFR 1599 and contain references to other applicable regulations for this program.
Examples of Funded Projects
Not Applicable.


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