National Food Service Management Institute Administration and Staffing Grant


The Institute of Child Nutrition (ICN), formerly known as the National Food Service Management Institute (NFMSI) is part of the School of Applied Science at The University of Mississippi and is the only federally funded national center dedicated to applied research, education and training, and technical assistance for Child Nutrition Programs. The Institute was established and authorized by Congress, in 1989, and funded at The University of Mississippi in 1991 by a grant administered through the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Food and Nutrition Service (FNS). In 1994, the Institute was permanently authorized. The specific duties (described below) of the Institute can be found in section 21 of the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act, 42 U.S.C. 1769b-1. Administration and Staffing Grant: The Institute receives $5,000,000 through a non-competitive grant each year as stipulated in section 21 of the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act, as amended and reauthorized, for activities that include training, applied research, preparation of informational materials and maintenance of an information clearinghouse. The grant funds staff positions in the Institutes four divisions: Education and Training, Information Services, Applied Research and Administration. General Education Cooperative Agreement: The Institute receives $800,000 - $2,000,000 for general education through a non-competitive cooperative agreement. The general education agreement supports activities under Team Nutrition. Team Nutrition is a USDA initiative to support the Child Nutrition Programs through training and technical assistance for foodservice, nutrition education for children and their caregivers, and school and community support for healthy eating and physical activity. In addition, the FNS Office of Food Safety provides funding to support its mission of increasing awareness, visibility, and impact of food safety on USDA nutrition assistance programs. The Institute provides support to the FNS Office of Food Safety for developing food safety education programs and materials and conducting applied research related to food safety education (non-competitive). A complete description is at CFDA 10.585 FNS Food Safety Grants. Mission and Vision: The Institute's mission is to provide relevant research-based information and services that promote the continuous improvement of Child Nutrition Programs. The vision is to lead the nation in providing education, research, and resources to promote excellence in Child Nutrition Programs. The Institute serves anyone connected with the Child Nutrition Programs: National School Lunch, School Breakfast, Summer Food Service, and Child and Adult Care Food Programs. As a national center, and to fulfill its mission, the Institute develops educational resources, and offers training and technical assistance using appropriate technology for child nutrition professionals across the nation and conducts applied research. It is the training and technical assistance arm of the Child Nutrition Programs.

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; Z - Salaries and Expenses
Program Accomplishments
Not applicable.
Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act, as amended, 42 U.S.C. 1751, 1758, 1759a,1761, 1765, 1766, 1769, 1772, 1773, 1779; School Breakfast Program (SBP); Child Nutrition Act of 1966, as amended, Public Laws 108-265, 104-193, 100-435, 99-661, 97-35; Special Milk Program (SMP); Child Nutrition Act of 1966, as amended; Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP); 89 Stat. 522-525, Summer Food Service Program (SFSP); American Recovery Act and Reinvestment Act of 2009, Public Law 111-5. The 2010 Agriculture Appropriations Act (Public Law 111-80).
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Non-competitive. Appropriated by Congress to provide financial and other assistance to the University of Mississippi, in cooperation with the University of Southern Mississippi, to establish and maintain a food service management institute.
Beneficiary Eligibility
FNS nutrition assistance program decision makers, FNS nutrition assistance program providers, and children and teachers.
Not applicable.
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. Application package must be submitted electronically via
Award Procedure
Applicant must meet the non-competitive grant and cooperative agreement submission requirements for completeness and conformity in a grant application, statement of work and budget. FNS will determine the technical merit of each grant and cooperative agreement application, approve, and then award funds.
Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 30 to 60 days.
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. Guidance on restrictions is set forth in the grant document.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Not applicable.
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
Grant period of performance is generally for 3 years. Extensions to the period of performance must be approved by FNS and limited to a maximum of 5 years. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: Letter.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
None/Not specified.
Headquarters Office
Melissa Rothstein
Food and Nutrition Service, 1320 Braddock Place
Alexandria, VA 22313 US
Phone: 7033464484
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Cooperative Agreements) FY 22$2,000,000.00; FY 23 est $2,000,000.00; FY 24 est $2,000,000.00; FY 21$0.00; FY 20$1,000,000.00; FY 19$2,833,509.00; FY 18$2,183,000.00; FY 17$1,170,045.00; FY 14$800,000.00; Estimate Not Available FY 15 est $800,000.00; FY 16 est $800,000.00; - General Education Cooperative Agreement(Salaries and Expenses) FY 22$5,000,000.00; FY 23 est $5,000,000.00; FY 24 est $5,000,000.00; FY 21$5,000,000.00; FY 20$5,000,000.00; FY 19$5,000,000.00; FY 18$5,000,000.00; FY 17$5,000,000.00; FY 14$5,000,000.00; Estimate Not Available FY 15 est $5,000,000.00; FY 16 est $5,000,000.00; - Administration and Staffing Grant(Cooperative Agreements) FY 22$0.00; FY 23 est $0.00; FY 24 est $2,000,000.00; FY 21 FY 20$2,897,356.00; FY 19 FY 18$2,000,000.00; FY 17 FY 14 est $500,000.00; FY 15 est $500,000.00; FY 16 Estimate Not Available - Culinary Institute of Child Nutrition (CICN)
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Available Administration and Staffing Grant (non-competitive) - $5,000,000. Available General Education Cooperative Agreement (non-competitive) - $800,000 - $2,000,000
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
7 CFR Part 3016, 7 CFR Part 3018. Determined by the legislation authorizing the grants.
Examples of Funded Projects
Not applicable.


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