Outreach Education and Technical Assistance


EOTA provides financial assistance to eligible recipients to perform outreach and technical assistance to improve the coordination and effectiveness of Federal programs, services, and actions affecting rural areas. The main goals are to (1) increase access and participation in FSA programs and services and (2) improve technical assistance to producers for FSA farm and farm loan programs with an emphasis on reaching socially disadvantaged, historically- underserved, beginning, and veteran producers .

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Farm Service Agency, Department of Agriculture
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
Program Accomplishments
Not applicable.
Rural Development Act of 1972 (7 U.S.C. 2204b(b)(4) U.S.C. Section 607(b4((4)
Additional information is available at www.fsa.usda.gov/cooperativeagreements.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Eligibility for this opportunity is limited to the following entity types: a. Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized) b. Native American tribal organizations (other than Federally recognized tribal governments) c. Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS (other than institutions of higher education) d. Public and State-controlled institutions of higher education
Beneficiary Eligibility
Additional restrictions may apply depending on the applicable FSA program for which outreach or technical assistance is provided.
Not applicable.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is not applicable.
Application Procedure
This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards.
Award Procedure
The agency seeks to compete funding wherever possible. The agency may choose to award funding noncompetitively when seeking to fund continuing work already started under a previous award, activities that cannot be delayed due to an emergency, work where it is impractical to secure competition, fund unique and innovative unsolicited applications, or other reasons. For competitive awards, additional specific award procedures may be outlined in individual Notices of Funding Opportunities published on Grants.gov. However, procedures will generally follow the steps set out here. Once funding decisions are made, the agency may contact individual applicants to clarify certain components of their applications. Merit/technical reviews of all applications will be conducted by a technical review board nominated by the approving official. Risk reviews will be conducted by the FPAC Business Center, Grants and Agreements Division. The approving official will make the final award decisions. The approving official for this opportunity is the FSA Associate Administrator. Reviews will be conducted in a multi-phase process in which an interagency staff panel from FPAC agencies will make recommendations to the approving official. Interagency reviewers will be selected based upon knowledge, skills, training, and experience in relevant fields.
Applicants must submit applications via Grants.gov. Applications must be received by 11:59 pm Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of the opportunity. An application submitted or resubmitted after the deadline is late (an application is considered on time at 11:59.59 pm ET, but it is late at 12:00 am ET). Late submissions will not be reviewed or considered. Contact headquarters, as appropriate for questions regarding application deadlines.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 60 to 90 days.
Not applicable.
Not applicable.
How are proposals selected?
Applications will be screened for completeness and compliance with the provisions of this notice. Incomplete, noncompliant, and/or applications not meeting the formatting criteria may be eliminated from competition. In that event, the agency will send notification of elimination to the applicant. An applicant must meet the following standards to be considered for award: a. Financial Stability. The applicant maintains an adequate financial resources or cash flow to meet its financial obligations on a routine basis in order to successfully complete any agreement it may be awarded. b. Quality of Management Systems and Ability to meet Management Standards prescribed in 2 CFR Part 200. The applicant has a financial management system adequate to segregate and track federal funds. It has adequate systems in place for proper agreement administration; compliance with the standards outlined in 2 CFR Part 200 Subpart D for procurement, property, and records management; and required financial and performance reporting. c. History of Performance. If the applicant has previously obtained Federal financial assistance award, it has never failed to materially comply with the Federal award terms and conditions and further that it has never had an award terminated on that basis. Submission of an application constitutes certification that an applicant meets these standards (items a. through c. above). The agency may request documentation to substantiate the certification. Based on risk assessment, the agency may impose specific award conditions in accordance with 2 CFR 200.208. Awards Over the Simplified Acquisition Threshold (if applicable) a. Prior to making a Federal award with a total Federal share greater than the simplified acquisition threshold ($250,000), the agency must review and consider any information about the applicant that is in the designated integrity and performance system accessible through SAM (the Federal Awardee Performance Integrity Information System, FAPIIS) (see 41 U.S.C. 2313 and 2 CFR 200.206(a)); b. An applicant may review information in FAPIIS accessible through SAM and comment on any information about it that a Federal awarding agency previously entered; c. The agency will consider any comments by the applicant, in addition to the other information in the designated integrity and performance system, in making a judgment about the applicant's integrity, business ethics, and record of performance under Federal awards when completing the review of risk posed by applicants as described in 2 CFR 200.206, Federal awarding agency review of risk posed by applicants. Additional selection criteria will be included in Notices of Funding Opportunities, as applicable.
How may assistance be used?
Except as otherwise indicated in specific Notices of Funding Opportunities under the program, assistance funds may be used for project costs in accordance with 2 CFR 200, Subpart E – Cost Principles.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Performance Reports: Recipients must provide the following to the agency: • Quarterly performance reports that compare accomplishments to the objectives stated in the application, and that must also: • Identify all tasks completed to date and provide documentation supporting the reported results (dates and locations of activities, county, city state; number of participants assisted, barriers to participation); • If the original schedule provided in the work plan is not being met, discuss the problems or delays that may affect completion of the project; • List objectives for the next reporting period.
This program is subject to 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements.
Not applicable.
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
Funding for this program is not cyclical. Funding opportunities will be announced as funding is available and as agency priorities dictate. The agency seeks to compete funding wherever possible. The agency may choose to award funding noncompetitively when seeking to fund continuing work already started under a previous award, activities that cannot be delayed due to an emergency, work where it is impractical to secure competition, fund unique and innovative unsolicited applications, or other reasons. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: Program funds may be released on a reimbursable project basis or deliverable basis, or an advance basis in accordance with 2 CFR 200.305.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
None/Not specified.
Headquarters Office
Linda Cronin
1400 Independence Ave., SW, Stop 0511
Washington, DC 20250-0511
Washington, DC 20250 USA
Phone: 202-692-4928
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Project Grants) FY 22$4,500,000.00; FY 23 est $5,000,000.00; FY 24 est $0.00; FY 21$2,000,000.00; FY 20$0.00; - (Project Grants) FY 22$0.00; FY 23 est $0.00; FY 24 FY 21$2,709,883.00; FY 20$0.00; - (Project Grants) FY 22$0.00; FY 23 est $0.00; FY 24 FY 21$1,000,000.00; FY 20 Estimate Not Available -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Because this is a new program, data for averages is not readily available. However, anticipated ranges typically fall between $30,000 and $1,000,000.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Not applicable.
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2022 Efforts covered by this program funding may include, but are not limited to, the following examples. Technical assistance and support with applying for applications for a program for minority producers, conducting a series of local workshops and working with FSA, or creating plain-language materials and guides that break down program options for new and beginning farmers. Outreach may be delivered via educational workshops, online webinars, in-person meetings, and other community-level events with the goal of reaching new audiences and providing information about FSA programs. One example of work is when the 2018 Farm Bill (Pub. L. 115-334; see https://www.usda.gov/farmbill) identified additional alternative ways for heirs to show control of the land without a deed, FSA awarded funding to organizations to help educate farmers on these flexibilities and assist them in working with their local offices in applying for an FSA farm number. Technical assistance covers activities that directly help producers accomplish tasks to participate in FSA programs. For assistance, FSA has awarded funding for a project to assist Heir's Property landowners through workshops on succession planning, working with attorneys, and helping to fill out applications for FSA programs or obtaining a farm number.


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