Rural Child Poverty Nutrition Center


University of Kentucky lead by Dr. Ann Vail was selected through a competitive process as the grantee that would establish the USDA Rural Child Poverty Nutrition Center. The roles of this Center include: ? developing and administering a series of sub-grants pertinent to the purposes of this grant ? coordinating relevant grant-related activities among sub-grantees and researchers ? conducting an evaluation of subgrantees? programs, and ? widely disseminating information on communities? implementation strategies and evaluation findings. The goal of the Center is to reduce child food insecurity by improving Child Nutrition Assistance program coordination with other nutrition assistance programs or services in persistently poor rural counties.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Deleted 03/27/2024 (Archived.)
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
Fiscal Year 2015 The Rural Child Poverty Nutrition Center (RCPNC) at the University of Kentucky expects to announce the availability of funding on July 24, 2015, for projects that use creative strategies to increase coordination among United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) Child Nutrition programs and other nutrition assistance programs. USDA Nutrition Assistance Programs targeted for improved coordination include: •Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) •Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) •School Breakfast Program (SBP)* •National School Lunch Program (NSLP)* •Summer Food Service Program (SFSP)* •Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP)* •Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR) *USDA - FNS Child Nutrition Program The project is aimed at families with children who live in 324 persistently poor counties in 15 states. Its goal is to increase those families' participation in USDA-FNS Child Nutrition Programs and other nutrition assistance programs. Through the grant funding, communities will improve program coordination among various delivering agencies, which will result in improved rates of program participation. RFA, scorecard, and electronic link to application developed (May - July, 2015) RFA announcement distributed (7/24/15) RCPNC RFA Press Release (7/31/15)
Fiscal Year 2016 RFA grant application reviewers trained RFA applications submitted and reviewed Sub-grantees selected Sub-grantee workshop in Alexandria, VA Video recordings of workshop delivered to FNS Sub-grantee webinars and support Formation of Anti-Hunger Panel Conference calls with project officer at FNS Quarterly reports submitted Annual report submitted
Fiscal Year 2017 Sub-grantees finalize workplans and community needs assessments Webinars Qualitative interviews with sub-grantees General program monitoring of activities and expenses
Fiscal Year 2019 The sub-grantees completed their work and the grantee completed and submitted their final report and evaluation.
The legislative authority for this grant announcement is Section 6(a)(3) of the National School Lunch Act.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
The grant is to be used to establish grants and cooperative agreements to identify, develop and undertake projects to meet Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) program needs and the food, nutrition, and health needs of program eligible participants.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Cooperative agreements are awarded to State and local governments, hospitals, non-profit organizations and accredited colleges/universities. This is a requirement for the selected recipient of the grants and cooperative agreements, not the sub-grantees. Cooperative agreement recipients are to award sub-grants aimed at identifying, developing, and evaluating interventions and innovative approaches to strengthen the impact of Food and Nutrition Service programs on the food, nutrition, and health of program eligible participants.
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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. All applications had to be submitted electronically through Applicants were only allowed to submit paper-copy applications under extenuating circumstances, such as outages of the website that can be substantiated by a valid case number with the support center.
Award Procedure
FNS pre-screened all applications to ensure that they contain the required documents and information, including but not limited to: all supporting documentation, the narrative proposal, Letters of Commitment, and Agreement to Cooperate with FNS. Complete applications needed to be submitted by eligible applicants, meet all other eligibility requirements stated in this RFA, submitted on or before the required deadlines, and be in the required format. If an application did not include all appropriate information, FNS will consider the application to be non-responsive and will eliminate it from further evaluation. FNS assembled an evaluation panel to review and determine the technical merits of each application. The evaluation criteria discussed below was reviewed by a panel of evaluators and used to score proposals. The proposals were ranked by score starting with the highest score. The panel presented their recommendation to the selecting official based on this ranking. Awards were considered based on rank order, however, the selection official reserved the right to make an award out of rank order to meet agency priorities, program balance, geographical representation, or project diversity. FNS reserves the right to use this solicitation and competition to award additional grants in the next fiscal year should additional funds be made available through future appropriations.
Not applicable.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
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Not applicable.
How are proposals selected?
How may assistance be used?
This Request for Applications (RFA) was open to all Accredited Colleges/Universities, and Private or Public Research Institutions. These are requirements for the selected recipient of the Cooperative Agreement, not any potential sub-grantees. The University of Kentucky will be awarding sub-grants to government or non-profit organizations at the state or local (city or county) level located in 324 persistently poor counties in 15 States identified by USDA-FNS as having the highest number of persistently poor counties (Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, West Virginia). All sub-grantee projects must include a needs assessment in their community, along with strategies to address identified needs. Sub-grantees will also receive training on effectively implementing and managing projects from the RCPNC team, and will also be responsible for working with the RCPNC evaluation team to provide quarterly status updates and obtain and collect relevant evaluation data, including common measures across projects.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Not applicable.
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Records (financial/administrative/grant) are to be maintained according to the time requirements specified in the terms of the grant, or cooperative agreement with Food and Nutrition Service or as applicable under federal regulation requirements.
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
The total time period for which a grant or cooperative agreement is awarded may not exceed 60 months. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Funding will be made to successful recipients as specified in the terms of the grant or cooperative agreement with Food and Nutrition Service or as applicable under federal regulation requirements. The total funds will be released incrementally over the award years. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: Quarterly.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
None/Not specified.
Headquarters Office
Danielle Berman
3101 Park Center Drive
Alexandria, VA 22302 US
Phone: 703-305-2698
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Salaries and Expenses) FY 18$580,000.00; FY 19 est $550,000.00; FY 20 est $0.00; FY 17$529,306.00; FY 16 est $456,507.00; FY 15$56,457.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Grant and sub-grant funds will be made available on a competitive basis, subject to availability of federal funds. This grant was funded at approximately $2.5 million; $1,275,500 of which will be distributed as sub-grants with a maximum award amount of $100,000 per sub-grantee.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Not applicable.
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2017 NA: Projects will only be funded in FY16
Fiscal Year 2015 Please see for more information on the University of Kentucky's Rural Child Poverty Nutrition Center. Sub-grants have yet to be awarded. NA: Projects will only be funded in FY16
Fiscal Year 2016 Funded Counties are listed below. Project descriptions can be found at Mississippi Roadmap to Health Equity, Inc. (MS) PreK-12 and Beyond (LA) Center for Community and Economic Development, Inc. (SC) The Chickasaw Nation (OK) Action Pathways (Second Harvest Food Bank of Southeast North Carolina) Crisp County Community Council (GA) Summit School District #54-6 (SD) Auburn University-Alabama Cooperative Extension System (AL) East Arkansas Enterprise Community (AR) The University of Tennessee (Jackson County) The University of Tennessee (Lake County) Texas Hunger Initiative; Baylor University (TX) The Family Center Food Bank of the Delta (AR) West Alabama AHEC (AL) Clinton County Community Foundation (KY) Whiteville City Schools (NC) Fulton County Schools (KY)


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