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
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Office: Food and Nutrition Service
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Cooperative Agreements
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2014: n/a. 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. Fiscal Year 2016: No Current Data Available
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.
No Credentials or documentation are required. This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles.
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 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
Not Applicable.
Not Applicable.
Not Applicable.
How are proposals selected?
See RFA.
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. Funds must be used to support projects in the persistently poor counties in the 15 States with the highest number of persistently poor counties (see list in Appendix A of RFA).
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Program reports are required according to the terms of the grant or cooperative agreement with Food and Nutrition Service or as applicable under federal regulation requirements. Report SF-PPR is to be filed by the recipient according to the terms of the grant or cooperative agreement. Annual Reports are required as specified in the RFA and a draft version of a journal article ready to be submitted to a peer-reviewed journal is required by project completion. No cash reports are required. Quarterly Progress Reports are required as specified in the RFA. Financial progress reports are submitted as specified in the RFA. 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.
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
This program has no statutory formula.
This program has no matching requirements.
This program does not have MOE requirements.
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
Headquarters Office
Karen A. Castellanos-Brown 3101 Park Center Dr., Alexandria, Virginia 22302 Email: Phone: 703-305-2732
Website Address
No Data Available
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Salaries) FY 14 Not Separately Identifiable(Exp: n/a -Awarded in 2015); FY 15 est $500,000; and FY 16 Estimate Not Available
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 2014: No Current Data Available 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. Fiscal Year 2016: No Current Data Available


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