Snap Research Grants


The purpose of this Request for Applications (RFA) is to fund State agencies* to initiate new GIS projects aimed at improving program participation among underserved populations.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Deleted 03/03/2014 (Archived.)
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Office: Food and Nutrition Service
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Project Grants (Discretionary)
Program Accomplishments
Not Applicable.
Food and Nutrition Act of 2008 (Section 17(a)(1), Section 17(a)(1).
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Only State agencies are eligible to apply for these funds. Other local agencies, Tribal Governments, Indian tribal organizations, non-profit entities, community and faith-based organizations, and academic institutions may formally partner with State agencies to submit a proposal. However, all proposals for this RFA must be submitted by the State agency and grant monies will be awarded to the selected State agencies.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Only State agencies are eligible to apply for these funds. Other local agencies, Tribal Governments, Indian tribal organizations, non-profit entities, community and faith-based organizations, and academic institutions may formally partner with State agencies to submit a proposal. However, all proposals for this RFA must be submitted by the State agency and grant monies will be awarded to the selected State agencies.
Must be a State Agency. OMB Circular No. A-87 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
OMB Circular No. A-102 applies to this program. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-110. Applicants will submit grant propoals that adhere to the RFA through
Award Procedure
FNS will convene a panel of technical staff and SNAP staff from FNS to review and determine the technical merits of each grant application. The panel will read each grant application according to how well the proposals meet the program requirements in this RFA. The panel will assign each application a score using the evaluation criteria and weights specified below.
Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 60 to 90 days.
From 30 to 60 days. Described in the RFA.
Not Applicable.
How are proposals selected?
Panel Review.
How may assistance be used?
Proposals must clearly describe the technology infrastructure in place and the proposed geo-mapping tools that will be used to meet proposal objectives (preferably by name such as ArcGIS Desktop, Google Earth Pro, MapPoint, Food Environment Atlas and/or other tools and software available including free and open source (FOSS) tools). The detailed description should include whether infrastructure and tools used for proposed activities are in-house, contractor maintained, out-sourced, client-server based, and/or web-based. Please be as detailed and descriptive as possible. Funds under this RFA may not be used for the following:
•Procurement of new or additional infrastructure (hardware and software). Please note: the purchase of new base layer data to meet project objectives is allowable.
•Any travel costs, including but not limited to: hotels, air fares, and per diem that may be associated with proposal activities.
•Support for GIS analyses not pertaining to SNAP. Cost-allocation across programs, however, is permitted. $200,000 has been set aside to fund at least two project grants to State Agencies.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Quarterly Reports. Quarterly financial reports submitted into the Food Program Reporting System (FPRS) as prescribed in the terms and conditions. Quartly Reports submitted to Program Officer as prescribed in the terms and conditions. No expenditure reports are required. No performance monitoring is required.
No audits are required for this program.
See the RFA.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program.
This program has no matching requirements. None.
This program does not have MOE requirements. None.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
One year from award date. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: by letter of credit.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
Headquarters Office
Leslie Byrd 3101 Park Center Drive
Suite 732, Alexandria, Virginia 22302 Email: Phone: 703.305.2867
Website Address
No Data Available
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Project Grants (Discretionary)) FY 11 $0; FY 12 est $200,000; and FY 13 est $200,000 - Two or more grants may be awarded.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
$50,000 - $100,000.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Debarment and Suspension 2 CFR Part 180 and 2 CFR Part 417

A recipient chosen for an award shall comply with the non-procurement debarment and suspension common rule implementing Executive Orders (E.O.) 12549 and 12669, “Debarment and Suspension,” codified at 2 CFR Part 180 and 2 CFR Part 417. This common rule restricts sub-awards and contracts with certain parties that are debarred, suspended or otherwise excluded from or ineligible for participation in Federal assistance programs or activities. The approved grant recipient will be required to ensure that all sub-contractors and sub-grantees are neither excluded nor disqualified under the suspension and debarment rules prior to approving a sub-grant award by checking the Excluded Parties List System (EPLS) found at

Universal Identifier and Central Contractor Registration 2 CFR Part 25

Effective October 1, 2010, all grant applicants must obtain a Dun and Bradstreet (D&B) Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number as a universal identifier for Federal financial assistance. Active grant recipients and their direct sub-recipients of a sub-grant award also must obtain a DUNS number. To request a DUNS number visit:

The grant recipient must also register its DUNS number into the Central Contractor Registration (CCR) system, which is the repository for standard information about applicants and recipients. Current registration must be maintained in the CCR throughout the performance period of the grant award. CCR registration can be accessed at .

FNS may not make an award to an applicant until the applicant has complied with the requirements described in 2 CFR 25to provide a valid DUNS number and maintain an active CCR registration with current information.

Reporting Sub-award and Executive Compensation Information 2 CFR Part 170

The Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act (FFATA) of 2006 (Public Law 109–282), as amended by Section 6202 of Public Law 110–252 requires primary grantees of Federal grants and cooperative agreements to report information on sub-grantee obligations and executive compensation. FFATA promotes open government by enhancing the Federal Government’s accountability for its stewardship of public resources. This is accomplished by making Government information, particularly information on Federal spending, accessible to the general public.

Primary grantees, including State agencies, are required to report actions taken on or after October 1, 2010, that obligates $25,000 or more in Federal grant funds to first- tier sub-grantees. This information must be reported in the Government-wide FFATA Sub-Award Reporting System (FSRS). In order to access FSRS a current CCR registration is required. A primary grantee and first-tier sub-grantees must also report total compensation for each of its five most-highly compensated executives. Every primary and first-tier grantee must obtain a DUNS number prior to being eligible to receive a grant or sub-grant award. Additional information will be provided to grant recipients upon award.

Duncan Hunter National Defense Authorization Act of Fiscal Year 2009, Public Law 110-417

Section 872 of this Act requires the development and maintenance of a Federal Government information system that contains specific information on the integrity and performance of covered Federal agency contractors and grantees. The Federal Awardee Performance and Integrity Information System (FAPIIS) was developed to address these requirements. FAPIIS contains integrity and performance information from the Contractor Performance Assessment Reporting System, information from the CCR database, and suspension and debarment information from the EPLS. FNS will review and consider any information about the applicant reflected in FAPIIS when making a judgment about whether an applicant is qualified to receive an award.


This grant will be awarded and administered in accordance with the following regulations and the corresponding OMB Circulars that establish the principles for cost determination found at 2 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), Subtitle A, Chapter II: Part 220, Education Institutions (OMB Circular A-21); Part 225, State, Local and Indian Tribal Governments (OMB Circular A-87); and Part 230, Non-Profit Organizations (OMB Circular A-122). Any Federal laws, regulations, or USDA directives released after this RFA is posted will be implemented as instructed.

Government-wide Regulations
•2 CFR Part 25: “Universal Identifier and Central Locator Contractor Registration”
•2 CFR Part 170: “Reporting Sub-award and Executive Compensation Information”
•2 CFR Part 175: “Award Term for Trafficking in Persons”
•2 CFR Part 180: “OMB Guidelines to Agencies on Government-wide Debarment and Suspension (Non-Procurement)”
•2 CFR Part 417: “Office of the Chief Financial Officer: Department of Agriculture Implementation of OMB Guidance on Non-Procurement Debarment and Suspension”
•41 U.S.C. Section 22 “Interest of Member of Congress”

USDA Regulations
•7 CFR Part 15: “Nondiscrimination”
•7 CFR Part 3015: “Uniform Federal Assistance Regulations”
•7 CFR Part 3016: “Uniform Administrative Requirements for Grants and Cooperative Agreements to State and Local Governments”
•7 CFR Part 3018: “New Restrictions on Lobbying”
•7 CFR Part 3019: “Uniform Administrative Requirements for Grants and Cooperative Agreements with Institutions of Higher Education, Hospitals, and other Non-Profit Organizations”
•7 CFR Part 3021: “Government-wide Requirements for Drug-Free Workplace (Financial Assistance)”
•7 CFR Part 3052: “Audits of State, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations”

Examples of Funded Projects
Not Applicable.


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