Team Nutrition Grants

 

Team Nutrition is an initiative of the USDA Food and Nutrition Service to support their 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.

Team Nutrition Training Grants for Healthy School Meals have been identified in USDA's national Strategic Plan for Training and Technical Assistance as one of the anchor delivery systems for supporting the implementation of USDA's nutrition requirements and the Dietary Guidelines for Americans in Child Nutrition programs. Team Nutrition's (TN) goal is to improve children's lifelong eating and physical activity habits by using the principles of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans and the USDA Food Guidance System.

TN Training Grants are awarded to State agencies on a competitive basis to establish or enhance sustainable infrastructures for implementing TN's three behavior-focused strategies: (1) provide training and technical assistance to child nutrition food service professionals to enable them to prepare and serve nutritious meals that appeal to students; (2) promote nutrition curriculum and education in schools through multiple communication channels (i.e., food services initiatives, classroom activities, school wide events, home activities, community programs and events, and media events and coverage) to reinforce positive nutrition messages and encourage students to make healthy food and physical activity choices as part of a healthy lifestyle; and (3) build school and community support for creating healthy school environments that are conducive to healthy eating and physical activity.

Non-competitive grants were awarded in FY 2014 for training and technical assistance to help schools use Behavioral Economics to create Smarter Lunchrooms, increasing student selection and consumption of fruits, vegetables, legumes, and whole grains. States were able to opt, under the grant announcement, to apply for the competitive and/or non-competitive Team Nutrition Training Grants. States could apply for a total of $350,000, either solely as a competitive grant, or a combination of competitive and non-competitive grants. The maximum amount a state could apply for in non-competitive grants was $50,000.

The HealthierUS School Challenge (HUSSC) is a voluntary certification initiative established to recognize those schools participating in the National School Lunch Program that have created healthier school environments through promotion of nutrition and physical activity. Effective in FY 2016, HUSSC will be listed under its own CFDA number, 10.543, and will no longer be listed under the TN Training Grants.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Active
Program Number
10.574
Federal Agency/Office
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Office: Food and Nutrition Service
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
PROJECT GRANTS
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2014: Fiscal Year 2014: State agencies receiving Team Nutrition grants have provided training and technical assistance to schools and child care providers on the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, meeting the meal pattern requirements set forth by the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act, maximized the use of USDA foods in their Child Nutrition programs, implemented Smarter Lunchroom strategies in schools participating in the National School Lunch Program, created healthier school and child care environments, and provided fun and interactive nutrition education in schools and child care institutions participating in USDA's Child Nutrition Programs. A summary of individual state activities can be found on the Team Nutrition web site at http://www.fns.usda.gov/tn/2014-tn-grants. Fiscal Year 2015: FY 2015 grants have not been awarded as of August 2015. Grant objectives are similar to those for the FY 2014 grants. Summaries of individual state activities will be available on the Team Nutrition web site upon award. Fiscal Year 2016: The Request for Applications for the FY 2016 Team Nutrition grants has not been posted yet. It is expected to be posted on grants.gov and the Team Nutrition web site in January/February 2016.
Authorization
Team Nutrition Training Grants are authorized under Public Law 111-296, which amended Section 19 of the Child Nutrition Act of 1966.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
State agencies that administer the NSLP or CACFP may apply for a TN Training Grant. States must apply individually.
Schools participating in the NSLP may apply for a HUSSC award.
Beneficiary Eligibility
School decision makers, school food service staff, children, parents, teachers, and educators.
Credentials/Documentation
State agencies must administer the NSLP or CACFP. Applicants must prove ability to provide a competent experienced staff and other resources to assure adequate development, supervision and execution of TN Training Grant activities. In addition, applicants are required to submit a written proposal which includes a description of the training issue or issues to be addressed, the proposed project approach, the rationale for it, specific program objectives, activities, and budget. A properly executed agreement between the Food and Nutrition Service and the State agency is necessary before funds can be allocated. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles 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
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Applicants must submit a complete application to the Food and Nutrition Service via grants.gov by the deadline specified.
In FY 14, States were able to opt, under the grant announcement, to apply for the competitive and/or non-competitive Team Nutrition Training Grants. States could apply for a total of $350,000, either solely as a competitive grant, or a combination of competitive and non-competitive grants. The maximum amount a state could apply for in non-competitive grants was $50,000.
In FY 15, and anticipated for FY 16, non-competitive grants will not be offered and states may apply for up to $350,000 in competitive grants.
Schools interested in applying for a HUSSC award can obtain the application materials from the Team Nutrition web site (http://www.fns.usda.gov/hussc/application-materials). Applications may be submitted online, or schools may send via US mail to their State agency administering the NSLP. See CFDA # 10.543 for more information on HUSSC.
Award Procedure
All applications that meet the published deadline for submission will be screened for completeness and conformity to the requirements as announced in the RFA package. Competitive grants are reviewed by a technical review panel composed of Food and Nutrition Service staff which convenes to determine the technical merit of each grant application, provide a numerical score and make recommendations to selecting officials.
The non-competitive grants awarded in FY 2014 were screened by a technical review panel composed of Food and Nutrition Service staff to ensure completeness and conformity to the requirements as announced in the RFA package. Applications were not scored; all applications that met the criteria set forth in the RFA package were awarded non-competitive grants.
See CFDA # 10.543 for information on HUSSC award procedure.
Deadlines
Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Once the application is received from the State agency, it is approximately 3 to 4 months before announcement of the TN Training Grant awards. In FY 14, competitive grants were not awarded until final amounts are determined for the non-competitive awards.
See CFDA # 10.543 for information on HUSSC approval/disapproval time.
Appeals
From 30 to 60 days.
Renewals
Not applicable for the TN Training Grants.
See CFDA # 10.543 for information on HUSSC renewals.
How are proposals selected?
Technical Review Criteria, which are furnished to all applicants in the RFA package are used by the review panel to score and rank TN Training Grant applications. Categories for the TN Training Grants (both competitive and non-competitive) criteria are Project Design, Evaluation, Qualifications of Grant Personnel, and Budget.
See CFDA # 10.543 for information on HUSSC criteria.
How may assistance be used?
Team Nutrition Training Grants provide discretionary funding to assist State agencies administering the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) in achieving the TN goal of improving children's lifelong eating and physical activity habits using the most current Dietary Guidelines for Americans. States may award sub-grants to schools and institutions in NSLP and CACFP, following the established oversight procedure as well as the Guidance for Interpreting Cost Principles of Sub-Grants. Team Nutrition Training Grants provide funding to assist State agencies in achieving the TN goal of improving children's lifelong eating and physical activity habits using the most current Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Activities must meet the requirements set forth in the Request for Applications:

1. Use behavioral economics in the NSLP and/or CACFP to develop environmental cues to increase children’s choice of whole grains, fat-free or low-fat dairy products, fruits, vegetables, and legumes.

2. Provide training for child nutrition foodservice staff on implementing the most recent Dietary
Guidelines for Americans (DGAs), applying for the HealthierUS School Challenge (NSLP/SBP), maximizing the use of USDA Foods, and meeting meal pattern requirements.

3. Provide schools or child care providers participating in the USDA Child Nutrition programs with technical assistance to create and maintain a healthier school or child care environment,
including strategies supporting implementation and evaluation of wellness policies as
specified in the Healthy Hunger Free Kids Act of 2010.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Reporting
Program reports are not applicable. Quarterly financial reports are required. Quarterly progress reports are required. Quarterly SF-425 financial reports are required, submitted electronically. Performance monitoring is not applicable.
Auditing
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
State agencies must maintain records as necessary to support the use of TN Training Grant funds 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
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
Two year grants, within Federal fiscal years. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: by letter of credit.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
See Regional Agency Offices. See the FNS Regional Offices listed in Appendix IV of the Catalog.
Headquarters Office
Cynthia Long, Food and Nutrition Service, 3101 Park Center Drive Room 640, Alexandria, Virginia 22302 Email: Cindy.Long@fns.usda.gov Phone: (703) 305-2590.
Website Address
http://www.fns.usda.gov/tn/team-nutrition-training-grants
Financial Information
Account Identification
12-3539-0-1-605.
Obligations
(Salaries) FY 14 $15,004,000; FY 15 Estimate Not Available(Exp: No longer under TN Grants); and FY 16 Estimate Not Available(Exp: No longer under TN Grants) - This amount was incorrectly entered as Team Nutrition Training Grant funds, when in actuality, it is part of the overall Team Nutrition Initiative's budget, covering salaries and benefits for Federal employees, publications (development and dissemination), and other costs related to running the Team Nutrition Initiative. (Project Grants) FY 14 $5,373,599; FY 15 est $5,500,000; and FY 16 est $5,500,000 - Competitive Team Nutrition Training Grants. (Project Grants) FY 14 $312,724; FY 15 Estimate Not Available(Exp: No longer offered after FY 14); and FY 16 Estimate Not Available(Exp: No longer offered after FY 14) - Non-competitive Team Nutrition Training Grants. (Project Grants) FY 14 $1,500,000; FY 15 Estimate Not Available(Exp: See CFDA # 10.543); and FY 16 Estimate Not Available(Exp: See CFDA # 10.543) - Healthier US Schools Challenge.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
State agencies could apply for up to $350,000 in competitive grants, and/or up to $50,000 in non-competitive grants. Total grant award for one state may not exceed $350,000. In FY 2013, competitive Team Nutrition Training Grant awards ranged from $193,056 - $350,000, with an average award of $314,033; and non-competitive Team Nutrition Training Grant awards ranged from $30,000 to $50,000.
In FY 2014, competitive Team Nutrition Training Grant awards ranged from $178,787 - $349,812 with an average award of $298,533; and non-competitive Team Nutrition Training Grant awards ranged from $19,993 to $50,000.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
2 CFR Part 200
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2014: A summary of individual state activities can be found on the Team Nutrition web site at http://www.fns.usda.gov/tn/2014-tn-grants. The two largest awards for FY 14 were to Montana ($349,812) and Washington ($349,210).
Montana will build statewide support for nutrition education, school wellness policy implementation, and Farm-to-School programs in school and child care environments. Activities to achieve these goals include enhancing the training capacity of the regional School Wellness Coach to expand their outreach; increasing food preparation, culinary skills and training on Smarter Lunchrooms concepts of food service personnel through statewide workshops; increasing the number of schools receiving HealthierUS School Challenge awards; enhancing statewide training and increasing school district access to financial resources; empowering foodservice personnel and educators to motivate students to consume Montana-grown foods through a Montana Harvest of the Month toolkit; increasing local food procurement, garden-based nutrition education activities, and Farm-to- School initiatives through a statewide Farm-to-School conference; and strengthening the training capacity to child care center staff participating in CACFP through one-on-one consultations from wellness coaches.

Washington will create Smarter Lunchrooms in 20-25 schools to increase student selection of whole grains, fat-free or low-fat dairy products, fruits, vegetables, and legumes. Each Smarter Lunchroom school will have a team dedicated to promoting, marketing, and educating students on Smarter Lunchroom nutrition concepts, as well as assisting schools in completing applications for the HealthierUS School Challenge. The Smarter Lunchroom teams will also create Smarter Lunchroom toolkits to be promoted to all Washington schools. The State agency will also provide resources to all Child Nutrition Local Education Agencies and sponsors on implementing behavioral economics to increase children’s choices of healthy foods. Fiscal Year 2015: These have not been awarded as of August 2015. When the grants are awarded, examples of funded projects will be available on the Team Nutrition web site. Fiscal Year 2016: The Request for Applications for the FY 2016 Team Nutrition grants has not been posted yet. It is expected to be posted on grants.gov and the Team Nutrition web site in January/February 2016.

 



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