Urban Agriculture and Urban County Committee Outreach, Technical Assistance, and Education


UA-EOTA provides financial assistance to eligible recipients to perform outreach, research, and technical assistance to improve the coordination and effectiveness of Federal programs, services, and actions affecting urban areas. The main goals are to (1) increase equity in urban food systems by expanding FSAs outreach efforts to commercial urban producers through technical assistance, outreach, education, and research; and (2) increase supply chain resiliency in urban food systems by improving the sustainability and long-term viability of urban farming operations.

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.
Food Systems Transformation Effort, Title American Rescue Plan Act, Part b, Section Section 1001
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Not applicable.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Farmer/Rancher/Agriculture Producer
Not applicable.
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. Notice of Funding Opportunities (NOFO) for this listing will be posted on Grants.gov (opens in new window)(opens in new window).
Award Procedure
Non-competitive applications will be accepted from organizations that have been identified as key partners who can assist with establishing and growing FSA's Urban COC pilot and are uniquely positioned to help expand the pilot and identify the needs of urban producers. The pilot is currently underway, and efforts are being made to provide additional support to urban producers, immediately. This justification complies with 2 CFR ? 415.1 Exceptions (5) Awards when it is impracticable to secure competition. Applications will be screened for completeness and compliance with the provisions of this notice. Applications will undergo an administrative review to ensure that the proposed activities fulfill the purpose and goals outlined in this announcement. The agency intends to make a selection after allowing applicants to correct deficiencies or omissions in their applications. Regardless, applicants must ensure their applications are complete and accurate. The agency reserves the right to request applicants to revise their applications to correct deficiencies or omissions it identifies. If this occurs, the agency will conduct discussions with all applicants, identify deficiencies and omissions for all, and give applicants an opportunity to submit a revised application. The agency may also contact individual applicants to clarify certain components of their applications. The agency reserves the right to not make awards to applicants that are non-responsive to agency requests and not in compliance with the provisions provided by the agency. Technical reviews will be conducted by a technical review board in a multi-phase review process in which an interagency staff panel from FPAC agencies will make recommendations to the deciding 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.
Not applicable.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 60 to 90 days.
Not applicable.
Not applicable.
How are proposals selected?
Not applicable.
How may assistance be used?
This proposal is to award non-competitive, multi-year cooperative agreements with a community-based organizations (CBO) in each location selected for an Urban County Committee. These awards will be non-competitive, as they will fund unique and unsolicited applications. The CBOs selected will have: 1) a good working relationship with FSA and NRCS leadership in the local area, 2) experience working with USDA and familiarity with NRCS and FSA programs and services, and 3) a trusted reputation with members of the local community to assist in advancing equity.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Not applicable.
In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, nonfederal 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. 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. Funds are primarily available through the American Rescue Plan Act. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: Quarterly.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
Contact your State FSA Office with additional questions.
Headquarters Office
Linda Cronin
1400 Independence Ave., SW, Stop 0511
Washington, DC 20250 USA
Phone: 202-690-1700
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Cooperative Agreements) FY 22$0.00; FY 23 est $40,000,000.00; FY 24 est $0.00; FY 21$0.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
The estimated funding floor for this opportunity is $750,000 and the estimated funding ceiling is $3.25M. The funding floor means the minimum agreement funding amount for the Federal share per agreement awarded. The ceiling is the maximum agreement funding amount for the Federal share per agreement awarded.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Not applicable.
Examples of Funded Projects
Not applicable.


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