USDA Local and Regional Food Aid Procurement Program
Under the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Local and Regional Food Aid Procurement Program program (USDA LRP program), recipients use FAS-provided funds to purchase eligible commodities in developing countries and pay for associated administrative and operational costs related to the implementation of field-based projects in a foreign country pursuant to an agreement with FAS. Funds provided by FAS under the USDA LRP program may be used to provide food assistance in the form of development assistance, an emergency response, or both through a field-based project. Field-based projects intended to provide development assistance will be implemented for a period of not less than one year. Food assistance may be provided under the USDA LRP program through local and regional procurement, food vouchers, and cash transfers.
General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Foreign Agricultural Service, Department of Agriculture
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008, Title III, Part C, Section 3206, Public Law 110-246, 7 U.S.C. 1726c, Statute 122,1840
Agricultural Act of 2014, Part Title III, Section 3207, Public Law 113-79, Statute 128,780
Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018, Part Title III, Section 3311, Public Law 115-334, Statute 132,4623
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Private voluntary organizations or cooperatives are eligible to participate. Factors or priorities that affect the eligibility of the applicant/application may be found in the full text of the applicable notice of funding opportunity. Priority consideration may be given to eligible entities that have, or are working toward, projects under the Food for Education (McGovern-Dole International Food for Education and Child Nutrition) Program established under section 3107 of the Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002 (7 U.S.C. 1736o-1)
Food-insecure populations in developing countries are eligible beneficiaries under the USDA LRP Program.
A full list of application documentation is provided in 7 CFR Subtitle B (Regulations of the Department of Agriculture) Chapter XV (Foreign Agricultural Service) Part 1590, under Application process. In determining whether an entity will be eligible to be a participant, FAS may consider the entity's previous compliance or noncompliance with the provisions of the applicable regulations for agreements implemented under other USDA food assistance programs as well as the terms and conditions of those agreements. FAS may consider matters such as whether the entity corrected deficiencies in the implementation of an agreement in a timely manner and whether the entity has filed timely and accurate reports and other submissions that are required to be filed with FAS and other agencies of the United States.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Preapplication coordination is not applicable.
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Applications are submitted via an online application found at [https://apps.fas.usda.gov/fais/public]. Organizations are required to pre-register for user credentials before applying at this site. The application process is described in 7 CFR 1590.4
All applications are reviewed for completeness and then given to a technical review committee for a competitive review. After FAS approves an applicant's proposal, FAS will develop an agreement in consultation with the applicant. The agreement will set forth the obligations of FAS and the participant. A participant must comply with the terms of the agreement to receive assistance.
Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 60 to 90 days.
How are proposals selected?
The Notice of Funding Opportunity will describe the specific selection criteria and weighting.
How may assistance be used?
Field-based projects that provide development assistance and emergency relief using locally procured commodities.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
A baseline assessment, an interim evaluation and a final evaluation are required for development assistance programs. Requirements for baseline assessments and interim and final evaluations for emergency programs will be specified in the agreement.
Program participants shall retain records and permit access to records for 3 years after the final reports have been submitted, in accordance with the requirements of 2 CFR 200.333
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
Agreements normally include assistance or program implementation periods of 2-3 years. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: Lump.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
1400 Independence Ave S.W; Stop 1030
Washington, DC 20250 US
(Project Grants (Cooperative Agreements)) FY 18$10,000,000.00; FY 19 est $15,000,000.00; FY 20 est $0.00; FY 17$5,000,000.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Individual applications may be valued between $3 and $5 million.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Local and Regional Food Aid Procurement program regulations can be found at 7 CFR 1590.
Examples of Funded Projects