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Third Round Promise Zones Competition

Thank you for your interest in the third round of the Promise Zones competition.

Representatives from the federal agencies affiliated with the initiative are currently reviewing the applications. The collaborative effort underway in applicant communities reinforces the need for a coordinated response from federal agencies to help local leaders accelerate progress.

82 Applications were submitted from communities in 38 States and Puerto Rico.

View a map of applicant locations for more details on the competition.

HUD intends to designate five urban communities and USDA intends to designate one rural and one tribal community. Announcements will be made in the Spring of 2016.

More information is available on HUD's website.

Funding Opportunities

U.S. Department of Agriculture

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, Process and Technology Improvement Grants

The purpose of this grant competition is to support efforts by State agencies and their community-based and faith-based partners to develop and implement: Simple SNAP application and eligibility determination systems; or Measures to improve access to SNAP benefits by eligible applicants.

This RFA seeks diverse proposals that would make the entire process easier and more efficient for applicants and participants. Grant proposals should focus on improving the quality and efficiency of operations and processes within the SNAP office. Specifically, FNS is interested in initiatives that use new technologies or examine office processes in order to improve application processing timeliness for initial applications or re-certifications.

Who May Apply

  • The 53 State agencies that administer the SNAP
  • State or local governments
  • Agencies providing health or welfare services
  • Public health or educational entities
  • Private nonprofit entities such as community-based or faith-based organizations, food banks, or other emergency feeding organizations

Priority Consideration
Proposals with projects that include interventions in communities that have been designated USDA Place Based Initiatives may receive priority consideration. The USDA Place Based Initiatives include but are not limited to:

  • Strike Force for Rural Growth and Opportunity (SF)
  • Promise Zones (PZ)
  • White House Council on Strong Cities, Strong Communities (SC2)
  • Partnerships for Sustainable Communities
  • Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food (KYF2)

Please refer to pages 23-24 of the RFA for more information.

Deadline: Applications are due April 18, 2016.

Read the RFA.

More information is available on USDA’s website.

U.S. Department of Agriculture

Farmers Market Promotion Program

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), AMS, requests applications for the fiscal year (FY) 2016 Farmers Market Promotion Program (FMPP) to competitively award grants to eligible applicants for projects that establish, expand, and promote direct producer-to-consumer marketing. Approximately $13 million is available to fund applications under this solicitation.

The minimum FY 2016 FMPP award per grant is $50,000 and the maximum is $500,000. An applicant is limited to one FMPP award in a funding year. FMPP funding will be available for use beginning September 30, 2016. Matching funds are not required.

Priority Consideration
Priority consideration will be given to projects that benefit communities located in areas of concentrated poverty with limited access to supermarkets, and projects that involve Promise Zone Lead Applicant Organizations. FMPP will award at least 10 percent of its total funding to these projects.

FMPP does not require that submitted projects be implemented in designated priority areas or involve Promise Zone partnerships. All applications, whether requesting consideration under the priority areas or not, will be given equal consideration in the evaluation process. Promise Zone projects will be evaluated equally during the peer review process as well, but will receive five priority points added to the final score provided by reviewers.

Please refer to page 7 of the RFA for more information.

Deadline: Applications are due on May 12, 2016.

Read the RFA.

U.S. Department of Agriculture

Local Food Promotion Program

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS), requests applications for the fiscal year (FY) 2016 Local Food Promotion Program (LFPP) to competitively award grants to eligible applicants to plan or implement projects that assist in the development, improvement, and/or expansion of intermediary local and regional food business supply chain activities (e.g. activities that do not involve direct producer‐to‐consumer sales). Approximately $13 million is available to fund applications under this solicitation.

LFPP planning grant award levels range from $25,000 to $100,000. LFPP implementation grant award levels range from $100,000 to $500,000. An applicant is limited to one LFPP award in a funding year.

Priority Consideration
Priority consideration will be given to projects that benefit communities located in areas of concentrated poverty with limited access to supermarkets, and projects that involve Promise Zone Lead Applicant Organizations. LFPP will award at least 10 percent of its total funding to these projects. LFPP does not require that submitted projects be implemented in designated priority areas or involve Promise Zone partnerships. All applications, whether requesting consideration under the priority areas or not, will be given equal consideration in the evaluation process. Promise Zone projects will be evaluated equally during the peer review process as well, but will receive five priority points added to the final score provided by reviewers.

Please refer to page 8 of the RFA for more information.

Deadline: Applications are due on May 12, 2016.

Read the RFA.

Corporation for National and Community Service

FY 2016 Social Innovation Fund Classic Cooperative Agreements

CNCS is soliciting applications for the FY 2016 Social Innovation Fund grant program. The Social Innovation Fund (SIF), combines public and private resources to grow the impact of innovative, community-based solutions that have compelling evidence of improving the lives of people in low-income communities throughout the United States.

The SIF invests in three issue areas: economic opportunity, healthy futures, and youth development. The SIF makes grants to experienced grantmaking institutions that are well-positioned within communities to identify the most promising programs and guide them towards greater impact and stronger evidence of success. In addition to funding, Social Innovation Fund recipients receive significant technical assistance to support implementation and evaluation of their innovative programs.

This competition is open to existing grantmaking institutions (organizations that provide grants to nonprofits as an essential means of fulfilling their mission) or eligible partnerships (between a grantmaker and a State Commission on National and Community Service, or a chief executive officer of a unit of general local government with the partner organizations sharing responsibilities under the award).

NOTICE OF INTENT TO APPLY DEADLINE: Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit a Notice of Intent to by April 15, 2016 via the online form.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Applications are due May 10, 2016.

More information is available on the CNCS website.

Corporation for National and Community Service

AmeriCorps Indian Tribes Grants FY 2016

CNCS is soliciting application for the FY 2016 American Indian Tribes Grants competition.

CNCS seeks to prioritize the investment of national service resources in:

  • Disaster Services – improving community resiliency through disaster preparation, response, recovery, and mitigation
  • Economic Opportunity – increasing economic opportunities for communities, specifically opportunity youth (see Glossary), both as the population served and as AmeriCorps members
  • Education – improving student academic performance, including subject matter related to Science, Technology, Engineering, and/or Mathematics (STEM), and/or serving students who attend Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) schools.
  • Healthy Futures – positively impacting behavioral health outcomes and/or increasing the capacity of tribal communities to offer behavioral health prevention and support services
  • Veterans and Military Families – positively impacting the quality of life of veterans and improving military family strength

CNCS strongly encourages applicants to submit a Notification of Intent to Apply by Wednesday, April 20, 2016 via online form.

Deadline: Applications are due on May 4, 2016

Read the 2016 AmeriCorps Indian Tribes NOFA.

More information is available on the CNCS website.


 
            
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