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Promise Zones Updates: Second Round Promise Zones Competition | FY 2015 Funding Opportunities

Second Round Promise Zones Competition

Thank you for your interest in this year’s Promise Zones competition.

The next round of Promise Zones designations are expected to be announced in Spring 2015.

More information is available on the Promise Zones web page.

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FY 2015 Funding Opportunities

Training to Work 3 – Adult Reentry Grant Program

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), Employment Training Administration (ETA) is seeking applications for the Training to Work 3 - Adult Reentry Grant Program.

Training to Work grants will fund sustainable efforts to develop and adopt career pathway models - an approach designed to link and coordinate education and training services for individuals to obtain industry recognized credentials. With these credentials, these workers can find meaningful employment and meet the needs of local employers in growing sectors and industries.

Grant applicants must be located in an area with high poverty and high crime rates, including Promise Zones communities which often have a larger proportion of returning citizens and higher rates of recidivism. Applicants will also be required to establish a committed Career Pathways Collaborative led by the grantee, and consist of representatives from the workforce system, work release programs, and employers and/or industry associations. The CPC leadership team will create a comprehensive program. Selected applicants will be expected to include the following components in their proposals: case management, mentoring services, educational activities, training that leads to industry-recognized credentials, workforce activities, and follow-up services.

Nonprofit organizations that meet the requirements of the solicitation may apply.

Application Deadline: May 1, 2015

The Funding Opportunity Announcement, which includes information about how to apply, is available at the Grants.gov web page.

2015 Farmers Market Promotion Program (FMPP)

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) seeks applications 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 award per grant is $25,000 and the maximum is $100,000.

Eligible entities include agricultural businesses, agricultural cooperatives, producer networks, producer associations, CSA networks, CSA associations, local governments, nonprofit corporations, public benefit corporations, economic development corporations, regional farmers market authorities, and tribal governments.

Priority consideration will be given to projects that benefit communities located in concentrated poverty with limited access to supermarkets, and projects that involve Promise Zones Lead Applicant Organizations. FMPP will award at least 10 percent of its total funding to these projects. All applications, whether requesting consideration under the priority areas or not, will be given equal weight in the evaluation process. It is not a requirement that projects are implemented in the priority area or involve Promise Zones partnerships.

Application Deadline: May 14, 2015

The 2015 FMPP Request for Application is available here.

More information is available on the Agricultural Marketing Service website.

2015 Local Food Promotion Program (LFPP)

The USDA, AMS is seeking applications from eligible applicants to plan or implement projects that assist in the development, improvement, and/or expansion of local and regional food business enterprise supply chain activities (activities that are not direct-to consumer).

Approximately $13 million is available to fund applications under this solicitation. The minimum award per grant is $5,000 and the maximum is $100,000.

Eligible entities include agricultural businesses, agricultural cooperatives, producer networks, producer associations, CSA networks, CSA associations, local governments, nonprofit corporations, public benefit corporations, economic development corporations, regional Farmers market authorities, and tribal governments.

Examples of past award recipients include, but are not limited to: food hubs, food aggregators, food distributors, food wholesalers, food processors, and other value-added production enterprises, such as shared-use kitchen or kitchen incubator operations.

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 Zones Lead Applicant Organizations. LFPP will award at least 10 percent of its total funding to these projects. All applications, whether requesting consideration under the priority areas or not, will be given equal weight in the evaluation process. It is not a requirement that projects are implemented in the priority area or involve Promise Zones partnerships.

Application Deadline: May 14, 2015

The 2015 LFPP Request for Applications is available here.

More information is available on the Agricultural Marketing Service website.

Farm To School Grant Program

The USDA, Food and Nutrition Service (FNS), announced the Request for Applications for the Farm To School Grant Program.

Designed to increase the availability of local foods in schools, grants can help new farm to school programs get started or expand existing efforts. Funds support a wide range of activities from training, planning, and developing partnerships to creating new menu items, establishing supply chains, offering taste tests to children, purchasing equipment, planting school gardens, and organizing field trips to agricultural operations.

Application Deadline:

Training Grant Applicants
A letter of intent and required attachments must be sent via email to farmtoschool@fns.usda.gov on April 30, 2015.

Support Service, Implementation, and Planning Grants Applicants
Applications must be submitted by May 20, 2015.

The Farm To School Grant Programs Request for Applications is available here.

More information is available on the Food and Nutrition Service website.


 
            
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