Fiscal Year 2016: LCI PROPOSAL TO BUILD AGRICULTURE CAPACITY THROUGH REGIONAL EDUCATION AND OUTREACH INITIATIVES.
The project will administer a Large Scale Comprehensive Initiative that will invest in human capital and integrate education and outreach to assist rural a rural county in creating posterity to become self-sustaining, re-populating and economically thriving.
The project will focus on: (1) creating educational equity for under-represented students through high school educational outreach and recruitment; (2) building leaders by integrating training within experiential learning; (3) building agriculture career pathways for high school students; (4) support agriculture business development through legal services, micro-credentialing and by building a regional farm and food asset map; and (5) leading and facilitating economic development efforts.
Project goals will be accomplished by working closely with regional K-12 educators to expand agriculture educational opportunities through College in the High School, distance learning and targeted recruitment activities and focus on improving academic support services to increase retention among freshman agriculture students.
The project will train students engaging in community-based experiential learning projects to be effective leaders and will assist agriculture entrepreneurs to develop new products and/or businesses by providing training and legal and business development technical assistance.
INTEGRATING AGRICULTURAL EDUCATION AND OUTREACH TO INCREASE PROFITABILITY THROUGH LOCAL FOOD MARKETING CHANNELS The overall purpose of this capacity building project is to develop a new Education Program that is built around a new instructional unit on local food marketing to train future agricultural business managers (students) and to develop a new Outreach Program that will train current agricultural business managers about local food marketing opportunities.
This project leverages an interdisciplinary and collaborative relationship between the university sector, the business community and the private sector in an effort to advance the quality of education and outreach designed to remove the barriers in local food marketing channels and increase agricultural profitability.
This is accomplished by (1) developing new curriculum to increase the College of Agriculture faculty and student knowledge of the profit opportunities in local food marketing channels, (2) using targeted outreach and training workshops to increase producer knowledge of local food marketing opportunities, and (3) developing and distributing a local food buyer?s guide to increase consumer knowledge of local food purchasing opportunities.
Providing local food marketing training to students/producers and creating a new local food buyer?s guide will expand the institution?s capacity to assist future and current agricultural business managers to become more profitable and resilient. BUILDING CAPACITY FOR CLIMATE CHANGE EDUCATION (CCE) AND EXPANDING RESEARCH OPPORTUNITIES IN RURAL COMMUNITIES The primary objective is to incorporate climate change education in the curriculum for undergraduate and graduate agriculture classes in two (2) partnering.
This will be achieved by means of developing new in-class and web-based course offerings.
Specific course offerings will focus on the following priority areas: (1) Basic and advanced understanding of the science of climate; (2) Basic and advanced understanding of climate change; (3) Evaluating and measuring economic impacts of climate change on agriculture; (4) Policy issues in climate change and agriculture - U.S/ Global Market related impacts of climate change on agriculture and risk management.
A second objective is to build capacity in the partnering institutions for developing both face-to-face and online teaching interfaces to deliver specific course offerings related to climate change, and include professional development of faculty for both campuses especially in design, development, and delivery of online courses.
The third objective is to encourage undergraduate and graduate level student involvement in teaching and research related to understanding of the science of climate, and its impact on agriculture.
This will also be extended to student research in the partnering institutions by conducting a willingness to pay survey study among students with a focus on financial implications for dealing with climate change.
Finally, the fourth objective is to introduce climate change education in high school curriculum in the respective areas of the collaborating institutes by means of courses/ web-based materials with a focus on climate and impacts of climate change on agriculture, and by conducting a two (2) to three (3) day workshop for stakeholders.
This will broaden the dissemination of the outreach materials to a much broader audience.
The ability to develop online materials that can be accessed by anyone will also help to further disseminate the information to a wider audience beyond the service area for each university. BRIDGING THE GAP BETWEEN FARMERS AND CONSUMERS THROUGH RESEARCH, EDUCATION AND OUTREACH This research, outreach, and education project is designed to achieve two (2) goals: (1) to bridge the gap between agricultural producers/farmers and consumers by analyzing how farmers markets in urban communities could play a role in improving both farmer livelihoods and the nutrition of low-income consumers with limited access to fresh fruits and vegetables; and (2) to strengthen food and agricultural research, education, and outreach through community engagement and Service-Learning.
Specifically, the project will achieve the following objectives: (1) Identify the factors that influence farmer behavior in Direct-to-Consumer (DTC) marketing channels, including their financial incentives, revenue targets for farmers markets, and why they choose certain DTC channels over others; (2) Assess the consumer preferences of low-income community residents and their willingness to pay for local fruits and vegetables at farmers markets; and (3) Expand educational opportunities in food and agricultural sciences by creating curricular materials and by promoting higher education and careers in food and agricultural sciences to underrepresented students and underserved communities. BUILDING CAPACITY OF FOOD SCIENCE CLUSTER TO CONTROL PATHOGENS ON FRESH PRODUCE AT FARMERS` MARKETS The number of foodborne illnesses linked to fresh produce has increased in the last few years, causing significant economic losses, which are especially damaging to small farmers.
The specific objectives of this project are to: (1) Conduct a survey to determine consumer perceptions of food safety of locally grown fresh produce sold at farmers markets in two (2) States; (2) build a research capacity of a novel mobile automated electro-chemical activation system to control food borne pathogens on fresh produce from those States farmers markets; and (3) train small farmers and farmers market vendors through workshops and webinars on proper handling of fresh produce from field to market.
Training workshops for producers, handlers, and sellers of fresh produce will be held both in person and also as online and paper modules to be completed anytime.
The main purpose of these workshops is to educate small produce farmers and other stakeholders on the use of good agricultural and management practices to minimize microbial food safety hazards.
Fiscal Year 2017: Projects for FY 17 will not be awarded until the third quarter of the fiscal year due to the late receipt of appropriations.
We anticipate projects will address current and emerging issues in agricultural research, Extension/outreach, and education.
Pertinent details to be provided by Program at a future date.
Fiscal Year 2018: This program is subject to congressional budget approval for FY 2018.
At this time, the projected funding level is Zero ($0).
However, if funding is provided, it is anticipated that similar projects will be awarded.
However, it is projected the number of applications will continue to increase into the future and funding may increase to more than $5 million.
Information is not yet available.
Pertinent details to be provided by Program at a future date.
Established in 1862, the Department of Agriculture serves all Americans through anti-hunger efforts, stewardship of nearly 200 million acres of national forest and rangelands, and through product safety and conservation efforts. The USDA opens markets for American farmers and ranchers and provides food for needy people around the world.
|Recipient||Amount||Start Date||End Date|
|Texas Tech University System||$ 272,999||   ||2020-09-01||2023-08-31|
|Middle Tennessee State University||$ 271,555||   ||2020-09-01||2023-08-31|
|Texas Tech University System||$ 272,149||   ||2020-09-01||2023-08-31|
|Western Illinois University Inc||$ 29,988||   ||2020-09-01||2023-08-31|
|Board Of Regents Of The University Of Nebraska||$ 500,000||   ||2020-07-01||2023-06-30|
|University Of Wisconsin System||$ 272,348||   ||2020-06-15||2023-06-14|
|Sam Houston State University||$ 272,424||   ||2020-06-15||2023-06-14|
|Board Of Trustees Of Illinois State University||$ 149,968||   ||2020-06-15||2023-06-14|
|Cal Poly Corporation||$ 272,981||   ||2020-06-15||2023-06-14|
|Texas State University||$ 145,616||   ||2020-06-15||2023-06-14|
Fiscal Year 2016: Actual applications received were 50 compared to 37 in Fiscal Year (FY) 2016. Nineteen (19) of the 50 applications were funded due to availability of funds ($4,789,875) and based on Peer Panel review and recommendations as follows: One (1) Conference Planning; Ten (10) Regular; Six (6) Joint; and Two (2) Large Scale Initiative projects. Fiscal Year 2017: In Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 Congressional Appropriations of $5 million for this program were late and as such, the Request for Applications was posted in May with a September 15, 2017, closing date. It is anticipated that we will receive at least 50 applications in this Fiscal Year. A peer review panel will convene late fall 2017. We anticipate $4,795,500 being available for awards. Fiscal Year 2018: FISCAL YEAR (FY) 2018: This program is subject to congressional budget approval for FY 2018. At this time, the projected funding level is Zero ($0). However, if funding is provided, it is anticipated that the number of proposals received and projects awarded will be similar to prior years.
Uses and Use Restrictions
To maintain and expand the capacity of the NLGCA Institution to: compete, successfully, for funds from Federal grants and other sources to carry out educational, research, and outreach activities that address priority concerns of national, regional, State, and local interest;disseminate information relating to priority concerns to interested members of the agriculture, renewable resources, and other relevant communities; the public; and any other interested entity; and encourage members of the agriculture, renewable resources, and other relevant communities to participate in priority education, research, and outreach activities by providing matching funding to leverage grant funds.
This can be accomplished through the: purchase or other acquisition of equipment and other infrastructure; professional growth and development of the faculty of the NLGCA Institution; and development of graduate assistantships.
Grant funds may not be used for the renovation or refurbishment of research, education, or extension space; or the planning, repair, rehabilitation, acquisition, or construction of buildings or facilities.
Grant funds may not be used to support the salaries of U. S. government employees.
The purchase of equipment is limited to that which is required for training, teaching, extension demonstration, and other relevant project activities.
Pursuant to Section 720 of the General Provisions in Title VII of the Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Programs (HR 112-284), indirect costs are limited to 30 percent of the total Federal funds provided under each award.
Therefore, when preparing budgets, applicants should limit their requests for recovery of indirect costs to the lesser of their institution?s official negotiated indirect cost rate or the equivalent of 30 percent of total Federal funds awarded.
Only a non-land-grant public college or university (NLGCA) offering a baccalaureate or higher degree in the study of agriculture or forestry.
The terms 'NLGCA Institution' and 'non-land-grant college of agriculture' do not include - (i) Hispanic-serving agricultural colleges and universities; or (ii) any institution designated under - (I) the Act of July 2, 1862 (commonly known as the 'First Morrill Act'; 7 U.S.C.
301 et seq.); (II) the Act of August 30, 1890 (commonly known as the 'Second Morrill Act') (7 U.S.C.
321 et seq.); (III) the Equity in Educational Land-Grant Status Act of 1994 (Public Law 103-382; 7 U.S.C.
301 note); or (IV) Public Law 87-788 (commonly known as the 'McIntire-Stennis Cooperative Forestry Act') (16 U.S.C.
582a et seq.).
A non-land-grant public college or university offering a baccalaureate or higher degree in the study of agriculture or forestry, faculty of NLGCA, students engaged in the study of agriculture or forestry, the public, interested members of the agriculture, renewable resources, and other relevant and interested communities.
The System for Award Management (SAM) combines eight federal procurement systems, including CCR, and the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance into one new system. CCR activities are conducted through SAM (the CCR website will redirect users to SAM). Dun and Bradstreet Universal Numbering System (DUNS) Number and System for Award Management (SAM): Each applicant (unless excepted under 2 CFR § 25.110(b) or (c), or has an exception approved by the Federal awarding agency under 2 CFR § 25.110(d)) is required to: (i) Be registered in SAM before submitting its application; (ii) Provide a valid DUNS number in its application; and (iii) Continue to maintain an active SAM registration with current information at all times during which it has an active Federal award or an application or plan under consideration by a Federal awarding agency. It also must state that the Federal awarding agency may not make a Federal award to an applicant until the applicant has complied with all applicable DUNS and SAM requirements and, if an applicant has not fully complied with the requirements by the time the Federal awarding agency is ready to make a Federal award, the Federal awarding agency may determine that the applicant is not qualified to receive a Federal award and use that determination as a basis for making a Federal award to another applicant. Applicants must furnish the information required in the Competitive Request for Applications (RFAs). Successful applicants recommended for funding must furnish the information and assurances requested during the award documentation process. These include, but are not limited to the following: Organizational Management Information - Specific management information relating to an applicant shall be submitted on a one time basis, with updates on an as needed basis, as part of the responsibility determination prior to the award of a grant identified under this RFA, if such information has not been provided previously under this or another NIFA program. NIFA will provide copies of forms recommended for use in fulfilling these requirements as part of the preaward process. Although an applicant may be eligible based on its status as one of these entities, there are factors which may exclude an applicant from receiving Federal financial and nonfinancial assistance and benefits under this program (e.g., debarment or suspension of an individual involved or a determination that an applicant is not responsible based on submitted organizational management information). This information collection is approved under OMB Circular Control No. 0524-0026, ?Assurance of Compliance with the Department of Agriculture Regulations Assuring Civil Rights, Compliance and Organization Information.? SPECIAL NOTE: Please refer to the Competitive Request for Applications (RFAs) for further specific and pertinent details. The most current RFAs are available as follows: https://nifa.usda.gov/funding-opportunity/capacity-building-grants-non-land-grant-colleges-agriculture-program-nlgca RFAs are generally released annually. Hence, the RFAs provide the most current and accurate information available. Any specific instructions in the Competitive RFAs supersede the general information provided in the CFDA database. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.
Aplication and Award Process
Preapplication coordination is not applicable.
Environmental impact information is not required for this program.
This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. The National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) only accepts electronic applications which are submitted via Grants.gov in response to specific Requests for Applications (RFA). Applicants must complete the Grants.gov registration process. For information about the pre-award phase of the grant lifecycle application processes see: http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/learn-grants/grants-101/pre-award-phase.html. Further, applicants must follow the instructions provided in the NIFA Grants.gov Application Guide, which can be assessed as follows: Adobe NIFA Applications. 2 CFR part 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards and 2 CFR part 400 USDA?s Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards apply to this program. SPECIAL NOTE: Please refer to the Competitive Request for Applications (RFAs) for further specific and pertinent details. The most current RFAs are available via: https://nifa.usda.gov/funding-opportunity/capacity-building-grants-non-land-grant-colleges-agriculture-program-nlgca RFAs are generally released annually. Hence, the RFAs provide the most current and accurate information available. Any specific instructions in the Competitive RFAs supersede the general information provided in the CFDA database.
Applications are subjected to a system of peer and merit review in accordance with section 103 of the Agricultural Research, Extension and Education Reform Act of 1998 (7 U.S.C. 7613) by a panel of qualified scientists and other appropriate persons who are specialists in the field covered by the proposal. Within the limit of funds available for such purpose, the NIFA Authorized Departmental Officer (ADO) shall make grants to those responsible, eligible applicants whose applications are judged most meritorious under the procedures set forth in the RFA. Reviewers will be selected based upon training and experience in relevant scientific, extension, or education fields, taking into account the following factors: (a) The level of relevant formal scientific, technical education, or extension experience of the individual, as well as the extent to which an individual is engaged in relevant research, education, or extension activities; (b) the need to include as reviewers experts from various areas of specialization within relevant scientific, education, or extension fields; (c) the need to include as reviewers other experts (e.g., producers, range or forest managers/operators, and consumers) who can assess relevance of the applications to targeted audiences and to program needs; (d) the need to include as reviewers experts from a variety of organizational types (e.g., colleges, universities, industry, state and Federal agencies, private profit and non-profit organizations) and geographic locations; (e) the need to maintain a balanced composition of reviewers with regard to minority and female representation and an equitable age distribution; and (f) the need to include reviewers who can judge the effective usefulness to producers and the general public of each application. Evaluation Criteria will be delineated in the Competitive Request for Applications (RFA). 2 CFR 200 ? Subpart C and Appendix I and 2 CFR part 400 apply to this Program. SPECIAL NOTE: Please refer to the Competitive Request for Applications (RFAs) for further specific and pertinent details. The most current RFAs are available via: https://nifa.usda.gov/funding-opportunity/capacity-building-grants-non-land-grant-colleges-agriculture-program-nlgca RFAs are generally released annually. Hence, the RFAs provide the most current and accurate information available. Any specific instructions in the Competitive RFAs supersede the general information provided in the CFDA database.
Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act 2012, Public Law 112-55; National Agricultural Research, Extension, and Teaching Policy Act (7 U.S.C. 3319i) as amended by section 7138 of the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 , Public Law 110-246, 7 U.S.C 3319i.
Range of Approval/Disapproval Time
From 30 to 60 days. Contact the National Program Leader (NPL), as indicated per CFDA Section # 152 ? Headquarters Office regarding dates for specific deadlines, start and end dates, and range of approval/disapproval time. Information is also available via our website and may be obtained via the Grants.gov website. NIFA?s respective links regarding general information are provided below: http://nifa.usda.gov/ http://www.grants.gov. SPECIAL NOTE: Please refer to the Competitive Request for Applications (RFAs) for further specific and pertinent details. The most current RFA is available via: https://nifa.usda.gov/funding-opportunity/capacity-building-grants-non-land-grant-colleges-agriculture-program-nlgca RFAs are generally released annually. Hence, the RFAs provide the most current and accurate information available. Any specific instructions in the Competitive RFAs supersede the general information provided in the CFDA database.
Not Applicable. 2 CFR Part 200 ? Subparts D & E apply to this program.
Specific details are provided in the Request for Applications (RFA), which are generally published annually. The most current RFA is available via: https://nifa.usda.gov/funding-opportunity/capacity-building-grants-non-land-grant-colleges-agriculture-program-nlgca.
Formula and Matching Requirements
This program has no statutory formula. This program has no matching requirements. NIFA does not require matching support for this program and matching resources will not be factored into the review process as evaluation criteria. No formula grants are awarded under this authority. This program does not have MOE requirements.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
In accordance with statutory time limits, project periods, including no-cost extensions of time, are not to exceed five (5) years. Further details are provided in the Award document Form NIFA-2009 and the NIFA General Terms and Conditions Grants and Cooperative Agreements (dated October 2016) at: https://nifa.usda.gov/resource/nifa-general-terms-and-conditions-grants-and-cooperative-agreements-october-2016. SPECIAL NOTE: Please refer to the Competitive Request for Applications (RFAs) for specific and pertinent details. The most current RFAs are available via: https://nifa.usda.gov/funding-opportunity/capacity-building-grants-non-land-grant-colleges-agriculture-program-nlgca RFAs are generally released annually. Hence, the RFAs provide the most current and accurate information available. Any specific instructions in the Competitive RFAs supersede the general information provided in the CFDA database. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: by letter of credit.
Post Assistance Requirements
REEport GRANT REPORTING:
All grant reporting must be completed using the Research, Education, and Extension project online reporting tool (REEport).
Initial reporting (item a.
below) is to be submitted through the REEport system.
Annual progress and final reporting (items b.
below) also is to be done through the REEport system.
Information on REEport can be found on NIFA?s web site at https://nifa.usda.gov/tool/reeport and the REEport software can be found at http://portal.nifa.usda.gov.
a. Initial Documentation in the REEport Database-- Research, Education, and Extension project online reporting tool (REEport) All projects must be documented in REEport.
The NIFA contact for all REEport documentation is: REEport National Institute of Food and Agriculture U.S.
Department of Agriculture STOP 2213 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W. Washington, D.C.
20250-2213 Telephone: (202) 690-0009 E-mail: email@example.com b. Annual Progress Reports. All projects must report annually into REEport.
An annual Progress Report is due 90 calendar days after the award?s anniversary date (i.e., one year following the month and day of which the project period begins and each year thereafter up until a final report is required).
An annual Progress Report covers the most recent one-year period.
The following information, when applicable, must be included in the Project Modifications section of the annual Progress Report. 1) A comparison of actual accomplishments with the goals established for the reporting period (where the output of the project can be expressed readily in numbers, a computation of the cost per unit of output should be submitted if the information is considered useful); (2) The reasons for slippage if established goals were not met; and (3) Additional pertinent information including, when appropriate, analysis and explanation of cost overruns or unexpectedly high unit costs. c. Final Technical Report The Final Technical Report is required within 90 calendar days after the expiration or termination of the award.
The Final Technical Report covers the entire period of performance of the award and must describe progress made during the entire timeframe of the project instead of covering accomplishments made only during the final reporting segment of the project.
In addition to supplying the information required under item b.
of this article, the final report must include the following when applicable: Identify equipment purchased with any Federal funds under the award and indicate subsequent use of such equipment. FINANCIAL REPORTING: As outlined in 2 CFR 200.327, the recipient must submit financial status reports by the frequency required in the terms and conditions of the award.
The following are the financial reporting requirements for NIFA. Federal Financial Report, Form SF-425: NIFA uses the SF-425, Federal Financial Report to monitor cash.
A ?Federal Financial Report,? Form SF-425, is due on an annual basis no later than 90 days following the end of the award anniversary date (i.e., one year following the month and day when the project period begins and each year thereafter up until a final report is required).
An annual Progress Report covers the most recent one-year period.
A final ?Federal Financial Report,? Form SF-425, is due 90 days after the expiration date of this award.
The report must be submitted to the Awards Management Division (AMD) as a pdf attachment to an email sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. If questions are encountered regarding financial reporting requirements, please contact: Awards Management Division (AMD) Office of Grants and Financial Management (OGFM) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) U.S.
Department of Agriculture (USDA) STOP 2271 1400 Independence Avenue, SW Washington, DC 20250-2271 Telephone: (202) 401-4986 SPECIAL NOTES: (1) Refer to the Competitive Requests for Applications (RFAs) for further specific and pertinent details.
RFAs are generally released annually and provide the most current and accurate information available.
Any specific instructions in the Competitive RFAs supersede the general information provided in the CFDA database. (2) The details of the reporting requirements are included in the NIFA General Terms and Conditions Grants and Cooperative Agreements (dated October 2016). (3) Further guidance is provided under 2 CFR Part 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards and 2 CFR Part 400, USDA?s Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards.
No cash reports are required.
PROGRESS REPORTS: See above for pertinent and specific details.
EXPENDITURE REPORTS: See above for pertinent and specific details.
PERFORMANCE MONITORING: See above for pertinent and specific details.
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. Relation to other audit requirements, but records must be available for review or audit by appropriate officials of the Federal agency, pass-through entity, and Government Accountability Office (GAO). This program is also subject to audit by the cognizant Federal audit agency and the USDA Office of Inspector General.
In accordance with 2 CFR Part 400 - Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards, § 200.333 Retention requirements for records. Grantees shall maintain separate records for each grant to ensure that funds are used for authorized purposes. Grant-related records are subject to inspection during the life of the grant and must be retained at least three (3) years. Records must be retained beyond the three (3) year period if litigation is pending or audit findings have not been resolved. 2 CFR 200 Subpart D applies to this program.
(Project Grants (Cooperative Agreements)) FY 16 $4,789,875; FY 17 est $4,795,500; and FY 18 est $0 - SPECIAL NOTES: (1) The difference between the appropriation and obligation numbers reflects legislative authorized set-asides deducted as appropriate, and in some cases the availability of obligational authority from prior years.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
If minimum or maximum amounts of funding per competitive and/or capacity project grant, or cooperative agreement are established, these amounts will be announced in the annual Competitive Request for Application (RFA). The most current RFA is available via: https://nifa.usda.gov/funding-opportunity/capacity-building-grants-non-land-grant-colleges-agriculture-program-nlgca.
Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature
As an administrator of U.S. government support, NIFA works in partnership with grantees to ensure responsible stewardship of federal funds. Our grantees and partners are required to comply with all relevant rules and regulations. The following resources are provided to NIFA?s partners and award recipients to support their adherence to federal regulations governing program performance: NIFA?s primary (main) website: https://nifa.usda.gov/regulations-and-guidelines The following represent specific documents and direct links: POLICY GUIDE NIFA?s Federal Assistance Policy Guide describes agency policies and procedures. https://nifa.usda.gov/policy-guide CERTIFICATIONS AND REPRESENTATIONS Certifications and representations provided through the NIFA application process. https://nifa.usda.gov/certifications-and-representations ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF USDA SUPPORT BY NIFA When acknowledging USDA support in accordance with 2 CFR Part 415, grantees must use the following acknowledgement for all projects or initiatives supported by NIFA. https://nifa.usda.gov/acknowledgment-usda-support-nifa FEDERAL REGULATIONS The Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) lists all regulations published in the Federal Register. https://nifa.usda.gov/federal-regulations FOIA The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) provides that any person has the right to request access to federal documents and information such as research data. https://nifa.usda.gov/foia NEPA POLICY AND GUIDANCE The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Policy and Guidance set the standard for identifying potential environmental impacts. https://nifa.usda.gov/nepa-policy-and-guidance OGFM ISSUED CORRESPONDENCE The Office of Grants and Financial Management occasionally issues correspondence to applicants, grantees, and/or the general public for informational or clarification purposes. https://nifa.usda.gov/ogfm-issued-correspondence RESEARCH MISCONDUCT NIFA requires that all its awardees adhere to the USDA Scientific Integrity Policy and the Federal Policy on Research Misconduct. https://nifa.usda.gov/research-misconduct NIFA?S GENERAL AWARD TERMS AND CONDITIONS Award terms and conditions are determined by statutory, regulatory, and agency requirements, as well as each grant?s circumstances. Terms and conditions dictate important items related to your grant, including method of payment, reporting frequency and content, and prior approval requirements. References to the terms and conditions of awards are located on the NIFA 2009 Award Fact Sheet. NIFA's general award terms and conditions (see link below) is applicable to this program, for awards with an award date on December 26, 2014 and thereafter. https://nifa.usda.gov/resource/nifa-general-terms-and-conditions-grants-and-cooperative-agreements-october-2016.
Regional or Local Office
USDA, NIFA, National Program Leader, Institute of Youth, Family, and Community, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, STOP 2250 , Washington , District of Columbia 20250-2250 Email: Policy@nifa.usda.gov Phone: (202) 720-1973
Criteria for Selecting Proposals
2 CFR part 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards and 2 CFR part 400 USDA?s Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards apply to this program. Within guidelines established for the program as described in the Competitive Request for Application (RFA). The most current RFAs are available via: https://nifa.usda.gov/funding-opportunity/capacity-building-grants-non-land-grant-colleges-agriculture-program-nlgca.
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